volunteer opportunities


Over 150 volunteers help us in this important work of offering friendship, help, and hope to our neighbors in need.

The Bureau for Labor Statistics values volunteer time at $21.62 per hour in Washington State.  

In 2012, volunteers gave us
5,300 hours of their time - that's worth $115,000!

With only four part time staff, the Next Step relies upon our volunteers.  There are many ways you can "take the next step" and become a volunteer...

Go to volunteer now! to complete our online volunteer contact form, E-MAIL US, or
call us at 360 794-1022 to get started!



Here are some places you can get involved right now!

Drop-In Center Activities
  • Become our Volunteer Coordinator
  • Spend time with homeless teens
  • Mentor at risk and homeless youth
  • Work on organizational projects
  • Fill-in for vacationing volunteers
  • Write thank you notes to donors
  • Tell area business about the Next Step
  • Share Next Step with our friends
  • Network with other organizations
  • Prepare newsletters for mailing
  • PRAY!
Kidz Club 
  • Be a special, long-term, friend to a child who needs a bit more help and care
  • Read with primary school students
  • Help with homework
  • Prepare healthy snacks
  • Copy academic packets
  • Create / find worksheets for students without homework
  • Locate / suggest appropriate reading materials and develop discussion questions
  • Research field trip ideas
  • Pick up snack food from "gleaners"  at 2 pm on Tuesdays and 5pm on Fridays
Growing Together
  • Become a mentor for a teen mom who is attending Leaders in Learning, an alternative high school here in Monroe
  • Help with childcare for a teen mom attending Leaders in Learning so that she can attend school and complete her homework

Go to volunteer now! to complete our online volunteer contact form and we'll get right back to you!


DROP-IN CENTER

drop in center
Our Drop-In Center
is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Meet and greet our guests, provide a respectful, listening ear, help them discover resources and appropriate referrals, and chart a course to a new, hope-filled future. 
 
Help us with the operation and administration of the Drop-In Center...maintain client records, work in coordination with our partners, help maintain our 100 year old building...  

DROP-IN CENTER PAGE >>>


steve and kathleen deliver sack lunches
MAKE SACK LUNCHES


Soon after the Next Step opened it's doors, The Brown Bag Brigade of the Faith Choices Churches, asked if we'd like some sack lunches for our clients.  Steve and Kathleen have been faithfully making and delivering sack lunches every week.
 
Our good friends, Jim and Kathy, made sack lunches every week for several years...and driving them all the way down from Index!  

Thousands of lunches! And still, we never seem to have enough...

A good, nutritious sandwich, some fruit or veggies, chips, a cold drink, and something for dessert.  That's it, and it might be one of the best meals some of our guests eat that week.  Lunches are available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday "while supplies last!"

Call our drop-in center 360.794.6601 or E-MAIL US if you'd like to start making lunches.


COMMUNITY DINNERS

You're invited! Come for dinner with us any Tuesday evening between 6:00 and 7:00 pm to see what it's all about.

This year, our volunteer Cooking Teams will prepare and serve 5,000 dinners!

Like to form a Community Dinner Cooking Team with your friends, business, church or community organization?  E-MAIL Rita Gilifin, our community dinner coordinator, and she'll let you know what's involved (it's easy!) and help you get started.

You can VIEW and DOWNLOAD our Community Dinner Cooking Team Tips and Guidelines.

We all love surprises!  Drop off your main dish, bread and rolls, salad, vegetables, chips, or dessert any Tuesday between 5 and 6 pm...you'll be a great hit!  Stay for dinner - we always have plenty of food.  

COMMUNITY DINNER PAGE >>>


TEACH A LIFE SKILLS CLASS

Are you passionate about teaching?  Have life skills you'd like to share?  We offer a wide range of classes and are always interested in new subjects that will help our clients make positive changes, learn new skills, and find new ways of navigating through life's challenges.  E-MAIL US with your ideas and visit our... 

LIFE SKILLS CLASSES PAGE >>>


KIDZ CLUB - OUR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

kidz club after school program

The statistics for our nearest elementary school are staggering:
  • 72% of the children live in poverty
  • 50% can't read to grade level
  • 70% fail to meet math standards
  • 80% fail to meet science standards

Help us keep "our" kids from becoming statistics - children living in poverty are SEVEN TIMES more likely to drop-out.

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:30 pm our neighborhood children come to where they:
  • enjoy a healthy snack
  • read together, one-on-one with a tutor / mentor
  • have a fun activity
  • receive help with homework
  • just hang out and with friends
You can do it!  If you're ready to make a difference in a child's life, E-MAIL, or call us.

KIDZ CLUB PAGE >>>


GROWING TOGETHER - OUR TEEN PARENTS GROUP

Teen moms and their babies (and sometimes dads) meet together each week at the Monroe "Y".  They learn from each other and group leaders, including a licensed family and marriage counselor, encourage and challenge each other, and grow together.   You can...
  • help with child care during meetings
  • provide snacks 
  • come alongside a teen mom or dad as a mentor
  • share your experiences, teach a class
  • come along to summer camp with us as a nanny to care for babies while moms learn, play, and grow - totally fun!
To join our group (or volunteer) e-mail DEANNA BALDWINDEBBIE TAYLOR, or the founder of our teen mom's group, SAMANTHA.

GROWING TOGETHER PAGE >>>

YOUTH OUTREACH

homeless teens
In Monroe, every week as many as 
40 homeless and street involved teens come to the Drop-In Center and Community Dinners - in Monroe!

They helped us remodel and paint our "garage" and turned it into "the Groovy Room", a safe, warm, and dry place.  When volunteers are available, we open the Groovy Room in the afternoons.  Though we have a TV, video games, and a stereo system, they mostly like to hang out and talk with us.  Some are amazing artists, make interesting jewelry, and write great poetry and stories, too.

Have a heart for teens - homeless teens?  They're great kids.  You'll learn from them, too.

You can...

  • just hang out and help us keep the Groovy Room open 
  • share your artistic talents with them
  • make some good snacks
  • be a friend
Come by a Community Dinner sometime.  It's a great, non-threatening place to meet our friends of all ages.

E-MAIL US and we'll help you get started in this challenging, exciting, and important work.



SPECIAL EVENTS


There are a lot of creative people in our community who find interesting ways to help the Next Step:
  • The Churches of FAITH CHOICES host our annual Jazz Walk in June.  In the past five years, more than $7,000 has been donated to the Next Step.
  • Monroe Community Chapel had a Christmas Concert with proceeds going to the Next Step.
  • Our homeless teens wanted to give back - together with our Drop-In Center Director, Janos and her friends, they did a yard sale and raised $600.
  • Host a meal or dessert for your friends - we'll share the story.
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More than 50 churches, community organizations, and businesses have come alongside to help and partner with The Next Step. Find out how you can become a part of this important work and...
 

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