Interfaith Shelter Network Ways to volunteer

Ways to Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

Rotational Shelter Program

Most host congregations (providing shelter sites) recruit volunteers from within their community, but few turn away willing hands. Host congregations also seek support organizations to provide meals and other support.

Shelter Volunteers: If your congregation is not part of the Network, contact our office at 619-702-5399 and we’ll put you in touch with a host congregation near you.

Workshop Presenters: The Network provides career planning and household budgeting workshops to our homeless guests. Often, volunteer presenters are in the Human Relations or Financial fields, but that is not a requirement.

El Nido Program

Volunteers are needed to provide occasional respite child care or educational tutoring (for both adults and children) or for donation pick-up and transportation. As this is a domestic violence safe harbor program, all volunteers must pass rigorous background checks.

Office Help

On occasion, we need assistance with basic office tasks or mailings (labeling, stuffing and sorting); compilation of volunteer packets (involves copying & sorting; typing); data entry (instruction/supervision provided); or occasional assistance with phones. Familiarity with IBM compatible PCs on a Windows platform would be helpful, but not necessary.

Or, contact the ISN office at 619-702-5399

Volunteer Application

To volunteer as a Workshop Presenter, for Office Help, or for El Nido, please fill out our Volunteer Application. Return by email to
or print out and mail to:
Interfaith Shelter Network, 3530 Camino del Rio North, Suite 301, San Diego, CA 92108