We welcome adult volunteers, as well as college students majoring in art, elementary, middle, secondary education, special education, Spanish, teaching English language learners, psychology, social work, health sciences, or any major if you are interested in helping children or the operation of non-profit agencies.
Here at Second Home, the staff and students tremendously value volunteers and are always excited for new, friendly faces and friends! Volunteers are able to give students individual help with reading, math, homework, and creative activities.
Before you start volunteering, we ask that you do a few things for us prior to spending some time at Second Home.
DOWNLOAD and COMPLETE our volunteer application (both pages).
Sign up for an orientation session by clicking HERE.
Bring the completed form to the orientation session. (We will have extra forms at the session in case you were unable to print out the form)
Contact us if none of the orientation sessions work with your schedule.
Learn a little about Second Home!
Some quick research of the needs of children & families, and poverty in Harrisonburg are always good to look into before volunteering here.
The following materials will be useful for working with children on literacy:
Determine when you would like to volunteer! You can set your own day(s) and times to volunteer and choose your area(s) of interest.
After your Orientation Session, come in during any of these hours.
Mornings: 6:00-8:30 Play games, talk with children, read books together, serve breakfast, help clean up.
Afternoons: 1:00-4:00 Compile demographic data, coordinate surveys, work with volunteers, organize donations, help in the office.
2:45 – 3:30 Snack preparation and set up.
3:30 – 4:30 Play with children and help with snack time.
4:30 – 6:00 Help with math, reading, homework, STEM, art, leadership
and social skill building activities.
“Where is Second Home?”
Address: 282 E Water Street, Harrisonburg,VA 22801.
Directions: Take Main Street or Mason Street toward downtown Harrisonburg
Turn onto East Market Street, pass Urban Exchange on the right and Burger King on the left. See Muhlenberg Lutheran Church on the right, immediately past it turn into church parking lot. You can park in the church parking lot.
Go BEHIND the church, when you See Muhlenberg Activities Center, enter through glass doors. From here just stop at the Reception Desk and let them know you’re there to volunteer!
Currently, our specific needs include:
- Art and craft supplies: construction paper, popsicle sticks; pipe cleaners; beads; foam cutout shapes; Ziploc bags; washable paint; brushes; white and color card stock; stickers (plus anything else you may think of).
- Snack drive: healthy granola bars; Nutri Grain bars; cereal (Cheerios, Honey nut cheerios, Rice Chex, Oatmeal squares, Kix), peanut butter, grape/strawberry jelly; fruit cups in juice (mandarin oranges, peaches, pears, unsweetened apple sauce); Cheezits, Gold fish crackers, Wheat Thins, corn chips, mild salsa, string cheese; loaves of bread; mayonnaise; canned tuna packed in water; canned chicken; fresh vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, snap peas, celery); fresh fruit (apples, oranges, melons). Please make sure that food items are well within their freshness date. We are not allowed to served expired food items.
- Snack supplies: 5oz paper cups, 8oz paper cups, plastic spoons, dessert size paper plates, paper towels, Ziploc bags, disposable vinyl gloves sizes M and L.
- Cash to use towards other items we may need.
If you have any questions feel free to contact us!