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The South Oakland Shelter is seeking volunteers to help with Housing the Homeless, please use the links below to learn more about the available positions.


When volunteers sign-up, all we ask for is that they add their full name and a phone number where they can be contacted so that an SOS staff member can follow up with them to confirm their volunteerism. If you could please share these volunteer needs with your congregation and/or social networks. Here is a brief description of the needs if there is any ability to share it in your church bulletins or via email databases:

Volunteer Needs for these Shelter Weeks:

  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

    • Volunteers are expected to provide the food, cook it, serve it to the guests and clean up after the meal is over. 

  • Transportation 

    • Morning Rides from the hosting congregation to various destinations between 6:30 am and 8:30 am 

    • Evening Rides from the SOS office to the hosting congregation between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. 

  • Overnight Support (10 am - 8 am)

    • 2 overnight supervisors are needed for each shelter night.  

If anyone has questions regarding these urgent community needs they can be forwarded to Austin Kralisz, SOS's Volunteer Coordinator, at (248) 809-3773 ex. 120 (office), (586) 201-9687 (cell), or by email at austin@oaklandshelter.org. Thanks again for all that you do and we look forward to working with you in the near future.