Open Door Community House, Inc.
2405 Second Avenue
Columbus, Georgia 31901
Kim Jenkins, Executive Director
Volunteers are utilized in most ministries of Open Door and in a variety of ways. We also can structure activities to accommodate a volunteer's special gifts and unique abilities. Current program areas that use volunteers on a regular basis include the Children and Youth Program, the Senior Adult Program, the clothing ministry, and the Showering Program for the Homeless.
Some examples of volunteer opportunities include assisting with arts, crafts, sports, music, computer/reading/math tutoring in the children and youth program, sorting clothes or helping persons find the clothing they need in the clothing ministry, or distributing to homeless persons in the showering program breakfast and hygiene items.
Open Door Community House, Inc. has been opening doors of faith, hope and opportunity since 1935. Through various ministries and programs we serve persons who are of low-income or who are homeless. Below are the current ministries and volunteer opportunities offered through Open Door.
Children and Youth Program: serves ages 5-18 during the school year and ages 5-12 during the full-day Summer Academy program. Volunteers may assist with arts and crafts, dance, music, drama, games, sports, tutoring, or serving food in Kids' Café.
Circles: A program for persons living in poverty to create and implement a personal plan out of poverty. In a group format, individuals learn empowering ways to move beyond their current circumstances.
Senior Adult Program: meets each Monday at 2 p.m. for lunch and a program ranging from bingo to line dancing. Volunteers may assist with food preparation and serving, provide a program, or be a greeter helping all senior adults feel welcome.
Showering Program for the Homeless: operates each weekday morning from 8-11 a.m. The program offers women and men living on the streets a warm shower, breakfast, a clean change of clothing, haircut, access to a clothes washer and dryer, and assistance with computer help and job search. Volunteers may register participants, distribute hygiene items, cook and/or distribute breakfast or wash clothes.
Clothing Ministry: Volunteers may assist the clothing ministry anytime 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays by sorting, hanging and restocking the clothing room, as well as helping persons whose are homeless or of low-income find the items and sizes they need.
Other ministries of Open Door may utilize volunteers on special occasions. These include: the Transition Home for Women in Crisis, a 12-bed facility for homeless women; Community Case Management for Homeless Women, providing supportive services to homeless women and children in all shelters in the Columbus area; Chaplaincy, providing basic needs assistance and counseling to all persons in need; Family Support Services, providing group-based curriculum to help low-income persons move beyond poverty to become economically self-sufficient; and the “Open Door Institute,” a culinary arts and life skills training program.
- An application is required.
- Volunteer must be at least 18 years of age.
- All persons desiring to volunteer with the children and youth program must be at least 18 years of age and pass a background check and drug screen for a fee of $25.