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Volunteer Appreciation Month
Why We Do It
A special thanks in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month.
We talk a lot about community these days. You hear it in commercials, see it on billboards; it’s the buzz word of the moment, the sine qua non of any successful marketing effort. That sort of blunt and excessive usage, tied to everything and anything, I imagine offends most of us. It sullies the word, robs it of the unique relationship it has to meaning, to substance, to authenticity. If a car can build community, does that mean we can just buy our way to a better future, to a more inclusive and equitable society?
For those of us that disagree - that believe community is built one relationship at a time - volunteering is how we choose to build that future. Time and passion - there is no quantifiable equivalent, no monetary value we can assign to such a generous donation. And we don’t need to. Money and politics, power and influence… I doubt many of us would wish comparison or measurement in such terms. What matters is action. What counts is authenticity. Real value is found in the ether between people and purpose.
By now, after being with PHFS for six plus months, many of you are aware of my volunteering background. You know my passion for experiential learning - for service learning. If we haven’t met yet, I do hope we will. I want to meet you. I want to say thanks. Thanks for being here with me, with all of us. Thanks for helping PHFS build real community. One relationship at a time.
April was National Volunteer Appreciation month. I am proud to be a member of such a beautiful community.
See you around shelter,
Community Connect Fellowship
Portland Homeless Family Solutions is excited to announce the creation of our summer fellowship for graduating high school seniors: Community Connect. This authentic, service-learning opportunity will arm incoming college freshmen with tangible skills in nonprofit management, facilitate the creation of dynamic partnerships in our community, and challenge young adults to effect local change. The result? Students will gain real-world experience, better the lives of families experiencing homelessness, and foster stronger community ties between the public and private sector.
So what is it?
It’s young adults helping kids. It’s local businesses empowering tomorrow’s generation of leaders. It’s an internship that’s about more than coffee and copies. The average age of a homeless person in America is just 9 years old and, in Multnomah county alone, more than 800 families lack permanent housing. The Community Connect Fellowship is a service-learning experience that gives its members as much as it gives back.
Okay, but what is it really?
A summer program for students 18-22 that provides hands-on experience in nonprofit management and supports everyday families with children experiencing homelessness.
What will I do?
What do I get from it?
Throughout the process, you’ll receive hands-on coaching and support, develop relationship management skills, and experience first-hand how a nonprofit works. Not to mention 120 hours of verifiable, accredited community service. Plus, you know, you’ll better the lives of families and kids experiencing homelessness. NBD.
What’s the timeline look like (besides 9 weeks of awesome)?
CCF will run from Monday, June 16, 2014 to Saturday, August 16, 2014 (9 weeks). In between, here are a few highlights:
May 16: Applications due!
June 2: Applicants notified
June 15: Program Orientation
June 16: Program Start
July 8-15: Mid-Service Check-Ins
August 1: Community Partner Presentations begin
August 16: Graduation!
The nitty gritty?
Over the course of the summer, you’ll spend one night a week at our family shelter, plus four shifts at our day shelter, and commit to five program sessions. (Have a summer job? No problem. How you schedule those shifts is all up to you.) You and a friend will give a presentation to a local business, write a summary of your experience, and deliver it to a PHFS panel. You also have to be 18, because that’s the rulez.
You can find the rest of the rules on our CCF Application.
Here’s the breakdown of service over the 9-week period.
- 8 Overnight Host shifts (7:30pm-7:30am),1 per week, for 8 weeks. That’s a total of 96 hrs.
- 4 Day Shelter shifts (8-11am, 11am-2pm, or 3-6pm), also 1 per week. That adds another 12 hrs.
- 4 Program Sessions (Orientation, Mid-Service Training, Presentation Check-In, Review & Graduation). Toss on10 more hours.
Add 2 hours for Presentation prep and delivery. That’s 120 hours of hands-on, volunteer service! #Legit
Okay, I’m in. How do I sign up?
Submit an application no later than May 16th. We’ll get back to you by June 1st.
This sounds cool, but I’m not sure and want to know more.
How can I advertise this at my school?
Download the flyer here!
A special thanks to all our community partners!
The Adidas Village Employee Store
The first step to volunteering with us is to come to one of our volunteer orientations. We offer three volunteer orientations each month for new and interested volunteers. It is not necessary to register for these orientations, you should feel free to to just stop by if you are interested!
Here’s a map of our Goose Hollow shelter; please come to the Family Room for orientations there. If you are interested in volunteering at both shelters, join us for our Dual Shelter Orientation.
Volunteer orientations are a great opportunity to learn more about our organization and to meet a staff member and learn more about volunteering with us.
Shelter Orientation Options
Thirteen Salmon Family Center Orientations: (our day shelter)
Time: The first Monday of every month at 6:15pm
Location: Inside the First Unitarian Church
1010 SW 13th Ave.
More Information: The entrance to the shelter is located on SW 13th, on the corner of SW 13th and SW Salmon St. There is an A-frame sign that will point you to the correct door. The door will be locked, just ring the bell and you will be let in.
