Volunteer Opportunities

Winter Shelter

Our 2019-20 low-barrier emergency temporary wintertime shelter will be at 720 West Main St., in a busy central urban neighborhood. Volunteers will be needed for interior cleaning, furniture moving, re-stocking shelter supplies and updating plumbing / electrical systems.

Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays and Saturdays are regular REACH volunteer days from 9:00am until 5:00pm. Volunteer opportunities begin Monday, October 21st and continue regularly until April 2020. Contact volunteer coordinator John Curran preferably by e-mail at jecurran@rochester.rr.com, or call 271-1053 (leave a message) or cell 747-2324 to indicate your availability. Planning ahead is essential to ensure that someone will be on-site to anticipate your arrival and have materials ready. Location and parking details will be posted here when they are available.

Donations in kind will also be accepted by prearrangement as above. See here for a list of current needs.

Tiny Home Village

Opportunities will be posted when available, probably Spring 2020.

Meet Some Of Our More Recent Volunteers

2018-19 Winter REACH Home Meal Volunteers

The Youth Group from St. George’s Episcopal Church in Hilton and Webster Thomas National Honor Society students were among the many families and groups providing dinner for our residents this winter.

Site Preparation for a possible Tiny Home Community

In 2018 a site on St. Paul Street was identified as a possible location for a community of tiny homes that might provide shelter, services, and support for a population of the currently homeless.  Above is a 2016 satellite photo of the site. Debris from earlier demolition is evident; more still remains as of Nov. 2018. The large tree was cut down and its ground-up trunk produced the mulch used for a work day on October 20. The rear parking area is barely visible above, hidden by fallen tree limbs and wild vegetation.

On October 20 a team of volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints undertook two major tasks at the site: removing surface debris left by a previous demolition of a residence, and covering bare weed-eradicated soil with cardboard and mulch to prevent wild vegetation re-growth and promote a new lawn. In addition to the slideshow below there is a short video, prepared by the LDS group, which can be viewed here.

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