We can always use helping hands and donations.

We are excited to announce that we once again have in-person volunteer opportunities!
volunteer sitting in a chair, reading a book to young children

We are currently in need of volunteers to help out with our Fall Family Nights on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, beginning mid-September. These nights are wonderful opportunities for families to learn critical skills and make meaningful connections.

Activities will change each week, but jobs could include:

  • Reading to younger children
  • Facilitating an activity
  • Helping with set-up or clean-up
  • Leading a discussion
  • Holding infants while parents work with other kids

Every safety precaution will be taken in order to ensure the safety of our community (see below for more information on preventative measures).

Email Sunny Holmes to sign up and learn about next steps.

Collect items, make a meal, share your talents – there are many ways to make a difference at Saranam.

Want to get involved at Saranam? There are many ways to help teach, encourage, and connect with our families. Choose what you’d like to do from the lists below or create your own idea and share it with us.

Housing opportunities

Property Maintenance– Some of the tasks we regularly need help with include yardwork, small projects like building and painting a fence, courtyard cleanup, and playground upkeep

Decorate apartments– During the summer, help prepare apartments for incoming families

Collect household supplies –Every month we provide families with essential household items including diapers, soap, and cleaning supplies. Help us fulfill their needs

Host a gift card drive–  Get together with your community to collect gift cards for our families. We can always use gift cards from Walmart, Target, or grocery stores

Order Family Supplies -Order from our Amazon Wish Lists and it will be delivered directly to our door

Make a treat– Our families love a good meal from the heart. Make or buy meals, treats, or other grocery items and we will distribute them to families

Gather cold weather needs – Donate blankets, gloves, mittens, and other cold weather necessities to keep families warm in the winter

Contact Jennifer Clear

Child education opportunities

Record a story– Record a video of yourself reading a story for children. These stories provide enrichment and connection for kids. Stories for all ages are welcome.

Tutor a child – Assist with online youth tutoring.

Evening Engagement– Work with families for evening activities including helping with life skills, family fun, babysitting small children, and helping out in our library

Create activity packets– Assemble craft or activity kits for children and drop them off at Saranam. Ideas include:

    • Origami, friendship bracelets, or other hand crafts
    • Simple sewing projects
    • Trivia questions, crosswords, or other word and number puzzles
    • Small painting projects

Science rocks! –Send us a fun science experiment we can do with kids during our weekly community meetings.

Contact Sunny Holmes

Adult education opportunities 

Tutor adults– Bring your expertise to help our adults with their GED prep and college courses.

Share your skills – Do you have a passion on a topic you can share? An important part of our program is learning life skills so families can maintain their progress outside of our program. Help us create a virtual library of knowledge by recording a 3–5-minute video showcasing a skill, for instance:

  • Cooking tips
  • Gardening how-tos
  • Household hacks
  • DIY house projects
  • Car care and maintenance

Contact Sunny Holmes

Community care opportunities

Write encouraging messages– Brighten our families’ days with uplifting notes and messages. We’ll post them in our online classes and in emails. Here are some ideas:

    • Write a card and send it to our office
    • Find us on Facebook and post a message, gif, or photo on our wall
    • Make a sign or drawing, take a picture of it and email it to us

Send self-care packages– Encourage our parents to focus on self-care by donating items including soothing music, candles, lotions, and helpful books

Share a brain break– Our families are working so hard and need a break like the rest of us. Share a video of something you do to relax or even a hidden talent like yoga, music, dancing, or magic.

Contact Sunny Holmes

General volunteer activities

Sort donations in our warehouse

Donate clothes, furniture, or other household items

Give your time at special events including family field trips, reunions, and all-community activities

Join a committee to support the planning and implementation of projects and events

Join our board as a member

During the COVID pandemic volunteer activities at Saranam will vary. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us directly and we’ll let you know what opportunities are currently available.