Volunteer Opportunities

Be a Mentor

Have an afternoon free during your week? Children at one of our partnering agencies would love to hang out with you. You can help with homework, play games, and be an all-around good role model for young people. We’re always looking for friendly, compassionate people to help out in new and exciting ways.

Building Blocks Afterschool Program

Assist our instructors working with children grades K - 5 in housing support shelters. Our volunteers help the kids with homework, reading, and writing activities. The time commitment is 2 - 3 hours, one day per week, Mon - Fri, 3 - 6pm. We especially encourage volunteers who can serve a multi-month (3 or more) commitment.

Summer Program

Assist our instructors working with children grades K - 5 in housing support shelters. Help prevent summer slide with reading, educational games, art, field trips, journaling, and more! The time commitment is July - August, Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 2:30pm.

Teen Outreach Program

Work with high school students on college & career prep, subject tutoring, and mentoring to jump-start their futures. The time commitment is during school hours as needed, and a multi-month commitment (3 or more) is strongly preferred. Sessions are one hour, one day per week.

Raise Awareness

It doesn’t take much to spread the word – tell your coworker, talk about it while you’re getting a haircut, share your thoughts with a friend over coffee.  Just moments of your daily life can spread awareness for the need to educate these kids to break the cycle of poverty.

Outreach Team

Join us on the 3rd Tuesday each month at 5:30pm to discuss ways to promote community awareness, action, and friend-raising to advance the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Outreach team also supports our special events & Homeless Children's Awareness Week.

HCEF Ambassadors

The Ambassadors are high school emerging leaders working together to raise awareness in their communities about children experiencing homelessness. They would welcome you on their team! The Ambassadors meet on a regular basis, may work directly with the children HCEF serves, support the annual school supplies drive, engage their schools, and produce the yearly Hope Through Creativity event.

College Students

Help raise awareness on your campus! Check for an existing service group or talk to us about how you might get one started!

Support Our Events

Want to join an event committee? Help out with either of our 2 major events: one in March, one in September. You can assist in event planning, event promotion, and soliciting sponsors & auction items.

Looking for a one-time commitment? Assist with setup, breakdown, the auction, and check-in at an event. Sort backpacks 2 – 3 hours one day in August. Run or work a water station at the Pittsburgh Marathon. Or we could always use a hand with administrative work at our office.

Volunteer Hours Logged (2019)

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