Volunteers are critical to Catholic Charities. Each year, volunteers donate the equivalent of 26 full-time staff members through their service.
Value of volunteer support
Immediate Volunteer Needs
The Site Coordinator welcomes families and assists them in obtaining basic needs items, including checking the database to confirm if a family is eligible to receive items. Also checks voicemails and forwards information to appropriate staff. Other duties are possible if interested. Bi-Lingual is preferred but not necessary. Monday – Friday 9:00-5:00 PM; 1/2 day or full-day shifts. Two days a week would be appreciated, but one day a week is possible.
Shopping Assistants guide clients through Marian House Marketplace, a shopping format food pantry, helping them determine selections and retrieve products in the refrigerator/freezer section. Bi-lingual Shopping Assistants also assist with translation for check-in. Shifts choices are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday, 1:15 – 3:15 p.m. or 3 – 5:15 p.m.
This volunteer position is perfect for volunteers who enjoy client interaction. Volunteers welcome clients to the Marketplace and check them in on a laptop. Shift choices are Mondays and/or Wednesdays 3:15 – 5:15 p.m. Training is provided. Interest in volunteering once a week is required.
Catholic Charities Castle Rock is launching Parent’s Café beginning in September. This program will be held on the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Childcare volunteers are needed to look after and care for the children’s safety while the parents attend the café. The Parent’s Café offers a time for families to connect with each other, build relationships and offer support in a safe space. Volunteers will not do any toileting but will lead activities or provide a bottle or snack. Minimum age to volunteer is 18 years old. Background check required.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Shindig Committee: Each year in March, the agency hosts the St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Shindig. A volunteer committee supports this event. If you are interested in joining this committee, please call 719-866-6539.
Client Follow-up/Data Entry: Duties include contacting clients to track casework outcomes in a database, and to connect clients to additional referrals if needed.
Family Navigator: Help families navigate services while assisting with paperwork, screening, utility assistance applications, and data input. *Bilingual Volunteers Needed*
Family Assistant: Assist families with accessing laundry, showers, and computers as well as answering questions.
Donation Assistant (Helen Hunt location): Assist and maintain organization of clothing and other material goods received as donations. Help provide needed items to clients and occasionally welcome clients at our front door to support our site coordinator.
Data Entry Specialist: Assist Family Connections staff with Data Entry into our internal Database system and send digital survey links to families who have received services with Family Connections.
Client Services Greeter: Duties include greeting guests, providing basic service information, and informing staff of appointment arrivals.
Hanifen Employment Center Associate: Duties include providing one-on-one support to job seekers, resume creation, and assisting job seekers with basic computer operating questions. Shifts are on weekdays 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hanifen Employment Center Front Desk Intake: Duties include greeting, intake, and providing general information. Shifts are on weekdays 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Maintenance/Landscaping Assistant: Assist the Facility Team with maintenance and landscaping.
Marian House Food Donation Pick-Up Driver Assistant: Ride along in the truck to assist with picking up donations. Help unload and stow the donations at Marian House
Checkout Assistant: Weigh items the clients have selected, record the weight, assist clients to their cars and return shopping carts to the shopping room. Shifts are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday,1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Client Intake: Greet and welcome clients and input their data into the system. Shifts are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday,1:15pm to 3:15 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Loading Dock Intake Assistant: Accept donations and perform the donation intake process (documenting/weighing/initial sorting/transiting to storage).
Marketplace Stocking Assistant: Stock the Marketplace shelves and coolers. Shifts are weekdays with flexible morning report time and shift duration.
Marian House Marketplace Bi-Lingual Spanish Shopping Assistant: Shopping Assistants guide clients through Marian House Marketplace, a shopping format food pantry, helping them determine selections and retrieve products in the refrigerator/freezer section. Bi-lingual Shopping Assistants also assist with translation for check-in. Shifts choices are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday, 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Marian House Marketplace – Client Intake: This volunteer position is perfect for volunteers who enjoy client interaction. Volunteers welcome clients to the Marketplace and check them in on a laptop. Shift choices are Mondays and/or Wednesdays 3:15-5:15 p.m. Training is provided. Interest in volunteering once a week is required.
Shopping Assistant: Guide clients through the Marketplace. Shopping Assistants also assist with checkout and are trained as backup intake volunteers. Shifts are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 1:15 pm – 3:15 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Warehouse Assistant: Sort and stow food donations. Shifts are weekdays with flexible morning report time and shift duration.
Client Services: Support the daily operations of the Castle Rock office one day a week from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
ESL Teacher: Teach adult immigrants English in an online setting. No experience or foreign language is required. Training Provided.
Community Outreach Specialist: Assist with seasonal drives (school supplies, coats) and other outreach activities.
“None of us can do this work on our own. It is a chance to show love, to show what we as Catholic Charities believe, to change the world and leave a legacy, and make it a better place for everybody.”
I have been volunteering at Marian House for over 30 years because it is the right thing to do; you are feeding people and being available with what they need. I brought my students down here with me for 20 years once a month, and it’s just a wonderful place to be.
Dick & Evelyn have been volunteering with Catholic Charities for over 35 years. Evelyn says, “It’s the Lord’s work.
Volunteer Office at the Marian House Campus
14 West Bijou Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Hours of Operation
Mon – Fri, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(or by appointment outside those hours)
“The Marian House is invaluable because it feeds people. They keep people’s stomachs full and the food is good.”
“Never in a million years did I think I would be homeless.”
“When a person is truly ready to change, Catholic Charities will provide everything you need to change your life.”
“Some days it is just so hard to be homeless.”
“I feel way more confident in myself and my ability to be a mom.”
“Catholic Charities offered me a hand up and that made all the difference.”
“It felt like freedom…finally!”
“It seemed like there was no hope.”
“Every day we are thankful for Catholic Charities.”
“Seeing the help they gave to those in need really impressed me.”
“I am making the changes to get the life I have dreamed of.”
“If I didn’t have Catholic Charities, I don’t know where we would be. I am so grateful.”