LGBTQ and ally adult volunteers provide LGBTQ youth with hope for their futures, and positive, healthy role models to look up to. Our volunteers have a major positive impact on the experience of youth in our programs, and are a core part of the youth experience at Lambert House.
Lambert House engages nearly 100 active volunteers whose roles include drop-in center chaperones, meal providers, peer support group facilitators, field trip coordinators and chaperones, chaperones for larger youth-led events & activities, admin & fundraising support, maintenance team (carpentry, electrical, plumbing, landscaping, etc.), social media/PR, and others. Our volunteers are central to youths' experiences at Lambert House, and allow the organization to leverage donor dollars to a greater degree than most organizations. Volunteer and youth internship applications available at the bottom of this page. You can also contact the Program Manager with questions or to obtain a Microsoft Word version of the application.
Lambert House has a number of volunteer positions working directly with youth, as well as positions supporting the agency's operations. Some positions are only available to adults age 23 & older, some positions are only available to program participants age 22 and younger, while a few are available to both groups. There are descriptions of many positions further down the page. If you have expertise you would like to offer, please reach out to us and we are happy to consider whether we are able to take advantage of your offer.
Adult Volunteers (age 23 & older) in working with youth program participants are required to complete our multi-step application process, and 20-hour training program prior to beginning their volunteer role. This training is held three times annually in February, June, and October. Our next training will be held on three consecutive weekend days in October (tentatively Saturday, October 6th; Sunday, October 7th; and Saturday, October 13th) from 10am-6pm each of those days. Volunteers are required to complete all three days - missing any part of training will delay your start as a volunteer and may make you ineligible. More details about training will be shared throughout the volunteer application process.
Below are lists of volunteer roles we are currently recruiting, but others may become available at any time:
- Positions working directly with youth, training program required:
- Outdoor Recreation & Education Team (2-year commitment strongly desired)
- Monthly Meal Providers (individual or team); current openings are on Mondays & Wednesdays, dinner must be served by 6pm
- Trans Group Facilitator (previous group facilitation experience strongly desired)
- Drop-In Volunteers (particularly folks able to fill a weekly shift Fridays from 3:45-7pm)
- 20-hour training program may not be required for these positions:
- Maintenance Team (all trades, especially seeking expertise in residential plumbing and electrical)
- Experienced Capital Campaign and fundraising volunteers
- Long-term, experienced office administrative support
- Long-term, experienced volunteer program coordination support
- Social media support including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr; possibility to include working with youth, but training must be completed first.
Volunteers help chaperone the drop-in center and are responsible for providing a safe and supportive place for LGBTQ youth. Volunteers build build healthy relationships with program participants and serve as both informal mentors, and role models for youth. Each volunteer is asked to cover a minimum of one three hour shift scheduled at the same time each week, and commit to at least one year of volunteering. Click here for full position description. The minimum age to be a drop-center volunteer is 23, or 24 if a former youth program participant.
Support & Discussion Group Facilitators
Group facilitators create a safe space in which youth can converse about life experiences. Standard Lambert House youth groups include Trans Youth Group; Queer Young Females; Boys Who Like Boys; and Art Group. Other groups may be offered based on youth interest and availability of skilled facilitators. Group facilitators should have previous group facilitation experience, and ideally previous experience working in direct service with LGBTQ youth. These are highly coveted positions, but are often not available. Volunteers may start in another role, and transition into one of these roles, at staff discretion, as positions open up. The minimum age to be a group facilitator is 23, or 24 if a former youth program participant.
Individuals experienced in and wishing to volunteer in fundraising, capital campaign, administrative, or other important support roles are encouraged to fill out an application as well. Areas of need include fundraising event coordination, experienced grant writing, capital campaign committee members, marketing & public relations, and more. We are open to offers of professional skills that you think may be beneficial.
