Each week, many volunteers give their time to serve the women and children at The O’Connor House. Each volunteer plays a vital role in our mission to love and support young homeless pregnant women. The support of a community of volunteers has enabled The O’Connor House to assist over 400 women, toddlers, and babies.
There are opportunities to volunteer as an individual or group. Volunteering can fit into your schedule either as a one-time or recurring service experience.
Providing Transportation for our residents
Our greatest need is providing transportation of our residents to appointments, work, or school. This involves picking up the resident from The O’Connor House and taking them to the needed location, or picking them up from the location and dropping them off at the house. Each week our transportation needs are sent out through the Sign Up Genius and our volunteers sign up for those slots that fit their schedule.
*Background check, child safety protocol training, valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance information are required. (See notes below)
We routinely provide babysitting for the resident’s babies while they are in counseling (individual and group), Bible Study, Life Skill Classes and other group events or activities. These babysitting opportunities appear on the Sign Up Genius email each week.
*A background check and child safety protocol training are required. (See notes below)
Sorting Donated Items
We receive in-kind donations often and need help sorting and organizing donations. This volunteer role works with the house manager who coordinates in-kind donation.
Planning and Helping with Fundraising Events
We can use your expertise in helping to execute our fundraising events throughout the year. These events are important for supporting the operating budget. Volunteers who enjoy planning, organizing, and working on committees would be ideal to serve in this area.
If your group is interested in volunteering, please contact Susan Barrett at [email protected].
We have opportunities for teens who are 14 or older to babysit or sort donations at The O’Connor House. We also welcome our teen volunteers to do offsite drives and fundraisers outside of the house. If you are a teen interested in getting involved, email Katherine Shepard at [email protected] for more information. Or, you may download and fill out the Teen Volunteer Application which requires a parent/guardian signature. Teens must attend a volunteer information session before babysitting. Also, teen volunteers must re-apply each school year.
Next Steps to Start Volunteering:
- Fill out the Volunteer Application
- Read through the Volunteer Handbook
- Attend a volunteer orientation session
- Submit a background check*
- Complete child safety protocol training**
*We will take a background check from another organization or there is a background check included with Safe and Sacred that we can use. If not, we will provide a link for you to take a minute to authorize us to run a background check.
**We require child safety protocol training for any volunteer that will be providing childcare or transportation for our residents. If you have taken Safe and Sacred at your parish within the last 3 years, we accept this. Otherwise, we will provide an online option or an in-person option.