"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." - Cal Poly Students
If you would like to join our team of volunteers, read through the descriptions below and click the button to select your preferred location and send your information. Thanks for thinking of ECHO and our mission to help people in our community facing homelessness!
Volunteer Opportunities at ECHO Atascadero - 6370 Atascadero Avenue
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.
Volunteer Opportunities at ECHO Paso Robles - 1134 Black Oak Drive
Breakfast and Lunch Meal Providers: Daily
Breakfast and Lunch providers prepare about 35 to-go bags of breakfast or lunch to insure the adults and children staying at the shelter have access to at least two meals per day. Breakfast and Lunch bags must be food items that do not require refrigeration or cooking, and ideally have some nutritious value.
Translators: Schedule Determined Case by Case
Our translators for client appointments are vital in connecting ECHO clients with the services they need. Translator volunteers sit in on meetings between clients and caseworkers facing a language barrier to translate when necessary. Shifts for this position are determined on a case by case basis.
Intake Translators: Saturday and Sunday 4:30PM - 5:30PM
Intake translators connect clients with the shelter, care, and services they need by assisting case managers during the client intake process. Intake translators are responsible for recording the names of clients interested in staying at the shelter, taking the temperature of clients, and recording a series of Covid-19 symptom questions. Volunteer opportunities for this position run from 4:30pm to 5:30pm, on Saturdays and Sundays with one or two volunteers working alongside our case workers to connect clients with the best care we can provide.
Shelter Registration Volunteers: Daily 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Shelter registration volunteers are responsible for recording the names of clients interested in staying at the shelter, taking the temperature of clients, and recording a series of Covid-19 symptom questions. Volunteer opportunities for this position run daily, from 4:30pm to 5:30pm, where one or two volunteers work alongside our case workers to connect clients with the best care we can provide.
Meal Servers: Daily 4:30PM-6:00 PM
Our meal servers are essential in creating a welcoming and safe atmosphere for the people we serve. In this role, volunteers welcome dinner guests, serve dinner, and set up and down the dining area. The Paso Cares meal program runs seven days a week, from 5:00 to 6:00pm. Meal server volunteer shifts run daily from 4:30-6:00 PM.
Meal Providers: Contact Pearl Herrera 1 805 538 3947 for more information
Meal Providers are responsible for preparing and delivering meals for 40-70 guests. Meal distribution occurs daily from 4:45PM- 5:45PM, and meal providers are scheduled according to their availability.
Shelter Greeters: Daily 5:30pm to 7:00pm
The primary role of shelter greeter volunteers is to greet guests as they arrive at the shelter for the evening. Greeters also insure guests have everything they need for the night, and occasionally assist with evening programs. One or two volunteers work alongside ECHOs evening staff for the shift from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.
Morning Check Out Volunteers: Daily 6:30am to 7:30am
Our morning check out volunteers are essential in creating a welcoming and safe atmosphere to the people we serve. Check out volunteers perform wake up calls, ensure that clients staying at the shelter have performed their morning tasks of cleaning their rooms, and finally check out clients for the day. Volunteer opportunities for this position run daily, from 6:30am to 7:30am
Donation Organizers: Flexible
Tasks for his position include sorting and organizing donations, preparing racks of clothing to distribute during our nightly meal services, and completing other tasks around the shelter. Timing for this position is fairly flexible; availability anytime between 12pm-4:30pm on any weekday is ideal, but we may be able to accommodate other schedules. This position is ideal for someone who wants to help out with a low Covid-19 exposure risk position.