Volunteer

Volunteer bed building eventCARITAS transforms lives and brightens our community. We provide a variety of volunteer opportunities in the Richmond area.  With the support of 12,000+ volunteer hours each year, we can stretch every contribution farther and create larger impact. For every dollar CARITAS invests in volunteer engagement, we add $3.60 of value to our clients and our mission.

Flexible and meaningful opportunities are available for you, your office, your family, and your neighbors to make a difference with us!

We ask that you attend an orientation with us. We typically offer these in person on a weekly basis. As we navigate the pandemic and our move into the CARITAS Center, you can start our experience by filling out the volunteer form below.  

In addition, before you volunteer, please review our new health and safety protocols. Click here.

Quick Links

Volunteer Form

Host a Drive

Donate a Meal

Create a Kit

Our volunteer program opportunities include the following:

Shelter:

Furniture Bank:

  • Create a Welcome Home Kit! Welcome Home Kits include household cleaning items. Items are used by clients served as they transition from crisis into a permanent home. Sign up to create kits!
  • More opportunities exist for volunteers at the Furniture Bank including shopping with clients, sorting incoming donations and  more. Visit HandsOn Greater Richmond, call (804) 343-5008  or email volunteer@caritasva.org 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.

Works:

  • Our students need your expertise to assist them with basic computer skills, resume writing, interviewing, and dressing professionally. Contact works@caritasva.org or call 612-1752 to learn more about volunteering with CARITAS Works.
  • Create a a Workforce Development Kit! These kits include shoe polish, travel bags, razors, and more. Men and women use them as they learn job and life skills. Sign up to create kits!
  • We also need your help providing meals to our Works students and their volunteers. Follow us on social media for requests for support. 

The Healing Place:

  • For volunteer opportunities such as sponsorship at The Healing Place, contact Justin Woods (804) 887-1584 jwoods@caritasva.org.
  • 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. Stay tuned for an updated sign up form.

Open Saturdays:

Please Note: We welcome on-site volunteers aged 16 and older, with underage volunteers aged 16 and 17 providing adult supervision (one adult per five minors).