HOW… To Make a Difference
Housing Opportunities for Women
Thank you for your interest in our work! Find below some of the ways we work with volunteers here at HOW. Each opportunity is subject to availability, timing and current needs. Please indicate your interest and availability by filling out and submitting the attached Volunteer Application*. We look forward to hearing from you!
CAREER PLANNING, EDUCATION & TRAINING
Instructor Computer Skills - Work one-on-one with participants of HOW’s Career Services to build their word processing, internet job search and Microsoft application skills (including Excel, Word, and Outlook).
Instructor Creating an Effective Resume - Assist HOW’s career services participants to maximize the impact of their resume by leading a small group or individual workshop.
Career Mentors - Host a discussion group to talk about the day-to-day expectations, challenges and rewards of your profession! Nursing, Administrative and Human Resources, Customer Service, Probation and Security, and Small Business mentors are in high demand.
Workplace Skills Tutors - Help participants become comfortable with workplace math, reading comprehension, writing and problem solving. This knowledge will also help some participants earn their GED.
Instructor Career Workshops - Lead a workshop of up to 10 participants on a number of career-centered topics, from dressing for success to managing stress. Your knowledge and expertise can help others take the next step in their career journeys.
Financial Management Counselor - Make a life-long impact by assisting clients to set personal financial goals and gain management skills. Help participants create a workable household budget, complete payment agreement forms when in arrears for rent, and learn how to save for the future.
CHILD & YOUTH PROGRAMS
Child Care Assistant - Provide supervision of children while their mothers participate in groups and workshops. Assist with art projects, homework or games while ensuring a safe play space for 5-7 children aged 10 and under steps away from the groups and workshops. Two Assistants will work together during each time slot.
After-School Tutors - Help elementary, middle and high-school students successfully complete their homework and learn vital sills. Volunteer tutors will meet once a week with students at HOW, and in coordination with the organization’s Child and Youth Specialists.
Research Assistant - Your research skills can help HOW in a variety of ways. Researchers will assess community needs and statistics, assist with prospective funding research, identify staff development opportunities, or locate comparative organizational data.
Legal Clinic Assistant - Process intake paperwork once a month during a free legal clinic. Volunteer attorneys meet individually with clients to consult on a variety of topics. You can help by greeting clients and assisting them with completing an intake form prior to meeting with the attorney.
Office and Administrative Assistant - Help HOW’s busy staff of more than 40 with file creation and organization, envelope stuffing, copying and more. Your skills will help HOW keep up with day-to-day administrative needs.
MAINTENANCE & BEAUTIFICATION
Special Projects - Assist HOW’s Housing Development team beautify and maintain its three residential facilities and its program and administrative offices by scheduling a service day. Activities can include but are not limited to painting, landscaping and light renovation, depending upon volunteer interest, skill level and availability.
FUND DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS
Gala Dinner and Auction Intern - Go behind the scenes to learn all the ins and outs of event planning by working with HOW’s Development team. This internship will include participation in planning meetings, helping to build both silent and live auctions, sponsorship development and event logistics. A guaranteed fundraising resume builder!