Volunteer and Mentor Opportunities

We could not accomplish our mission here at Covenant House Alaska without volunteers. The time, talent and support they provide is essential to everything we do. If you’re ready help, take a look below for the many ways you can get involved. You can also contact our Volunteer Specialist, Holly Payne, at 907.339.4261 or volunteer@covenanthouseak.org to learn more.

Basic Requirements

The volunteer and mentor application process will vary depending upon the type of role you’re interested in, and how frequently you can help.  As a licensed childcare facility, we have an extended application process for all our regular volunteers and mentors. This process includes an interview, background checks, references, trainings, and orientation.

  • Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age (see below for youth opportunities!)
  • Mentors must be at least 28 years of age
  • All volunteers must be able to pass a background check
  • We do not accept volunteers seeking community work service (CWS) hours

Volunteer Applications

Individual Volunteers:  Complete our volunteer short form as a first step. Our volunteer specialist will follow up to learn more about your volunteer interest and answer questions. Please note there is a more full application and background check process for all of our weekly volunteers.

Group Volunteers:  If you’re reaching out on behalf of a group, complete the Group Application Form.

Mentors:  As a mentor, you help expand our support system for by providing guidance and serving as a positive role model to young adults in our transitional living programs. First complete the Mentor Application Form. Learn more by visiting our Mentor page.

Volunteer Opportunities

Job Group & Life Skill Facilitator
Our Education & Employment team looks for volunteers to share their professional experience in a group setting. Previous classes have included topics such as personal finance, finding a career path, navigating workplace conflicts, and many others. Volunteers also regularly support our youth with job searches and interview process.

Covey Kitchen Helpers
Our kitchen prepares three meals a day, and offers soup and sack lunches available 24/7. They can always use extra hands to help prep, serve and clean up meals. We also love having groups that want to give a give our kitchen staff a break by providing an entire meal once a month. Kitchen hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We are seeking weekly volunteers to manage the music room and offer guitar or piano lessons. We also love to bring in performances on a one-time or intermittent basis.

Donations & Clothing Room Volunteers
We need people who like to organize! We need help sorting, laundering, organizing and managing our clothing room to make the clothes easily accessible for youth in need.

Special Events & Holidays
We rely on volunteers to make our annual fundraisers a success and our holidays extra special.

Art Workshops
Volunteer artists may lead a specific project, or simply help open our Art Room for youth to work on their independent projects.

Gavel Club Leader
A division of Toastmasters International, Gavel Club focuses on building communications and leadership skills in a fun way. Volunteers co-facilitate weekly meetings on Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m.

Group Projects
Throw a celebration, help with cleaning or yardwork tasks, organize a donation drive, make some soup, put together welcome baskets for new residents, and more!

Birthday Club
Many of our youth have never celebrated their birthday. We need volunteers willing to make a special birthday cake so we can celebrate each individual!

Art Workshops
Volunteer artists may lead a specific project, or simply help open our Art Room for youth to work on their independent projects.

Do you have any other ideas? We’d love to hear from you! Contact our Volunteer Specialist, Holly Payne, by phone at 907.339.4261, or by email volunteer@covenanthouseak.org.

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

As we serve youth, volunteers on-site must be at least 21 years old. If you don’t yet meet that age requirement, see below for other ways you can get involved.

Candlelight Vigil
Each November we host our Candlelight Vigil and rely completely on High School and College volunteers to make it happen. Contact our Volunteer Specialist Holly Payne at 907-339-4261 or volunteer@covenanthouseak.org for information to get involved.

Donation Drive
Check out our Wish List for current needs and start a collection. You can get your neighborhood, church, or school involved!

DIY Fundraiser
Use our Fundraiser Page to create your own fundraiser or fundraising event.

We have hot soup available 24/7 for any youth who enters our doors. You can help by making soup at home, labeling and freezing, and dropping off at our front desk.

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