Childcare volunteers supervise children staying at the Shelter while their parents are taking part in educational programs. Our education staff provide the tools and guidance to help childcare volunteers to engage in developmental play, supporting the cognitive skills of the children. Childcare volunteers take some of the load off parents while they are guests of the shelter. Availability on short notice and an open mind is helpful for this position.
Volunteer dinner teams prepare dinner at the Adult Shelter and join our guests for the meal. Dinner time at the Hixon House is a time when guests in the shelter, Haven staff and members of the community come together at the table as equals; sharing life experiences while increasing social skills and deepening empathy and understanding in our community.
The Haven After-School Program runs Monday through Friday throughout the school year. It is specifically for children and teens who are current or former shelter guests. We provide a safe environment for children to receive homework help and to engage in enriching activities. Volunteers are an essential part of this program, providing homework help one-on-one or in small groups. Volunteers also supervise and participate in games, activities, and special events. We encourage all volunteers who have special interests (piano, art, science, martial arts, cooking, etc.) to share their talents with the kids.
Food Demonstration volunteers use fresh vegetables that are available every day of the week to create a balanced, nutritional meal. They provide basic culinary and nutrition information to the people we serve. They take stock of what we have, come up with a recipe, make copies, put together bags of ingredients, and start cooking. The focus of this program is to demonstrate how to make a healthy meal using Food Shelf ingredients.
Food Shelf volunteers greet all who enter our doors. They receive donations, assist visitors through the process of receiving clothing or food, describe our services to a first time visitor, and locate the staff person who can be of the most assistance with a special need. In addition to guiding visitors through the shopping experience, these volunteers keep the Food Shelf area clean, organized and stocked. Food Shelf volunteers must be able to work in a fast paced environment and be on their feet for most of a four hour block of time. As we strive to greet every person who walks through the door with dignity and respect, volunteers must be friendly and compassionate, able to work with all personality types.
The Haven hosts an emergency warming space in our Byrne Community Services building during the cold months, to provide safety for people who have no place to go at night when our shelters are full. Volunteers help from 9:00 pm – 12:00 am to monitor the lights out time and ensure a quiet sleeping environment
Advocacy: The Haven staff help families and adults become financially stable, and secure permanent housing by assessing individual needs and personal goals and providing guidance and resources to be successful. Case Managers help individuals gain access to the most meaningful opportunities, including connecting them to community programs, Vermont Adult Learning (GED) and local schools. There…