We have two primary cities in Washington state where you can get involved: Renton and Shoreline.
A few commonly asked questions about volunteering include:
What are the age restrictions for volunteering?
If a volunteer will work directly with Vision House residents, the volunteer must be at least 16 years of age and not enrolled in the same school district as Vision House resident children.
If the volunteer position is in an area that supports the services of Vision House (such as volunteers in our Resale department, at our warehouse, outdoor work, or facility maintenance) and the volunteer will not have direct contact with residents, then volunteers must be at least 12 years of age and supervised by a parent at all times.
For families or groups with children younger than 12 years of age we suggest considering a donation drive to benefit the families at Vision House. At different times through the year, Vision House families are in need of various items such as: bedding and household items, toilet paper, diapers, backpacks, books, holiday gifts, and more. We have also have had elementary children do a coin drive or host a lemonade stand and donate the proceeds to Vision House. Storage space is often a challenge for us, so please email Andrea to learn what items are of greatest need at this time.
Do you accept court ordered volunteers?
Unfortunately, at this time, we do not take court ordered volunteer service.
Do I have to be a Christian to volunteer with Vision House?
No. Vision House is a Christian organization, but we welcome all people to volunteer with us. We do ask, however, that, even if you do not share our beliefs, you respect them. There are a select number of volunteer opportunities (for example, Bible Study leader) that do require agreement with our Statement of Faith. Please don’t hesitate to call our Volunteer Coordinators, Debbie in Renton (425-228-6356) or Rose in Shoreline (206-812-8834), with any additional questions.
Can I bring a group of volunteers to serve together?
Yes! We regularly schedule groups to assist with various tasks at Vision House.
The same age restrictions listed above apply to volunteer groups. If the group includes youth ages 12-18, we ask that there be at least one chaperone for every five youth.
For more information, please check the Current Volunteer Opportunities link below to learn more!
Individual Volunteer Interest: If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the Interest Form below.
Group Volunteer Projects: If you are interested in inquiring about a group volunteer project, please contact the appropriate staff member below based on your location of interest.
Other forms you may need:
Vision House offers meaningful volunteer opportunities to the community with the goal of increasing our capacity to serve the poor and homeless and help promote positive transformation of their lives. We provide these meaningful volunteer opportunities through the promotion of our core values of Christ-centered integrity, helping and service, achievement, respect, and teamwork. Volunteers can expect to:
• Have their time respected.
• Be educated about the organization, it mission, its policies, its people and its programs.
• Be provided effective orientation, training, support, and supervision.
• Receive good instruction, by someone who is experienced, well-informed, patient and thoughtful.
• Have the opportunity to build skills and knowledge, through advancement to assignments of more responsibility.
• Be heard, to have respect shown for comments and suggestions as well as to participate in planning if so desired.
• Be appropriately recognized for their efforts.
• Have the opportunity for fellowship and to make new friends.