Volunteers have been at the heart of Abby’s House since the beginning. They come from all walks of life, volunteer on their own or as part of a group, and choose to volunteer for different reasons. Their length of stay varies as well. Some volunteer for one day, others work on a regular basis, and some stay with us for years.
Our volunteers vary in age (18-90+!) as well. Some are retirees and some are in the workforce, while others are in college. Individual volunteers provide overnight coverage at our shelter, work in the Thrift Shop, teach classes and hold workshops in our Women’s Center, serve as receptionists, and help prepare and serve meals. Corporate and community groups come to Abby’s House to prepare and serve meals and help with larger projects.
Individual Volunteer Opportunities
If you are under age 18, you can still make a difference for the women and children at Abby’s House. Here is a list of ideas of how you can help:
- Cook a meal with your family or group and bring it to Abby’s House
- Organize a donation drive
To ensure our volunteer positions are adequately staffed long-term, we do require individuals to make a 6 month volunteer commitment to Abby’s House.
If you are unable to make this commitment, consider participating in or volunteering to help with our annual fundraisers instead. Please visit our Event page to learn more.
Dedicated volunteers provide a welcoming and safe place for women and children in the shelter and sleep overnight with shelter guests.
Commitment involves staffing from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 a.m., one night a month or more. Training is provided by Abby’s House shelter staff.
The Abby’s House Thrift Shop has two goals:
- To provide quality clothing and necessities to homeless or low-income women through our voucher program.
- To raise funds for our mission through the sale of items in our shop.
Volunteers sort and put the items out for sale and work on the shop floor to help our customers find the perfect purchase. Volunteers are needed during our Thrift Shop’s business hours on Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. A variety of shifts are available.
Our Women’s Center is open to current and former guests and residents, serving as a space where women go to find continued support, camaraderie, and services. Individuals with specialized skills and/or training are always needed to teach workshops or provide services.
Examples of activities include:
- Art and Music Therapy
- Sewing/knitting and jewelry classes
- Dental Hygiene
- Pet Therapy
- Computer Classes
- Resume Development
- Interview Preparation
- Financial Literacy Training
- SNAP Benefits Counseling
The Women Center is open daily from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM, Monday – Friday and all programming takes place during these hours.
The receptionist is responsible for handling all inquiries in reception, including phone calls and walk-ins, in a respectful and friendly manner; providing administrative support to the staff; and helping maintain a safe, secure and a respectful environment at 52 High Street.
Our reception office is staffed with volunteers Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. A variety of shifts are available.
Nutritious and tasty meals are available for our residents, guests, and Women Center members on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The hours of volunteering in the kitchen are from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., working directly with the kitchen manager.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
We welcome organizations and groups to volunteer with us, whether it is for a day of service or on a regular basis, and are able to handle groups of 8 or less.
Groups can also prepare and serve meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
At times, we have special projects that we need help with, especially in our Maintenance department. If we review your application and determine you or your group would be a good fit to volunteer, we will contact you to discuss what project we currently need help with.
While we do offer internships to interested college students, the opportunities are extremely limited. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jean Anger at 508-756-5486 x227 or to discuss future opportunities.
Interested in becoming a volunteer?
- Start by filling out our online volunteer application.
Only complete applications will be considered.
- If our Volunteer Coordinator determines that your interests, skills, and availability meet our present or near term needs, you will be contacted within a week of submitting your application.
Given the mission of Abby’s House and the sensitive nature of our work, volunteer selections and roles are carefully assigned.
A criminal background check (CORI) is required of all adult volunteers. References for students and interns may be required.