Volunteer

Volunteering at My Friend's House has various arms, from house projects, to cooking, to simple home repairs and even shopping. Many of these opportunities are year-round and others are as-needed. The Chef for the Night program and Amazon Wish List shopping are a couple of year-round, on-going opportunities, while home improvement/repair projects are as-needed.

One of our most popular year round volunteer activities is called Chef for a Night, where individuals or groups sign up to bring a meal or cook a meal with residents. You can order a meal for 10 from a restaurant, pre-cook a meal at home or bring ingredients and cook in our beautiful, spacious kitchen. This is a great time to spend at My Friend’s House getting to know our residents and learning more about life at the house, and volunteers provide positive adult interactions for our youth and are an important component of our program.

If you are interested in Chef for a Night, you can sign up here:

Meal Sign Up

Please note, privacy statements will be required when volunteering and background checks may be required.

We also need volunteers to help during the year with household repairs, organizing our clothing room and more. For more information about these opportunities and seasonal needs, please contact Laura Chambers at laura.chambers@myfriendshousetn.org or call 6115-790-8553, ext. 103. Below is a list of current needs at the house.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  • a person with skills in repair a large hole in the drywall
  • painters for interior painting and trim work
  • organizers to work on our clothing closet

Volunteer Guidelines

The residents at My Friend’s House (MFH) are male youths between the ages of 12-17 that are currently in the custody of the Department of Children’s Services (DCS). We abide by the regulations set forth by DCS to protect the safety and welfare of children in our care. These at-risk youths have often been neglected, abused and/or lost one or both parents, and many have juvenile charges. 

MFH is a Level 2 Group Home that provides security, structure, mental and physical health care, recreation, therapy and life skills. Residents attend Williamson County Schools. Volunteers can provide positive experiences for our youth while they work through our program and make plans to return to family, foster home, or turn 18 and move onto independent living.

Residents enjoy meeting and talking to adults that are good listeners and offer encouragement because they may not have received positive feedback from family members. They listen to and often repeat statements that you make.

We ask volunteers to follow the guidelines below to ensure everyone’s safety and to prevent any misunderstandings between you and a resident:

  • A direct care staff member will be present when volunteers are interacting with residents. Our direct care staff is trained to supervise and care for our residents 24/7, and they will assist if you have questions.
  • Children under the age of 21 are not allowed to interact with MFH residents at our home.
  • When you are visiting MFH, or with a resident outside of MFH, please refrain from vaping, using tobacco, alcohol or drugs. 
  • Residents are not permitted to use social media, therefore please do not give a resident access to your cell phone, computer or other device with Wi-Fi capabilities, nor give them our W-Fi password.
  • Please do not allow a resident to use your cell phone to make personal phone calls. 
  • Residents will often ask a volunteer to bring them something such as a food or drink item, cash, or phone charger. We encourage you to give residents your time and attention rather than personal gifts. All items must be approved iby staff before anything is given to a resident. 
  • Before hugging or touching a resident, please ask their permission. Some of our residents have been sexually abused and are very sensitive to affection by other adults. 
  • Please do not give a resident your personal information such as phone number, email or address. It is best to communicate through staff to a resident.

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