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Volunteer

Volunteer

Volunteers make a tremendous difference at our organization on a daily basis. If you are wondering how to help the thousands of people we serve each year, Siena Francis House offers a variety of meaningful volunteer options. You could help serve a meal in our dining room, assist in meal preparation in the kitchen, receive and organize donations on our loading dock and in our pantry, help out in our laundry room, assist in grounds and maintenance or provide transportation to our clients.  Opportunities are available to anyone who is looking for a one-time volunteer experience, or those who are interested in a more regular/ongoing volunteer commitment for any of the following volunteer positions: • Meal Service Volunteer (for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) • Kitchen Volunteer • Dock & Pantry Volunteer • Laundry Service Volunteer • Volunteer Driver • Maintenance Volunteer • Daily Campus Clean-Up Volunteer. Detailed volunteer job descriptions for these positions are below.

We are pleased to let you know that the Siena Francis House has transitioned to a new and easy-to-use online volunteer scheduling software platform called VolunteerHub. This new software is designed to help make scheduling a volunteer activity with Siena Francis House quick and simple.

To volunteer at Siena Francis House, please create your own, personal account on VolunteerHub, using the link immediately below. The VolunteerHub software will guide you through this process. After you have created your account, you can again view detailed volunteer position descriptions and schedule yourself for one or more volunteer opportunities.

To create your personal account on VolunteerHub and to sign up to volunteer, click HERE or on this VolunteerHub link:

Additional, Important Information Regarding Volunteering at Siena Francis House:

  • No application is necessary, although online sign-up is REQUIRED for all individuals and groups who would like to volunteer at the Siena Francis House.
  • If you are a leader of a group that is planning to volunteer for any of these regular, volunteer positions listed above, please contact Volunteer Services Manager, Silvia Rodriguez – at srodriguez@sienafrancis.org or at 402- 341-1821, extension 1113 – to set up your volunteer group in VolunteerHub.
  • By signing up online, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of Siena Francis House's Volunteer Expectations, Waiver of Liability, and Code of Conduct Agreement, found in VolunteerHub.
  • While the COVD-19 pandemic limited some of our on-site volunteer opportunities, we have fully opened the following volunteer positions on our campus. However, 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.
  • Volunteers should plan to arrive five minutes prior to the start of their volunteer shift.
  • Volunteers must wear a facemask when inside any Siena Francis House facility.
  • Volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes with rubber/non-slick soles, when volunteering.
  • Upon arrival for their volunteer shift, all volunteers must check in at the front desk and receive a “Visitor” sticker, which volunteers should wear the entire time they are volunteering.
  • Volunteers must then “clock in” at the computer kiosk located at the back of the kitchen of our emergency shelter, located at 1117 North 17th Street (except for maintenance volunteers, who will clock in with Maintenance staff in our Baright Building, located at 1111 North 17th Street.)
  • When finished with a volunteer shift, all volunteers must “clock out” at the same computer kiosk, in order to have the volunteer shift/hours recorded in VolunteerHub.
  • Minors are allowed to volunteer – and only when accompanied by an adult – in the following positions: Plating food in Meal Service; Kitchen; Dock and Pantry; and Community Clean-Up. Minors are not allowed to volunteer in Laundry Service; Maintenance; and as a driver/transportation.
  • Siena Francis House may also host groups of varying sizes to perform special, one-time volunteer activities, outside of the volunteer positions, detailed below. Examples of special, one-time volunteer group activities may include: campus clean-up; painting, deep cleaning of facilities, organizing the pantry; holiday-specific projects; assembling personal hygiene kits; holiday-specific projects and conducting off-site, in-kind donation collection/drives.

Thank you for considering volunteering at the Siena Francis House. We strive to make volunteering at Siena Francis House a meaningful experience for all volunteers. If you have questions regarding volunteering at the Siena Francis House, please contact our Volunteer Services Manager, Silvia Rodriguez, at srodriguez@sienafrancis.org or at 402- 341-1821, extension 1113. Silvia is always more than happy to help!

