Looking to jump right into the action?
Please watch this video to learn more:
Then, contact us here to contribute time:
or email us at:
STAR House strongly believes in volunteerism as a way of building connections and partnerships that will strengthen our community and create meaningful experiences across generations. STAR House and the families that we partner with benefit from the breadth of experiences shared by volunteers through their unique perspectives, their relevant skills and their courage to act on making a difference. This means that when you volunteer with STAR House, you are valued for your individuality and your ability to invest in the future of all children. Volunteers are an integral part in putting an end to the barriers that caregivers face when reaching out for support by creating a welcoming, nonjudgemental environment. Together, we strive to live in a society that prioritizes the security, well-being and support of children. It takes a village to support families in our community, and STAR House believes that our volunteers are a vital part of that village.
What is STAR House and what services do you provide?
As a nonprofit organization, STAR House will offer free, safe, holistic, and trauma-informed care to children in an overnight care facility. Parents/guardians will become a part of our support network and are encouraged to care for themselves. We will also offer services to overcome barriers or life stressors families may be facing (housing instability, financial instability, inadequate childcare, domestic violence, etc.). We will partner with other community services to make the resources, care, and support that the families desire. We will also work to provide a safe home away from home for children in early childhood. Joblessness, homelessness, mental health needs, medical issues, domestic violence, and the simple need for a break and some rest are all factors that can create overwhelming stress for families and impact their lives. When these crises arise, many parents reach out to family, friends, or other reliable individuals who can help. However, there are families that do not have a trusted friend or family member to provide care for their children. This is where STAR House can step in as a trusted ally to provide free, safe, overnight care for children and supportive services for caregivers. STAR House Family Advocates will be available to inform parents about additional resources and de-escalation tools to benefit the overall health and well-being of the family. Seeking out STAR House and trusting us during difficult times is a show of faith in their abilities as well as ours. It shows their commitment to their family’s well being as well as their amazing parenting skills and we will be honored to receive these people with open arms and without judgement. STAR House will continuously work towards goals which are based on standing with caregivers in a nonintrusive manner.
What are the requirements for volunteering?
At this time, all STAR House volunteers must be 18 years or older. Once we are on-site, we may offer volunteer opportunities for accompanied minors. Additionally, once on-site, all regularly scheduled on-site volunteers will be required to pass a DHS background check. At this time, volunteers need to have the ability and equipment needed to volunteer, such as using Zoom and Google Docs.
How do I become a volunteer?
Anyone who meets the qualifications and is interested in becoming a volunteer is invited to watch the introduction video and complete an application. You will then be invited to an interview during which we will also discuss available volunteer opportunities and your preferences to determine which position or committee will be your best match. All volunteers that hope to work on-site in the future will have to pass a DHS background check.
What kind of volunteer positions are available? What kind of tasks and time commitments are involved?
We have several committees run by volunteers who perform their work virtually to accomplish the tasks needed to run STAR House. The committees meet and communicate as often as needed to complete their goals and the schedule and frequency of meetings will be determined by committees themselves.
Our current and future committees are:
Every opportunity is a chance to build and strengthen your skills and we hope one of these positions are of interest to you.
As we get closer to the full fruition of our vision, we will also have more hands-on positions available, including direct care, cooks, hospitality, cleaning, and many more. Volunteer shifts will be available 24 hours a day in 4-hour increments, based on the needs of STAR House. STAR House asks volunteers to commit to a 4 hour shift, twice per month at a minimum. We will update this section with more information when these positions become available, but we expect them to include the following:
Direct Care - Work with staff to provide basic needs, emotional support, and enrichment to children in order to create a warm and responsive environment. There will be a limited number of direct care positions, those volunteers will be required to meet similar criteria as staff.
Parallel Care - Volunteers who perform parallel care work will work closely with or around children to support Direct Care Staff and Volunteers, these include:
Supportive Care- Volunteers in the supportive care role will perform most duties outside of the child care areas and have no direct care responsibility for caring for children.
Who do I contact for more information?
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.
Are there any special precautions being taken for COVID-19?
Yes, although we would love to be working in person with each and every one of you, we believe your health is more important at this time. For that reason, all volunteer tasks are currently being performed remotely. When a meeting is necessary, we will meet through Zoom. Volunteers will need to provide their own technical equipment and be comfortable using Google Docs and other technology tools.
Do you offer internships?
Our goals include exploring the option of integrating internships into our organization and we will continue to update our site when a program is fully developed. If you or someone you know would like to help STAR House establish an internship program, please reach out to us at email@example.com
Do you offer corporate volunteer groups or sponsorships?
We would love to explore that possibility with you. If you are interested in establishing a Volunteer Day with your co-workers and STAR House, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org Opportunities for this type of volunteering may be limited until STAR House finds a permanent home.
Volunteers make EVERYTHING happen at STAR House! Katie White has been an amazing team member on our Grants and Strategy Committees. With Katie's help, STAR House was awarded our largest grant to date! Here's what Katie had to say about volunteering at STAR House:
I volunteer for STAR House to become closer to my community and to help get this needed resource off the ground. I look forward to STAR House opening its doors in St. Paul in the near future! Everyone here is incredibly passionate, driven, and knowledgeable, and works to bring the whole team together in a respectful and fun environment. Volunteering with STAR House is a bright spot in my week!