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  • Help welcome a resident/family into our Transitional Shelter with a move in basket.
  • Create a laundry basket filled with sheets, pillows, cleaning supplies, and household items

Adopt – A – Graduating Family/Resident

  • Mercy House would like to start recognizing the accomplishments of its residents once they have graduated from the program by providing them with a parting gift through donations from the community.
  • Collect and put together a parting gift ranging from $25-50. Gifts idea: gift basket with cleaning supplies, laundry basket with laundry supplies, gift certificates to grocery stores, decorative items for their new homes, etc.

Host BBQ/Holiday Parties

  • If your group is interested in organizing a BBQ or a holiday dinner for the residents living in our transitional shelters we can arrange for that to100_0125 take place. This is an opportunity for volunteers to interact with our clients and also an opportunity for our residents to work on their social skills (15 Volunteers Max).
  • BBQ’s typically take place on the weekends, so that the majority of the resident’s can attend.
  • We have three shelters in Santa Ana (Regina House for women & children – 7 moms & their children, Joseph House – 20 single men & Emmanuel House – 21 single adults living with HIV/AIDS). BBQ’s and Holiday parties typically have about 10-15 residents in attendance due to work schedules and school.
  • We are also looking for volunteers to organize holiday parties for the clients at our Wakeland Properties (8 Volunteers Max).

Shelter Cleanings, Gardening & Maintenance

  • We like to do shelter cleanings of all of our shelters every 6 months & before our Holiday dinners (15 volunteers max).
  • Painting, Yard Maintenance, and construction type work are needed on an as needed basis.100_0006

Assemble Hygiene Kits

  • Volunteers can assemble hygiene kits that will be passed out at our Emergency Walk-in Center for individuals who are living on the streets or who are low income.
  • Volunteers need to collect the supplies and can make up to 1000 hygiene kits that will be used at both our Santa Ana and Ontario Walk-in Centers. This will last our centers at least 3-6 months.
  • The sack (Brown Lunch Bag Type or zip lock) can consists of a variety of items, such as, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, comb, socks, lip balm, baby wipes, etc.

Host a Back-Pack Drive

  • Host a back-pack drive and collect school supplies, backpacks, stationary, etc. Plan a day to fill the back-packs and deliver them to the children during their tutoring hour

Assemble Sack Lunches

  • Seasonal: December-March
  • We are in need of individuals and groups to make sack lunches for the 100_0385homeless people we serve. Suggested items to include in the bags: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or cup-o-noodle soup, a fruit or veggie, a water bottle or juice, and a sweet treat.

Armory Emergency Shelter Volunteer

  • Seasonal: December-March
  • The Armory program provides up to 400 beds per night for the homeless in Fullerton and Santa Ana. Volunteers will be needed 7 days per week to help both in the evening (5:30-8:30pm) and morning hours (5-7am).
  • Santa Ana Armory: Volunteers must be 10 years or older and accompanied by a serving parent or guarding if under 18 years old. 
  • Fullerton Armory: Volunteers must be 18 years or older to serve.
  • Volunteers will be assisting with set-up, clean-up, passing meals and donations.
  • Volunteers are also needed to provide dinners on a nightly basis. Dinners must feed 200 clients and must contain a Meat, Starch, and Vegetable. Dessert is optional.