Volunteer With Us

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”

Mahatma Ghandi

Never underestimate the difference you make as a volunteer in the lives of those we serve at The Extension, Inc. Whether you prepare a meal, donate clothing or hygiene products, or write a “love note” to the men and women of The Extension, your act of kindness makes a difference in the lives and hearts of those we serve. Your service is the answered prayer of someone who is hurting, lost, and alone and brings hope to the hopeless. From all of us, to all of you—THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

Whether you donate your time, talent, or money, your service answers the prayer of someone in need. You are the heart of our organization and we could not do what we do without your help. There are lots of ways to plug in and serve our residents:

  • Provide a meal for our residents
  • Hold a drive at your organization to provide items on our ongoing needs list 
  • Be part of our new resident backpack initiative 
  • Organize your group for an on-campus workday*
  • Help with ongoing administrative needs*
  • Help with special events
  • Suggest a new and creative idea to serve our residents 

*Other than meals, Campuses are temporarily closed to volunteers, due to COVID restrictions

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Individual Volunteers

At this time, there are limitations on individual volunteer opportunities available due to mandated COVID-19 guidelines. Please contact our office at 770-590-9075 for more information.

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Corporate and Civic Groups 

Family, friends, church and civic groups, and colleagues are welcome to volunteer together for a one-time project or special event. COVID-19 guidelines are enforced. 

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Internships

The Extension offers internship opportunities to those who would like to learn more about homelessness and addiction in our community. Please contact our office at 770-590-9075 for more information.

REQUIREMENTS

All volunteers must complete an application and sign a Release and Waiver of Liability form. Continuing volunteers must complete our quarterly volunteer orientation. Short-term volunteers will be provided a short orientation on the day of service. Volunteers under the age of 18 must accompanied by an adult.

Our COVID-19 Response

Welcome Back Volunteers!

Beginning November 8, 2021

We have looked forward to this for a long time! Of course, the pandemic continues so we must remain diligent and require that all visitors to campus check in through the front desk. This will include a temperature check, Covid Symptom Questionnaire and sign-in sheet.  We must require that group size be limited to six. As we are considered a healthcare facility by our licensing agencies, masks are required while indoors on campus, including the kitchen. Masks are provided at the front desk if needed. Staff is asking anyone who refuses to wear a mask to leave campus. Visitors who refuse to wear a mask and are asked to leave will be welcomed back to campus when mask mandates are lifted by the agencies that regulate us.

Over the course of the last six months, changes have occurred in order to provide more support in the clinical program of care. We thank you for your service and ask you to note a few modifications:

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: Access to the kitchen begins at 7:00 pm. Group sessions will be going on in the dining areas until 7:00 pm. We ask that you use the side door to the kitchen at the men’s facility after checking in at the front desk. A staff person can direct you.
  • Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Cooking on-site is available with dinner service at 7:00.
  • Groups and therapy sessions begin after dinner at 8:00 pm.
  • Although we would love you to stay and share a meal with our clients, we understand if you prefer to drop off meals and encourage you to do that if you feel safer or have time constraints that prevent you from serving the meal in person.
  • Breakfast volunteers are invited to return with no foreseeable time constraints

As you all are well aware, the past 18 months have been some of the most difficult recovery communities have ever faced. Substance abuse and mental health issues are at extraordinarily high rates. For those of us in recovery, those us with hearts for people in recovery and those of us who just want to be a part of recovery, we are feeling the weight of disconnection and loss of physical interactions as we have scrambled to keep ourselves and loved ones safe. Covid 19 and all its dangerous variants continue to wage war against our health and wellbeing.

At The Extension, we are faced with juggling the physical health of our individuals and staff with, what we believe, is the key to recovery: Connection. We’ve been creative, opting for zoom meetings and conference calls. We have been juggling compliance between our licensing agencies, public health care recommendations, and guidance from the health care community with trying to provide recovery support on campuses and in the community at large. Thus far, compliance and health safety have dictated protocols, shut-downs and drastic reductions in community involvement.

However, as these months drag on, and we learn of one variant, then another, and most likely others down the line, we as a staff recognize the loss of our connections with Alumni and Volunteers as a critical element of recovery. We have been diligently seeking ways we can reconnect the people who love, care and do so much for the individuals at The Extension, recognizing the vital and crucial part physical connection has in their recovery. With those concerns in mind, we opened our doors last month to Alumni coming back on campus. So far, this move has been successful. Alumni members have begun to be a part of groups on campuses, eating dinner with individuals and engaging in one on one interactions. Alumni members have been mindful of the health risks and continue to follow our Covid check-in procedure and wear masks. Thankfully, we have managed our exposure, and those who were sick in our latest outbreak are now mending well.

At this point, we would like to invite another critical, vital part of our community back on campuses, our Volunteers. The volunteers have been sorely missed and we want to take this opportunity to say thank you for all you have done for us in the past and extend our appreciation for your return. The individuals in our care desperately need your connection and selfless examples of care and concern. Many of our alumni attribute their success in recovery to the experiences they encountered with our volunteer community.

We’ve missed you and look forward to seeing you soon!

For more information regarding group and individual volunteer or internship opportunities, please contact Renee McCormick, the Director of Community Relations, at ReneeMcCormick@theextension.org or 770-590-9075 x 309.