Volunteers We Need You!
Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of Crossroads for Women. We are a small nonprofit organization with BIG dreams and goals – which we cannot achieve without help.
Your role here is important. From our inception and continuing today, we have counted on the support of individuals such as yourself who generously donate their time and skills to helping us help the women and children who access our services.
Del Norte Rotary Club members organize home essentials for incoming clients - Summer 2008
Together with staff, volunteers do everything from sort clothes, childcare, pick-up donations, prepare meals and everything in-between, but mostly, make the difference in our ability to fulfill our mission. - Your involvement can be as big or as little as you choose…either way, I trust that it will be meaningful. Thank you for helping make our community stronger!
The staff and I look forward to working with you! -
Sincerely, KC Quirk, Executive Director - -
To volunteer, please contact Amanda Douglas at (505)242-1010 Email: res.dev.coord [at] crossroadsabq.org. -
- Click Here For a Downloadable Volunteer Application Form (PDF) - Just print it out, fill it in and mail to Volunteer Application, 805 Tijeras NW Albuquerque, NM 87102 -
Volunteer Positions Available
The administrative assistant supports Crossroads staff by answering phones, assisting clients, updating databases, creating monthly calendar, newsletter, and special event flyers. Volunteer must have typing skills and familiarity with Word, Publisher, & Excel. Organizational skills a plus! This position requires a time commitment of at least two months (longer is preferable,) with at least one day a week in the office. Volunteer must be willing to submit to a background check. Benefits: Increase confidence and develop office administration skills while gaining valuable work experience!
Childcare volunteers provide childcare during weekly group times. Volunteers directly engage the children by participating in hands-on activities, leading and/or supporting programming activities, directing children in cleaning up after themselves and carrying out tasks that pertain to their respective skill sets and interests. The childcare volunteer should be proactive and willing to take initiative. Must have experience working with children or be a student in a field of study related to child development. All childcare volunteers receive a background check.
Special Event Volunteer
Special event volunteers assist CRFW staff at client parties (such as the annual Christmas party, Easter party, and Thanksgiving dinner.) Tasks include: party prep (cleaning, organizing, decorating,) assisting the operation of the party and participating in cleaning up and organizing the space post party. Client parties and other special events offer an opportunity for volunteers to meet and connect with the women and children at Crossroads. The special event volunteer may also attend various community fairs and educational gatherings that provide CRFW with an opportunity to share information about our agency with the public. At these events, the volunteer assists outreaching efforts by distributing informational brochures and newsletters. This volunteer also speaks directly with interested members of the community (including potential donors and volunteers) about CRFW services and programs. Benefits: excellent opportunity to practice presentation and networking skills as well as increase your understanding of special event planning on a budget!
Fundraising Committee Volunteer(s)
Interested in lending your talents to a group of warm hearted, dynamic professionals? Crossroads for Women invites members to join and develop its fundraising committee. Members on this committee create, organize and coordinate fundraising opportunities and events to benefit Crossroads for Women. The fundraising committee develops opportunities by connecting with other organizations, corporations, and individuals for the purpose of benefit events and other endeavors. This volunteer opportunity provides a chance to take on a variety of responsibilities, expand your experience with fundraising and procurement.
Guest Speaker/Guest Artist
Crossroads for Women seeks degreed, experienced professionals to share knowledge, expertise and skills on topics related to chemical dependency and recovery, mental health, life skills, social skills development, art therapy, healing from trauma, and the development of vocational aptitude and success. Guest speakers/artists will meet with a CRFW group facilitator in advance to plan and develop a group tailored to the specific needs of program participants. For example, if your expertise is finance you might co-facilitate a 1.5 hr. group that teaches skills related to budgeting. CRFW provides daily groups that range in attendance from 3-21 participants and take place at different times of the day. Current groups include: Parenting group, Life Skills group, Recovery group, and a trauma based group. All groups are facilitated by various CRFW staff members.
Food Drive Volunteers
Having experienced homelessness, the women and children of Crossroads struggle to afford personal belongings and other essentials. When a woman and her children (if she has them,) first enter Crossroads for Women they are offered a food box. Donations of food items make it possible for the women and children to begin new lives in their new homes. Volunteers can host a food drive at their local office, business, church or community event. This opportunity is great for Scout troops, offices, churches, small groups, families, youth groups, school clubs, and individuals. This is an off-site volunteer opportunity. Simply contact Amanda at 242-1010 or email@example.com for more information and a list of needed items.
School Supply Drive Volunteer
CRFW is in need of help with collecting school supplies for the upcoming school year (beginning in August 2012). The women and children at Crossroads struggle to afford the required school supplies (pencils, reams of lined paper, rulers, etc.) needed to start the school year. Would your group be interested in hosting a school supply drive for the children at Crossroads? For more information, please contact Amanda at 505-242-1010.
House Party Host
Hosting a house party is a wonderful way to support Crossroads for Women while having fun with friends. House parties foster community connections and are a great way to network and raise funds for a great cause. When you host a party in your home you provide CRFW staff members and volunteers with an opportunity to meet and speak with your friends and family about the women and children we serve, as well as the programs and services we offer.
Housing & Donation Support
This volunteer works with Crossroads staff and community service workers to set up apartments for newly arriving clients and to pick up donations of furniture for those homes. This work typically takes place between 9 & 5, Monday-Friday. Hours vary depending on how many participants enter the program in a given month and also depending on how many donations we receive. A volunteer in this position typically comes in 2 to 6 hours per week, but could come in more often or come in some weeks but not others. Volunteers for this position must be over the age of 25 and comfortable working with others to lift mattresses, chairs, sofas, and other furniture. Must be able to lift over 50lbs, be licensed in the state of NM, and have a clean driving record. Volunteers will gain knowledge of how to receive, organize, and process donations in a non-profit organization.
The women at The Crossroads and Maya’s Place are incredibly committed to moving forward in their lives and work very hard to achieve their goals. Crossroads for Women is seeking to form relationships with local businesses and organizations willing to further the womens’ aspirations by offering employment, volunteer, traineeships or mentorship opportunities. Vocational mentors work in tandem with Crossroads’ Vocational Coordinator to create a mutually beneficial arrangement that allows participants an opportunity to gain experience, learn valuable skills and be involved in the community. Are you a local employer with a desire to give back and a need for skilled assistance? Do you have a trade to teach or a skill set that you want to share? We’re excited to speak with you! Please contact Kerry Hansen, Vocational Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Newsletter & Mailing Volunteers
Newsletter & mailing volunteers assists with the production of the Crossroads newsletter in addition to sporadic mailings for events and fundraising appeals. Volunteers stuff and seal envelopes to help Crossroads for Women reach out to our supporters. The Crossroads newsletter is completely “D.I.Y.” Volunteers will learn what it takes to mass produce a newsletter in-house. This is a great project for a group of 10 volunteers or less.
Meal Preparation Volunteer
Crossroads for Women provides several therapy, recovery and creative groups for clients and their children to attend throughout the week. Before each group a nutritious meal or snack is served. This volunteer will prepare nutritious, low cost meals (either in advance or on-site) for the women and their children. In addition to shopping for and preparing meals, this position may also mentor women & children in how to prepare nutritious meals on a budget ($10/meal.) The Meal Preparation Volunteer will gain valuable skills learning to budget meals for medium sized groups of people. Volunteers will also gain experience in the instruction of nutrition and cooking skills.
If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Amanda at res.dev.coord [at] crossroadsabq.org or 505-242-1010 for more information.