"Volunteering at ECHO not only instilled a sense of understanding within us that taught us the valuable lesson of being grateful for everything in our life- little or small- but allowed us to realize how ECHO is much more than a shelter- it’s one large, supportive, family unit." - Spring 2019 Cal Poly Students
If you would like to join our team of volunteers, read through the descriptions below and click the button to send your information. Thanks for thinking of ECHO and our mission to help people in our community facing homelessness!
Campus Monitor – Every week day and weekend day.
In this position you will keep watch on the ECHO campus during the dining hour and evening registration. You will uphold the safety of all ECHO clients while maintaining order during the daily open meal service period from 4:00pm until 6:15pm. Campus monitor activities are limited to the campus outdoor areas.
Overnight Chaperone – Every week day and weekend day.
This position requires an overnight stay at the shelter from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. You will be one of two chaperones along with a chaperon manager. Volunteers sleep and stand watch in shifts (usually 10pm-2am, and 2am-6am) and record any significant events on a log sheet. This information helps us
better manage the shelter. Wifi is available throughout the shelter.
Greeter – Every week day and weekend day.
The greeter position assists with the daily dining experience for our clients. This position is from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The main duties are to greet clients as they arrive, assist with set up of the dining room, and provide any assistance to the meal providers during and after the dinner service such as wrapping up leftover food for storage.
Registration - Every week day and weekend day.
This position is from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and assists staff with the check in procedures for dinner, answers the shelter phone and takes messages.
Shower Monitor – Monday, Wednesday and Friday only.
This position helps maintain order during the public shower program from 4:00pm until 6:00pm. Shower Monitor activities are limited to the shower and outdoor areas. You will provide check in procedures to clients and ensure there are enough linens and toiletries stocked.
Laundry Angel – Every day.
Laundry Angels can come to the shelter anytime between 11:30am – 7:00pm. It is best if you can come at a consistent time each week so we can ensure that staff will be available. There is always staff at the shelter from 4:30pm – 7:00pm every night of the week. Laundry angels take bed linens and towels home to wash and dry and return to the shelter within 7 days.
Special Event Volunteer – as needed.
This position is available during ECHO special events. A variety of roles are available: set up, tear down, parking attendant, food service, information booth, greeters. April – Empty Bowls fundraiser at ABC church; August - Long Walk Home at ECHO; July – Appreciation BBQ at Atascadero Lake Park.
Ad Hoc Volunteer – as needed.
We have a variety of positions that can be scheduled to fit your needs. Gardening, organizing clothing donations, paperwork, music accompaniment for nightly dinners. Please inquire with your ideas