Whether you want to volunteer for a few hours or are looking for an ongoing opportunity to work with our families, there are many ways to support our guests at Family Promise Metrowest.
At Our Congregations
Every evening, our families are sheltered in congregations where classrooms are converted to bedrooms for families and meals are provided by volunteers. Families move every Sunday to a new congregation in the Metrowest area, which can offer you opportunities to volunteer close to your home.
Meal Preparation: Do you like to cook? You can prepare a meal for our families at your home with family or friends, with your class, or as a youth group activity to deliver to a host congregation.
Dinner Hosting: If you want to meet our families, you can attend a volunteer training and then co-host a meal at a congregation. Depending on the age of our children in shelter, you may find yourself playing games, reading stories, or leading craft activities after dinner.
Room Set-Up or Break-Down: Energetic teens are always needed in our congregations to break down guest bedrooms on Sunday mornings or to set up bedrooms on Sunday afternoons.
At Our Day Center
Our offices and family day center are in Natick Center. The day center is our families’ home during their stay at Family Promise Metrowest. It’s where they keep their belongings, meet with case managers, get ready for their day at work or school, and relax on the weekends. Volunteers are needed for weekend days and sometimes to help with children after school.
Weekend Office Volunteers: You can volunteer with a parent or other adult over 18 on weekends to answer the phone, do activities with children, and be a welcoming presence for our guests. This is a great way to volunteer with a parent.
Volunteer and Paid Babysitters: If you like to work with children, you can volunteer to babysit while our parents participate in workshops or meetings at the Day Center. For teens 18 and over, paid babysitters are often needed while parents attend a class or work during school vacations.
At Our Events
We hold two major fundraising events along with many smaller gatherings throughout the year where teens play a major role.
Assistance with Events: Our two major fundraisers, a walkathon and a food tasting, both require help before, during, and after the event. The teens have been amazing in providing the support we need!
Organizing a Walkathon Team: Bring your friends together and walk to raise funds and awareness for the issue of family homelessness.
Kids Empowering Kids
Kids Empowering Kids is a website designed to pair teen volunteers with children in our program. Families at the shelter can log into their accounts to contact trained teen volunteers to schedule arts and crafts, sports lessons, music lessons, or help with homework. All assignments take place at the FPM Day Center with guest parents present. For more information, visit http://www.kidsempoweringkids.org/.
Family Promise Clubs
Family Promise Clubs are groups in our local high schools that educate youth on the social issue of family homelessness and engage them in purposeful volunteering with our guest families. The following high schools are currently participating: Dover-Sherborn, Natick, Needham, Newton Country Day, The Rivers School, St. Mark’s School, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Wayland, and Wellesley. If you want to form a club at your school, let us know and we would love to help you get started!
For more information, contact Judy Mongiardo at 508-318-4820 or [email protected].