Good Neighbors

We do have a core staff - and they're awesome! - but they can't do it all. At the end of the day, there are two giant facilities, mountains of paperwork, walls that need painting, rooms that need new floors, and hedges that need trimming. That's where you come in! Hundreds of volunteers work with our organization every year in order to make sure everything that needs to get done is completed - and even then there are things left over! Each person that works with us not only contributes their time, but is counted and tracked to ensure that we can get our funding back each year. So whether you are interested in helping organize files, designing a playroom mural with fairies and ponies, or using another talent you have - let us know!


Volunteers are our lifeblood - so check out the opportunities below and get in contact with our Volunteer Coordinator today: volunteer@hershelter.com or call 757-485-1445.


Or, to get a jump start on the process, feel free to do our Volunteer Application online by clicking here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Below are the four main categories into which we try to funnel our volunteers. However, and it's a big however, if you don't see anything below that matches your particular interests - reach out anyways and tell us what you're interested in doing, we are flexible and want to include you!

  • Facilities Team

    We have two large buildings with lots of needs. Being a facilities volunteer can run the gamut as far as things you might actually do - raking leaves, mulching, painting, flooring, sanitizing toys, trimming hedges, planting flowers, washing bikes, and so on. Many of these tasks would be outdoors, but there's a fair share to be done inside as well! If you are interested in becoming a facilities volunteer, get in touch today!

  • Office Team

    Quite often we have a list of things waiting to be done inside our offices. During mailings season we have envelopes to stuff, stamps to apply, presents to wrap, deliveries to be made, and so on. Generally speaking we have certain programs that can sometimes use assistance organizing or preparing packets or files. If you have office/administrative experience and would like to assist in this way, get in touch with us today!

  • Clients' Team

    For many, this type of volunteering is very meaningful - directly working with the ladies and children we provide shelter to. Examples of what volunteer groups have done in the past include: cooking dinner at the Shelter, catering a cookout, providing an evening of entertainment for the kids, signing up to be on our child-care list, and so on. If the ideas are flowing, this might be for you! Get in touch with us today!

  • Internships

    As a nonprofit providing unique services, we do offer internships for those completing degrees in a related field. We have coordinated in the past with TCC, ODU, NSU, and other universities and colleges in the area. Our Volunteer Coordinator also takes point on questions and inquiries regarding potential internships - please contact Wynn@hershelter.com for more information.  To fill out an application - download this document (here) and email it to Wynn!

  • Grandparents program (new as of march 2017!)

    Some children are born into families where grandparents are present and involved, and other children may never have that experience. Grandparents can often be a source of wisdom, of memories, of stories from days long past, of cookies or fishing, and so much more.


    Here at the Shelter, we are hoping to create a team of stand-in "Grandparents" that can bring that unique perspective and love to the children we serve. Interested? Fill out our Volunteer Application above or email Wynn@hershelter.com for more information!