Volunteers, Interns, and Work-Study Students
Volunteers keep our family shelter, Pear Blossom Place, open 24 hours a day. We schedule at least 2 volunteers to work each shift. Though staff only work 7:00 am - 5:00 pm, there's always an on-call staff member in case of emergency.
We will also schedule volunteers for special events that support families and children. When possible, we coordinate group meals, birthday parties, and educational activities.
Pear Blossom Place
|Greeter||5:00pm – 8:00pm|
|Overnight Host||8:00pm – 7:00am|
|Daytime AM||7:00am – 12:00pm|
|Daytime PM||12:00pm – 5:00pm|
How to Get Started
- Complete the application.
- Once we have reviewed your application, we will be in touch within two business days and will notify you of our next volunteer orientation.
- All new volunteers must complete our volunteer orientation and applicable training, and then will have a training shift. We’ll pair you with an experienced volunteer who can help acclimate you to the program, volunteer responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.
- Following your training, we will check in with you and if you’re feeling good to start taking on shifts, we’ll get you set up with our self scheduling program.
If at any time you have questions about our volunteer opportunities, need more information, or have a group of friends, colleagues, church members, etc. that want to do a custom training, let us know by sending an email to Tara Jackson, our Volunteer Coordinator!
“Volunteering can be an exciting, growing, enjoyable experience. It is truly gratifying to serve a cause, practice one's ideals, work with people, solve problems, see benefits, and know one had a hand in them.” – Harriet Naylor
Brenda Grall has been volunteering for over a year and has found her experience working at the shelter beyond gratifying. “You can't expect change unless you're willing to put the time in” Brenda says. “It can be as big or as little as your heart wants it to be. Make a difference. Put your bias aside”, she says. Volunteering has helped her feel more connected to the realities our neighbors face right here in our community. In her work, she has met a great group of volunteers who share the same mindset. “We're each a speck of sand—we all add our own story and magic to the two hours we spend here.” – Brenda Grall
The Leadership Team...
...is a place where current and past clients come together to support one another and the agency. We work to empower ourselves by speaking up and speaking out, representing FSC and FJC in the community, running Community Cafe’s, giving and receiving trainings and advocating for our families. For more information, contact Tara Jackson, the FSC Volunteer Coordinator, today.
Do you have a special skill, talent, area of interest, training you offer, or an idea of how you would like to support families? We would love to hear about it! The Family Support Center of South Sound is always looking for new workshops to offer to families at our shelter Pear Blossom Place; this may include piano lessons, arts and crafts, resume building workshop, or architectural drawing 101. If you have an idea of a workshop or activity you would like help lead, please contact Tara Jackson, the FSC Volunteer Coordinator, today.