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Volunteer

The Doorways is a place where families and patients can lean on each other for the emotional support needed in a time of crisis.

Our volunteers play a vital role in this support, while also being an invaluable resource to Doorways Staff.

Most importantly, volunteers offer reassurance in a warm and caring manner to people who arrive frightened, weary, and/or sick.

“We treasure our volunteers, for their time, their talents and their unflagging commitment to our mission. We could not do what we do without them.”

Stacy Brinkley, The Doorways’ CEO & President

Ways to Get Involved

Our Volunteers Help Us Serve Our Guests

For all individual opportunities, volunteers must be 17 years or older and must complete a volunteer application, tour of our facility and orientation/training.

Unfortunately, due to the sensitive nature of our mission, we cannot accept court-ordered community service. 

Featured Needs:

Meal Volunteers

Food Run Volunteer

Collection Drive Host

Individual Opportunities

Staff the Reception Desk

Assist front desk staff with entering referrals, answering phones, addressing guest needs/answering questions, giving tours, greeting visitors and vendors, accepting donations, organizing mail and assisting with general admin work.

  • Requirements:
    • willing to commit to a 3-hr weekly shift for at least 6 months
    • background check
    • basic computer skills
    • phone and communication etiquette
    • interpersonal skills

Shifts are available Monday-Friday from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.

House Attendant

Help ensure house common areas are tidy, organized and well-stocked. Tasks include but are not limited to organizing in-kind donations, stocking laundry room supplies, organizing storage areas, re-shelving and alphabetizing library books, assisting front desk with guest needs, maintaining cleanliness and supplies of coffee/vending area and supplies.

  • Requirements:
    • must be able to lift 25-30 lbs.
    • must be able to stand for long periods of time
    • interpersonal skills
    • background check

Kitchen Manager

Keep the kitchen organized and stocked. Tasks include but are not limited to inventorying food in pantry/walk-ins, inventorying kitchen supplies, restocking supplies, organizing and cleaning kitchen pods, helping guests navigate kitchen and pantry, tidying up eating areas, assisting with meal prep (as needed).

  • Requirements:
    • willing to commit to a 3-hour weekly shift for at least 6 months
    • interpersonal skills
    • must be able to lift 15-20 lbs.
    • not afraid to get a little dirty!
    • background check

Perform Light Clerical Work

Assist staff with administrative tasks and general housework, including filing, assisting with mailings, database entry and research.

  •   Requirements:
    • can lift up to 15-20 lbs.
    • basic computer skills
    • interpersonal skills

Join a Committee

Committees: Marketing, Operations, Development, Special Events, Finance/Investment

Assist staff and Board of Directors with building awareness and support of The Doorways' mission in the community.

  • Requirements:
    • willing to commit for 6-12 months
    • background check

Staff a Special Event/Fundraiser

Special Events: Spring Luncheon, Splatter That Matters, Gilbane Restaurant Walk, SAVOR

  • Requirements:
    • must participate in shift/event training
    • must be able to stand for several hours
    • must be able to lift 25-30 lbs.

Staff a Community/Outreach Event

Support efforts to increase awareness of The Doorways' mission throughout the greater Richmond community.

  • Requirements:
    • interpersonal skills
    • must participate in brief training
    • must be able to lift 15-20 lbs.
    • must have reliable transportation

Group Opportunities

Make a Meal

Come make a meal for our guests! A home-cooked meal before or after a long day at the hospital makes a huge impact on our guests. Groups can choose whether they'd like to prepare breakfast/brunch, bagged lunches, or dinner. We ask our meal volunteers to purchase enough food/groceries/supplies to feed 50-60 people.

If you're interested in preparing a meal, sign up here! (Please schedule your meal at least 48 hours before your intended meal date.)

  • Requirements:
    • ability to purchase groceries to feed 50-60 people
    • group must have at least 4 people to prep/serve meal to guests

Shifts are available Monday-Sunday.

Host an Activity or Entertainment

Do you have a special talent, hobby or skill that you'd like to share? Do you like spending quality time with others? Then come create an evening of entertainment for our guests!  BINGO, a dessert party, an exercise class, arts and crafts, a workshop...our guests love all kinds of games and activities, and are always so glad when volunteers come to the house to host a night of entertainment.

If you're interested in hosting an activity, sign up here! (Please schedule your activity at least 48 hours before your intended host date.)

  • Requirement(s):
    • must provide all activities, supplies and equipment for activity

Shifts are available Monday-Sunday.

Perform Light Housekeeping and/or Maintenance

Our well-loved building is always in need of some extra hands to help with maintenance and housekeeping projects, like painting, organizing, window washing, carpet cleaning, etc.  If you are interested in performing light housekeeping or maintenance activities, please email Annie at [email protected]

  • Requirement(s):
    • must be able to lift 25-30 lbs.
    • must be able to stand for long periods of time
    • interpersonal skills

Shifts are available on an as-needed basis.

Host a Collection Drive

We are always in need of food and household items to keep our pantry, guest rooms and common areas well-stocked! Check out the items we are always in need of here or on our Amazon Wish List. If you are interested in hosting a collection drive or donating items, email Annie at [email protected]

Collection drives are needed year round!

Ready to Volunteer?

Contact us by calling 804-828-6901 or emailing [email protected]

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