Volunteer

The Illumination Foundation gives families hope each day they are in our program. They receive stable housing, health care services, mental health counseling, case management and life-saving basics such as food and clothing. Our program empowers vulnerable families with the skills to identify and overcome their diverse problems and improve their lives. For additional questions on volunteer and internship programs, please email Caroline at [email protected].

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Volunteer Regularly

Children′s Resource Center Volunteer

The Children’s Resource Center Volunteer is reliable, encouraging and excited about making an impact in the lives of children. You will serve as a positive role model in an after-school tutoring environment. Our volunteers will directly assist the students with their homework as well as participate as a leader in group games and activities.
Location: Santa Ana or Stanton, CA
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 3pm – 6pm

Time Commitment: A minimum of 1 shift per week (each shift is 3 hours). Minimum of 6-month commitment.
Volunteer Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age and complete a background check

Family Emergency Shelter Volunteer

The Theriault Family Emergency Shelter Volunteer is reliable, encouraging and excited about making an impact in the lives of children. You will serve as a positive role model in the Parent & Me Program. Our volunteers will directly assist the staff with setting the program up, cleaning up after program and supervising children.
Location: Theriault House Family Emergency Shelter in Stanton

Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays from 10:45am-12:45pm
Time Commitment: Minimum of one day per week for a minimum of 6 months.
Volunteer Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age and complete a background check 

Recuperative Care Volunteer

The Recuperative Care Volunteer is passionate about health and wellness and is looking to make a difference in the lives of homeless individuals who have recently been discharged from nearby hospitals and are recovering from various medical conditions. Our volunteers will lend a helpful hand where needed and assist patients with daily tasks on their path to a healthy recovery!
Location: Santa Fe Springs, Midway City, Lincoln Park, and Alhambra, CA
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 8am-7pm. Occasional weekend availability.
Time Commitment: Healthcare professionals are welcomed and volunteer commitment is flexible dependent on individual needs.
Volunteer Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age and complete a background check

Volunteer with a Company or Group

Host an event at our Children’s Resource Center

45 children who are living in transition and at-risk of homelessness are served every day in an after school setting. We provide our children with an “enrichment activity” for the last hour of programming.  You are welcome to arrive with your group, usually between 4:30pm – 6pm to host an activity – this can be a game, sport, athletic activity, craft, healthy eating demo, etc.  We ask for a minimum of 30 days notice to plan.

Location: Santa Ana or Stanton, CA

Host a Meal Service at our Recuperative Care Center

The Illumination Foundation Recuperative Care Center is a 24-hour shelter and care for homeless individuals recovering from acute medical conditions. Clients look forward to having groups host a meal service.  We ask for the group hosting the meal service to provide the food, utensils and paperware for the event and prepare to feed ~ 50 Adults.  Meals can be hosted any day of the week, including weekends, and usually takes place between 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm but times can be flexible.  No children under the age of 18 allowed at this center.  We ask for a minimum of 30 days notice to plan.

Location: Midway City, Santa Fe Springs, Lincoln Park or Alhambra, CA

Host a Community Day at our Recuperative Care Center

The Illumination Foundation Recuperative Care Center is a 24-hour shelter for homeless individuals recovering from acute medical conditions. Clients at our recuperative care enjoy when groups come and provide them with a fun afternoon of activities. Groups can bring board games, art activities, plan workshops, anything that give our clients a fun and positive experience. Community days can be hosted any day of the week, including weekends, and usually takes place between 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm but times can be flexible.  No children under the age of 18 allowed at this center.  We ask for a minimum of 30 days notice to plan.

Location: Midway City, Santa Fe Springs, Lincoln Park or Alhambra, CA

Host a Meal Service at our Theriault Emergency Home

The Theriault Emergency Home is a safe place to serve homeless families with children and provide critical services to help with transitioning into long-term housing.  Clients look forward to having groups host a monthly meal service to prepare to feed ~50 people.  Meals can be dropped off or prepared on site.  We ask for the group hosting the meal service to provide the food, utensils, and paperware for the event.  Meals can be hosted any day of the week, including weekends, and meal times are flexible.  No children under the age of 18 allowed at this center.  We ask for a minimum of 30 days notice to plan.  This site is limited to monthly services – we require a commitment of at least 6 months.

