Providing Emergency Food, Shelter and Hope
to Homeless Children and Their Families in Columbia since 1979

Get Involved, Volunteer!

The work we do at Family Shelter is not possible without the support of our volunteers. If you have time to give we have opportunities for you to help.

To volunteer or get more information, contact Nick Washington at
803-771-7040 or by

Click here to print our volunteer needs (pdf)

Weekdays Anytime

Office Support, Monday-Friday, 60 minutes or more between 10:00am-4:30pm, you set the schedule

Answering phones, writing thank-you notes, and other office support. We tailor to your skills and interests.

Weekday Afternoons

Homework Helpers, Monday-Thursday, 60-90 minutes between 3:00-5:30pm

Work individually or in small groups with students on homework assignments and school

Campus Greeters, Monday-Thursday, selected 60 minutes or more time slot between 3:00-5:30pm,

Greet residents and unlock dorm rooms as they return to campus.

Dinner Cooks, Monday-Friday, 2 hours, 4:00-6:00pm

Work with the assigned resident parent to do prep work, cook, and lay out dinner buffet style.

Evenings & Weekends

Evening Child Care, Wednesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm

Engage children ages 3-5 with reading and other activities while parents attend a life skills class.

Arts & Crafts or Hobby Projects, Weekends

Host a craft activity for children and/or adults.

Recreational activities, Weekends

Recreational games or general playtime with our kids.

Group Volunteering

We enjoy having special events, continuous, and/or one-time volunteer opportunities for groups to get involved. Some of these activities include:

Supply Drives, Meal Donations, Family Game or Movie Night, Arts & Crafts, Sports & Recreation, Holiday Activities & Programs, Facility Beautification & Maintenance Projects

Support our Wish List

Visit our Wish List Page for more information.

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