Individual Volunteering at Compass Family Services


STEP 1. Learn about Compass volunteer opportunities

Long-term volunteer opportunities:

Administrative support such as scanning, filing, and shredding paper files; stuffing, labeling, sealing and stamping mailings; preparing for events; sorting and organizing donations; and helping with data entry.

Sunday dinner: Each Sunday Congregation Sherith Israel cooks and delivers a Sunday meal for the families at Compass Family Shelter. Volunteers serve the meal so that families can relax and enjoy their dinner together.

Requirements for long-term volunteering:

  • Once per week for 2-3 hours
  • Availability during business hours (M-F 9am-5pm)
  • 3-6 month commitment
  • Clear background check

Events and occasional volunteering:

Compass often needs additional hands to help with events such as back-to-school shoe and backpack drives & distribution, annual Halloween Costume giveaway, decorating program sites for holidays, the Adopt-a-Family program, Toast & Taste fundraiser and other events and projects, such as painting or other site maintenance. If 2-3 hours per week is more than you feel comfortable committing to, occasional volunteering is for you.

Step 2: Get in touch with Compass

Fill out the Interest Form

Communicate with the Volunteer Manager

Once you have submitted your Individual Volunteer Form the Volunteer Manager will contact you, usually within two business days (but allow for more time during busy back-to-school or Holiday seasons!)

Learn more about Compass

After you have spoken to the Volunteer Manager, you may want to schedule a tour of Compass to see each program site, and learn more about Compass Family Services. You can also read about Compass programs and history.


For long-term volunteers the Volunteer Manager may want to schedule an interview, and/or receive a copy of your resume. For opportunities directly in a Compass program, the program staff may want to meet you prior to placement.

Compass will contact long-term volunteers with a placement offer within 2 weeks of an interview whenever possible.

Long-term volunteers: Attend an orientation, and complete the necessary paperwork

Before beginning a long-term volunteer opportunity, volunteers must complete a background check, receive a Volunteer Handbook and sign a confidentiality waiver. This paperwork is generally completed at the volunteer orientation, scheduled individually or in groups by the Volunteer Manager.

Start Volunteering!

We look forward to working with you!

More than 500 people volunteered for Compass Family Services last year - totaling just over 12,000 hours!

Thank you for volunteering for Compass and helping us alleviate family homelessness!