Whether it’s through your time or treasure, there is a place for you at Family Promise. Volunteers and supporters are the heart of our programs. When asked, many of them say they believe they are just as impacted as the families they serve.
There are many ways to get involved
Family Promise presents the opportunity for individuals to make a difference in their own community. Whether it’s through your time, talent or treasure, we offer a wide range of activities to fit varying schedules and levels of commitment.
Make A Financial Contribution
Benevolent supporters make the dreams of our client families come true. By supporting Family Promise, you provide the resources for the agency to provide the necessary services to help our families get back on their feet again.
Become A Host Congregation
Consider becoming a Host Congregations by converting classrooms into bedroom about four times a year-for one week at a time. They provide overnight lodging, meals (supper, breakfast, and brown-bag lunch), and hospitality.
If you are looking for a way for your congregation to become involved but you do not have the space to become a host congregation – consider becoming a Support Congregation. These congregations help to provide meals, volunteers and hospitality on a quarterly basis.> SIGN UP
Transportation, or lack thereof, is one of the biggest barriers client parents face. The gift of a bus pass or gas card gives our families a means of transportation. Donations of automobiles are also a boon to some clients. Family Promise works with an organization called Charity Cars to facilitate your donation.
Volunteer Coordinator (VC)
Coordinators facilitate and organize the week that the client families stay in the designated Host Congregation. This position involves recruiting volunteers for the designated shifts, coordinating food delivery, ensuring the bedrooms are set up and making the families feel welcome during their week-long stay. The coordinator is the liaison between the participating congregation and the Family Promise staff.
Donate Your Time
Volunteers are the heart of Family Promise. Our dedicated volunteers come from within the churches and synagogues participating in the Interfaith Hospitality Network. The congregations help provide shelter, meals and other assistance to homeless families for one-third the cost of traditional shelters. Family Promise keeps homeless families together and provides them with a safe, supportive and home-like environment. In the process, congregations are strengthened as people of many faiths unite to work for a better community for all. Most importantly, our program allows families to volunteer together, from grandparents to young children.
Day Center Volunteer
Volunteers can help with special projects at our Day Center in Winter Park. We often need help to straighten out in-kind donations in our storage room or toys and activities in the children’s room.
Special Events/Board Committees
The Family Promise Board of Directors actively works with the Family Promise staff to assist with events as well as continued focus on the three-year strategic plan. If your expertise is coordinating special events or you are interested in learning more about the board committees, please click below.
Houses For Change
Houses for Change is an award-winning educational crafts project to raise awareness of homelessness, while raising funds to combat homelessness. The program engages youth and teaches kids the values of compassion, charity and saving-values that will last a lifetime. Children decorate pre-ordered house-shaped cardboard boxes to look like a house. Participants take their boxes home and in the following weeks fill them with change. This is easily adapted to any youth group, school group, congregation, or service-related project.
Welcome Home Baskets
When families graduate into housing, they often need the basic necessities for their new beginning. Our hope is to send every family into their new home with a ‘Welcome Home Basket’. Baskets can be assembled and brought to our Day Center, or funds can be donated to create the basket. We estimate that each basket costs around $100. Click here for a list of suggested items.