Emergency Shelter Volunteer Training

  • Crossview Covenant Church (map)
  • 2000 Howard Drive West
  • North Mankato, MN, 56003
  • United States

Emergency Shelter Volunteer Training
Tuesday, Nov. 7 (6:30-8:00pm)
Thursday, Nov. 9 (6:30-8:30pm)

Crossview will be hosting an emergency shelter for up to 25 individuals (men, women and children) during the weeks of Nov 19-26 and Dec 17-24. Training dates at Crossview are Tuesday, Nov 7 (6:30-8:00pm) or Thursday, Nov 9 (6:30-7:30pm we will have a shelter training and 7:30-8:30pm we will be making welcome "bags" at church).

Volunteers are needed for:

  • Set up Team
    • 2-3 volunteers (6-7pm)
    • Set-up rooms with cots and blankets
    • Guests arrive around 7:30pm
    • Might be once or several times during the week we host
  • Snack/Meal Team
    • 2 or more volunteers (6-9:30pm)
    • Provides the snacks or simple meal. Snack providers: it is possible that snacks/meals could be dropped off at church ahead of time.
    • Serves food as guests arrive
    • Cleans up food and trash
    • Volunteers may do it every night or for a few days or the whole week.
  • Hospitality Team
    • 3-8 volunteers (7-9:30pm)
    • Issue cots and bedding
    • Assign and directs guests to their spaces
    • Provides an evening activity (games, craft, books, movie, etc.)
    • Keeps building secure
    • “Passes the baton” to shelter staff at 9:30pm
  • Overnight Hosts
    • 2-3 volunteers (9:30pm-6am---shifts can be split)
    • Assist with building and guest needs,
    • Work with Connections Shelter staff to supervise guests: there must be at least one volunteer on site with the staff person at all times.
    • These volunteers should not expect to sleep, as they will conduct a facilities check every 45 min-1 hour throughout the night
  • Morning Team
    • 3-5 volunteers (6am-8:30am)
    • Direct guests in how to clean up (wipe down cots, clean up space): this should be done every morning after guests leave about 7:30 a.m.
  • Bedding 
    • We will need people to purchase: 30 new pillows, and 30 new twin-sized fitted sheets. They can be dropped off at church.
    • On Thursday, Nov 9 (6:30-7:30pm we will have a shelter training and 7:30-8:30pm we will be making welcome "bags" at church).  
  • Laundry
    • Volunteers will take used bedding to the cleaners as needed, or at the end of the week, then returned for storage until the next time Crossview hosts.
  • Pets
    • Shelter guests might arrive with a pet…host families might be needed.