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 integral in putting an end to the barriers that caregivers face when reaching out for support by creating a welcoming, nonjudgmental 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 be recipients of our support network and are encouraged to care for themselves. We will 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 available 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.
Factors that can create overwhelming stress for families and impact their lives include: joblessness, homelessness, mental health needs, medical issues, domestic violence, and the simple unmet need for a break and some rest. 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 non-intrusive manner.
What are the general 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. Volunteers are also expected to work a minimum of two four-hour shifts per month.
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 now have on-site volunteer opportunities available during three work shifts, Friday through Sunday. Our shifts are as follows: First Shift - 6am to 2pm, Second Shift - 2pm to 10pm, and Third Shift - 10pm to 6am. Here are some of the roles we're looking to fill:
We also 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 if one of these positions interests you, you can apply here.
Who do I contact for more information?
You can email us at email@example.com with any additional questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com Opportunities for this type of volunteering may be limited until STAR House finds a permanent home.
We are incredibly grateful for the volunteers on our team. Their dedication, enthusiasm, and willingness to help has been truly inspiring. With their diverse backgrounds and skills, they have made valuable contributions to our organization. We are excited to work alongside them and look forward to the positive impact they will have on our community.