Angel's Watch Welcome Team

Angels’ Watch Shelter provides safe, emergency, housing and necessities for women and families who are experiencing homelessness. The program mission involves volunteers in delivering services.  Residents who volunteer in the shelter often express feelings of self-worth and belonging. 

 

Impact of the volunteer: 

  • Improve residents’ sense of being a priority in a calm and structured environment (e.g., not crisis) 
  • Improve efficiency of the Angel’s Watch operation  

 

Duties & Responsibilities may include: 

  • Front Desk Duties: greet residents and vendors, answer phones, monitor cameras, check out / in various keys, toys, etc.
  • Special Projects to support families staying at Angel's Watch: recruit volunteers to provide and cook meals, organize Christmas projects for volunteers, organize activities for families such as tutoring, budget coaching, gentle exercise, etc.
  • Special projects to assist the staff at Angel's Watch: work with case managers to research permanent housing for families leaving Angel's Watch, recruit volunteers to provide, prepare, serve an evening meal for the families

 

Qualifications: 

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old 
  • Demonstrate basic technical skills to use the phone system and the copier  
  • Complete Catholic Charities screening: application, present government ID (or alternative), up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination and booster record, criminal history check, reference check, and volunteer orientation 

 

Desired Skills, Experience & Characteristics: 

  • Cheerful, outgoing, optimistic, and calm demeanor 
  • Compassionate and understanding of people experiencing homelessness 
  • Recognize the dignity of each individual  
  • Able to recognize people and remember names
  • Able to juggle multiple tasks at once 

 

Volunteer Benefits: 

  • Volunteers will contribute to the Angels’ Watch culture of caring that gives residents a sense of hope for acquiring housing and stability for their families 
  • Volunteers will gain insight into the challenges people living on the margins of independence 
  • Volunteers will join a highly functional team  

 

Support: 

  • Volunteers will have a staff mentor and point of contact 
  • Volunteers will receive training in front desk operations
  • Volunteers will become familiar with the Angels’ Watch shelter and team who operate it 

 

Time Commitment: 

  • 8-16 hours a week for a year
  • Shifts can be arranged M-SU, minimum 4 hours at a time
  • Priority shifts are 2:00-6:00 and 10:0-2:00
  • On-site at Angels’ Watch Shelter  

Location: 

  • This is an in-person volunteer opportunity 
  • 11670 Doolittle Dr, Waldorf MD
  • Parking is available on site
  • Walkable from bus stop