Volunteer

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 Shelter, Furniture Bank, CARITAS Works, and The Healing Place.

Flexible and meaningful opportunities are available. We ask that you attend a “Connect with CARITAS” orientation which is offered every Wednesday at 1 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 buttons below!

Volunteer Form

Host a Drive

Host Shelter

 

Our volunteer program opportunities include the following:

Shelter:

Make an enormous difference in your community by becoming a host congregation. Each hosting congregation recruits, trains and schedules its volunteers internally.  Host congregations also need outside support from individuals and congregations to provide meals to host congregations. We currently have a need for volunteers who can stay overnight. Learn more about meal opportunities.  Contact shelter@caritasva.org or call 887-1595 for more information hosting 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 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.

Works:

Our students need your expertise to assist them with basic computer skills, resume writing, interviewing, and dressing professionally. We also need your help providing meals to our Works students and their volunteers. Click here for meal opportunities. Contact works@caritasva.org or call 612-1752 to learn more about volunteering with CARITAS Works.

The Healing Place:

The Healing Place serves nearly 600 meals every day to men in the recovery program. We would love your help providing bag lunches. The men use these meals as they head out to visit meetings and give back in the community. Click here for bag lunch volunteer opportunities. 

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.

CARITAS Crew

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.