Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Peoria Home!
Peoria Home is primarily funded by individual donors and, in an effort to reduce costs and to develop a sense of true community, we recognize the value of volunteers. The on-boarding process for volunteers includes an initial application, background check, attending orientation & training. Once approved, many positions will require role-specific training either in a group or one-on-one.
Becoming a Volunteer
Individuals who are 18 and older are encouraged to apply. Volunteer applications are reviewed thoughtfully and those who fit into the philosophy and schedules of the program will be contacted individually for further information and orientation. Most applicants find placements at Peoria Home in various roles providing support to the residents and the program.
All volunteers will have a background check completed with the Washington State Patrol. We are welcoming to volunteers who have lived experience with sex trafficking and/or addiction. In an interest to keep everyone’s best interest and safety in mind, we request those working with Peoria Home have been in recovery for a minimum of 5 years. Exceptions may be reviewed at the discretion of the executive director, on a case by case basis.
Ways to Get Involved
The below list is not exhaustive and opportunities will expand as our program grows. Volunteers with special interests and skills are encouraged to include this information on their application.
Admin/Office Support – Through our work with volunteers and donors, we occasionally need support with in-office administrative tasks such as filing, stuffing envelopes, data entry and contacting volunteers and donors. This may be a great opportunity for someone who enjoys giving back “behind the scenes.”
Arts & Crafts/Exercise– Our in-home residents are always looking for enriching activities to participate in at home or in the community. If you have an artistic gift, passion for exercise or other movement activities (e.g. yoga) and want to share this with our women, please consider volunteering your time and knowledge to support the growth and development of our women.
Events – Annually we host the Beacon of Hope gala and participate at various networking events throughout the year. If you are outgoing and interested in representing Peoria Home at these types of events to help support the organization and increase our community presence, this could be a great opportunity to get involved.
Fundraising – Peoria Home is not currently receiving any federal or state funds and we depend on individual donors and support from other local organizations such as non-profits and churches. If you are interested in hosting a fundraising event, or in grant writing, we could use your help. Peoria Home is looking to expand our services into multiple homes for our women and your expertise in raising monies can make this happen!
Group Facilitation – Our women are all active in recovery and are involved in local meetings and are also interested in fostering community by hosting similar meetings. If you are strong in your recovery and are interested in facilitating a support group or a recovery meeting for our residents and potentially community members, please let us know!
Life Skills – Personal development and independent living skills are crucial in supporting our residents. We are recruiting individuals or organizations to teach the women life skills such as cooking, meal planning, budgeting, basic finances, resume writing, and other skills.
Social enterprise – In the coming months, Peoria Home residents and graduates will begin their social enterprise: developing and creating a product to sell to the public. This will allow the women to have meaningful employment earning a living wage. We anticipate needing support of volunteers to establish the business venture and keep it sustainable. Exact duties are unknown presently and will be communicated in the future.
Transportation – While caring for our residents we consider their whole health and wellness while growing in recovery. This involves attending to medical, dental, and mental health needs which may not have been able to be addressed previously. Our residents are working towards independence and, in the interim, need assistance getting to and from appointments. Transportation volunteers agree to pick up our residents from the home or community locations and drop them at appointments or at Peoria Home.
Tutoring – Some of the Peoria Home residents need the support of patient individuals willing to work with them in pursuing their education goals including earning their GED. Volunteers who give their time to help our residents in this way are helping them develop their skills, and their resume, to provide better employment opportunities in the future.
Yard/House Maintenance – Peoria Home is gorgeous, and we want to keep it that way! Our residents have their own chores but sometimes home tasks are outside our area of expertise. Help with mowing/edging the lawn, teaching the women gardening skills, and minor home repair tasks is the area in which we have the greatest need!