Other Skilled Roles
Help Lambert House provide for the widely varying needs of LGBTQ youth. Case Management, Counseling, Internship Coordination and others are important in supporting queer youth at a variety of developmental levels. These volunteer roles require additional experience, skill, and are not always available. Individuals interested in these roles may first start as a Drop-In Center, or Meal Provider volunteers. Please express your interest in any of the opportunities in your application so that staff may talk with you about them. The minimum age to be a group facilitator is 23, or 24 if a former youth program participant.
Individual Youth Volunteers
Lambert House is a space in which youth can develop leadership and technical skills by planning an event or activity, supporting an existing program, or creating their own! Unpaid & paid internships, school community service credit and service learning opportunities are offered. Apply below! Opportunities open to all LGBTQ and ally youth ages 11-22.
Group Volunteer Opportunities for Youth
Gay-Straight Alliances (QSA, GLOW, Rainbow Club, etc.), student leadership groups, classrooms, and other interested youth groups are welcome to volunteer at Lambert House to provide a meal, help with cleaning & organizing, do setup or cleanup for an event, and more. Contact the Program Manager for more information.
Meal providers include teams, organizations, and individuals who purchase and prepare an evening meal on a regular schedule (ex: the first Wednesday of each month) for 20-30 Lambert House youth and other volunteers as part of our Dinner with Divas program. This program is both part of building LGBTQ youth community, and providing a stable source of healthy, nutritious food for youth who may not always have access elsewhere. Click here for full position description. This is open to adults and youth. Adult volunteers (age 23 and older) commit to at least one meal per month for a minimum of one year. Youth or student clubs wishing to provide meals should contact the Program Manager regarding scheduling and commitment.
Outdoor Recreation & Education Team
Volunteers and staff collaborate to lead a robust, fun, educational, and enriching outdoor program including monthly activities such as forest hikes, rock wall climbing, urban hikes, multi-night camping, snowshoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, rafting, glisading, and more. These activities are scheduled in advance for the calendar year so youth can plan to attend - the schedule and activities are determined by the team considering team members availability and youth input. These trips happen on weekends, Saturdays or Sundays, and are usually full-day commitments. The team will negotiate in advance which members will lead each trip. We are seeking 2 to 3 well-qualified adults age 24 or older to join this team who can make a 2-year commitment. Previous experience facilitating outdoor education with youth strongly desired; strong interest and experience in outdoor recreation and training in wilderness safety/first aid required. Please indicate interest and qualifications for this position in your application, and contact the Program Manager if you have questions.
Lambert House is seeking to develop a team of skilled maintenance volunteers with experience and qualifications in a variety of areas (plumbing, electrical, carpentry, etc.). Lambert House operates in a beautiful 1902 Victorian home with current and ongoing maintenance needs. Members of this team would work independently and/or together to accomplish projects while Lambert House is not open for youth drop-in. Ability to pick up and transport materials is very helpful – reimbursement or ordering in advance may be possible. Click here for a full position description. Please describe your skills & experience in your application.
One-Time Group Volunteer Experiences
If your corporate, non-profit, or social group is interested in a one-time volunteer opportunity, contact our Program Manager. As our paid staff that organizes these opportunities is small, we recommend reaching out 30 days or more in advance. Groups that are able to help cover some or all of the cost of materials, lunch & snacks, and staff time for these projects are greatly appreciate and help us devote more of our budget to direct service programs with youth. These one-time projects do not involve working with youth in our programs, and may include cleaning, organizing, painting, minor repairs, yard work, or others. Projects are created and scheduled on an individual basis. Groups that want to support Lambert House can also contribute their time and energies into running their own fundraiser to benefit Lambert House. If you are interested in planning a fundraiser for Lambert House, please contact our Executive Director Ken Shulman.
Employer Matching for Volunteer Time
Some employers match volunteer time with a financial contribution to the agency. Please check with your supervisor or benefits officer to see if they have such a program and log your hours regularly if they do. Learn more about giving to Lambert House here.