CONNECT WITH IF • VOLUNTEER

Helping Hands & Caring Hearts

Illumination Foundation gives families and individuals experiencing homelessness hope each day they are in our program. They receive stable housing, health care services, mental health counseling, case management and life-saving basics such as food and clothing. Our program empowers vulnerable families with the skills to identify and overcome their diverse problems and improve their lives. For additional questions on volunteer and internship programs, please don’t hesitate to email Sydney at squinn@ifhomeless.org.

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Volunteer on a regular basis

1) Emergency Shelter Volunteer

The Emergency Shelter Volunteer is compassionate, patient and excited to support homeless individuals in their journey to self-sufficiency. You will provide companionship and a listening ear to our clients, and help the site staff with housekeeping tasks as needed.

  • Location: La Mesa Emergency Shelter in Anaheim, CA.
  • Hours: Mon – Fri, 9am-6pm. Occasional weekend availability.
  • Time Commitment: Minimum of one day per week for a minimum of 6 months.
  • Volunteer Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age and complete a background check.
2) Theriault Family Emergency Shelter Volunteer

The Theriault Family Emergency Shelter Volunteer is reliable, encouraged & excited about making an impact in the lives of children. You will serve as a positive role model in the Parent & Me Program. Our volunteers will directly assist the staff with setting the program up, cleaning up after program and supervising children.

  • Location: Theriault House Family Emergency Shelter in Stanton, CA.
  • Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays from 10:45am-12:45pm.
  • Time Commitment: Minimum of one day per week for a minimum of 6 months.
  • Volunteer Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age and complete a background check.
3) Recuperative Care Volunteer

The Recuperative Care Volunteer is passionate about health and wellness and is looking to make a difference in the lives of homeless individuals who have recently been discharged from nearby hospitals and are recovering from various medical conditions. Our volunteers will lend a helpful hand where needed & assist patients with daily tasks on their path to a healthy recovery!

  • Location: Santa Fe Springs, Midway City, Lincoln Park, Alhambra, Anaheim and Ontario.
  • Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-7pm. Occasional weekend availability.
  • Time Commitment: Healthcare professionals are welcomed and volunteer commitment is flexible dependent on individual needs.
  • Volunteer Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age and complete a background check.

What people say about volunteering with IF:

“I find it heartwarming to hear stories and see people grow. There are some people who come up to tell me about how they finally landed a job or found a more permanent living situation, and I’m glad to know that they chose to share that with me.”

— General Volunteer – Children’s Resource Center, December 2018

“I want to take a moment to let you know that I really enjoy interacting with the children…Thank you for giving me the opportunity to volunteer a few hours each week at the Children’s Resource Center in Stanton. These children have enriched my life in the short time that I have known them.”

— General Volunteer – Stanton CRC, October 2018

Volunteer with a company or group

1) Host a Community Day at our Recuperative Care Center or Emergency Shelter

The Illumination Foundation Recuperative Care Center is a 24-hour shelter for homeless individuals recovering from acute medical conditions. The Emergency Shelter houses homeless individuals and connects them to wraparound services to guide them towards self-sufficiency and permanent supportive housing. Clients at these centers enjoy when groups come and provide them with a fun afternoon of activities. Groups can bring board games, art activities, plan workshops, or host any activity that gives our clients a fun and positive experience. Weekdays between 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm are the preferred days and times to host a community day, but there is some room for flexibility.

  • Location: Anaheim, Midway City, Santa Fe Springs, Lincoln Park, Alhambra, or Ontario, CA
  • No children under the age of 18 are allowed at this center. We ask for a minimum of 30 days notice to plan.
2) Host a Meal Service at one of our Family Emergency Shelters

The Family Emergency Shelters are a safe place to serve homeless families with children and provide critical services to help with transitioning into long-term housing. Clients look forward to having groups host a meal service. Prepare to feed ~50 people. Meals can be dropped off or prepared on site. We ask for the group hosting the meal service to provide the food, utensils, and paper ware for the event. Weekdays between 4:30 pm–7:30 pm are the preferred days and times to host a meal service, but there is some room for flexibility.

  • Location: Stanton or Anaheim
  • No children under the age of 18 are allowed at this center. We ask for a minimum of 30 days notice to plan.
3) Host a Booth at an Upcoming Illumination Foundation Event

We have multiple events throughout the year when volunteers of all ages can make an impact! Hosting a booth is a great activity for a group or family to be creative and come up with a children’s game or activity. All children volunteering under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Instead of filling out the volunteer application that long-term volunteers submit, event volunteers should contact Amanda at adelgado@ifhomeless.org. They will be given more information about the event and how to register.

What past corporate groups say about volunteering:

“We were in fact not only helping IF and the family who eventually lives in the home we were working on, but we were helping the whole community out…Thank you again for brightening our days and giving us the opportunity to give back in such a meaningful way.”

— PIMCO Global Week of Service Volunteer, July 2017

“Thank you for letting us spend time with your clients yesterday. There were some people who thought they might be out of their comfort zone, but at dinner they all told me how wonderful the afternoon was and how much they enjoyed the event.”

— Corporate Volunteer Group, December 2019

Intern for Illumination Foundation

               Interested in interning with IF? Email volunteer@ifhomelesss.org

               Interested in interning with IF? Email volunteer@ifhomelesss.org

               Interested in interning with IF? Email volunteer@ifhomelesss.org

               Interested in interning with IF? Email volunteer@ifhomelesss.org

What past interns say about volunteering:

“IF is an amazing organization, and the staff goes above and beyond to provide quality services to each of their clients. I have never worked or volunteered for a more caring and dedicated group of people.”

— MSC Intern, April 2019

“I am helping several children do better academically, physically, mentally, and socially. They are feeling more accepted by others and are doing better in other areas of their lives.”

— CRC Intern, April 2019

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