Summer is upon us—even if the weather has still been a little sporadic. Summer is a time for fun in the sun, camping, adventure, and travel. Personally, I can’t wait until I can get my vitamin D fix. However, due to the nicer weather, fluctuating schedules, and summer trips, our Drop-In Center is in need of summer volunteers.

Throughout the year we maintain a wonderful group of core volunteers and meal groups who help us run the drop-in center and feed the youth who come through our doors. Without them, we simply wouldn’t be able to provide the services we do. However, due to trips, vacations, and fluctuation summer schedules, we have more spots open than normal, for both volunteer positions and meal groups, and we are in need of more volunteers in both positions.

Our drop-in volunteers are crucial for running and maintaining the drop-in center. Drop-in volunteers help us oversee all aspects of the drop-in, from mediating conflict to post-services cleaning. Meal groups are equally as important. Without meal groups, we cannot offer the quantity or quality of food that the youth we serve have come to love—and often, it is the only meal they’ll eat per day. Drop-in volunteers are asked to commit to helping at least one day a week, during our hours of operation (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 4:00-6:30pm). Meal groups are asked to commit to at least one meal per month, with enough food to feed around 40-50 people.

If you’d be interested in volunteering in either of these positions, contact us! We cannot do what we do without each of you. We are beyond grateful and blessed by this entire community and everything that you all have done for us. Thank you to all past, present, and future meal groups and volunteers.

Each of you has been an extremely important part in helping the homeless and at-risk youth of Lane County create and sustain healthy lives away from the streets.

Thanks,

Josh Frank

Karri Tinnes: karri.tinnes@hoseayouth.org
Joshua Frank: joshuajfrank@icloud.com