We need you as a volunteer!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. From helping in the administrative office to on-the-job shadowing in the field, there are many ways to donate your time and talents.

Your skills and know-how can help us serve more of our community in need. Opportunities are available in the medical clinic, administrative office, accounting, social work, children’s program, and more, see below for opportunity descriptions, including suggested time commitments:

Meal Service

Three meals per day are prepared at our Sumner Men’s Shelter and served across our 10-shelter network. Help prepare and serve meals at the men’s shelter. This volunteer position is great for individuals or groups, as each shift accommodates up to 5 volunteers. Shifts are available 3 meals per day, 7 days per week. Individuals 12 years of age or older can serve in this role, but any volunteer under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Health Services

This is the perfect position for a medical or nursing student looking to complete in-service hours.

Sumner Health Services Center:  Our Health Services Center is open 5 days per week at our Sumner Men’s Shelter. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of one 4-hour shift per week for at least 3 months. Shifts are from 8am-12pm, Monday through Friday. The center is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Current Needs: Mondays

‘Imi Ola Piha Homeless Triage and Treatment Center: Volunteers must commit to a minimum of one 4-hour shift per week for at least 3 months. Shifts are from 8am-12pm and 12pm to 4pm, Monday through Friday.
Current Needs:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings 8 am to 12pm, and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons 12pm to 4pm.

Administrative / Office Support

With departments ranging from housing to finance to medical billing, we always have a need for people to support with data entry, filing, and general office tasks. Administrative volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one 4-hour shift per week. Administrative volunteer shifts are available Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, depending on your availability and the needs of the department. Limited remote positions are available after an in-office onboarding process. *Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of two months.

Current Need: Human Resources

Employment Program

Our employment program is often looking for professional volunteers to help guests determine the best job prospects for their particular backgrounds, create resumes, and prepare for job interviews. Limited remote positions are available after an in-office onboarding process.
*Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of two months.

Guest Services

Our shelters are always looking for cheerful volunteers to serve at the front desk or in our dormitories to greet guests, answer phones, and help with any guest needs that arise. Volunteers are encouraged to commit at least 2-3 hours per week to these positions.

Activities Aide at Medical Respite Homes

Volunteers at the Tutu Bert’s Medical Respite homes help homeless individuals who are exiting the hospital by providing companionship and fellowship. Volunteers visit with guests to prepare and serve meals, play music, or play games with the guests while they are predominantly homebound. Evening and weekend shifts are available.

Children's Program

On an as-needed basis, volunteers may support the children’s program as tutors, field trip chaperones, or assist the children with onsite activities.

Stay tuned for future needs.

Special Skills Positions

If you have a special skill or vocation, please let us know. We love to have skilled volunteers available to support our clients. We see volunteer lawyers, hair stylists, counselors, exercise instructors, and many more who offer services in ways that can be of benefit to our clients. Let us know what special skills you bring and we’ll look for a match with our needs.


If you’re a member of a faith-based organization and would like to partner with us. We are growing our network of spiritual supporters, both for guests and staff members. Want to learn more, email Leona at volunteer@ihshawaii.org.

Note: Completing our volunteer form will also automatically add you to the volunteer email list, where we regularly send information and sign-ups for special volunteer events including project-based and holiday needs. 


Make a difference in your community. Join a service project and see firsthand how you can change the lives of our clients.


Looking for a corporate service project? We welcome groups of any size from businesses, organizations, schools, and clubs.

Host a Drive

With the help of your network, collect food items for our kitchen, household items for clients recently placed in permanent homes, or general goods to help our shelter operations staff.

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