This orientation normally lasts about an hour. You will have the opportunity meet a staff member, learn about PHFS and our shelters, take a tour, talk about the different volunteer opportunities that we offer at Thirteen Salmon Family Center and get tips on volunteering with homeless families. By attending this orientation, you will be eligible to volunteer at the Thirteen Salmon Family Center.
Goose Hollow Family Shelter Orientations: (Our night shelter)
Time: The first Tuesday of every month at 5:00pm
Location: Inside the First United Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson St.
More Information: The entrance to the shelter is located off the parking lot behind the building. You will want to go through the parking lot until you see a playground structure. Enter the double doors to the right of the playground structure. We will meet in room 201.
This orientation normally lasts about an hour. You will have the opportunity meet a staff member, learn about PHFS and our shelters, take a tour, talk about the different volunteer opportunities that we offer at Thirteen Salmon Family Center and get tips on volunteering with homeless families. By attending this orientation, you will be eligible to volunteer at the Goose Hollow Family Shelter.
Dual Shelter Volunteer Orientations: (both shelters)
Time: The third Wednesday of every month at 5:00pm
Location: Beginning at the First United Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson St.
Ending at the Thirteen Salmon Family Center
1010 SW 13th
More Information: Walk in the footsteps of our families by doing this double orientation. Dress for the weather as we will visit both shelters by walking the 8 blocks each way between them during this orientation. If walking is not an option for you, you can also drive between the shelters and meet the rest of the group there. We will meet at the Goose Hollow Family Shelter. The shelter is located off the parking lot behind the First United Methodist Church building. You will want to go through the parking lot until you see a playground structure. Enter the double doors to the right of the playground structure. We will meet in room 201.
This orientation normally lasts about an hour and 45 minutes. You will have the opportunity meet a staff member, learn about PHFS and our shelters, take a tour, talk about the different volunteer opportunities that we offer at both of our shelters and get tips on volunteering with homeless families. This is an opportunity to experience the walk that our families take each morning as they transition from shelter to shelter. By attending this orientation, you will be eligible to volunteer at both of our shelters.
Upcoming Volunteer Orientations
We host monthly volunteer orientations at both of our shelters. For a list of current scheduled orientations look here!
We ask that all volunteers adhere to the following rules. This list can also be found in our Volunteer Handbook.
- A Volunteer should never be alone with a child that is a guest of PHFS. Two adults must always be in the room with a child at all times.
- Volunteers should not discipline or punish any child that is a guest of PHFS.
- Volunteers may not spend time with PHFS guests outside of the shelter without prior approval by the executive director.
- Volunteers may not offer rides to guests or have guests in their homes without prior approval by the executive director.
- Volunteers may not give money to guests.
- Volunteers may not ask guests for money or personal items.
- Volunteers should not take pictures or videos of guests without permission from the guest and a Staff member.
- We expect our volunteers to dress in attire appropriate to and respectful of the position in which they are volunteering.
- We expect our volunteers to exhibit professional behavior that is appropriate for children at all times.
- Always contact us if you need to cancel less than five days before your shift, for whatever reason. If it is the day of your shift, please contact the shelter directly.
Volunteer Log In
If you are a current volunteer with a user name and password sign in using the above link.
Apply to Be a Volunteer!
The first step to becoming a volunteer at Portland Homeless Family Solutions is to attend an orientation for the shelter at which you’d like to donate your time. We offer three orientations a month on an ongoing basis and are happy to arrange special accommodations for large groups that cannot attend one of these.
Thirteen Salmon Family Center (Day Shelter): 1st Monday/Month, 6:15pm - 7:15pm, at 1010 SW 13th Avenue
Goose Hollow Family Shelter (Night Shelter): 1st Tuesday/Month, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, at 1838 SW Jefferson (far end of the FUMC parking lot)
Dual Shelter (both shelters) Orientation: 3rd Wednesday/Month, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, begins at Goose Hollow and ends at 13 Salmon
You do not need to register to attend these orientations.
Have a question about supporting PHFS? Check out our FAQ here!
Staff and Board
Brandi Tuck, Executive Director
Kurt Briggs-Ungerer, Program Director
Emily Mrusko, Operations and Development Associate
Mary Babcock, Housing Placement and Retention Specialist
Carl Knudson, Housing Placement and Retention Specialist
Steven Kronzer, Shelter Coordinator
Jinine Ramirez Cortez, Shelter Coordinator
Samuel Freni-Rothschild, Shelter Coordinator
Whitney Church, On-Call Shelter Coordinator
Paul ter Brugge, On-Call Shelter Coordinator
Kayleigh Di’Nofrio, On-Call Shelter Coordinator
Jarratt Taylor, On-Call Shelter Coordinator
Bess Miller, On-Call Shelter Coordinator
Krissy Stockton, On-Call Shelter Coordinator
Michele Cover, On-Call Shelter Coordinator
To view our staff biographies, click here!
PHFS Board of Directors:
Phyllis Leonard, Board Chair
Geoff Tichenor, Vice Chair
Linda Craig, Treasurer
Agnes Zach, Secretary