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Here at Home of the Sparrow when you become a volunteer, you’re family!

We are happy you’re here to learn about volunteer opportunities at Home of the Sparrow!

While HOS volunteers do not work directly with our program participants, there are many ways to be involved that directly impact their lives. We are a small staff, so every volunteer effort and contribution enables us to seamlessly provide robust programs and services for the hundreds of women who seek our help annually. We could not accomplish our mission without volunteers!

Please watch the 2-minute video below and review the FAQs as well as the volunteer opportunities. When ready, reach out to Ashley Leiss,  via email  aleiss@homeofthesparrow.org.

If you don’t have the time to volunteer, but would like to support our mission, please know that every gift makes a difference! Please click here to make a donation.

Ways to get involved

Maintenance

Participate in hands-on projects at a Home of the Sparrow location (Exton, West Chester, or Coatesville). Examples:

  • Spring and Fall Yard Clean up
  • Gardening, Pruning, Planting
  • Painting
  • Simple Repairs and Maintenance
  • Cleaning and more!

Holiday and Seasonal Programs

Help us provide for the needs of our families during the holidays and through seasonal events. Examples:

  • The Holiday Gift Program
  • The Thanksgiving Meal Collection and Distribution Program
  • The Warm Coat Program
  • The Back-to-School Program
  • Mother’s Day Celebration
  • Easter Outfits and Baskets
  • Summer Basket Program

Community Awareness

Become an ambassador for Home of the Sparrow by sharing about us on social media and promoting our mission in your local community. Examples:

  • Decorating for a Mission in October
  • Participating in the Love Is Home Campaign in February
  • Personally posting and sharing about us on your social media

Your Own Fundraising Events

Support HOS fundraising events or receive the tools you’ll need to host an event on your own! Examples:

  • Participating in our Star’s & Strides Challenge to End Homelessness in July
  • Hosting your own fundraising event (such as an auction, yard sale, or workplace event) on behalf of Home of the Sparrow
  • Hosting a birthday campaign on your Facebook

Donation Drives

Help provide essentials for our families by collecting household items and feminine hygiene products for our “Giving Garage.”

  • Hosting a donation drive using the current needs on our website and invite your family, neighbors, church, company, school, social group, etc., to collect and donate items.

Deliveries

Help distribute supplies and the bounty from the “Holiday and Seasonal Programs” to our clients. Examples:

  • Holiday meals and gifts
  • “To-Go-Bags” filled with household supplies from our Giving Garage

Volunteering FAQs

What is the age range for volunteers?

“School age” or age 6 and up.

How will we be notified when there are new volunteer opportunities?

Volunteer Newsletter, Givbee (A new text service that you can choose to opt-in!), and emails.

Do we need special skills to volunteer?

Though we care about the skills you bring to the table and feel passionate about, we do not require special skills to volunteer with us.

Will we work directly with program participants?

For many reasons, including privacy, you will not be working directly with our women and their children. But please know you will have a direct and valuable impact on their lives.

What are Home of the Sparrow’s biggest needs?

Our needs are seasonal, but our biggest need right now is awareness. As volunteers, you are ambassadors for HOS in the Chester County community and can help build awareness for our organization.

What is the time commitment to volunteer?

This depends on the specific volunteer opportunity.

Are there volunteer opportunities on nights and weekends?

Our office operates within normal business hours. But we understand most people work full-time and schedules are busy! We have many wonderful opportunities to volunteer with Home of the Sparrow that can be done outside of HOS and on a schedule that works best for you!

For more information, please send us a message via our contact form,

call us at 610-647-4940 or send an email to

Meghan Ervine

Volunteer Coordinator

mervine@homeofthesparrow.org

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