At Ascencia, our volunteers help us with an assortment of projects, from providing our clients with nutritious and delicious meals to administrative and organizational support. We are so grateful to our volunteers for their dedication and service to Ascencia.
“To all Ascencia volunteers, thank you for your dedication to the cause and for the blessings you bring to our clients.”
Be a Guest Chef
Every morning and evening, volunteers prepare and serve hot meals for homeless families and adults in our Emergency Housing program. These “Guest Chefs” give their time and energy, generously donating food and a great deal of compassion with each plate.
Feed our Residents
The Guest Chefs will plan the menu, purchase and prepare the ingredients, then cook and serve the meal to our shelter residents.
Volunteers in our Guest Chef Program commit to preparing meals for approximately 45 shelter residents on a daily basis.
Our Guest Chefs maintain a sanitary kitchen environment, complying with health regulations in the handling of food, including washing of hands and wearing gloves before preparing and serving food.
Guest Chef Teams
Volunteers typically create a Guest Chef team comprised of fellow members of a congregation, service organization, co-workers, family members, friends, etc.
We do not require a recurring commitment from our Guest Chef teams. Guest Chefs may volunteer for multiple meals per month or one meal occasionally. However, we notice that some level of consistency helps the Guest Chef teams mobilize their volunteers more effectively.
We Need You
We need Guest Chef Volunteers now more than ever because of the impact COVID-19 has had on our organization. As we reopen our facilities for on-site volunteering, we are providing our Guest Chef Teams with the option to cook and serve meals on site or continue drop-off service by buying or preparing meals at home.
If you are interested in signing up, please be sure to review our safety protocols for on-site volunteering and visit our Sign Up Genius.
To schedule recurring dates and times please email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer at Home Program
Our Volunteer from Home Program was created in response to COVID-19, as a way to keep our volunteers engaged and connected to Ascencia.
Click below or email email@example.com for more information on the variety of virtual opportunities listed below.
Hygiene Kit Project
We are asking volunteers to purchase travel sized hygiene materials and assemble them into gallon sized Ziploc bags. Get a virtual group together to make hygiene kits for our clients and for our Outreach Team to distribute to individuals on the street. Hygiene kits include various travel sized toiletries including: shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes (can be full sized), combs etc. Please label bags male or female.
Brown Bag Lunch Program
We are asking for volunteers to make brown bag lunches for clients in the shelter and individuals on the streets. Our Outreach Team goes out every day and will take brown bag lunches to those in need. Lunches can include peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit, chips, water, etc.
Raise funds for us by creating your own GoFundMe page. Share and promote your page to your friends and family through social media!
Data Entry Project
Support the Development Team by providing administrative and data entry support. Requires long-term commitment of at least six months. All training materials and instruction will be provided.
Volunteering On A Budget!
- Fundraise $100-$120 to cook and serve breakfast to our shelter residents
- Make PB&J sandwiches for our outreach teams and shelter residents. Purchase 5 loaves of bread and a peanut butter and jelly jar and create bagged sandwiches for our clients. (Estimated cost: $30.00 for 50 sandwiches, including Ziploc baggies.)
If you have a volunteer idea that isn’t listed above, please let us know! We would love to hear your ideas for how you can serve Ascencia. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include “volunteer idea” in the subject line.
Host an online fundraiser for your birthday!
Host a Donation Drive
Grab your friends, classmates or co-workers and host a donation drive! Click below or contact email@example.com to get started.
Sweatpants, T-Shirt, and Undergarment Drive
We are running low on new clothing to give our clients once they enter our shelter. Often when new clients arrive, the only clothes they own are what they are wearing. We’d love to welcome our clients with a fresh new set of clothes to wear while they wash their clothes and to make them feel more comfortable. Please donate sweatpants, athletic clothes, and undergarments of various sizes for men and women. Currently, we have high need for men’s underwear. New items only please.
Boxed or Canned Food Drive
Ascencia Case Managers deliver groceries every week to housed clients unable to go to a grocery store. Stock up Ascencia’s pantry so that our Case Managers can create bags of groceries for our housed clients.
Welcome Home Drive
Welcome our clients as they move into their new homes by providing them with a home starter kit.
Supplies for home starter kits can include plates, utensils, cups (dining); toilet paper, bathroom cleaning supplies, soap, shampoo, conditioner, towels (bathroom); laundry detergent, laundry basket, fabric softener (laundry); pots and pans, dishwashing soap, sponges, cooking utensils (kitchen).
