- Handyman: This new volunteer position in Montgomery County would assist our Dayton locations with handyman (“honey do list”) issues, such as changing lightbulbs, touch-up painting, gardening, fixing broken furniture, etc.
- Administrative Assistant: Volunteers answer calls at the front desk, assist and greet clients and visitors; and may also perform administrative tasks, if able, such as data input, filing, copying, shredding, etc. Volunteers are needed Monday – Friday, anytime between 8:30am – 5:00pm.
- Volunteer Recycler: Help us recycle, especially paper. Pick up paper 2-4 times a month and take it to a paper recycle bin easily found at schools and Kroger’s. A great opportunity for individuals/families who care about the environment!
- Intake: use computer to record ID#, verify family size and identify last date of service.
- Personal Shopper: Guide customer through selecting a pre-determined number of food items from the food list and other household or personal items when available.
- Hospitality Host: Greet and assist customers, monitor hallways.
Time commitment: Unless otherwise noted, Pantry hours are Monday-Friday, 9:30-11:30am. Closed first Friday of every month.
- ESL: Volunteers are needed to tutor children and adults in English and help students with their reading and homework. Opportunities exist in home and classroom settings, with options to develop a one-on-one relationship with one family/individual and to work with them throughout your service term. Times and locations vary between our different partner organizations: Bruner Literacy Center, Christ the King Church, Job Corps, Catholic Social Services, MVCTC/ St. John’s Church, and Dayton Public Schools.
- Housing: Volunteers (individuals or groups) are needed to prepare apartments/houses before refugees arrive in the United States. Duties involve cleaning the home, moving and setting up furniture, washing dishes, making beds, hanging curtains, etc.
- Interpreter: Volunteers are needed to facilitate communication between Refugee Resettlement staff and refugees in their native language(s). Our most needed languages are currently: Kinyarwanda, Kinyamulenge, Arabic, and Swahili.
- Mentor: Volunteer groups of 2-6 are matched with an individual or family for a minimum of six months to assist refugees with acculturation to US customs and simply social engagement. Volunteers meet with the refugee(s) at least twice a month for at least six hours a month. Activities might include cooking a meal together, playing a board game, going to the mall, attending community events, etc.
- As needed: Other opportunities may exist to connect to Catholic Social Services, such as: transporting clients to appointments, doing clerical or other office work, preparing ethnically-appropriate meals for newly arrived refugee families, etc.
- In-Kind Donations: Our most urgent and ongoing needs include: Welcome Baskets (click here for more information), Kitchen essentials (pots, pans, dishes, glasses, silverware, etc), Housekeeping essentials (broom, mop, cleaning supplies), Pillows (new), sheets, blankets, Twin/Full Bed-in-a-bag, Gift Cards to grocery or home furnishing stores, Bus Passes, Laundry Soap, Toilet Paper, Feminine/Male hygiene supplies, New toiletries
Erma’s House Family Visitation Center
- Volunteer Visit Monitor: Volunteers provide supervision of scheduled visits (visits are generally 1 to 2.5 hours) and exchanges. Initial training of 10 hours is required. Ongoing training is provided throughout the year.
Time commitment: Visits are generally 1-2.5 hours a week, Tuesday-Friday evenings and Sundays from 1-6pm.
Early Learning Center/Daycare
- Classroom Substitute: Great for college students, former teachers or anyone who enjoys spending time with children and takes an interest in education.
- Tutor: Help school-aged students with homework after school and special tutoring in reading and math.
- Special talent: we always welcome guests who can offer unique and special enrichment talents to the children. Contact us if you have a special gift you would like to offer.
Time commitment: Volunteers assist Monday-Friday, from 6am-noon or 3-6pm.
Senior Program – Montgomery County
- Respite Care Volunteer: Provide respite and support for caregivers who care for dependent elderly adults at home. Volunteers stay with elderly clients and meet their needs while caregivers take a break. Time commitment is 3-4 hours weekly. Dates and times are negotiable with clients. Training is provided.
- Senior Visiting Volunteer: Provide a friendly weekly visit to a socially isolated senior for approximately 2 hours each week. Training is provided.