Volunteer Sign Up

Serving as a host for Safe Harbor is a very rewarding experience. The job of “Host” to persons experiencing homelessness creating friendships, and a community within the other volunteers. All shifts come with training, and first-time volunteers are always paired with a seasoned host. Please review the following opportunities and sign up for as many as you would like!

There are two ways to become a volunteer at Safe Harbor; 1) Join us through a participating church or 2) Complete the following form (below the role descriptions). You will be paired with a church that is in need of help.

Volunteer Application

If you are affiliated with one of our partner churches, contact them directly for schedule, opportunities, and training. https://www.gtsafeharbor.org/safe-harbor-church-community/ If you are not with a partner church, please complete this form and our volunteer coordinator will contact you. Because you will be working with vulnerable persons, a background check is required. Thank you!

Have you ever been convicted or pleaded guilty to a criminal offense?


Please explain any criminal record activities

Engage with guests from 5:30 - 11p with Goodwill Supervision


Spend the night from 9p - 6a, work with Goodwill Overnight Supervisor


Work with a Dinner leader to prepare and serve. 4p - 7:30p


Help with Serving and Cleaning in the morning


Manage the facility from 5:30p - 11p, manage showers and laundry, monitor building


Name, Phone Number

Name, Phone Number

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By checking this, you agree to allow Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse, Inc to perform a background check on you.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Dinner Leader
4PM – 8PM. Assists the Coordinator in all duties needed to plan and purchase food and recruit, schedule,
and coordinate the team of Dinner Volunteers to prepare and serve it.

Dinner Volunteers – A team of at least 5-6 people
4PM – 8PM or so. Individual churches may adjust for shifts or end time. (Volunteers needing access to
the shelter earlier may contact their church coordinator) Usually conducted by a pre-organized group of
people. This shift requires that you prepare a hot meal for as many as 70 guests (typically 55). Soups,
Stews, and other “buffet” style meals work best. In an effort to not repeat main dish menu item, your
church’s leader will coordinate meals. Your team will serve the meal, wash and put away dishes, clean and
sanitize the kitchen and serving area, and take care of any leftover food. Detailed kitchen info will be
provided to meal crews. Dinner is served from 6:15 – 7:15

Evening Leader
5:15PM – 10PM This trained leader assists the Goodwill Staffer and Coordinator in welcoming Evening
Volunteers and seeing that they are aware of their duties. Assists as needed to see that evening
procedures are followed.

Evening Volunteers – 4 people
5:30PM – 10PM Evening volunteers are the voices, ears and hearts of the shelter. Volunteer assist staff
with the operation of the shelter, share dinner with guests, and often enjoy playing cards and games,
listening to guests and providing companionship

Overnight Volunteers – 1 man and 1 woman
10PM – 6AM Overnight hosts assist with the “winding down” of the evening and take turns monitoring the
shelter overnight, making an hourly “sweep” of the area and light cleaning, laundry, facility duties and
taking out trash. In the morning, volunteers prepare coffee for the breakfast. Overnight volunteers sleep
in shifts. A safe, private sleeping area is provided for overnight volunteers and a Goodwill
Staffer is on duty at all times the guests are present.

Morning Leader
5:45AM – 9:30AM The Morning Leader provides coordination of the breakfast and cleaning volunteers and
helps with tote management and assists the Goodwill Staffer as needed.

Breakfast Volunteers – 2 people
6AM – 8AM The breakfast crew manages the continental breakfast. Duties include setting up, monitoring,
and putting away breakfast foods, washing and putting away dishes, and cleaning up kitchen and dining

Cleaning Volunteers – 2 people
7:30AM – 9:30AM Volunteers help ensure guests are up and ready for departure by 7:45AM and clean the

Saturday Cleaning Volunteers – 4-6 people
8-11AM A more thorough weekly cleaning is done after the guests have gone.
Evening Manager – One Person, 2 – 3 nights a month all season (Click to see Overview)
5:15p – 11:15p Overview: The Safe Harbor evening manager is the nightly representative of the Facility Committee. Their primary role is to ensure the safety of everyone in the building and to ensure the building is being used in a respectful way.