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Shelter Volunteer

God has richly blessed Project Hope for the Homeless located at 25 Freedom Road in Painesville Township, Ohio.

We appreciate all support and assistance with our mission, please note that for hands-on volunteer opportunities we are located in Lake County, Ohio.

One of the most important of these blessings is the wealth of talented and caring volunteers that He has led to our door. Let your hands be the ones that help shape humanity.

If you feel called to lend a helping hand of hope, choose an area of interest from the list below. You can then complete this Online Application, or mail our paper Volunteer Application to 25 Freedom Road, Painesville, Ohio 44077, or fax it to (440) 392-0114. 

If you have questions, please call Missy Knight, our volunteer services director, at 440-354-6417 ext. 106 or e-mail Missy Knight at to learn how you can make a difference. 

Note: Minors 15-17 must be accompanied by a parent. Speak with the volunteer services director if you have any questions or concerns.

Volunteer Job Description:  To help create a safe, caring, supportive environment for homeless shelter guests by providing assistance to staff & giving informal support to shelter guests. To respect the dignity & self-esteem of all shelter guests in interaction with them.

Adult Shelter

Evening Adult Shelter volunteers: 7-11 p.m.
Arrive at 6:45 p.m. to get the site ready to welcome guests, serve dinner to the adult shelter guests. Volunteers will also get to dine with staff and guests. After dinner they clean up the service table, store leftovers and wash serving dishes. Light chores, packing lunches and providing informal support to staff and guests may also be a part of the evening service. Evening volunteers work in teams of 2 or 3, alongside three staff members.

Morning Adult Shelter volunteers: 5:30-7 a.m.
Arrive at 25 Freedom Road to ready and send off shelter guests, preparing them for a new day of hope. Volunteers will distribute lunches, clean up after a light breakfast and help staff monitor guests as they head out the door. What a great way to start your day!

Families Moving Forward

Family volunteers will spend time with the families staying at 25 Freedom Road, helping with homework, playing with children, serving dinner and snacks, and assisting staff.

Early afternoon family volunteer: 1-4 p.m.
Late afternoon family volunteer: 4-7 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
Evening family volunteer: 5-7 p.m.