Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! Here is our list of basic volunteer positions. Training is provided for all positions, but please note that not all positions are open at all times. Please also note that anyone applying for a position with direct client will need to consent to a background (CORI) check. 

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If you see a position that interests you, we ask that you fill out a Volunteer Application. This gives us information on your availability, skills, and background. Much of the application is a quick checklist. On your application, let us know what position you’re interested in and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to arrange an initial meeting.

If you have a particular volunteer role in mind that you don’t see described below, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@haconcapecod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 279. We’re always happy to talk with you about how your skills, background, and passion, and our mission, vision and needs could match up!

Shelter Cape Cod Telethon PALs
A PAL (Phone Attendant Liaison) is a person who helps us raise money to provide one day of client services each month for a year ($45 for one day of services x 12 months = $540). Before the Telethon On Dec. 11), we ask that you reach out to your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, business contacts and/or faith community to let them know that you will be on TV and that they can help a great cause. Let them know why you think it’s important to support HAC Shelters. On Telethon night, bring a list of these people to call for a donation. This is a one-hour commitment: a half-hour of required training, and a half-hour on the phones (although you can sign up for additional phone time if you’d like). To sign up to be a PAL, click here.

Childcare Assistants
Our Hyannis, Falmouth, and Cataumet shelters seek volunteers to help with childcare on weekday mornings (preferred), or early afternoons. Volunteers can pick one or more of these timeslots, but should be able to commit to a regular, weekly schedule (for example, every Wednesday morning). Volunteers should have childcare experience, enjoy working with kids of varying ages, and feel comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with families in crisis. All volunteers must undergo a background check (CORI).

Van Drivers
Drivers are needed both weekdays and on weekends to transport residents from our family shelters to medical appointments and other essential errands. Our family shelters are located in Hyannis, Falmouth and Bourne. Drivers will use our agency van (an automatic seating 7 persons). Volunteers should have a flexible schedule, a valid Massachusetts driver’s license, and feel comfortable working with families in crisis. All volunteers must undergo a background check (CORI).

Newsletter Mailing Crew
Join our group of volunteers who help collate, fold, tab and label our monthly newsletter, HACbeat. Newsletter preparation is generally done on the first Thursday and Friday of the month. Shifts are usually 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, noon-3 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Friday. Please call to sign up and confirm work dates, as these sometimes vary from month to month.

Shelter Assistants
Help provide staff and client support at our Bourne family shelter. Duties include office tasks such as copying, filing, and preparing mailings; providing phone and front desk coverage during staff meetings; assisting clients in routine, daily matters and/or driving clients to appointments. Volunteers in this position work a half-day on a regular, weekly basis (ex: 8 a.m.-noon Thursdays). Volunteers should have strong organizational and interpersonal skills; enjoy doing a variety of tasks from day to day; and feel comfortable working with families in crisis. All volunteers must undergo a background check (CORI).

STAR Program Triage Workers
STAR (Special Triage and Referral) is a new intervention program that helps each client to assess their situation and engage existing resources. Work one-on-one with clients to help them review and consider life perspectives and approaches to their particular situation, then weave together the best combination of support options. Help us develop this pilot program which so far has excellent results. As with all positions, training is provided.

Hobby/Craft/Recreation Leaders
Do you have a special past-time that you would like to share with others? Consider teaching it to a group of adults or children at one of our shelters. Whether you garden, sew, bead, stamp, paint, knit, write poetry, sing – whatever! – an hour or two of creativity can be fun, renewing, and even healing for our clients. You can lead a one-time workshop or a series, depending on your schedule.

Yard and Fix-up Crew
Join our on-call list of yard and fix-up helpers! We need volunteers to help with seasonal yard work, landscaping projects, interior and exterior painting, and other projects at our shelters. If you’re an experienced do-it-yourselfer and can spare an occasional day or weekend, sign up for our on-call list. We’ll let you know by email or phone when we have upcoming projects. You can decide to help out when it’s convenient for you.

Click here to print a Volunteer Application.