Volunteers are very important part of our community collaborative at the Murphy Center. We have on average 150 guest interactions per day and 35,000 per year. Volunteers help us to facilitate the efficiency with which guests can connect with core services like those listed below. Our goal with every volunteer is to match your interests, skills, and time availability to meet the needs of the Murphy Center and more importantly to the helping the people that we serve. In all cases you can volunteer on a regular basis or as your schedule permits.
Our volunteer opportunities fall into one of three categories:
- Volunteer at the Murphy Center
- Transportation Related (pick up donations)
- Volunteer from home (marketing, fundraising and promotion, social media, web design etc.)
Volunteers assemble “To Go” Meals and distribute them to our guests Monday through Friday. This is a perfect “small group” activity for 4-6 people.
Morning Continental Breakfast Service:
Volunteers help to serve continental style breakfast items (breads, pastries, non perishable snacks, fruits, etc.) and coffee to serve nearly 100 guests a day M-F. This service is great for individuals or small groups. Time commitment can vary from 8 AM to noon.
Distribute outdoor gear & supplies to guests. M, W, F 9 AM to 11:00.
Do the guest and facility laundry (shower towels). Hygiene items are located in the laundry room, so Laundry Room Attendants also distribute towels and hygiene supplies to guests prior to showers. M-F 9-5
Have a truck, SUV, or other vehicle with a bit of cargo room? Help pick up donations around town from local businesses or deliver food boxes to families in need. This is normally on call, as needed, and around your schedule. Some donation picks are regular and on a set day and time.
Office Related Support:
If you have administrative skills or love data entry there are opportunities to help with guest check in and other office related tasks. M-F 9-5
Help guests apply for benefits on line through Homeless Gear’s Dedicated Navigator Program. M-W-F mornings.
The on-site locker room contains 190 lockers for guests. Locker Room Volunteer provide guests with access to that room throughout the day and monitor the locker room while guests are inside. M-F 9-5
Many guests receive their mail at the Murphy Center. That mail is delivered each day. Mail Sorting Volunteers receive and sort mail, each day, for distribution to guests. M-F 9-5
If you would like more variety in your volunteer experience, you can learn all of the volunteer tasks and simply fill in each time in whatever role is available. M-F 9-5
Marketing/Fundraising/Promotion From Home:
If you want to work from home totally on your schedule and enjoy working on the internet and through email, consider helping with product procurement, marketing, and fundraising.
The Murphy Center plants a garden each spring and if you have a green thumb or simply want to help outdoors, this might be the perfect volunteer activity for you. M-F 9-5
Have a talent for art or simply want to help our guests in the afternoons express themselves through art? ArtSpeak offers free, open art studio time for Murphy Center guests on Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 pm. Community artists lead group projects, or guests may work on their own artwork. Visual and literary artists welcome – whether you use pen-and-ink, paint, or poetry! The purpose of ArtSpeak is to provide any artists accessing Murphy Center services with a place to make art and find community. ArtSpeak is a part of the Community Studio program through Front Range Community College.
What’s Your Skill or Interest?
Have an idea, skill or passion that you want to offer to the Murphy Center? Come in and let’s talk!
Open M-F 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 242 Conifer Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
You must be 18 years old to volunteer at the Murphy Center for Hope. Youth ages 16-18 may volunteer Monday through Friday afternoons 12-5 PM with adult supervision.
Pam Brewer, Volunteer & Events Coordinator
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