Volunteer Opportunities
 
Strength in numbers: Samaritan Ministries offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, and we depend solely on the goodness of those who come to us willing to give from the depths of their hearts. We are here with one common goal, to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless. The staff and volunteers of Samaritan are here to share food, shelter, companionship, and Christ's love with those less fortunate.

The Samaritan Soup Kitchen is located at 1243 Patterson Avenue. Click here for directions. Read on for more information on volunteer opportunities at Samaritan Soup Kitchen, or call 748-1962 to join our team!

 

Current Volunteer Needs: Samaritan Ministries needs volunteers especially on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays to serve in the Soup Kitchen. Servers get drinks and lunch for our guests in the Soup Kitchen.

Specific Volunteer Needs: In addition to Soup Kitchen volunteers, the ministry needs the following volunteers in the Soup Kitchen and Samaritan Inn homeless shelter.

· Core Volunteers the 4th Sunday and 4th Monday of each month.
· Staff Volunteers the 3rd Friday and 2nd Saturday of each month.

Read on for more information about the specific responsibilities of Core and Staff volunteers.

 

 
Samaritan Soup Kitchen - Volunteer Guidelines
 
The Soup Kitchen simply could not operate without the love and commitment of volunteers. Each day, people from all faiths and occupations come together to serve food to people. Volunteering at the Soup Kitchen is both fun and hard work. More importantly, volunteering at the Soup Kitchen allows you to grow in your awareness of the needs of the poor, and to offer compassion in the face of suffering.
 
The Samaritan Soup Kitchen is located at 1243 Patterson Avenue. Click here for directions. Read on for more information on volunteer opportunities at Samaritan Soup Kitchen, or call 748-1962 to join our team!

 

Soup Kitchen Team Leader

Purpose: The Soup Kitchen Team Leader provides leadership to each Soup Kitchen team. The Leader encourages volunteers to grow in their awareness and understanding of the needs of the poor. He or she also demonstrates faith, love and hospitality. The Team Leader reports directly to and receives training from Soup Kitchen Manager Cathie DuPre.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Welcome volunteers at 9:00 a.m. (10:00 a.m. on Sunda
  • Supervises lunch preparation, serving and cleanup
    • Reviews menu and assign tasks to team members
    • Assumes responsibility for safe operation of all kitchen equipment
    • Reviews and implements sanitation and safety procedure
  • Ministry
    • Demonstrates Mission: "Providing hope and healing by sharing, food, shelter and companionship with the hungry and homeless through Christian love and service"
    • Assists with devotions and prayer
  • Secures dining room upon completion of lunch
  • Secures dining room upon completion of lunch
  • Encourages team members to find substitutes in the event of their absence
  • Arranges for 5th day teams (Monday-Friday only)
  • Assists with the recruiting of other Soup Kitchen Team Leaders and Members
  • Advises Soup Kitchen Manager of team member changes
  • Communicates with Soup Kitchen Manager regarding any needs or concerns in the Soup Kitchen
Time Commitment:
  • 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Monday-Friday (twice per month), OR
  • 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Saturday (once per month), OR
  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Sunday (once per month)

** Soup Kitchen Team Leaders must switch shifts with other Team Leaders in the event of an absence.

Soup Kitchen Team Member

Purpose: Soup Kitchen Team Members help prepare and serve lunch to the guests at Samaritan Soup Kitchen. Additionally, Team Members clean the kitchen and dining room after serving lunch.

Responsibilities: Volunteers must arrive on time and communicate with the Soup Kitchen Team Leader whenever necessary. Volunteers receive on-the-job training. Volunteers must arrange for a substitute in their absence.

Age Requirements: Youth must be 13 years of age to volunteer in the Soup Kitchen without a supervising adult. For the safety of our guests and volunteers, no one under the age of 13 may enter the Soup Kitchen. These age guidelines ensure a safe and meaningful experience for our guests and volunteers.

Time Commitment:
  • 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Monday - Saturday
  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Sunday

Dress: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes (bleach is sometimes used in the kitchen)

Lunch: Volunteers are welcome to eat lunch in the Soup Kitchen during their shift


Samaritan Inn -Volunteer Guidelines

The Samaritan Inn relies on caring volunteers to continue serving homeless men 365 days a year. Each day, people from all faiths and occupations come together, serving food, sharing devotion time and offering comfort to people without a home. Volunteers at the Samaritan Inn stay overnight in most cases. Churches and Community Service Workers play an essential role in operating the shelter. Volunteering at the Samaritan Inn allows you to grow in your awareness of the needs of the poor, and to offer compassion in the face of suffering.

Volunteer teams assist the Staff Counselor on duty. Duties include check-in and check out, serving dinner and breakfast, and a two-hour security shift. Staff and Core Volunteers assist team members in operating the shelter smoothly.

Samaritan Inn is located at 1243 Patterson Avenue. Click here for directions. Read on for more information on volunteer opportunities at Samaritan Inn, or call 748-1962 to join our team!

