The Impact of Volunteering in a Homeless Shelter

Positive impacts on communities are derived from volunteering, advocacy and civic engagement. These are the important driving forces that help create change and lead to stronger communities. Communities will thrive with the help of volunteers.

Volunteering at a Human Shelter

There are many ways to make an impact on those that are unfortunate enough to reside in a shelter. There are many human shelters for various purposes. Some shelters include:

  • Homeless shelters
  • Shelters for abused women and children
  • Shelters created for victims of natural disasters
  • Religious Shelters

Shelters were created to provide safety and protection from severe weather conditions on a temporary basis while at the same time providing a reduction on the environmental impact.

Ways to Volunteer at a Human Shelter

There are several ways you can volunteer your time at a shelter. Below we will share some ways to volunteer your time.

Mentoring Youth

Many of the shelters that house families seek volunteers to help mentor the kids. Quite often landing in a shelter can be very stressful for kids. Volunteers can help the kids by mentoring and guiding them with school work, personal development, goal setting and career exploration, as well as acting as a role model. Sometimes the kids need to feel important, and a volunteer can accomplish this by taking the time to listen to them and providing feedback.

Administrative Assistant

Volunteers can help keep a shelter’s administrative office run smoothly by helping out with things like filing, ordering supplies, sorting mail, answering phones and data entry.


Many people that utilize the shelters are in need of some educational assistance. This can include elementary school children, secondary school children and residents that may be attending college or university. Volunteering as a tutor would greatly help those in need and can directly benefit the community.