Below is a “snapshot” of our main volunteer positions – most of which take place in our emergency shelter, 1117 North 17th Street:

Meal Service Volunteer

What does sharing your time or talent look like?  How about serving our breakfast, lunch or dinner meal to those experiencing homelessness? The Siena Francis House provides nearly 400,000 meals each year – and, we need volunteers to serve all of these meals to the homeless. Meals include serving breakfast from 7:00 until 9:15 am, lunch from 10:45 until 12:45 pm and the evening dinner from 4:15 until 6:15 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 and to learn how to help homeless people; it is also a great way to provide a real and meaningful service to our homeless guests.

As a reminder, for safety's sake, please know that ALL Meal Service volunteers MUST wear closed-toed shoes which have rubber/non-slick soles. 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 volunteer is occasionally required to sit, and reach with hands and arms.

This volunteer opportunity occurs in the dining room of our shelter. Responsibilities include preparing the food service area with drinks, utensils, napkins, “plating” meals onto trays and distributing trays to guests and maintaining dining room cleanliness. Between meal servings, volunteers sanitize tables and chairs. After lunch is completed, volunteers fold up the tables and move them and the chairs to the perimeter of the dining room, 2 volunteers per table.

Click HERE for the detailed Breakfast Meal Service Volunteer Job Description.

Click HERE for the detailed Lunch Meal Service Volunteer Job Description.

Click HERE for the detailed Dinner Meal Service Volunteer Job Description.

Kitchen Volunteer

Click HERE for the detailed Kitchen Volunteer Job Description.

This volunteer opportunity assists with needs in the emergency shelter’s kitchen, following safety guidelines that include hand washing, glove use and mask use. Responsibility is to assist our Kitchen Management staff with a variety of meal preparation tasks, which include, although are not limited to: obtaining food items from the pantry and walk-in refrigerator/freezer, opening canned food items, preparing food items to be used in meals served to clients, helping with dishes and cleaning and organizing the kitchen area.

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 volunteer is occasionally required to sit, and reach with hands and arms.

Dock and Pantry Volunteer

Click HERE for the detailed Dock & Pantry Volunteer Job Description.

This volunteer opportunity occurs in the “back of the house” dock and storage areas of our emergency shelter, following safety guidelines that include hand washing, glove use and mask use. Responsibilities include, although are not limited to: receiving and unloading in-kind donations (e.g. clothing, personal care/hygiene items, cleaning supplies, etc), sorting and organizing donations, re-stocking shelves and 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 volunteer is occasionally required to sit, and reach with hands and arms.

Laundry Service Volunteer

Click HERE for the detailed Laundry Volunteer Job Description.

This volunteer opportunity occurs in the laundry room of our emergency shelter, following safety guidelines that include hand washing, glove use, mask use and proper cleaning procedures for linens. Responsibilities include, although are not limited to: sorting linens, loading and unloading washers and dryers and preparing individual sets of linens and bedding items distributed to, and used by guests staying in emergency shelter.

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 volunteer is occasionally required to sit, and reach with hands and arms.

Volunteer Driver

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 Siena Francis House clients 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 timeframe.

Click HERE for the detailed Volunteer Driver Job Description. To learn more about being a volunteer driver, and to sign up for this position, please contact our Volunteer Services Manager, Silvia Rodriguez, at 402-341-1821 x1113 or email her at srodriguez@sienafrancis.org.

Maintenance Volunteer

Click HERE for the detailed Maintenance Volunteer Job Description.

This volunteer opportunity occurs within Siena Francis House campus, following safety guidelines that include hand washing, glove use, mask use, proper use of tools and equipment, and correct bending, lifting and material handling technique. Responsibilities include, although are not limited to: grounds maintenance, painting, deep cleaning, general building maintenance (e.g. changing filters, changing light bulbs, repairing doors, locks, moving / restocking supplies throughout the buildings, and assisting with special projects).

While performing the duties of this job, the volunteer is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, bend, lift and/or move up to 40 pounds, and talk and  hear. The volunteer is occasionally required to sit, and reach with hands and arms.

Daily Campus Clean-Up Volunteer

Click HERE for the detailed Daily Campus Clean-Up Job Description.

This volunteer opportunity occurs within Siena Francis House campus, following safety guidelines that include hand washing, glove use, mask use, proper use of tools and equipment, and correct bending, lifting and material handling technique. Responsibilities include, although are not limited to: walking around the physical Siena Francis House campus, picking up trash, using “trash grabber” tool and trash bag.

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

If you have further questions about volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Services Manager, Silvia Rodriguez, at srodriguez@sienafrancis.org.

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