As the winter approaches, blankets become an essential item to give to our clients and for our Outreach Team to pass out to individuals living on the street. You can collect bed sheets, throws, quilts, tie blankets etc. New items only please.
Volunteerism within a business or organization brings colleagues together. Research even shows that when employees come together to help others, they help themselves by developing strong work relationships.
We have worked with every type of organization from Disney to our local restaurants in the Glendale area. Corporate projects have included Holiday Adopt a Family, Takeda Cares Week, Corporate Volunteer/Giving days, etc.
If your company is interested in participating in group volunteer sessions or having a staff member come to your organization to speak about Ascencia, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
On-Site Volunteer Opportunities
We are reopening our facilities for on-site volunteers on June 28. Please carefully review the on-site safety protocols and sign up below.
Our youth volunteers help us tremendously in our facilities. For youth ages 14-18 who wish to volunteer on-site, please fill out the Minor Release Form and send to email@example.com before you sign up.
- We need your help organizing the kitchen pantry, outreach closet, and donation closet.
- Help us create hygiene kits, welcome home kits, and clothing kits with our current supplies
Seasonal and One-Time Volunteer Opportunities
Check out our list of seasonal volunteer opportunities. Check back here frequently as this list is updated monthly.
Secret Santa Program
Make the Holidays Brighter for a Family in Need
Sign up to bring some holiday cheer to our clients this season. Click here to view a list of our amazing clients who need their stockings stuffed. Client names are kept anonymous, but you can see how many individuals (adults and children) are in each household as well as a short story about them.
Once you sign up, you will get a confirmation email within one business day. This email will include a wish list (items will range from $20-$50) for each household and instructions so you can get started with your shopping right away!
For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ascencia hosts multiple events throughout the year and can always use volunteer assistance with registration, set-up, and break-down. If you are interested in supporting us with an event, please fill out the volunteer form and select the “Events” check box. Staff will reach out to you about Ascencia’s upcoming events.
Being alone during any time of the year is hard. But being alone during the Holidays is especially hard. Help us bring cheer to our clients this year by making holiday cards.
Want to personalize your holiday cards? Please email email@example.com.
Bake Holiday Treats
Want to bake a difference this season? Bake sweet treats for 45 men, women, and children in our Emergency Shelter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to schedule a drop off time.
Gingerbread house Zoom Party
Host a Gingerbread house making party over Zoom for our clients. Donate gingerbread house making kits and set up a Zoom date to make the gingerbread houses with our clients. Email email@example.com.
Non Profit Partnerships
Ascencia works with amazing non-profit partners that help us grow in many ways. Our partners contribute volunteers, in kind support and more to help build stronger communities. Click here to see a list of our current partners.
If you are interested in collaborating with Ascencia please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 246-7900 Ext 113.
Ascencia is excited to announce that we are reopening our facilities for on-site volunteering!
Following the CDC guidelines and the governor’s blueprint for reopening the economy, we will open our facility to volunteers on June 28 with protocols to keep us all safe.
We recognize that our volunteers have different comfort levels, and so we will continue to offer at-home volunteer opportunities and the option to cook at home and drop off Guest Chef meals. Please read the policies below for on-site volunteering.
On-Site Volunteer Safety Protocols
- Volunteers must be pre-approved at least three business days in advance of service for entry into facilities;
- Masks must be worn properly at all times (regardless of vaccination status);
- Maximum five volunteers per service;
- Maximum two hours per service;
- Gloves must be worn when handling or serving food and drinks;
- Volunteers must complete a temperature check and sign a liability waiver upon entry.
Additional Guest Chef Safety Protocols
- Default Guest Chef service is by drop off. For Guest Chefs who would like to change service to on-site, please notify Ascencia staff at least three business days in advance of your shift and provide the names of the volunteers who will be participating;
- Guest Chefs must wash hands upon arrival before handling food;
- Guest Chefs must clean up after themselves, including washing all dishes and sanitizing surfaces. Because we do not have staff to manage clean up, this policy is not flexible and Ascencia reserves the right to terminate on-site service if not adhered to. Thank you for understanding;
- At this time, Guest Chefs are not permitted in the dining area and must remain in the kitchen while clients are eating.