Volunteer

Volunteer2019-12-16T14:26:56+00:00

We appreciate our volunteers!

From donating a meal to teaching new skills, there are many ways for individuals and groups to help Stepping Stone residents transition from homelessness to independent living.  

To become a volunteer,  the first step is to fill out the Volunteer Application below.   If you have questions please contact Julie Jeppson via email 763-277-8301 or jjeppson@steppingstoneeh.org.

The next step is to attend a Volunteer Orientation (except for Level One volunteers).  Orientations are help the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6 to 7 pm.  It covers all the volunteer opportunities offered, our policies, a tour of the facility, and an overview of the training programs.

Volunteer Application
Volunteer Levels

Volunteer opportunities are categorized by Levels 1-4, based on the amount of direct interaction with residents, training and self-direction that is required.  

Looking for an easy, one-time volunteer opportunity you can do as an individual or part of a group? Level 1 is a great place to start. Maybe you have talents and skills to share with residents, then a Level 4 Mentoring opportunity might be right for you.

Volunteer Handbook
Frequently Asked Questions
Which volunteer opportunities are best for individuals or groups?2019-11-25T16:04:39+00:00

All Stepping Stone Volunteer needs can be met by individuals or groups. Some of the options that are best suited to groups include:

  • Kitchen servers
  • Donate A Dinner (great for groups of 4-7-only 4 in the kitchen)
  • Small Group Activity Leaders
  • “Handyman” Help as Team
  • Cleaning, Decorating & Sorting as a Team
What is the minimum age requirement for volunteers?2018-11-19T16:37:51+00:00

We ask that children be at least 10 years of age to volunteer. Please plan to have a one-to-one adult-to-child ratio for all volunteers under the age of 18.

What is the volunteer time commitment?2018-11-19T16:37:21+00:00

We are so grateful that you are interested in volunteering at Stepping Stone and gratefully accept as much or as little time as you can give. We have a variety of opportunities for short term, long term, or occasional volunteers. We’ve found that volunteers get the most out of their experience when they volunteer at least once per month, but that is entirely up to each volunteer. Most volunteer shifts range from 1 hour (food pick up) to 4 hours (front office assistant).

What kind of training do volunteers receive?2018-11-19T16:36:49+00:00

It depends on what kind of volunteer work you choose.  For example, we want to make it easy to Donate A Dinner, so Level 1 Volunteers don’t require any specific training. On the other hand, Level 4 Volunteers work one-on-one with residents, so they are required to attend training and orientation.  Our goal is for you to have a successful and rewarding experience supporting Stepping Stone and our residents, so training requirements are specific to each volunteer role.

How do I become a volunteer?2019-12-16T14:25:29+00:00

It’s easy!  APPLY ONLINE (link to application) or contact Julie Jeppson at 763-277-8301 or jjeppson@steppingstoneeh.org.

Do you conduct background checks on volunteers?2018-11-19T16:35:07+00:00

Stepping Stone may choose to conduct a background check on any volunteer. For the safety of our residents, volunteers who have direct interactions with residents can expect a background check. Volunteers who have limited interactions with residents may or may not have a background check at Stepping Stone’s discretion.

Volunteer Application
Donate Items PDF

“I use all my years of acquired knowledge and talent, giving valuable time to not only cut hair, but also dignity, joy, and normalcy to the residents of Stepping Stone.”

Shane

Our Mission

To provide emergency shelter and critical support services to individuals 18 and older experiencing homelessness while striving toward self-sufficiency.

Our Vision

Everyone has a place to call home.

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Our Guiding Principles & Values

-Empower individuals to change their lives

-Treat each resident with dignity and respect

-Collaborate with partners in providing services

-Ensure strong stewardship in managing resources