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Join Our Volunteer Team!

Poverello House welcomes those with a heart to serve. Because of our dedicated volunteers, we are able to serve more than 1,200 meals a day. Poverello House accepts volunteers ages 7 and up. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult parent/guardian at all times. All volunteers must attend an in-person orientation before beginning service hours. All volunteers must be in dress code when volunteering. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the volunteer coordinator, Cierra Beninga. 

cbeninga@poverellohouse.org

GROUPS

To secure a service slot for your group: email the group name, amount of volunteers, and the date/time desired to the coordinator. 

AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

POV is searching for long-term volunteers in a leadership role. This volunteer will create a schedule and be in charge of directing other volunteers in specific roles. If you are interested in becoming a vital member of our team, please reach out via email! 

There is an interview process that is required. 

Where Do I Start?

Volunteer orientation is mandatory in order to volunteer at Poverello House. New volunteers will learn about our organization and volunteering guidelines. Orientation is located at Poverello House, 412 F Street Fresno CA 93706. Orientation lasts about 45 minutes to an hour; be prepared to stay the entire time. You can register for orientation in the portal above.  

Court-Ordered

This is for individuals who are needing to complete community service hours in lieu of a fine, for probation purposes, etc. You must be referred to Poverello House from HandsOn, please call them before scheduling with POV. After completing the first step with HandsOn, you must email the coordinator to schedule an orientation. All must attend orientation before volunteering, walk-ins are not accepted.

HandsOn: (559) 237-3101

Coordinator: cbeninga@poverellohouse.org

Students

Students may complete community service or service-learning hours at Poverello House. Students involved in social work, psychology, and recreational therapy courses must each individually attend an orientation. Your hours will be tracked and timesheets will be available upon request. Bring any service-learning forms that need to be signed and completed to orientation. Timesheets must be requested two days in advance via email. 

Internships

Internships are considered on a case-by-case basis and are dependent upon the current needs of the organization as well as the potential intern’s individual talents and experience. Anyone interested in pursuing an internship with Poverello House should email the volunteer coordinator.

Groups

Please schedule groups with Cierra, cbeninga@poverellohouse.org, at least three weeks prior to volunteering! Groups are considered four or more people, and the group leader must complete the orientation.

Ambassador Team

This volunteer team will be the first point of contact and will provide a positive and welcoming environment to all clients, staff, and volunteers. Will offer direction, provide basic information and answer questions. Several month commitment is required as well as an application process. Eligible for service hours and internship opportunities. 

Contact: Email is the best and quickest way to get in touch. 

cbeninga@poverellohouse.org

Poverello House
(559) 498-6988 Ext. 109