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Ongoing Opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to help those who are in need, meet new and amazing people, and have fun!

All volunteers involved in the following weekly activities must complete a volunteer orientation and background check before volunteering. When you come to volunteer at the downtown shelter the best place to park is at the Gateway Mall's garage off of 200 South. Please walk over to the side door on 200 South, press the buzzer, and let staff know you are there to volunteer! Thank you!


Our Volunteer Orientation Schedule:

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 5:00pm

Friday, November 8, 2019 at 5:00pm
No Orientation in December
All volunteer orientations are held at The Road Home's Midvale Family Center (529 West 7300 South, Midvale) in our playroom.
* Volunteers do not need to sign up in advance for an orientation or bring additional documentation with them. Background checks are completed through an online system after the orientation. *

Our Bennion Center Volunteer Orientation Schedule:

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 1:00pm

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 1:00pm

There will be no orientations held at the Bennion Center in December. 

Thank you!

All Bennion Center orientations take place at the University of Utah Bennion Center.


Front Desk at the downtown Salt Lake Community Shelter

If you like to multi-task and want to experience the heart of the shelter, you will love this volunteer program! For two hours per week, front desk volunteers greet donors, volunteers, and residents. They also assist staff with phone calls and other needs.

  • Open hours from 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Weekly, two-hour commitment for a minimum of 3 months
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Shifts scheduled every day of the week based on availability

Playgroup with the Littles - Midvale Center 

The goal of this program is to facilitate activities for children ages 2 to 5, who are not yet in school. Activities include story time, free play, songs, crafts and more! The children are also served snacks. Serve with at least two other lead program volunteers.

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm at our Midvale Center
  • Must be 16 years old or older
  • Sign up for shifts based on availability
  • Weekly commitment for a minimum of 3 months

Literacy Night - Kids' Book Club - Midvale Center

The goal of this program is to help children, ages 5 - 12 years old, become interested in reading. Volunteers read a story with the children. Art and snack activities centered on the theme or characters in the story follow to reinforce the enjoyment of reading.

  • Mondays, 7:00 - 8:00pm
  • Must be 16 years or older
  • Weekly, one-hour commitment for a minimum of 3 months

Playroom Activities - Midvale Center

Play games, coordinate learning activities, facilitate arts and crafts, be a mentor to the children who are staying in shelter with their family. Children are 5-12 years old.

  • Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Must be 16 years old or older
  • Weekly, one-hour commitment for a minimum of 3 months

On-Call Language Interpreter

Are you bilingual? Trilingual? Then this is the volunteer opportunity for you! For incoming clients and meetings with case management, you help with translation. No set hours and all languages needed!


For questions about our ongoing volunteer opportunities or orientation schedule, please contact one of our Volunteer Coordinators at