We Love Our Volunteers!
The Brisben Center depends heavily on our large number of highly committed volunteers and supporters from across our community. These include our board leaders, generous donors, members of churches and other faith-based organizations, participants in civic organizations, our caring businesses, and partnering nonprofits, as well as our city, county and state governments.
For example, our volunteers and their groups serve superb dinner meals to 80 or more residents every day of the year. Not only do they serve the dinner, they also donate and bring in the food, and prepare the food in our kitchen — then our residents clean-up. More than 35 churches and other faith-based and civic organizations, representing hundreds of individual volunteers, support this major endeavor.
Meet Don and Kathy Perusi — Don and Kathy found the Brisben Center when they were looking for a way to volunteer after recently relocating to the Fredericksburg area. They took on the task of re-doing the Center’s day room where residents watch TV and children play and read. With the help of their family, Don and Kathy painted the room, replaced the old curtains and rugs, brought in some new furniture and reorganized the books and toys. Their reward for this was the smiles and hugs from the Center’s children upon seeing the new play area. Don and Kathy have continued their good work for Brisben by spreading the Center’s message through church, neighborhood and family. Kathy looks for good deals on needed items for the Center, while Don now spends his time as coordinator of volunteers.
(SEE OUR COORDINATOR OPENINGS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.)
These program opportunities help our clients achieve and maintain self-sufficiency and independence.
There are many more examples of our volunteers at work in a wide variety of ways. Our volunteers support staff in aspects of operations and successfully deliver a wide range of approved voluntary programs that assist our clients.
These program opportunities help our clients achieve and maintain self-sufficiency and independence. Because of our dedicated staff and our volunteers, all clients who enter our doors have access to assistance with obtaining housing and employment, and opportunities to build life skills, participate in recovery programs, secure a GED, acquire financial literacy/budgeting, and address medical issues.
Families with children have access to this same assistance along with additional services such as arranging for schooling and transportation for school-aged children, day-care assistance and parenting classes.
Want to Make A difference? become a volunteer!
Please review our list of volunteer opportunities. We have many interestingand fulfilling ways to help. Occasionally, we have a part-time paid position.
Note: Some of our opportunities are for volunteer coordinators, others would involve a small group of your friends or associates. We have limited volunteer opportunities at the Center for minors, and only if they are accompanied by a parent. We do offer an opportunity for children and early teens to serve by organizing a drive and delivering badly needed items to the Center. We always have volunteer opportunities, so check-in regularly at this site and/or sign-up for our E-newsletter by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not sure how you might fit in at Brisben? Send us your inquiry with a short note or resume about your experience, new idea, talent and passion and include the amount of time you have available to volunteer. Please send this information by email to email@example.com
CLICK HERE to view our Immediate Needs list — many items that you can pick up when shopping.
ORGANIZE A DRIVE — ADULTS, CHILDREN AND EARLY TEENS — Your kids or family can organize a drive to collect badly needed items for the homeless men, women, and children at Brisben. From pillows and towels to cereal and snack tubs. CLICK HERE to view our Immediate Needs list. Keep it simple with a family drive, or engage a couple of friends, a club, a team, or your class. Let us know when you're coming to bring the items to the Center and we'll give you a tour.
SERVE LUNCH OR DINNER
— Organize 3-5 associates and serve a lunch meal at Brisben on a Saturday or perhaps during a weekday.
— Have a larger group and want to serve a future dinner meal? Contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding lunch or dinner programs.
Email email@example.com if you have questions or you are interested in any of the positions below.
Social Media/Facebook Coordinator (volunteer position) We need a Facebook-social media experienced volunteer to manage and maximize our social media presence. First priority is Facebook. Are you experienced at building and maintaining a very active Facebook presence? This is an opportunity to play a part in the amazing Brisben story. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Volunteer Drivers (volunteer position): Have a car and 3 to 4 hours of volunteer time once a week? You can make a difference by driving residents to the doctor, the pharmacy, job interview, or government office. Email us at email@example.com .
Retired Professionals Wanted (volunteer position) — Do you have 2 to 3 hours available each week? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know about your talent and skills.
Spotsylvania Farmers Market Pick-up (Seasonal)
Coordinator Positions — Do you have experience planning, organizing and making good things happen? Do you have 8 to 12 flexible hours weekly to volunteer? We would like to talk with you. (To apply for one of these positions, please submit a short cover note and resume with your experience to email@example.com. These are unpaid but important positions.)
Resource Development Coordinator (volunteer position) — Help the Brisben team maximize and further develop its broad range of existing resources.
Thank you for considering the Thurman Brisben Center.
Our volunteers give their most precious commodity — their time. They are God’s and our community's helping hands, serving those with the greatest needs.