Volunteer Opportunities

Our valued volunteers supplement the Mary's Shelter staff to meet the varied needs of the teen mothers and children in our care, and support the agency so it can continue to serve others in need in our community.

Volunteering at the Shelter

Child Care - Become a cuddler and watch precious babies grow and help them flourish one morning every week. Or ask to be on-call for child care occasional evenings while teen mothers attend special events.

Drivers - Here is a way to get quality one-on-one time with our girls! Drive our girls and babies to their doctor and other appointments at your convenience.

Receptionists - Do you have a smile in your voice? Choose one afternoon or morning each week to take calls at the shelter reception desk, greet visitors, accept donations, make calls and perform other office tasks as needed to assist the staff. 

Mentors - Your presence is a gift you can give. Matched to a particular girl, mentors serve as a teacher, friend, sponsor, listener, guide, role model and advisor, helping the girl clarify and achieve her dreams. Mentors maintain a relationship with the girl during her entire stay at Mary's Shelter and beyond.

Enrichment - If you have a special talent, skill or interest that you would like to share with Mary's Shelter for the benefit of our girls and babies, please let us know. Examples are: cooking or baking instruction, sewing or needlework and scrap-booking or crafts. Or you may prefer to volunteer as a handyman to help with the many challenges of keeping two houses in good repair or as a "shelter shopper" to do our weekly grocery shopping.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Board of Directors - Each year individuals supporting the mission of Mary's Shelter and willing to make a three year commitment to provide leadership, vision, governance and resource development will be invited to join the board. Call Executive Director Barbara Nelson at (714) 730-0930, Extension 19.

Special Event Committees - Help produce our special events with auctions that generate both friends and funds for Mary's Shelter. Contact Gina at (714) 730-0930, Extension 15 or at Gina@teenshelter.org to learn more.

To Volunteer

Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Gina at (714) 730-0930, Extension 15 or Gina@teenshelter.org to find out about Volunteer Orientations. Note that volunteers who work in direct contact with our minors must be at least 21 years old, fingerprinted for a background check, be tested for TB and receive training regarding personal boundaries and confidentiality. In some cases, first aid and CPR training is also required.