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Volunteer

Volunteer

Volunteers make a HUGE difference at our shelter daily! YOU can help in a variety of ways. You could serve a meal or help in our kitchen, laundry room or loading dock, participate in special events, or share your professional skills. We are especially interested in persons who can commit to a regular/ongoing volunteer schedule.

We are always looking for volunteers who may possess – and be able to share their – expertise, skills and talents in a variety of areas.

During the time of COVID-19, we are accepting volunteers, although we ask potential volunteers to be at a low risk for COVID-19, determined by using CHI Health's online, COVID-19 self-screening questionnaire, found HERE. If you answer yes to either of these questions, please wait 14 days before volunteering.

No application is necessary to complete service at our shelter, but advanced sign up IS required. By signing up, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of Siena Francis House's Volunteer Expectations, Waiver of Liability, and Code of Conduct Agreement. Please read it before signing up. 

Tell Us About Your Interests

We are excited to get to know you and find the volunteer opportunity that fits your skills and talents. Fill out this volunteer information sheet to share with us more about you. CLICK HERE to share more about you.

Here's how YOU can get involved:

Meal Service

What does sharing your time or talent look like?  How about serving lunch or dinner meal? The Siena Francis House provides over 400,000 meals each year. And, we need volunteers to serve these meals to the homeless, daily.

Volunteers serve the evening dinner meal to those experiencing homelessness from 4:15 until 6 p.m. every day of the year.  Volunteers also serve lunch to the homeless from 10:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Volunteering to serve a meal is a great activity for groups or individuals who are trying to become better acquainted with our shelter and organization. It is also a great way to provide a real and meaningful service to our homeless guests.

Online sign up for meal service volunteering is REQUIRED for all individuals and groups. You can find our meal service sign-up by clicking HERE.   All volunteers must sign in upon arrival. We strive for a meaningful experience for all volunteers, having a schedule assists us in providing this experience, as well as meeting the needs of our kitchen in providing the many thousands of meals served each year. Also, remember that by signing up, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of Siena Francis House's Volunteer Expectations, Waiver of Liability, and Code of Conduct Agreement. Please read it before signing up. 

For safety's sake, please know that ALL Meal Service volunteers MUST wear closed-toed shoes which have rubber/non-slick soles.

To read a Job Description of our Meal Service volunteer, CLICK HERE.
 

Kitchen Volunteers

You can sign up to be a kitchen volunteer by clicking HERE.

Kitchen volunteers will assist with needs in the in the shelter’s kitchen, following safety guidelines that include hand washing, glove use and mask use. Duties include, although are not limited to:

·         Prepping food, including washing, chopping, opening canned food, etc.
·         Organizing food and non-food items in the kitchen, walk-in freezer/cooler
·         Cleaning and sanitizing kitchen, including countertops, working areas, walls, etc.
·         Emptying trash, cleaning/mopping kitchen floor.
·         Helping with dishes.

While performing the duties of this job the volunteer is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, lift and/or move up to 20 pounds, and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit, and reach with hands and arms.
 

Dock and Pantry Volunteers

Online sign up for all volunteers is REQUIRED. You can find our calendar sign-up by clicking HERE.   

Dock and Pantry volunteers will assist with needs in the shelter’s dock and pantry areas, following safety guidelines that include hand washing, glove use and mask use. Duties include, although are not limited to:

·         Receiving and unloading in-kind donations from donors.

·         Sorting and organizing in-kind donations items in storage areas and in the pantry.

·         Helping prepare breakfast pastries for the following morning (Pantry volunteers, only).

While performing the duties of this job the volunteer is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, lift and/or move up to 20 pounds, and talk and  hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit, and reach with hands and arms. 
 

Laundry Service

Online sign up for all volunteers is REQUIRED. You can find our calendar sign-up by clicking HERE.   

Laundry service volunteers will assist with needs in the shelter’s laundry area, following safety guidelines that include hand washing, glove use, mask use and proper cleaning procedure for linens. Duties include, although are not limited to:

·         Loading and unloading washer and drier.

·         Folding linens.

·         Maintaining cleanliness of laundry area. 

·         Dispensing toiletries to guests.

While performing the duties of this job the volunteer is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, lift and/or move up to 20 pounds, and talk and  hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit, and reach with hands and arms. 
 

Transportation Service

Whether you know Omaha and Council Bluff streets like the back of your hand, or open up Google Maps every time you get in your car, Siena Francis House needs you! We are looking for volunteers who are able to drive shelter guests to appointments around the metro area. 

This volunteer opportunity is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m.-4 p.m. We ask that volunteers commit to at least a four hour block of service during that time frame.

To read the job description for Volunteer Driver, CLICK HERE. Learn more, or sign up to drive, by contacting Silvia Rodriguez at 402-341-1821 x1113 or emailing her at srodriguez@sienafrancis.org.

If you have further questions please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at srodriguez@sienafrancis.org.

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