Volunteer

 

TSD_Volunteers_SlideIn an effort to continue one of our missions to “provide an adequate safe haven for children and youth in our community”, the Shepherd’s Door will be starting an after school program for upper elementary school aged children (grades 4-6) and a toddler story time. We are seeking volunteers to help. These programs can only be successfully run with your help. Please see the descriptions below of the programs.

After School Program – This program will be held at the Shepherd’s Door in a newly renovated “youth room.” It will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 3pm – 5:30pm. The program will consist of a “hang out” time, games, snacks, arts & crafts, homework help and a bible study. We would also like to incorporate a quarterly community service project.

Toddler Story Time – This program will be held at the Shepherd’s Door in our conference center. It will be held Friday mornings from 9:30am – 11:30am. This program will be for children ages 2-5and consist of stories, singing, snacks and crafts.

All volunteers must have criminal and child abuse clearances as well as either fingerprint clearances or the notarized fingerprint affidavit. (There is no cost to obtain these clearances.)

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Jenn at the Shepherd’s Door.      412-761-4310 or jenn@theshepherdsdoor.org

Please consider volunteering to make these programs another successful part of our community!

 

The Shepherd’s Door is run by one full-time employee and volunteers.  It would not be possible to accomplish our mission and vision without the help of individuals willing to donate their time and effort.

Below are some examples of volunteer positions and descriptions.  Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering with The Shepherd’s Door.

Store Volunteer

Store volunteers are responsible for assisting and serving consumers that visit the retail store.  Tasks include but are not limited to answering questions, showing customers around the store and its merchandise, and operating the cash register to check out customers when ready.   Although there is not a minimum time requirement to volunteer, we do ask for planning purposes that you commit to a consistent volunteer schedule.

Resource Center Intake Volunteer

Resource center intake volunteers are responsible for assisting and serving consumers that visit the resource center.  Tasks include but are not limited to completing initial assessments, providing initial information and referrals, assisting with internet searches, making phone calls and helping fill out applications when necessary.  Although there is not a minimum time requirement to volunteer, we do ask for planning purposes that you commit to a consistent volunteer schedule.

Resource Center Guide

Resource Center Guides will use their knowledge, experience and network to help consumers build positive habits and move toward self-sufficiency.  Guides will collaborate with a network of partners to help individuals develop the skills and resources necessary for physical, emotional and spiritual restoration. Guides will meet one-on-one with individuals to help them feel empowered, encourage good habits, and provide accountability.  Volunteer schedule and time commitment is flexible and self-managed between the guide and consumer.

Academic Tutor

Academic Tutors will work with elementary students after school providing extra help with homework and supplemental learning activities.  Tutoring sessions last from one to one and a half hours depending on the workload.  Although there is not a minimum time requirement to volunteer, we do ask for planning purposes that you commit to a consistent volunteer schedule. Act 33/34 clearances completed within the past two years are required prior to starting.

English as a Second Language Tutor

ESL tutors assist local adult refugee students with practicing and learning the English Language.  Activities can include but are not limited to reading a book, teaching vocabulary, life skill instructions and activities, and much more.  Although there is not a minimum time requirement to volunteer, we do ask for planning purposes that you commit to a consistent volunteer schedule.  Training can be provided through the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council.

Summer Lunch Volunteer

Summer Lunch volunteers receive, prepare and distribute the food to the children during the summer.  Volunteers are required to have Act 33/34 clearances within the past year, and must obtain a mandatory sponsor training.  Although there is not a minimum time requirement to volunteer, we do ask for planning purposes that you commit to a consistent volunteer schedule.

Backpack Buddies Coordinator

Backpack Buddies Coordinators act as the liaison between The Shepherd’s Door, the school and the community partner.  Responsibilities include managing the collection and delivery of the food, ensuring all proper paperwork is followed, and communicating any issues or concerns.  The time commitment varies based on the depth of involvement, but should not be more than a few hours per week.

Marketing Volunteer

Marketing volunteers assist with the development and execution of the marketing plan and strategy for all aspects and events of The Shepherd’s Door Ministry.  Tasks include but are not limited to brainstorming ideas, developing marketing material and handouts, and distributing and passing out material as needed.  A mandatory meeting is required once a quarter.  All other time commitments and requirement are handled by the volunteers and committee as a whole.

Event Planning Volunteer

Event Planning volunteers assist with planning outreach and/or fundraiser events for The Shepherd’s Door ministry.  Tasks include but are not limited to brainstorming ideas, soliciting donations and sponsorship for the event, and coordinating the logistics and volunteers the day of the event.  The time commitment and requirements will vary throughout the year and will be handled by each group and its individuals. 

Administrative Volunteer

The Shepherd’s Door is in need of individuals to help with administrative duties such as updating and filing records, writing and mailing letters, and other general clerical activities.  The schedule for this type of work is flexible and on an as-available and as-needed basis.

Accounting Volunteer

The accounting volunteer would be responsible for reviewing monthly financial reports to ensure basic accounting practices are being properly followed.  Additional tax preparation work may be required while filing the tax return.  Although it is referred that the individual contain a CPA license, we will consider somebody with accounting experience.  Time commitment is roughly one hour per month with extra hours of work during tax return time.