Drop in mentors are desperately needed! During drop-in, we provide new and regular individuals with multiple resources, including a safe place to spend time. Volunteers are essential to the work we do during this time.
Chaska – 115 E. 4th St., Walnut St. entrance (M-F, 2-5pm) – next to Wells Fargo
(as of Jan. 25th) – Waconia – 141 Depot Dr. (Th, 2-5pm) – Promise Church
As a drop in mentor, you would (See full position description below):
- Check-in individuals
- Help individuals access on-site resources (including Adulting Game & Love Inc. verification)
- Be a listening presence for individuals
- Assist with additional projects as you are gifted. We believe that the Spirit is working through Launch, and that as a drop-in volunteer, your unique gifts and knowledge areas will be put to use.
Eventually, a Volunteer Application Form and a background check will need to be completed (an optional $10 donation would cover the cost.
“I want to help, but I don’t think I can be a drop in mentor.”
You are not the first to think that. Most of our volunteers, if not all on some level, wonder if working with homeless and struggling youth is something they can do. Serving others in a context new to us is a cause of anxiety. It takes courage for everyone to walk into Launch – to serve or be served – as we do not know the outcome. Here are a few points gathered from conversations with current volunteers:
- Safety – Launch is a SAFE and STABLE space for all who enter, including volunteers. There is always 100% of the time 1 staff person on site, and 80% of the time 2 staff members. There are rare occasions when tension arises, but overall our drop-in center is highly respected as a safe space for all individuals.
- What do I do? – Staff support and encourage volunteers as they find their personal nitch at Launch. The primary “task” is to be a listening presence, and meeting the individuals where they are at the moment. Other tasks can include helping staff keep the drop-in running, so if you don’t like to sit still we can keep you moving.
- I’m too old. Or I have a busy schedule. – No! The more people individuals in crisis know have their back, the better. Even if they only see you once-in-awhile, you are another person in the community who cares. This means more than you know.
- Launch is a ministry and I’m not good at evangelizing, or I’m not Christian. – At Launch we meet people where they are, and sometimes that is in the midst of crisis. Sometimes all they need to know is that they are safe and that people care about them. Launch is not about us, it is about them and their stories. We’re here to listen. Sometimes, when the moment is right, we get to talk too.
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