Volunteer


Current Volunteer Opportunities (most opportunities would require a minimum of one two-hour shift each week, Monday through Friday, between 7:00am and 4:30pm depending on the opportunity.)

  • Employment Specialist for the JOB LINKS program.  Help recognize patron’s strengths and skills, empower them in the search for job and career assistance, help with resume writing, interviewing skills and submitting applications on line.
  • Hospitality Volunteers work at the front desk distributing guests’ mail and messages, answering the telephone and taking messages, assisting with long-term storage and day storage.  Registering guests to do laundry, take a shower, to see a caseworker or visiting agency representative.
  • Kitchen Volunteers help prepare meals, serve meals and clean up after.  We serve two meals a day, breakfast and lunch, so volunteers are used in the kitchen from 7:30 am until 2:00 pm.
  • Shalom Greeter volunteers works in the day room and are available to answer questions when guests first enter Shalom.  Volunteers have an opportunity to chat with guests and share information on Shalom services with guest new to the Center.
  • Respite Room Assistant staffs Shalom’s new respite room used by guests who have the need to lie down and rest/sleep for various reasons such as having a night job or a medical condition that requires them to rest regularly, etc.  Volunteers will sign guests into the room, make sure they have a clean blanket and pillowcase for their pillow and monitor the room.  This would be a great position for medical students or any students that would like to have a quiet place to do school work while monitoring the room.  A two-hour shift, one day a week would be a minimum expectation.
  • Street Fitness Exercise Mentors and Instructors Street Fitness is a program designed to use exercise and relationships to help fight poverty in the city of Bloomington.  The program will pair those living in poverty with “exercise mentors” to help not only improve health but may also motivate guests to overcome their situation.  By no means is this program meant to solve poverty in our community, but the hope is to provide inspiration and motivation through exercise and relationships to help them better fight poverty.  In order to get this program to the “starting line,” we need volunteer instructors and mentors.
Double the Value of Your Volunteer Contribution!
Many companies match their employee’s volunteer contributions.  Your employer many be one of them.  If you are unsure of whether the company for which you work provides matching gifts, contact your personnel or employee relations office.
Click on the link to find a few of the employers in our area that have matching gift policies. Companies with Matching Gift Policies

Steps to Becoming a Shalom Volunteer:
  • Fill out the Volunteer Information form by clicking on this link Volunteer Registration Form (pdf file).
  • Attend a volunteer orientation. (See below)
  • After the orientation, we will match your availability with our volunteer needs and get you scheduled with a start date.
  • Hospitality Volunteers are required to attend a special two-hour training and submit to a background check.

 

Volunteer Orientations are currently scheduled bases on the needs of incoming volunteers.  Please e-mail our volunteer coordinator here to schedule a time.


 

Click on this link to Register for Volunteer Orientation

 

Hospitality Volunteer Training

Volunteers who would like to work as a Hospitality volunteer must attend an additional two-hour training.

Hospitality Training Registration Form

Volunteer Manual To view volunteer manual, click on this link.   Volunteer Manual

Volunteer Feedback

The Board of Directors and staff of Shalom Community Center would like to thank you for volunteering at the Center.  Although our efforts and services are centered around our guests, we also want our volunteers to have a valuable and rewarding experience.

In order to insure that the time you spend with us is worthwhile, we would like to gather your opinion of your volunteer experience.  Your feedback will help us to know if there are ways we can improve our offerings to volunteers which will, in effect, allow us to give better services to our guests . . . the bottom line.

Please complete the Volunteer Feedback form by clicking on the following link.  It should only take you a few short minutes.    Volunteer Feedback Form

Contact Information

IU Students with questions about volunteering, during the Fall and Spring sessions may contact Ben Lindsey, the Shalom Advocate for Community Engagement by email.

All other volunteers contact Mark Emerson, Volunteer Coordinator, by email or call 334-5734.