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Helping Hands

Volunteer Opportunities!

We are looking to expand our volunteer force within Monroe County. Traditionally, Family Promise has always sheltered our guest families within churches in our local area for one week at each church we partner with. Now, we are expanding to partner with other locations in the Tomah and Sparta areas. We now have an agreement with Sparta Park and Rec to use the Barney Center once a month in our rotation. We are also building a similar relationship with The Kupper Ratsch Senior Center in Tomah. With such a wide range of opportunities and so many great ways to serve, we ask that you check them out below and sign up for any activities that may interest you. Every little bit goes a long way to helping our community families on a generational scale by giving parents and their children the opportunity for stability, education, health, and the chance for them to contribute back for generations to come. Here is what we are currently the most in need of:

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Shelter Volunteering
Volunteering within the shelter and serving families directly is a uniquely rewarding experience. There are several opportunities to do so in various fashions. Every shelter volunteer receives 3 hours of orientation and training to prepare them and ensure that a positive experience is shared between volunteers and guest families. Volunteers can choose from in-person as a group or online at their own pace to complete the course.

Other Ways To Volunteer

Volunteering within the shelter and serving families directly is a uniquely rewarding experience. There are several opportunities to do so in various fashions. Every shelter volunteer receives 3 hours of orientation and training to prepare them and ensure a positive experience is shared between volunteers and guest families. Volunteers can choose from in-person as a group or online at their own pace to complete the course.

 

Traditionally, Family Promise has always sheltered our guest families within churches in our local area for one week at each church we partner with. Now, we are expanding to partner with other locations in the Tomah and Sparta areas. Here is what we are currently the most in need of help with:

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Volunteer Drivers & Movers

Driver volunteers only require one volunteer at a time but are welcome to work in pairs. Family Promise has a 15-passenger van used to transport families who do not otherwise have transportation, and it is also used to move our 14ft enclosed trailer from one host site to another on the weekends. Must be able to provide a valid driver's license and a safe driving record. 

 

During the week, when required, the driver picks up the family and takes them to the day center or work in the morning. In the afternoon, the driver picks up the family at the day center or work and takes them back to the shelter in the evening. Sometimes, a driver may be needed in the middle of the day to get a family or family member to a specific appointment approved by their case manager.

 

On Sundays, a driver picks up the Family Promise trailer with beds loaded and takes it to the following hosting location. At this time, some families may be moved with the trailer in tow. Families are expected to help pack and unpack when they are capable. 

 

Movers are also needed randomly throughout the year. It is best to have a team of movers working together when needed. Movers help families move into their new homes when they graduate. Movers are also required when receiving donations of items.

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Event Volunteers

Event volunteers are needed for various community engagements throughout the year. Each event can provide a variety of different activities that serve both our community and the mission of Family Promise. Examples of our events are:

·         Brat Barn Sales

·         Chili Cookoff and Night                Without a Bed

·         Parking at Cranfest

·         Trunk or Treat

·         Live entertainment and              basket raffles

·         Car Show

·         Parades

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Day Center Volunteers

Day center volunteers are needed throughout the week for a few hours at a time to help clean and organize. Our Staff and families are always bustling, working towards their goals, and it is nice to have help keeping the place clean and organized. Such things would include but not limited to:

·         Sweeping and mopping              floors

·         Cleaning bathrooms

·         Organizing shelves

·         Washing linens

·         Cleaning Windows and                surface areas

·         Cleaning Toys

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