One act of compassion can have the power to change lives and bring hope to a family.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of Family Promise of Essex County. FPE relies on approximately 800 volunteers to provide the services necessary to sustain families in crisis. Volunteers are always welcome at Family Promise of Essex County. We have volunteer opportunities for individuals with various gifts, skills and time availability. There are currently three main ways to volunteer at Family Promise Essex. You can be a Shelter Program Volunteer, an Ambassador Program Volunteer, or a Circles Essex volunteer.
- Shelter Program Volunteers from Essex County congregations and organizations support families in Shelter Program by shopping for groceries, making meals, and sponsoring and coordinating community events for FPE families.
- Ambassador Program Volunteers work in all aspects of Family Promise Essex’s program. Opportunities for this kind of volunteering include: hosting Lunch-and-Learns to introduce others in Essex County to the work of FPE, helping our families celebrate holidays, using your skills to work in our office, organizing drives for backpacks, school supplies, pajamas or anything else you think our families might need. Ambassador Program Volunteer possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
- Circle Allies (volunteers) align themselves as friends with a Circle Leaders (persons motivated to move out of poverty), by supporting them for 18 months or more as they move towards economic stability. Opportunities for this kind of volunteering include: listening, supporting, weekly meetings, goal setting, problem solving, and celebrating accomplishments. Online and in-person training is provided to all Allies. Volunteers are also needed to join Resource Teams (Jobs & Education, Services, Community, Recruitment, Big View), to facilitate special workshops, assist with youth programming, and provide weekly meals which support the Circle Leaders and Allies.
For information about volunteering in any of the above referenced programs please fill out the form below so we can help you find your ideal volunteer opportunity.
Background checks must be completed by anyone who wants to volunteer with Family Promise Essex. If you already have a current background check, please forward it to FPE’s Manager of Community Engagement, Melissa Perales. If the background check is current there is no need to complete another one. If you do not have a current background check order one today. The cost is $13.00. If you cannot afford the cost, please contact our Manager of Community Engagement, Melissa Perales and let her know that you need assistance with the background check costs. If possible, Family Promise Essex will order one on your behalf.