With the help of our incredible volunteers, the work of Community Supported Shelters is made possible. Some people help build huts, some help with fundraising events, others help with office work or in our garden. Maybe you have some way that you think might be helpful to give your own time!
If you are interested in getting involved, fill out the form below & book a space on one of our upcoming tours to learn about our programs.
Here is a list of our current volunteer needs:
Hut Crew – (Our Hut Crew team is full now. We are not taking new volunteers for this position)
Weather permitting, the Hut crew builds Conestoga Hut kits on-site in the Eugene/Springfield area. Hut walls and floors are heavy. Volunteers should be able to lift 50 pounds, be able to follow the directions of the crew leaders, and work safely with others.
On non-build days, the Hut Crew assists in building the Conestoga Hut kit components and prepares all the materials used in Hut construction at the CSS shop at 1160 Grant Street. They cut and assemble floors, decks, steps, and bed frames as well as being sure insulation, roofing, and other materials are accurately cut and labeled for the Hut builds. It is helpful if Hut crew volunteers have some familiarity with power tools, be able to use a measuring tape, and work with some level of independence by following detailed laminated instructions. Though there are many activities like sanding, painting, and assembling wood components that anyone can begin to do on day one.
Work Party Meal Preparers & Hosts
You or your group prepares a full meal for 18 folks (on average) and brings it to the Safe Spot work party location (most often at the camps). Set up the meal on a table and serve it to our hardworking campers.
Time Request: 1 time per month, approx. 1.5 hours, not including meal preparation
Time Request: Variable, based on your availability
Assist with delivering CSS Shower Program Laundry Towels (On hold – we are currently working on a new shower building)
On Friday mornings at 7:50am, we need a volunteer to pick up used towels from our shower program and deliver them to a local laundromat, where another volunteer launders them for us. When the towels are done, then we need them to be picked up and delivered back to our shower program at our Reboot Camp at 1845 W 11th Ave. Must be able to carry a 20lb tub of laundry.
Time Request: 2 hours per week (Friday mornings)
Landscape Lovers (Seasonal)
We tore out the asphalt and gravel and have built up some nice soil which is now growing many kinds of berries and tree fruits. We are looking for people who want to help support our model of sustainable living by maintaining the gardens, fruit trees, and landscaping at our office. Provide beautification for the area that serves as a meeting space and where we conduct tours. Tools and water supply on-site.
Updates and manages content on our website. Supports our mission by keeping information current to help us advertise our Camp Tours, ways people can contribute, Staff and Board of Directors information, other website development content, etc…
Skills in Web development and maintenance and WordPress required.
Time Request: 3-4 hours per month