Come Join Our Volunteer Team!

Volunteers play an essential role in providing critical services to families and individuals facing homelessness, hunger and needing emergency shelter. St. Francis House provides help for those in crisis situations and case management to enable each one to create a plan for a better life.

Individual volunteers provide support in the following areas:

Kitchen (7 days a week 8:30 a.m. – noon)

– Assist with preparation or serving of noon meal
– Serve meals and clean dining hall
– Perform other cleaning/organizational kitchen tasks

Food/donation services (Monday-Friday)

– Organize, itemize and stock food and pantry donations
– Plan and organize a food drive to fill the pantry through your organization
– Plan and organize a clothing drive through your organization

Administrative (Monday-Friday)

– General office support
– Assist staff
– Data entry

Special Events (throughout the year)

– Event committee member
– Assis with pre-event tasks
– Provide day-of-event volunteer support

Group volunteers provide support with these services:

Chef’s Night Out, St. Francis Housing Crisis Center (7 days a week)

– Prepare and serve evening meal for 35-40 residents (come once/week, once/month, once in a while)
– Serve meals and clean dining room
– Perform other cleaning/organizational kitchen tasks

Fuel for Success, Port in the Storm Homeless Youth Center (7 days a week)

– Prepare and drop off lunch for 15-20 youth participating in our day drop-in center (come once/week,
once/month, once in a while)


    Volunteer Application

    Full Name
    Group Name (the contact person for the group should complete the Volunteer Application and sign the attached Release and Waiver of Liability for the group)
    Mailing Address:
    Spouse/Partner Name:
    Emergency Contact Name
    Phone
    Home Phone
    Cell Phone
    Email
    Date of Birth
    Names of persons in group (if known)
    Preferred Contact Method
    Seasonal? Start date End Date
    Days available to volunteer (please check all that apply)
    Preference in volunteering (please circle all that apply)
    Volunteer experience
    Work experience
    Ever been convicted of a crime other than traffic violation?
    YesNo
    If yes, please explain:
    References
    I certify that the information I have provided in this application is correct to the best of my knowledge.
    Signature
    Date

    Volunteer Agreement

    If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian (a) must accompany you unless you are with an organized, chaperoned group which has St. Francis House permission to participate, and (b) must sign this release.

    RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY

    (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. This is a legal document that affects your legal rights.)

    THIS RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY (“Release”) is executed on , 20 , by (“Volunteer”) in favor of St Francis House, a not-for- profit corporation, and its directors, officers, employees and agents. Volunteer desires to work as a volunteer for St. Francis House and engage in the activities related to being a volunteer for St. Francis House (“Activities”). Volunteer understands that the Activities may include physical labor, exposure to hazardous conditions or other circumstances that may result in personal injuries. Volunteer hereby freely, voluntarily and without duress executes this Release under the following terms:

    Release and Waiver. Volunteer does hereby release and forever discharge and hold harmless St. Francis House, its successors, assigns, directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability, claims and demands of whatever kind or nature, either in law or in equity, that arise or may hereafter arise from Volunteer’s Activities with St. Francis House.

    VOLUNTEER UNDERSTANDS THAT THIS RELEASE DISCHARGES ST. FRANCIS HOUSE FROM ANY LIABILITY OR CLAIM THAT VOLUNTEER MAY HAVE AGAINST ST. FRANCIS HOUSE WITH RESPECT TO ANY BODILY INJURY, PERSONAL INJURY, ILLNESS, DEATH OR PROPERTY DAMAGE THAT MAY RESULT FROM VOLUNTEER’S ACTIVITIES WITH ST. FRANCIS HOUSE, WHETHER CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGNECE OF ST. FRANCIS HOUSE OR ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS, OR OTHERWISE. VOLUNTEER ALSO UNDERSTANDS THAT ST. FRANCIS HOUSE DOES NOT ASSUME ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR, OR OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OR OTHER ASSISTANCE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, MEDICAL, HEALTH OR DISABILITY INSURANCE IN THE EVENT OF INJURY OR ILLNESS.

    Assumption of Risk. Volunteer understands that the Activities may involve work that may be hazardous to Volunteer. Volunteer hereby expressly and specifically assumes the risk of injury or harm in the Activities; and releases St Francis House from all liability for injury, illness, death or property damage resulting from the Activities.

    Photographic Release. Volunteer does hereby grant and convey unto St. Francis House all right, title and interest in and to any and all photographic images and video or audio recordings made by St. Francis House during Volunteer’s Activities with St. Francis House, including, but not limited to, any proceeds or other benefits derived from such photographs or recordings.

    Confidential Information. As a Volunteer of this organization, I understand that I may have access to confidential information, both verbal and written, relating to clients, volunteers or staff of the organization. I understand and agree that all such confidential information is to be treated confidentially and discussed only within the boundaries of my Volunteer position at the organization. I also agree not to discuss the same matters after I have left my Volunteer position at the organization.

    Choice of Law. Volunteer expressly agrees that this Release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the State of Florida and that this Release shall be governed by, and interpreted in accordance with, the laws of the State of Florida. Volunteer also agrees that, in the event that any clause or provision of this Release shall be held to be invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such clause or provision shall not otherwise affect the remaining provisions of this Release which shall continue to be enforceable.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Volunteer executes this Release as of the day and year first above written.
    Volunteer (print name)
    (signature)
    Volunteer Group Name (if applicable):
    Witness (print name)
    (signature)
    Parent/Guardian (print name):
    (signature)
    Phone
    Date