Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. From helping families move in to basic home and yard maintenance, helping with meals, tutoring and childcare, there are volunteer opportunities for all ages. It's a great opportunity for families to work together helping other families, so don't be shy about involving your kids. With flexible hours and many chances to help, even from the comfort and convenience of your own home, know that our families appreciate your gift of time and talent.
Sunday Prayer and Dessert & Monday Meals
Every Sunday and Monday at both of our Dorothy Day House locations we host fellowship opportunities for volunteers and families to gather around the table and share a dessert or a meal together. This type of event is best suited for individuals, small groups, or families. Volunteers are asked to bring a simple dessert if it is a Sunday or a simple kid friendly meal if it is Monday. Sign up on the Volunteer Compass website using the links below, wait for confirmation, and then you will receive an email a week before the event to let you know which location you will be going to, how many people to prepare for, and any allergies to be aware of.
How to Become a Volunteer
Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering for the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality. It is the generosity of people like you that allow us to continue keeping homeless families together. Below you’ll find a brief description of the process of becoming a DDH volunteer, and then some short descriptions of the various jobs available. In addition, we are happy to sign student community service forms or other forms of service documentation. Just ask!
Fill out the Volunteer Application below.
Volunteers that interact directly with DDH families are required to complete our Child Safe Policy.
We’ll enter you into our volunteer database and contact you when opportunities arise that match your selected interests. If you can’t make it, no big deal! We’ll leave you on our list and ask the next time. If at any time you wish to remove yourself from the list or change your volunteer activities or availability, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Job Descriptions
House maintenance – specific tasks may vary with our needs, but generally includes such tasks as plumbing, electrical work, painting walls, HVAC, and other general maintenance.
Cooking / bringing prepared meals – most often the Monday night dinner or Sunday night dessert, but will occasionally be asked to contribute in other ways. Please confirm the number of participants and check for allergies within the House before bringing your meals.
Cleaning –includes wiping down blinds, ceiling fan, baseboards, furniture, sink, toilet, windows, removing wall marks, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, disposing of broken toys / movies / other items, replacing lightbulbs, and other general cleaning tasks.
Painting / Furniture repair – this can be done on-site or in your own home.
Assisting with fundraisers – both publicity and serving during our fundraising events (specific job descriptions will vary with the needs of each event).
Childcare – Involves supervising a child or children for a predetermined period of time. Must be 16 or older and complete our Child Safe Policy and Training.
Sorting donations – Will often take place in the basement of the Dorothy Day House but sometimes will occur in one of our storage units. May sometimes involve heavy lifting, but oftentimes does not.
Tutoring/Mentoring – students may vary from school-age children to adults being tutored for their GED. Let us know in the box below the specific ages and subjects you are able to tutor. Must complete our Child Safe Policy and Training.
Moving furniture – Usually involves helping a family furnish their new residence upon moving out of the Dorothy Day House. Will often involve heavy lifting. Volunteers with trucks or large SUV’s especially needed! Children under 13 must have an adult accompanying them.
Yard Work – includes pruning, raking, cleaning flower beds and boxes, mulching, hosing down outside windows, cutting grass, and disposing of all yard trash.
Car Maintenance - could involve servicing cars or teaching parents how to maintain cars.
Transportation – involves helping our families get around, whether driving children to / from school, or transporting parents to job interviews. Must be 21 or older with valid driver’s license and insurance and complete our Child Safe Policy and Training.
Attend one of our volunteer orientations that we host on the third Thursday, every three months. During this orientation we will go over our mission and values, volunteer positions and descriptions, the child safe policy, and good practices when interacting with families in Memphis experiencing homelessness.
RSVP on our Volunteer Compass page
Upcoming Volunteer Orientations
Child Safe Policy
The Child Safe Policy is intended to promote a safe and positive environment for children when living at or visiting Dorothy Day House or attending any DDH related activities. This child safe policy demonstrates that DDH is taking its duty of child safety seriously by providing the foundation for procedures and decision-making about DDH staff, house residents, and volunteer interactions and involvement with children.