Welcome Volunteers

Volunteers make service to our community possible.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our volunteer process has changed in order that we may provide the safest environment possible for all of our volunteers.

 

The number of volunteers are limited each day so that we follow current safety guidelines. For the same reason, our clients arrive at scheduled times to pick up their items. We are constantly improving our processes and have a number of new volunteer opportunities. We are particularly in need of people to help with furniture moving, receiving donations, inspecting, cleaning and repair, merchandising, pre-packing and staging. Please see our most urgent volunteer needs described below and let us know your preferences.

All volunteers must attend an orientation before starting. We offer our orientations either remotely, via Zoom, or in-person.

 

For any questions to volunteer, or to schedule your orientation, please call 603.626.3944 Option-5, or you can email us at volunteer@hometomorrow.org.

Volunteer

Volunteer with Home Tomorrow and become a valued part of our success in our community.

 

We offer many types of volunteer opportunities and the hours are flexible. Whether you can spare several hours per-week or a few hours per-month, we invite you to join us in our mission to assist those most in need.

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How It Works

  • Home Tomorrow partners with other nonprofit social service agencies (“Partner Agencies”) that directly serve people transitioning from shelter to a place of their own. Our Partner Agencies qualify and quantify their clients’ needs and authorize which home furnishings the individual or family is eligible to receive from us.

  • Meanwhile, generous citizens throughout our community graciously donate to us their decent quality home furnishings that might otherwise end up in our landfills. After screening each donation offer, donations can be dropped off by appointment or, if needed, we can schedule pick up.

  • We receive, inspect, clean and, if necessary, repair each item received.

  • We photograph the donated item and provide an online preview of our inventory to those in need.

  • Using a form we provide, Partner Agencies send us a client referral itemizing their clients’ needs, along with an option of dates and times available to schedule a private shopping appointment. Also, if necessary, and as resources permit, we make arrangements to reimburse recipients a modest portion of the truck rental fee they incur to facilitate the transportation of their home furnishings received.

  • After confirming the appointment, the client is afforded a private and dignified shopping experience in which the items selected by the client are then staged by our volunteers at our loading dock at the time of selection, and transported to their new home.

  • Beneficiary families and individuals are eligible to receive our services once per lifetime.

10 Ways You Can Volunteer

PICK UP DONATIONS
(people with strong backs)

  • Drivers/Helpers: Drive or become part of the Home Tomorrow box truck crew to pick-up donations. Load and offload truckloads of donated furniture and other household items. (Drivers have special requirements.) Must be age-18 or older with no pre existing back injury.

  • Sharing our mission: Sharing with customers how their participation as a donor or customer helps those in need and spares our landfills.

 

Shifts: Tuesday through Saturday morning (9:00AM to noon) and afternoon (1:00PM to 4:00PM) and as needed.

SERVICE DONORS
("people” people)

  • Donor Helpers: Greet and thank donors, write receipts, screen donated items, answer phone calls.

  • Furniture Movers: Unload donor vehicles and deliver items to the receiving/inspection area.

  • Inspection: “Triage” furniture and appliances for quality, structure, cleanliness, working order and completeness.

  • Sharing our mission: Sharing with customers how their participation as a donor or customer helps those in need and spares our landfills.

Shifts: Tuesday through Saturday morning (9:00AM to noon) and afternoon (1:00PM to 4:00PM) and as needed.

SORTING, INSPECTION & CLEANING
(people with an eye for detail)

  • Sort boxes and inspect merchandise: Inspect furniture and other donations for damage or loose or missing pieces, assess condition in need of cleaning or repair or disposal; dispatch merchandise to merchandising for photographing and pricing; stock showroom as necessary.

  • Sort Linens: Measure, label and assemble sets of bedding, curtains and towels.

  • Inspection: Check electrical items for working condition and safety (must be age-18 or older).

  • Cleaning: Wiping and cleaning donations in good condition in preparation for merchandising.