Location: Stanton, CA

Host a Booth at an Upcoming Event

We have multiple events throughout the year where volunteers of all ages can make an impact! Hosting a booth is a great activity for a group or family to be creative and come up with a children’s game or activity. All children volunteering under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Instead of filling out the volunteer application that long-term volunteers submit, event volunteers should contact Caroline at [email protected]. They will be given more information about the event and how to register.

Save the Date for these Upcoming Events! 

July 27, 2019, 12pm – 5pm – Carnival for Kids, Anaheim, CA

October 25, 2019, 3:30pm – 6pm – Spooky Halloween Children’s Event, Stanton, CA

December 14, 2019, 11am -2pm – Holiday Carnival, Stanton, CA

For more information about group volunteer opportunities, please email Caroline at [email protected].

For more information or to coordinate a group volunteer event, please email Caroline at [email protected].

Intern

Volunteer Department Intern

The Volunteer Department Internship takes you behind the scenes of a local non-profit.  This position will work directly with the Volunteer Department in planning for volunteer events, conducting volunteer phone orientations and entering volunteer hours into our database.  Must have a passion for our mission to break the cycle of homelessness in our community.
Location: Irvine, CA
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Time Commitment: A minimum of 1 day per week. Hours are flexible.  This is usually a August-December, January-June or summer internship, but is flexible dependent on individual needs.

Children’s Resource Center Intern

The Children’s Resource Center Intern is reliable, encouraging and excited about making an impact in the lives of children. You will serve as a positive role model in an after-school tutoring environment. Our CRC Interns will assist students with homework, in addition to planning daily enrichment activities for children ages 5-12. Because of the length of time spent with the children at the CRC, interns are expected to engage with students in the same way staff do.
Location: Santa Ana or Stanton, CA
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 2pm-6pm
Time Commitment:  A minimum of 2 shifts per week (each shift is 4 hours). Three shifts per week preferred. This is usually a August-December, January-June or summer internship, but is flexible dependent on individual needs. 

Communications & Development Intern

Help illuminate the lives of Orange County’s most vulnerable population by serving side by side with our Communications and Development teams! This opportunity is great for those with strong communication skills and a passion for social media and event management. Planning non-profit events and fundraisers gives you the opportunity to learn about what takes place behind-the-scenes to make an event come together.
Location: Irvine, CA
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Time Commitment: A minimum of 1 day per week. Hours are flexible.  This is usually a August-December, January-June or summer internship, but is flexible dependent on individual needs.

Healthcare Intern

The Healthcare Intern is passionate about health and wellness and is looking to make a difference in the lives of homeless individuals who have recently been discharged from nearby hospitals and are recovering from various medical conditions. Our interns will lend a helping hand where needed and assist patients with daily tasks on their path to a healthy recovery! Our healthcare interns are most likely studying nursing, public health, occupational therapy or physical therapy.
Location: Midway City, Buena Park, Santa Fe Springs, Lincoln Park or Alhambra, CA
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 8am-7pm. Occasional weekend availability.
Time Commitment:  A minimum of 2 shifts per week (each shift is 4-8 hours).   This is usually an August-December, January-June or summer internship, but is flexible depending on individual needs. [/cmsms_icon_box]

Case Management Intern

The Case Management Intern is compassionate, and is dedicated in assessing the strengths and needs of homeless clients with proven ability to build rapport. The most important aspects of providing wraparound services are knowledge of community resources and actively following up with each interaction made while building relationships.  The intern will gain exposure to community resources and will have direct client interaction.
Location: Midway City, Buena Park, Santa Fe Springs, Lincoln Park or Alhambra, CA
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Time Commitment: A minimum of 2 shifts per week (each shift is 4-8 hours).   This is usually a August-December, January-June or summer internship, but is flexible dependent on individual needs.