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Families Moving Forward provides volunteers with an opportunity to connect with homeless families who are striving to become self-sufficient. Our goal is to help educate all of our volunteers on the issue of homelessness in our community, increase awareness, and encourage advocacy and partnership.

We provide all volunteers with an orientation to Families Moving Forwards programs, families, and neighborhood to prepare them for their volunteer experience.

What Types of Volunteer Opportunities Are Available?

Type of Service:

  • Direct Service (i.e. facilitating enrichment sessions for adults or youth, serving a special meal, or hosting a birthday party)
  • Indirect Service (i.e. gardening, organizing the storage facility, or administrative work)

Length of Service:

  • One-time
  • Short-term (3-6 month commitment)
  • Long-term (6-12 month commitment)

View our current volunteer opportunities here.

Who Volunteers With Families Moving Forward?

This category is for individuals (16 years and older) who want to do a single day of service or assist in a short- or long-term capacity. There are a wide variety of service projects for individuals in our direct service programs and other departments within the agency. All new volunteers must attend an orientation. Please Note: To protect the privacy of the children staying at Families Moving Forward, we do not accept volunteers who attend a Durham Public School, Charter School, Magnet School or faith community. 

Families Moving Forward welcomes all academic, faith-based, corporate, and social groups. We invite our volunteer groups to participate in our one-time volunteer projects or on-going group volunteer projects. Service opportunities are typically available on an as-needed basis. Groups are limited to 20 volunteers or less and each individual must be 16 years and older.  

Internships at Families Moving Forward are designed for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels who are able to make a semester, summer or year-long commitment to our organization. If interested please contact Catherine Pleil Director of Partnerships and Programs at catherine@familiesmovingforwardnc.org.

How Can I Get Involved?

To learn in detail about all of the volunteer opportunities sign up for an information session, please click here. 

If you are a first time volunteer and are registered for a volunteer opportunity sign up for an orientation session, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Tasha Melvin, Community Engagement Coordinator, at volunteer or (919) 683-5878, ext. 28.

Are There Any Restrictions?

Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Additionally, we limit group sizes to 20 volunteers or less.

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