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

Get Involved, Volunteer!

For more information about volunteering,
email Nick Washington or call 803-771-7040.

It has been said that a committed and energetic volunteer base is key to a successful organization, and that is true for Family Shelter. Volunteers provide hundreds of hours of service every year and enable us to provide more services and support for the families living at our shelter.

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

  • Dinner Cooks
    4:00-6:00pm daily click here for job description
  • Homework Helpers
    Monday-Thursday, 4:00-5:30pm
  • Weekend Arts & Crafts/Hobbies Projects (for kids and/or adults)
    Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons

Group Volunteer Opportunities

  • Facility Repair/Improvement Projects
  • Yard and Lawn Maintenance
  • Recreational activities or playtime with our kids
    This is a great service project for youth groups.
    Saturday mornings are best, but Sunday late afternoon can work also
  • Weekend Arts & Crafts/Hobbies Projects (for kids and/or adults)
    Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons

Group Donation Opportunities

  • Evening Meal Donations
    The average number of people served at dinner is 30-35.
  • Sponsor a Supply Drive for our Wish List
    Supply drives help us stock up on supplies needed to support our families. Because our inventory ebbs and flows, please be sure to contact Nick before planning a supply drive to confirm our greatest needs at the time you will host the drive.

All volunteers who interact with our residents must complete a Volunteer Application and consent to a Criminal Background Check.

Support our Wish List

Visit our Wish List Page for more information.

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