To become a volunteer, please complete and return the CCS Volunteer Application forms. We will complete the background check and then invite you in for a 1-hour volunteer orientation session. During the orientation we’ll discuss what volunteer role you might like to take on and what your time availability is, and then work out the details for a rewarding volunteer assignment.
For an extensive list and brief description of volunteer options, please look over the CCS Volunteer Opportunity List. Several popular volunteer opportunities are also summarized below.
Distribute Food. We distribute food to homeless and low-income persons every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at our Eugene Community Service Center, and every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at our Springfield Community Service Center. Volunteers help re-stock the shelves and assist our guests as they make their food selections.
Organize Clothing. We collect donated clothing and give it away to people in need at our Eugene and Springfield service centers. Volunteers are needed to help sort and organize clothing. Individual volunteers or small groups of volunteers can come in and help sort and organize clothes.
Help with Reception and Intake. Volunteers work alongside our staff in the reception and intake areas of both Community Service Centers, helping our guests check in and obtain the assistance they need.
Support a Material Donation Drive. One of the ways we collect clothing and other items to give away to those who are in need is by conducting periodic collection drives in the community. We sponsor the “Winter Clothing Drive” in January and February and the “Squeaky Clean Hygiene Drive” in June. For each donation drive, we ask churches and businesses to put out collection bins and promote donations of the targeted items during the drive. Volunteers help by finding new collection locations, helping deliver collection bins, picking up donated items at each location on a weekly basis during the drive period (usually 4 weeks), and picking up and returning the bins at the end of the drive.
Work in the Office. Volunteers help with data entry, accounting, filing, and other administrative tasks. It’s not glamorous, but it’s a great way to help.
Help in the Garden. We have a garden adjacent to our Springfield food distribution program. The produce we grow is distributed to those in need. Volunteers work in the garden throughout much of the year.
Work Projects. Periodically we get groups of volunteers together to do a specific clean up or painting project at one of our community service center. These are short-term volunteer jobs that typically take a few hours on a weekend.
Help and Hope Tours. Volunteers help organize and conduct our signature “Help and Hope Tour” twice each month. The Help and Hope Tour is an educational and inspirational introduction to the mission and work of Catholic Community Services.
Parish Ambassadors. Parish Ambassadors are special volunteers who help facilitate communication and interaction between CCS and a designated parish or church group.
Thinking about volunteering or have some questions? Call 541-345-3628 ext. 318