Getting involved at the Task Force gives you unique opportunities to help people who are homeless,  reach out to members of our community, support health care for the homeless, and advocate for  affordable housing. Here you will learn new skills and polish existing ones,  and contribute your valuable time and expertise to benefit the most vulnerable among us – our homeless neighbors. By volunteering, you can help prevent homelessness in our community in the long term.

Here are some of  the ways you can help. Email us at sctfhmls@pacbell.net or call 575-4494 and let us know what project(s) you are interested in.

October in Paradise: Welcome to our gala event! October in Paradise is in its 19th year and our biggest special event. It draws as many as 200 people, features over 100 auction items and takes over 50 volunteers to plan for and staff it. Volunteers participate in every aspect of event planning, publicity, set up and breakdown, auction solicitation, food pickups, office support and more! You can join our planning committee or offer an hour or two of your time as the event draws near.  This year’s event will be held on Thursday, October 17th at Paradise Ridge Winery. Let us know what you’d like to contribute by email or phone. Visit our October in Paradise web page to learn more.

Board Membership: The Task Force  welcomes Board members from all regions of the county and all segments of the community.  We’re particularly interested in people with a background in housing, finance, construction, human services, law, business, religious congregations or community organizations. Visit our Board Opportunities web page to learn more.

Advocacy: The growth of homelessness in the United States was fostered in great part by policy decisions.  The Task Force works toward the establishment of legislation, policy, and projects that end homelessness and assist those who have lost their homes.  This effort is lead by a committee of the Board, which welcomes the participation of other Task Force members.  To learn more, visit our Advocacy web page. To get involved, contact Clara Else at celse@wans.net.

Office: Assist our staff with tasks such as preparing thank you letters and small monthly mailings; track distribution of Homeless Resource Guides; filing; copying and collating documents; adding news clippings to our scrapbooks; creating charts and notes for specific projects; answering the phone and making referrals to community resources. Basic computer knowledge required. We will train as needed. You will use Microsoft Office Pro Plus 2007, a copier, scanner, fax machine and PC.

Mailings:  Join a group of hearty souls who will fold, stuff and seal newsletters, donor letters and our invitation to our annual fundraiser, October in Paradise. Mailings take place four times  a year. Let us know your availability and we’ll notify you by email or phone.

Winter Warmth: A life saving service, Winter Warmth distributes thousands of items of winter survival gear (4,400 so far this 2012-13 season)  to as many as 34 programs and agencies throughout the county, serving people who are homeless, temporarily sheltered or in transitional programs. We need people to receive deliveries, sort donations, arrange them for easy access, log them out and pack up items for the following year’s distribution.  This volunteer opportunity is seasonal. We open in late October and close early in April, depending on the weather. To learn more, visit our Winter Warmth page.

Thank you for considering the Task Force as the place to contribute your valuable time and energy!