Frequently Asked Questions for Volunteers

How much time do I need to commit?
That depends on how much time you can give and the type of volunteer opportunity that interests you. Evening hosting is just a few hours and is perfect for volunteers with busy schedules. For those with a bit more time, our ‘done in a day’ projects, like gardening at a Day Center and helping at a special event, work well. Whereas volunteering to teach financial literacy and technology skills is best for volunteers who are capable of a longer time commitment.

Can I volunteer one-time or do I have to make an ongoing commitment?

Family Promise volunteers can have a lasting impact on a family’s life without making a huge time commitment. One-time volunteer opportunities – such as helping at a special event or participating in a supply drive – exist and work well for those with full schedules; consider joining our Volunteer Response Team to be the first to hear about these one-time opportunities and then opt-in based on your ability. There are also plenty of opportunities for volunteers who are available to make a more long-term, regular commitment.

Will I receive volunteer training?

Family Promise wants every volunteer to feel comfortable, so we do offer training.
Volunteers directly working with our families are required to go through an orientation. Additional training, tailored to the specific volunteer project, will also be provided.

Can I volunteer with my family?

Yes! We offer opportunities for entire families to volunteer. You can indicate this in your application and a Volunteer Coordinator will help you identify the best fit. 


Are there opportunities to volunteer with my co-workers?

There are opportunities for you to volunteer with a group of colleagues or even with just a single co-worker. Our Volunteer Coordinator will help you identify a project that works best for your team once you fill out an application.

What are the hours during which volunteers can help?

Family Promise offers volunteer opportunities 24/7, but exact scheduling depends on the type of volunteer activity. For example, volunteers providing homework help will do so in the evenings or on the weekends. And volunteers assisting at our office may do so during regular business hours.


Do you offer virtual volunteer opportunities?

Unfortunately, at this time, we do not offer virtual volunteering. 

Are the projects listed here the only volunteer opportunities?

Although our Volunteer homepage is regularly updated, if you don't see something that works for you, just give us a call at 509-747-5487. We would love to talk about the ways in which you can volunteer your time to help children and families.