Volunteer at the Casa Marianella Adult House
Our volunteer program is very flexible, permitting you to work the hours and days you select. Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know what your interests are and when you would like to get started.
1. Sorting mail
Former residents often continue to receive mail at Casa, and though we try to stay on top of the organization (arranged by first name), the mail invariably gets mixed up. It’s very helpful to have volunteers go through the shelves of mail and arrange the mail properly!
Casa residents have lots of places they need to go! Appointments, buses out of town, grocery store visits… Volunteers with cars can save staff members valuable time by driving residents to where they need to go. Additionally, we often drop off extra/unusable donations at Goodwill, so this is another trip that frequently needs to be made. Email us for more information: email@example.com
3. Checking voice messages
We receive TONS of phone calls every day, and obviously cannot answer them all. On any given day, we will have 20-40 new messages. A fast response to these messages is a vital part of our mission, as they often contain important inquiries and alerts. This is a particularly good task for volunteers with strong Spanish skills, as many messages come from detained people and their families. Depending on the nature of the messages, volunteers can also sometimes return calls.
4. Sorting donations
This is another big part of our mission. Thanks to the many generous souls in and around Austin, we receive tons of donations. Everything from clothes and toiletries to food and books, we get lots of stuff. We’ve been a bit stricter in what we accept (and encourage all would-be donors to call/email before donating), but still receive a lot. We love it when volunteers sort these things out, and get them to where they need to go!
We’ve got lots of things to organize. Our men’s clothing and general storage shed are usually in need of some straightening up. Additionally, we’ve got linen closets, toiletry boxes, and other designated cabinets which get cluttered quick. It’s very helpful to the staff to have these things organized, especially when they need to be accessed in the midst of one of our regular moments of chaos!
There’s any number of smaller tasks which need to be undertaken on a regular basis around the facilities. Bringing sacks of rice and sugar from our storage kitchen to our cooking kitchen, cleaning A/C filters, stocking the office with stationery, and general straightening up (especially outside on our patio) are always in demand.
7. Hanging with the kids!
Though Casa has historically been an adult shelter, we’ve had an influx of kids in the last few months. A lot of these kids get pretty bored throughout the day (though school will be starting for many of them soon), and are always happy to have some grownups to play with. Any sort of impromptu game, crafting, or even simple goofing off is a big help for morale. Kids love hanging with the staff, and we often feel bad about not being able to spend more time hanging out with them. A lot of our kids are super sweet, though most all of them have been through some trauma. Despite that, they are generally good-natured and receptive to fun with adults!