Our volunteers work directly with the young people in our programs, building healthy and positive relationships with our youth. See some of the ways our volunteers support our young people:
· Able to stay up late? During the winter, our Street Outreach program opens our doors overnight to provide a safe and warm place for our young people who are experiencing homelessness to sleep. Volunteers are vital to our ability to provide these youth with safe respite during the winter months.
· Have a passion for cooking? We have weekday volunteers who provide a warm and delicious meals for our Street Outreach Program
· Enjoy teaching and tutoring? Supporting our young people in our Oasis College Connection Resource Center at Nashville State, we frequently have a need for individuals to help students with academic support.
These are just a few of the many programs that thrive because of the commitment of the community! We also have amazing volunteers in our Oasis Transitions program, Bike Shop, Art Studio, Just Us program, Building Bridges camps, Emergency Shelter, and REAL Program.
The availability and times of volunteer opportunities vary based on volunteer programs and needs. Most programming meets during the day or in the afternoon/early evenings during the week when youth get out of school. We have limited evening and weekend volunteer opportunities.
We are always open to new and creative volunteering opportunities – if you have something that you love to do and are willing to share it with our young people, we’d love to hear about it!
We are currently looking for new volunteers to start volunteering in the fall with the new academic year.
Because of the important role our volunteers play in the lives of our youth and young adults:
· We currently do not offer minimal academic community service for high school or college involving direct work or service with minors
· We do not offer court-appointed community service hours
· All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, and 21 years of age or older to be a mentor with Oasis Transitions.
· Volunteers must be able to commit to at least 6 months of consistent weekly or biweekly volunteering, dependent on program needs
· Applicants who have experienced major life changes in the past 12 months are respectfully asked to wait one year prior to applying.
Ready to be put to work? Here’s how to apply!
1) Email our volunteer coordinator, Carlee and let her know you’d like to know more about volunteering! Carlee’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Interview: At Oasis Center, we absolutely believe that forming positive, supportive connections with adults is a huge building block for our young people’s future success. It is extremely important to us that our volunteers are placed in the right volunteer roles in order to utilize their own passions and strengths. Once you apply, you will be contacted for an interview.
3) Background and reference check: We are required by law (TCA 14-40-129) to complete background checks on all volunteers.
4) Volunteer Orientation (additional training may be required in some programs).