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Looking for a group activity or service project? We have some great ways for groups to get involved but don't require an ongoing commitment or orientation.



We are excited to now offer weekend daytime volunteer opportunities at the downtown shelter!

We are now booked on one-time volunteer activities (Kid's Activities and Dinner Groups) every night until May, and dates are filling up fast.  Please contact our Volunteer Coordinators ASAP to schedule your group activities for 2016.  We are also accepting volunteer groups for our Midvale Community Winter Shelter for the Holiday season.

We ask all one-time groups to confirm with us the week before each activity. Because groups will on occasion cancel, we are willing to create a cancellation wait list for groups that would like to come and do a dinner or kid's activity sooner, and that might be able to come in on short notice. Please contact a volunteer coordinator if you would like to be added to the wait list. 


Sack Lunches

Thanks to the overwhelming demand to provide meals to shelter residents, we are now offering the opportunity for groups to make sack lunches for our pre-school age children. Most of the children in shelter go to local area schools and receive free/reduced price school lunches during the day. However, we still have on average, 60 little ones in shelter who aren't in school yet and we would love to have groups prepare and deliver sack lunches to assist our clients. Groups should assemble the 60 lunches and deliver them on their scheduled day by 10:30 a.m. to the Family Shelter Desk. Due to security and confidentiality concerns, groups will not be allowed to distribute the lunches to the individual children. Lunches should be non-perishable.  The Health Department is no longer requiring permits, however they are strongly recommending that all food be prepared in a non-residential kitchen.  For more detailed guidelines on preparing sack lunches for our pre-school aged children please see the Health Department’s Food Safety Guide.  We need sack lunches Monday through Sunday.

To sign up to bring sack lunches to the children staying in our Downtown Shelter please visit:

To sign up to bring sack lunches to the children staying in our Midvale Shelter please visit:

*Note: The above links are only valid for two months at a time. If you would like to sign up for a day not listed on the links please contact our Volunteer Coordinators at


Prepare a Dinner

Shelter dinners are a hands-on experience. Every group who has come has asked to come back. It is both humbling and eye opening. When providing shelter dinners we do ask groups to provide all of the food and paper products needed for your particular dinner. We ask that the food be pre-made and brought to the shelter ready to serve. We have four shelters you can choose from; Men (approx. 500 men), women (approx. 150 women), Downtown family (approx. 125 individuals) or Midvale Family Shelter (approximately 300 individuals). We ask groups to arrive at shelter at 6:00pm to set up and ready to serve by 6:30pm.  The Health Department is no longer requiring permits, however they are strongly recommending that all food be prepared in a non-residential kitchen.  For more detailed guidelines on preparing meals for our families and individuals please see the Health Department’s Food Safety Guide.  We do not offer dinners on the weekends, however we do offer groups the opportunity to prepare a breakfast or lunch for any of our shelters.


Donation Drive

There is a continuous need at our shelter for donated items. Our in-kind needs list is updated seasonally, please click here to see the current list. Urgent needs are posted on our website. Groups making a donation to The Road Home, do not need to make an appointment or schedule their delivery in advance. Please feel free to deliver your donation any day of the week between 7:00am & 7:00pm. Shelters & Locations.  If your group would like a tour of our shelter when you deliver your donation, please contact one of our volunteer coordinators.


Kid's Activity

The playroom is available on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. or Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. to schedule for group activities with the children. We now offer opportunities to have kids activities on Saturdays and Sundays during the day.  There should be a minimum of 10 volunteers but not to exceed 20. All volunteers must be 12 or older. Groups should plan on 20-30 children ages 4-12. In the past, groups have decorated cookies, brought in craft projects, made presents to give their families during holidays, and much more!



We always need small groups of 10 or less to work in our warehouse for 2-3 hour shifts. You will assist warehouse staff in accepting donations from the public, organizing clothing bins and identifying needed items and sorting through new donations to replenish our supplies. Volunteer opportunities are available daily from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. All volunteers must be 16 or older and wear closed toed shoes. Please contact a volunteer coordinator to schedule a time for your group.



Holidays are a great time to get involved, be creative, and do something really meaningful. In the past we have seen volunteers create fun children’s activities, collect donations, and much more. If you have an idea for a great holiday volunteer experience, please contact one of our volunteer coordinators. 


Special Events

We always need large groups of volunteers for special events.  Each year we have several special events including Comcast Cares Day in the spring, The Great Annual Salt Lake Chili Affair in the fall, Candy Cane Corner and the Holiday Broadcast during the month of December. These events are the perfect opportunity for businesses or other large groups to volunteer, experience the event, and help The Road Home raise vital funds to support the programs and services we have to help people overcome homelessness.  Please contact a volunteer coordinator for more information about each of our special events and how your group can help.


Be Creative

Design your own project. We are very flexible and try to accommodate any ideas!

All volunteer group leaders must go over a Boundaries and Confidentiality form with their group and return it signed.


When you come to volunteer at the shelter, we ask that you do not park in the Rio Grande parking lot. The best place to park is at the Gateway Mall's "Summer Parking" garage off of 200 South and walk over.  Please enter the first set of double doors on Rio Grande.  Thank you!

Please schedule your group activity by contacting one of our Volunteer Coordinators at