Shelter Teams

Purpose: Shelter Teams typically consist of six people from a church or other organization. Shelter Teams assist the Staff Counselor and the Staff and Core Volunteers, making sure the guests receive food and shelter in an atmosphere of compassion and warmth.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Receive job assignments from Staff and Core Volunteers to include: guest check-in, dinner and breakfast preparation and service, leading or participating in devotions, guest check-out the following morning
  • Watch security cameras in two-hour shifts overnight with another team member

Time Commitment:

  • 6:15 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.

Training:

  • Team members receive training from Staff Counselor, as well as the Staff and Core Volunteer

Staff Volunteers

Purpose: Staff Volunteers assist and report to the on-duty Staff Counselor, provide leadership to the volunteer team assigned to the check-in area, and greet incoming shelter guests. Staff volunteers demonstrate Christian love, faith and hospitality.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Welcome and orient volunteers assigned to check-in area at 6:45 p.m.
  • Supervise volunteers from check-in through devotions
  • Assist Staff Counselor as needed
  • Train new Staff Volunteers upon request

Tasks

  • Explain procedures to volunteers, including:
    1. Card file
    2. Baskets
    3. Cigarette file
    4. Bagging of belongings
    5. Weapons bin
    6. Use of metal detector
  • Explain Samaritan Inn policies, procedures and suspensions to first-time shelter guests
    1. Review peach-colored handout with guests
    2. Invite newcomers to 10:00 p.m. devotion

Ministry

1. Welcomes incoming shelter guests
2. Encourages fellowship between volunteers and guests
3. Watches security monitor during devotion (10:00-10:30 p.m.)

 
Time Commitment:
  • 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. one evening per month
  • Staff Volunteers are encouraged to find a substitute in the event of an absence
Training
  • Training provided by the Staff Counselor or by another Staff Volunteer on your assigned evening. Attending a one-time Staff Volunteer Orientation is helpful.
 


Core Volunteer

Purpose: Core Volunteers report to the Staff Counselor, and provide leadership for evening shelter teams in the Soup Kitchen. Core Volunteers demonstrate Christian faith, love and hospitality, and encourage volunteers to grow in their awareness and understanding of the needs of the poor.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Welcome volunteers who arrive at 6:15 p.m.
  • Facilitate volunteer orientation
  • Supervise shelter teams in dinner preparation, serving, cleanup, and evening preparation of breakfast
  • Train new Core Volunteers upon request
  • Attend Core Volunteer meetings once per quarter
Tasks:

1. Name tags for volunteers
2. Introduce Staff Counselor on duty
3. Complete volunteer roster
4. Complete evening schedule and job assignments
5. Ask for a volunteer to lead 10:00 p.m. devotion
6. Review dinner and breakfast menus
7. Review sanitation procedures
8. Review safety procedures

 
Ministry:


1. Convey Samaritan Mission Statement to volunteers…"providing hope and healing by sharing food, shelter and companionship with the hungry and homeless through Christian love and service"
2. Give brief history of Samaritan Ministries
3. Remind volunteers of the guests' needs after spending the entire day on the streets
4. Devotions and prayer

 
Tour of building:

1. Identify restrooms, volunteer quarters, designated smoking areas and exits
2. Identify Staff Counselors office. Remind volunteers that Staff Counselor handles all difficult situations

 
Time Commitment:
  • 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. one evening per month
  • Core Volunteers are encouraged to find a substitute in the event of an absence
Training:
  • Complete three evening shifts under the supervision of an experienced Core Volunteer
 
Other Volunteer Opportunities

One of the joys of working at Samaritan Ministries is seeing ordinary people do extraordinary things to help people. Each day, young and old alike perform acts of kindness, serving the needs of hungry and homeless people in our community. Listed below are a few ways you can support the work of Samaritan Ministries. If you have an idea of your own, call 748-1962. We'd love to hear from you!

Special Projects for your church or other group:

  • Hold a canned food drive
  • Prepare 85 of the same desserts
  • Collect toiletries for Samaritan Inn guests
  • Soup Kitchen cleanup
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Support the Annual Penny Campaign

The Samaritan Wish List: Samaritan Ministries serves more than 100,000 meals and provides more than 20,000 nights of shelter each year. One way to help support the ongoing mission of Samaritan is collecting and donating "Wish List" items to the ministry.

2002 Wish List:

Please consider collecting these items for our Samaritan Soup Kitchen and Samaritan Inn guests.

· January: Ground Coffee (regular)

· February: Apple or Orange Juice (46 ounce cans)

· March: Salad Dressing/ Canned Tuna Fish

· April: Hand Dishwashing Detergent/Oven Roasting Bags

· May: Mayonnaise and Ketchup

· June: Deodorant (sample size)/ Disposable Razors

· July: Ground Coffee (regular)

· August: Apple or Orange Juice (46 ounce cans)

· September: Salad Dressing/ Canned Tuna Fish

· October: Breakfast Cereal/ Oven Roasting Bags

· November: Ground Coffee (regular)/ Deodorant

· December: Men's Gloves/Hand Lotion (sample size)

 

Caring Churches Section

(coming soon)

Samaritan Ministries
1243 Patterson Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: 336-748-1962
Fax: 336-748-8207
Sonjia Kurosky Executive Director
samfunds@hotmail.com


 

 

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