  • Sharing our mission: Sharing with other volunteers how their participation as a donor or customer helps those in need and spares our landfills.

 

Shifts: Tuesday through Saturday morning (9:00AM to noon) and afternoon (1:00PM to 4:00PM) and as needed.

MERCHANDISE REPAIR
(people who have a knack for fixing things)

  • Minimum age requirement: Must be age-18 or older.

  • Minor repair: Perform minor repairs to enhance the value of the donation; work with wood, metal, fasteners, fillers, sandpaper, power tools, stains and paints.

  • Disassembly & Recycling: Disassemble items for disposal which can be recycled.

  • Sharing our mission: Sharing with other volunteers how their participation as a donor or customer helps those in need and spares our landfills.

Shifts: Tuesday through Saturday morning (9:00AM to noon) and afternoon (1:00PM to 4:00PM) and as needed.

MERCHANDISING & PRICING
(people who have a good eye for value)

  • Photographing: Staging merchandise in their best light for photographing; taking photos for uploading to our online store.

  • Pricing: Partnering with management to make price determinations performing comparative price research of donations of particular value.

  • Uploading merchandise to our online store platform.

  • Sharing our mission: Sharing with other volunteers how their participation as a donor or customer helps those in need and spares our landfills.

Shifts: Tuesday through Saturday morning (9:00AM to noon) and afternoon (1:00PM to 4:00PM) and as needed.

FLOOR CREW
(people looking to help people)

  • Assisting Shoppers: Helping shoppers find what they are looking for; verifying prices; tagging acquired merchandise for removal from sales floor.

  • Moving selected small household items to the customer pickup area.

  • Sharing our mission: Sharing with customers how their participation as a donor or customer helps those in need and spares our landfills.

Shifts: Tuesday through Saturday morning (9:00AM to noon) and afternoon (1:00PM to 4:00PM) and as needed.

PICKUP & DELIVERY STAGING
(people with strong backs)

  • Moving Furniture & Household Items: Moving ticketed merchandise from the sales floor to the pickup/delivery staging area;

  • Loading: Partner with the Delivery crew to help customers load merchandise into their vehicles.

  • Sharing our mission: Sharing with customers how their participation as a donor or customer helps those in need and spares our landfills.

Shifts: Tuesday through Saturday morning (9:00AM to noon) and afternoon (1:00PM to 4:00PM) and as needed.

CUSTOMER GREETING & CHECKOUT
(people who like to smile)

  • Greeting Customers: Providing a warm welcome to customers entering the store.

  • Thanking Customers: Expressing gratitude to customers leaving the store.

  • Checkout Counter: Ringing up merchandise for in-store shoppers.

  • Sharing our mission: Sharing with customers how their participation as a donor or customer helps those in need and spares our landfills.

Shifts: Tuesday through Saturday morning (9:00AM to noon) and afternoon (1:00PM to 4:00PM) and as needed.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Office/Clerical: Assisting the store management or administration with administrative activities, such as data entry, printing, binding, telephone greeter, appointment scheduling and serving volunteer snacks and drinks.

  • Donation Ambassador: Contacting donors and sponsors to share how their support helps those in need and spares our landfills.

  • Event Planner: Assisting management plan celebration events.

Volunteers

MORE WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

 

Host a Goods Drive

Sponsor a drive for goods through your faith community, fraternity, community group, scout troop, club, sports team, or neighborhood group. Smaller household items are ALWAYS in need. Collecting pots and pans, towels, lamps, sheets and blankets or comforters make good drives and foster community spirit.

 

Please contact us to discuss items most in need and to schedule drop-off or pickup:


 

Organize a Kitchen Starter Set Party

Most of the people contacting us need the most basic kitchen items, such as dishware, flatware, glasses, and cooking utensils. Kitchen starter sets are a great way to set up a kitchen for our neighbors in need. At scale, we will need as many as 50 sets each week to meet the demand for all those in need.

Download instructions here

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