Volunteering for Homeless & Hunger Charities

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Homeless and Hunger relief charities work tirelessly to improve the lives of those living without basic human necessities such as food, clothing and shelter.

People find themselves homeless and/or hungry for countless reasons including poverty, family neglect, drug addiction and/or following a disaster or emergency. In these situations, it is often only the kindness of others that gets people through. If you are passionate about helping those less fortunate, there are several ways you can volunteer your time from helping at a local soup kitchen to becoming a mentor.

What kind of roles are available?

Professional Volunteer

If you have a professional background in a healthcare field (medicine, dentistry, optometry) or even in beauty therapy then why not volunteer to offer health advice and basic treatment to the homeless through charities such as Crisis? Crisis runs schemes at certain times of year e.g. Christmas, where they welcome homeless people in to their centres and offer them a range of free services to help set them up for the year ahead. Hours and commitment for roles such as these are usually variable and can be discussed with the charity.

Mentoring

This role usually lasts for at least a few months and requires you to commit to at least a few hours or a day a week. You will work with homeless people through charities such as Shelter to provide them with emotional and practical support in areas such as housing, finance and debt intervention. The aim of this role is to get homeless people off the streets and back into society where they will hopefully thrive. This is a powerful opportunity, which can help to restore people’s lives.

Soup Kitchen/Homeless Shelter Volunteer

Becoming a soup kitchen or homeless shelter volunteer is a straightforward practical role that will make a huge difference to the homeless and hungry. You will be cooking, preparing and serving food to individuals who may not have a had a proper meal in days.

Soup kitchens are charity run and are set up and run by passionate people who care about giving people a basic right to food. For example, The People’s Kitchen was founded by 70 year old Alison Kay after she was particularly moved by the death of a homeless man. Now she regularly recruits volunteers to join her on her mission.

What does a Crisis Volunteer think about their experience?

Which charities can I support?

The People’s Kitchen, Shelter, Crisis, Centre Point

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