Homeless and Low Income

Catholic Charities

More than 30 programs administered by Catholic Charities provide direct service, education and advocacy that respect life, promote self-sufficiency, support families, and assist parishes to fulfill the corporal works of mercy. Volunteer categories include mentoring, housing, refuges, seniors, shelters, children. For more information please visit http://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/?page=1 or call 509-358-4250

Habitat for Humanity

Various tasks must be performed to keep our construction sites productive, such as swinging a hammer to running materials, stocking the warehouse and refinishing cabinets. Construction site work days are Tuesday through Saturday 8:30am to 3:30 pm. All skill levels are welcome to help construct Habitat homes. In addition, there are many non-construction jobs to be done, including site selection, family selection, and organizing fundraiser auctions among other things.
For more information visit http://www.habitat-spokane.org/index.php, email volunteercoordinator@habitat-spokane.org, or call 509-534-2552

House of Charity

The House of Charity programs offer meals, clothing, mental health services, case management, and free medical care for transient, homeless, and very low-income people.  A wintertime sleeping program is available for homeless men. Volunteers needed to provide intake on front reception desk during the day.  Volunteers would assist patrons with gear storage, health and comfort items, clothing needs, recording and issuing mail, answering phone, laundry, and walking the neighborhood. For more information visit http://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/?page=19 or call 509-624-7821

Second Harvest Food Bank

The largest non-governmental charitable feeding program in the Inland Northwest has volunteer opportunities for you! Repackage bulk foods in to smaller quantities or for distribution to area emergency food bank outlets (a weekly commitment must be able to lift 40 pounds). Food donated during local food drives needs to be sorted in a timely manner to be distributed to needy families. Times are flexible and can include some evenings or Saturdays. It's conveniently located just off of Trent Ave. only 4 blocks away.  Every Saturday has a morning and afternoon repacking shift, great for clubs, residence halls, or offices. For more information visit  http://www.2-harvest.org/2%2Dharvest/ or call 509-534-6678

Shalom Ministries

The goal of our volunteer program is to breakdown stereotypes and barriers between those who have homes and those who are homeless, those who are mentally and physically disabled and those who aren't, those who are able to cope with life's trials and those who struggle to cope, those who live in poverty and those who have a living wage. Volunteers needed for working in the kitchen to make meals and to clean, serving meals and clean-up for breakfast and lunch four days a week, or dinner on Mondays. For more information call the Volunteer Coordinator at (509)445-9019

Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs

The board, staff, and volunteers of SNAP are committed to providing a wide range of accessible services for members or our community.  Services that help families provide for their basic needs have long been the core of the agency's operation. SNAP exists to help improve the lives of the working poor, low-income elderly, families living in poverty and the homeless among us. For more information visit  www.snapwa.org or call  (509) 456-7111  x.200  

St. Margaret's Shelter

This shelter originally opened in 1961 for homeless and destitute women. Today, St. Margaret's is an emergency and transitional shelter for homeless women and their children. It provides housing, case management, parenting classes, and life skills training to homeless women. Volunteer in clerical support, adult and children programs, play supervision, assisting families with moving in and moving out, sorting donations of clothing and household items, or transportation. For more information visit www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/?page=16 or call 509-624-9788

Union Gospel Mission Ministries

What began as a simple "soup kitchen" has evolved in a 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week social service agency whose purpose is to provide for the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of people in crisis. Union Gospel Mission Ministries has 3 sites: Classy Rack (509)326-3216, Anna Ogden Hall (509) 327-7737, and Union Gospel Mission (509) 535-8510 Want to serve? Organize a food drive, sort/stock food and clothing donations, volunteer at the Children's Center and bring your church group or worship team to run an evening chapel service, organize a group from your church or workplace to come serve a meal, assist in the kitchen or dining room, help the volunteer seamstresses with sewing projects or serve as an office assistant. For more information please call  509-535-8510.

Volunteers of America

Through innovative human service programs, we help build healthier and more compassionate communities in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. There are too many opportunities of service with the Volunteers of America, but here are some of the main categories:  teen center volunteer, tutor, receptionist or administrative volunteer. For more information visit www.voaspokane.org,  e-mail voaspokane@voaspokane.org,  or call 509-624-2378

The Women's and Children's Free Restaurant

We serve dinner at no cost twice weekly in a safe environment to help the nutritional and social needs of low income women and children. Volunteer Opportunities include: Help cook- 9-4 T/Th, prep 10-2 T/Th, serve 4-6 T/Th and 12-3 Friday, cleanup crew 5-7 T/Th. For more information call 509-324-1995

The Women's Drop-in Center

The Women's Drop-in Center offers a safe, welcoming community for women of diverse backgrounds. Volunteer Opportunities are only available to women. Volunteers are needed to staff the front desk, answer phone calls and direct clients, and assist with computer help.   
For more information please visit www.help4women.com or call 509-455-4249