Volunteer bed building eventYou may change a life, and your life may be changed forever. CARITAS volunteers serve those experiencing homelessness and facing addiction in Richmond by working through the CARITAS Shelter, Furniture Bank, Works Program, and The Healing Place.

Volunteers are welcome to serve once a week or more. Flexible and meaningful opportunities are available. Individual volunteers assist during all hours of operation: Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

We ask that you attend a “Connect with CARITAS” orientation which is offered every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at CARITAS, 1125 Commerce Road, Richmond 23224.  We welcome on-site volunteers aged 16 and older, with underage volunteers aged 16 and 17 providing adult supervision (one adult per five minors). If you’re ready to apply to volunteer, click the button below!

Volunteer Form

Host a Drive

Host Shelter


Our volunteer program opportunities include the following:


Make an enormous difference in your community by becoming a host congregation. Each hosting congregation recruits, trains and schedules its volunteers internally.  From time to time, a hosting congregation requests outside support from smaller “helper” congregations interested in partnering with others to put on a host week, spend time providing a meal, getting guests to showers, helping with laundry, and general hospitality. Learn more here. Contact shelter@caritasva.org or call 887-1595 to host shelter with CARITAS.

Furniture Bank:

Numerous opportunities exist for on-site volunteers at the Furniture Bank including shopping with clients, sorting incoming donations and much more. Groups are welcome on selected weekday afternoons.We are open for individual volunteers one Saturday each month from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Visit HandsOn Greater Richmond to sign up or call (804) 343-5008 for availability. Corporate, civic and other groups are encouraged to volunteer with us; we offer many rewarding opportunities for teams including our Bed/Table Build project. Off-site volunteers of any age can host a drive to collect gently used household items (pillows, linens, towels, dishes, pots/pans, etc….) and deliver them to the Furniture Bank warehouse where they will be distributed to the formerly homeless community. For questions about volunteering with CARITAS email volunteer@caritasva.org.


Our students need your expertise to assist them with basic computer skills, resume writing, interviewing, and dressing professionally.We also use volunteers with training facilitation skills to teach selected classes. Contact works@caritasva.org or call 612-1752 to learn more about volunteering with CARITAS Works.

Open Saturdays:

We are open for individual volunteers one Saturday each month from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Visit HandsOn Greater Richmond to sign up or call (804) 343-5008 for availability.


We are thrilled to announce the launch of the CARITAS Crew! This group will hold casual monthly events to support CARITAS. From trips to the Richmond Kickers game to volunteering at the 43rd Street Arts Festival, the CARITAS Crew will work together to advocate, engage and raise funds for CARITAS. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Cara Kaufman at ckaufman@caritasva.org.