Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Why YOU should become an Overnight Volunteer in 2013

Do you ever find yourself sitting in a tiny dorm room, wishing that you could get away from your roommate for the night? Or maybe you don’t have cable in your apartment and want to watch ESPN in the evening? It is possible that you are looking for a meaningful way to give back to the community and volunteer more in 2013 but don’t have much time during the day. We have the solution! Become an overnight volunteer for LPCS! It’s a great way for you to get to know the Guests on a more personal level and give in a fun, meaningful way. 

A typical overnight shift looks like this: You arrive at 9pm. Usually by this point, the Guests are finishing up their daily chores and winding down. Some of the Guests might be watching TV while other Guests are reading on the couches. Feel free to join the Guests and watch a movie or play some board games in the common area at this point. At 10pm, you turn off all of the lights and the Guests will retreat to their beds. (For any Guests arriving after this time, you can buzz them in from the private volunteer bedroom). After all the Guests have arrived, you can go to sleep (or read a book, watch a movie, work on a computer, whatever you would like!). In the morning, we often have volunteer groups that come in to cook breakfast so you can eat a hearty meal (did I mention it’s free? Hint, hint all you college readers out there) with the Guests! You will always be free to leave by 6:30am (or later if you choose) so you can make it to your daily activities on time. 

As many of you know, LPCS survives and thrives because of the continued support of our volunteers. Without which, Guests would not have food on their plates or a roof over their head. It is entirely because of the continued time given by out Overnight Volunteers that LPCS is able to remain a 24 hour facility where Guests have a safe place to stay. Please help us thrive by becoming an Overnight Volunteer! 

All you need to do is email the Volunteer Coordinator ( to find out when our next orientation is or schedule a shadowing. We really value our overnight volunteers- without them; we would not be able to be a facility that is open 24/7. So what are you waiting for? Email Dana at and sign up today!

By: Dana Furuyama, Volunteer Coordinator

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