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Special Opportunities

It takes a community to run a shelter. If staying overnight or cooking a meal does not fit in your schedule, there are plenty of other volunteer opportunities. Just call Sallie Weddell at (404) 873-3147, and we will find a way to use your unique talents.

Special volunteer opportunities include:

Empowerment Presenters
On Wednesday evenings we will present empowerment programs to teach life and employment skills. Topics include: Interviewing Skills, Resume Writing, Communication Skills, and Planning.  We would also like to have programs for art, yoga and exercise. Please let us know if you have a special talent or knowledge to share or a presenter to recommend!

Computer Coaches

Work one-to-one with shelter residents to help them write resumes, search for jobs and learn basic computer skills.  Weekday evenings between 6:00 and 10:00 PM. 

Grocery and Costco/Sam's Shoppers
We need shoppers to go to the local grocery store once a week and/or Costco/Sam's once a month to shop for shelter supplies. Most helpful would be volunteers willing to shop at least once a month for the mid-November to mid-March season.

Sunday Afternoon Volunteers
We attempt to open early at 3:00 PM one Sunday per month to allow the residents the chance to come in early and relax. On these days, we also try to have special programs such as beauty makeovers or manicures. Sometimes we just watch a video and have popcorn. Volunteers make it possible for our guests to enjoy some down time.

Holiday Volunteers
We are open on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years and need volunteers to help keep the shelter open during the daytime hours. Volunteers would assist either the Resident Manager or the Shelter Director. Having the shelter open 24 hours on these three days when so much of Atlanta is “shut down” is a special gift to our residents.  We invite volunteers to sign up for two hours shifts on the holidays.

Shelter Set-up and Break-down
Each fall, we have to prepare the shelter for our residents, and each spring, we have to prepare the shelter for the off-season. We look for groups of volunteers to spend an afternoon or evening getting the shelter ready for the next season.

Handy Person Renovations
If you can paint, build a cabinet, fix a broken door handle, lay tiles, or are just all-around handy, we can really use you in our continued effort to improve the shelter environment.

Emergency Dental Services
Most seasons, we have residents in need of emergency dental help. The local clinic usually has a 6-month wait, and someone needing a root canal or tooth extraction can't wait that long. Several dentists have been friends of our shelter over the years. We don't want to take advantage of their generosity, and therefore we are always looking for more professional volunteers.

Fundraising Committee
We pride ourselves in running the Shelter in an extremely cost-effective manner, but we rely on both monetary gifts and donations of items to make ends meet.  Please review our wish list to see how you or your group may help.

Group, Youth and Project Opportunities
Contact Shelter Director Sallie Weddell to inquire how your group may help the shelter and what projects we have available for youth.  We look forward to working with you in matching your service skills with the needs of the ladies at SIS.

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