Individual Volunteers

We involve volunteers in every aspect of our organization. Learn more about the different positions we have throughout the week for new and returning volunteers.

We're always in need of more volunteers. Our highest need is currently for Saturdays. Feel free to contact us if the shift you're interested in is already full.

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Our routine in-person opportunities are currently limited to those ages 12 and over. Though younger volunteers are encouraged to get involved in other ways!

Household Goods Sorting & Furniture Inventory

Gently-used household goods are donated for people transitioning out of homelessness. Every household item that is donated is carefully checked by our volunteers, whether it be sheets, lamps, kitchen appliances, blankets, or kitchenware. Volunteers sort through these donations to determine what’s appropriate and pack them into kits for clients.

Just like household goods, all furniture that comes in has to be inspected. Our drivers pick up donations of furniture and household goods during the week from the community. Volunteers clean, inventory, and move these donations into the showroom to be selected by people transitioning from homelessness.

Sorter | Household Goods Sorting

Whether you’re an organization connoisseur or just enjoy working with your hands without having to lift anything heavy, sorting is the right fit for you. Organize household goods for people transitioning from homelessness by sorting donations, packing starter kits, making dish or glass sets, testing appliances or lamps, or inspecting linens under the direction of a Team Leader.

Open to 14+ | 14-15 year olds must be accompanied by parent/guardian

Sorting Team Leader | Household Goods Sorting

Lead and guide your fellow volunteers in organizing household goods for people transitioning from homelessness, including sorting donations, packing kitchen, dish, or linen kits, testing appliances or lamps, or cleaning the sorting area. You will be responsible for opening and closing procedures, ensuring everyone checks in and out, and guiding new and returning volunteers.

Open to 18+

Must be trained as a Team Leader by the Volunteer Coordinator

Furniture Mover | Inventory

Every piece of furniture that is donated has to be checked and recorded as a vital part of our operation. Out of respect for the dignity of our clients, we want to make sure every item that goes to our clients is something we would use ourselves. Inspect, clean, and move furniture donated through pickups under the direction of a Team Leader.

  • Requires ability to comfortably lift 50+ lbs
  • Open to 14+ | 14-15 year olds must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
Inventory Team Leader | Inventory

Are you a problem solver with a working knowledge of our inventory procedures? Lead and guide your fellow volunteers in inspecting, cleaning, inventorying, and moving furniture. You will be responsible for opening and closing procedures, ensuring everyone checks in and out, and guiding new and returning volunteers.

Open to 18+

Must be trained as a Team Leader by the Volunteer Coordinator

Drop-off

In order to receive drop-off donations from the community, we need a team of volunteers almost every Saturday. Volunteers receive, process, and store these donations as they come into our loading dock. Drop-off can be fast-paced, but it’s a rewarding way to kick off your Saturday with plenty of time the rest of the day to relax.

Drop-off | Greeter

Build your customer service skills as the first person people meet when dropping off furniture and household goods or picking up their furniture! As vehicles arrive, hand out tax receipts if requested and direct the flow of traffic.

Open to 18+

Drop-off | Furniture Mover

Work out your arms and do good for the community at the same time. As vehicles arrive for drop-off, inspect donations, and unload and move furniture. Furniture Movers also help fill the showroom so that it is ready for clients on Monday. There are 3 options for this opportunity: Core Furniture Movers (returning volunteers), Furniture Movers, and Youth Furniture Movers (12-15 years old).

  • Requires ability to comfortably lift 50+ lbs
  • Open to 12+ | 12-15 year olds must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
Drop-off | Furniture Processor 

Every piece of furniture that is donated has to be checked and recorded as a vital part of our operation. Inspect, clean, and inventory furniture and help unload light-weight donations during drop-off.

  • Open to 14+ | 14-15 year olds must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
Drop-off | Elevator Operator

Operate the elevator as needed throughout the shift, in addition to moving furniture. Please note we have a manual elevator, so only volunteers that have been previously trained on operation can perform this role.

  • Open to 14+ | 14-15 year olds must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
  • Requires ability to comfortably lift at least 50lbs
  • Must be trained on the elevator
Drop-off | Inventory Team Leader

Lead an integral part of our operation. Lead and guide your fellow volunteers in inspecting, cleaning, and moving furniture during drop-off. You will be solely responsible for tracking incoming furniture in our software.

  • Open to 18+ 
  • Must be trained as a Team Leader by the Volunteer Coordinator
Drop-off | Loading Dock Team Leader

Be a leader for one of our most exciting volunteer opportunities. As vehicles arrive for drop-off, monitor incoming donations and guide other volunteers on what we accept. 

Open to 18+

Must be trained as a Team Leader by the Volunteer Coordinator

Serving Clients

All volunteer work at New Life is in service to people transitioning from homelessness, but some positions have a more direct role. Our clients choose furniture and household goods at no cost from New Life. To make this happen, Client Hosts guide clients through their selections, volunteers gather the client orders at the end of the week, and professional movers deliver the orders. The entire process is contactless for the safety of everyone involved. The list below excludes many long term positions generously taken on by volunteers.

Order Gathering | Furniture Mover

This fast-paced shift involves teamwork and accuracy. Locate and gather clients’ furniture and household goods selections in our showroom to be picked up by professional movers the following morning.

Open to 14+ | 14-15 year olds must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

  • Requires ability to comfortably lift at least 50+ lbs 
Order Gathering | Order Gathering Team Leader

Lead other volunteers in locating and gathering clients’ furniture and household goods selections. Move the orders to the loading dock for professional movers to pickup. You will be responsible for reviewing orders, closing procedures, ensuring everyone checks in and out, and guiding new and returning volunteers.

  • Open to 18+
  • Must be trained as a Team Leader by the Volunteer Coordinator
  • Requires ability to comfortably lift 50 + lbs
  • Must be trained on the elevator
Virtual Client Host

Picking lamps, a table, dishes, and more when you’re starting out with little to nothing can be overwhelming. Client Hosts make the process easier for our clients. Guide clients through their furniture selection using a conference line and our online furniture bank store from the comfort of your own home. All Virtual Client Hosts are trained and have the opportunity to shadow other volunteers before starting. This is a weekly commitment.

Contact Amanda Wolfe, Volunteer Coordinator, at amanda@newlifefb.org if interested.

Uploader

Ever wonder how an online store works? Get behind the scenes as part of our virtual furniture bank, upload items to the online store to ensure sufficient inventory for clients. The New Life team will advise on which items to upload each week.This is a weekly commitment that requires training.

Contact Amanda Wolfe, Volunteer Coordinator, at amanda@newlifefb.org if interested.