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.
Donation Center opportunities are limited to those 14 years of age or older. As of December 2020, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian - who also must sign up. Learn more here.Sign up now
Household Goods Sorting & Furniture Processing
Sometimes these two tasks are combined into one shift. The focus will be whatever is the greatest need that day.
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 pickup 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.
Household Goods Sorter
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.
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 donated through pickups. To help maintain order in our space, you may be asked to help with other tasks that do not require moving furniture - unless you are able and willing to do so.
Household Goods Sorting Team Leader
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 planning the task in advance, opening and closing procedures, ensuring everyone checks in and out, and guiding new and returning volunteers.
Must be 18+ and trained as a Team Leader
Inventory Team Leader
Are you a problem solver with a working knowledge of our inventory procedures? Lead and guide your fellow volunteers in inspecting, cleaning, and inventorying furniture. You will be responsible for planning the task in advance, opening and closing procedures, ensuring everyone checks in and out, and guiding new and returning volunteers.
Must be 18+ and trained as a Team Leader
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.
Build your customer service skills as the first person people meet when dropping off furniture and household goods! As vehicles arrive, collect donor information, hand out tax receipts if requested, and direct the flow of traffic.
Must be 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.
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.
Must be 18+
Drop-off Furniture Processors
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.
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.
Must be 18+
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.
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.
Due to limited appointment slots, we currently have a waiting list for Virtual Client Host positions. Contact Amanda Wolfe, Volunteer Coordinator, at email@example.com if interested.
Order Prep Furniture Movers
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.
Contact Volunteer Coordinator if interested before signing up for this shift the first time. Must be 18+ and able to comfortably lift 50lbs. Ask yourself, can you comfortably lift one end of a desk onto a cart?
Order Prep 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.
Must be 18+ and able to comfortably lift at least 50lbs.
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.
Furniture Repair & Paint
Most furniture and household goods we provide to clients are gently used. We turn away damaged furniture, but inevitably some minor repairs or paint are needed before we offer items to clients. This can include tightening hardware, gluing broken pieces, and more. We also receive disassembled furniture, both brand new from large donations and gently used from the community, that needs to be assembled prior to offering it to clients.
Please note that there are no Team Leaders for this opportunity, so it's recommended you are comfortable working without guidance.
Are you handy? Repair and assemble furniture. Some experience repairing, reupholstering, or woodworking is strongly advised, though there's no need to be an expert! Sometimes brand new furniture needs to be assembled too.
Grab your paintbrush! Paint furniture that's surface is too damaged to give to clients. Some experience painting furniture is recommended, but no need to be an expert!