Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you're looking to volunteer as an individual or as a group, we welcome your help and compassion!

Sacramento Area Opportunities

  • Birthday Parties

    Sponsoring a birthday party for the kids at our Family Shelter or our Mather Transitional Housing program is an incredible opportunity to create memories for the kids and families and help provide continuity, joy, and hope in otherwise unsettled and uncertain times. As a sponsor, you would provide the gifts, cupcakes/cake, goody bags, decorations, paper goods, and entertainment/games for the party.

  • Craft Nights

    The host for these nights can choose virtually any craft to teach the kids how to make. The possibilities are endless! You would provide enough craft supplies for 10 kids and teach them how to make it. Even coloring is very fun for them! Our craft nights are held on Mondays at 6-7pm at our Residential Family Shelter.

  • Senior Safe House Adopt-a-Meal

    Provide a meal for the residents: Bring a complete meal to the Senior Safe House(enough for 10 people)- either prepared or just the ingredients- and prepare it yourself at the House or leave for staff to prepare. (breakfast, lunch, or dinner)

  • Other Group Volunteering

    If you have a group of 8 or more volunteers we can use your help with one-time projects at one of our many programs in Sacramento.

  • Operation Backpack

    July-August

    You can be part of helping prepare a child for success in school by volunteering your time to sort backpacks, pick up backpacks from drop-off locations, holding a collection drive, or data entry.

Northern Nevada Opportunities

  • Golden Tampon Drive

    May

    #goldentampon is an annual donation drive founded by Shanna Golden that collects and distributes feminine hygiene products like tampons and pads to female clients of VOA. Give back by organizing a drive, hosting a collection bin at your home, church, school, or business.

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  • Operation Backpack

    July-August

    Operation Backpack provides backpacks, grade-specific school supplies, to homeless, at-risk and foster children in Reno. Help a kid in need succeed in school by donating new backpacks and/or school supplies.

    Email to Sign Up
  • Brightening Birthdays

    Every Month

    This is an incredible opportunity to provide continuity, joy, and hope in otherwise unsettled and uncertain times for the kids living at VOA’s Family Shelter in Reno by donating gifts, cupcakes/cake, goody bags, decorations, supplies, and entertainment/games - everything needed to host a monthly birthday party for the kids.

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  • Baby Blessings

    Quarterly

    Help a new or expectant mom welcome their new baby by sponsoring one of our quarterly baby showers.

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  • Adopt-A-Child/Family

    December

    Help make the holidays a little brighter for children and families staying in a shelter over the holidays by sponsoring a holiday party and/or adopting a child.

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  • Shelter from the Storm Society

    November

    VOA's Shelter from the Storm Society is composed of a special group of people dedicated to ensuring the future of our programs and services through a multi-year commitment of giving. Learn more about becoming a Society Member by serving as a Table Captain for the November 2019 annual breakfast.

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