Volunteers make it possible for Lambert House to keep its doors open. The purpose of the volunteer program is to provide the delivery of all programs and services at Lambert House.
We have approximately 80 active volunteers whose roles include board members, drop-in center chaperones, cyber center chaperones, discussion group facilitators, activity volunteers, youth volunteers, and meal providers. 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 below. Please contact the Program Manager for questions or a MS Word document application.
Adult Volunteers (age 23 & older) in direct-service roles are required to complete a 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 Saturday, February 24th; Sunday, February 25th; and Saturday, March 3rd from 10am-6pm each of those days. More details about training will be shared throughout the volunteer vetting process.
Drop-In Center Chaperones
Volunteers help chaperone the drop-in center and are responsible for providing a safe and supportive place for LGBTQ youth. Each volunteer is asked to cover a minimum of one three hour shift per week in a scheduled shift, 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 Queer Young Females; Boys Who Like Boys; Trans Youth Group; 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 a currently existing program, or creating their own adventure! 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.
Meal providers include organizations and individuals who purchase and prepare an evening meal on a regular schedule (ex: the first Wednesday of each month) for 10-20 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 wishing to be meals providers should contact the Program Manager regarding scheduling and commitment.
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 Opportunities
If your corporate, non-profit, or social group is interested in a one-time volunteer opportunity, contact our Program Manager. Groups that are able to help cover the cost of 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 occur during youth program hours, and may include cleaning, organizing, painting, minor repairs, yard work, or others. Groups that want to support Lambert House can also pour their time and energies into running their own fundraiser to benefit Lambert House.
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 donations to Lambert House here.
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.