5 Ways to Volunteer at New Horizons

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For most of New Horizons’ almost 40-year history, developing meaningful relationships has been our number-one priority.

And even as our services have grown and shifted to become more culturally responsive & clinically sound, our volunteers have been the glue that has kept us tied to our relationship-first approach to engaging with youth on the streets.

If you’re passionate about contributing to our community’s efforts to end homelessness, love working with young adults, and are looking for a place your volunteer hours could be spent developing meaningful connections, New Horizons is the place for you.

Because of our priority on relationships, we prefer our volunteers to make one-year commitments to serving with us in order to create consistency & stability for youth who come to New Horizons for services.

Here are five ways to take the next step and get involved with New Horizons, with some help from a few of today’s most popular internet memes. If you’re interested in any opportunities, fill out the Community Tour form at the bottom of the page, or if you’ve already taken a Community Tour, email volunteerprograms@nhmin.org.

1. Form a Breakfast Food Group

Not only do breakfast food groups make the building smell great by frequently livening up the space with the smell of bacon and sausage, but they also help 40-50 youth get a nutritious start to their day by cooking a delicious meal.

Time Commitment: 7:15a-9:30a, one morning per month (e.g., first Tuesday of the month, second Thursday of the month)

Responsibilities: 3-5 people purchase, prepare, & serve breakfast in New Horizons’ commercial kitchen space, as well as clean up afterward. Food groups may serve whatever meal they choose. (Hint: carbs are always a hit.)

Current Openings: 1st Thursdays, 2nd Tuesdays, 2nd Fridays (note: Fridays we serve bagged to-go breakfasts only; can be dropped off on Thursday evening or Friday morning)

2. Hang Out at Day Programs

Day Programs take place after breakfast on Monday through Friday. During this time, various community partners visit our Drop-In center and offer resources like creative writing, music therapy, mental health counseling, and healthcare.

Day Program volunteers hang out with youth during this time and help them get connected with the resources they need. Volunteers may help with youth laundry or access to clothes or personal care items from our self-care supplies, or they may simply sit at a table and have meaningful conversations with youth while they wait for services.

Time Commitment: 7:30a-10:30a, once weekly (e.g., every Monday morning)

Responsibilities: assist youth with what they need, develop relationships with youth, connect youth to resources & self-care supplies, assist staff when necessary

3. Form a Dinner Food Group

There’s no better way to begin developing meaningful relationship than by sharing a meal together. Dinner food groups make this possible by cooking for around 50-60 youth, staff, and volunteers, which gives them the opportunity to gather around the table the same way a family would at the end of the day.

Time Commitment: 6:00p-8:30p, one evening per month (e.g., first Wednesday of the month, third Sunday of the month)

Responsibilities: 4-6 people purchase, prepare, & serve dinner in New Horizons’ commercial kitchen space, as well as clean up afterward. Food groups may serve whatever meal they choose and are encouraged to be creative!

Current Openings: 1st Mondays, 2nd Mondays, 3rd Thursdays, and 4th Tuesdays

4. Hang Out at Drop-In

Drop-In volunteers come one night a week to eat dinner with youth, help them find access to whatever resources (laundry, showers, clothes, etc.) they may need, and mostly, to form friendships with youth. For a couple hours while the Drop-In center is open, volunteers are on the floor to hang out and have fun with youth, which helps us keep relationships at the heart of what we do.

Time Commitment: 6:00p-9:30p, once weekly (e.g., Sundays or Tuesdays)

Responsibilities: assist youth with what they need, develop relationships with youth, connect youth to resources & self-care supplies, assist staff when necessary

5. Hang Out at the Young Adult Emergency Shelter

Shelter volunteers come to help staff at the beginning of overnight shelter once a week. They hang out with young people before they go to bed, perhaps playing games or watching a movie with youth, and assist staff with any tasks that may need to be done.

Time Commitment: 8:45p-11:00p, once weekly (e.g., Sundays or Thursdays)

Responsibilities: assist youth with what they need, develop relationships with youth, help youth get adjusted and comfortable in the shelter, assist staff when necessary

If you’re interested in any of the above opportunities to volunteer with us, please fill out the form below to attend our next Community Tour. Someone will follow up with you shortly after filling out the form.

We couldn’t do what we do without our amazing volunteers – we hope you’ll join us as one of them!


If you’ve already attended a Community Tour or have additional questions, please email volunteerprograms@nhmin.org.

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