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 Amelia at [email protected].

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Volunteer Regularly

Emergency Shelter Volunteer

The Emergency Shelter Volunteer is compassionate, patient and excited to support homeless individuals in their journey to self-sufficiency. You will provide companionship and a listening ear to our clients, and help the site staff with housekeeping tasks as needed.
Location: La Mesa Emergency Shelter in Anaheim
Hours: Mon – Fri, 9am-6pm. Occasional weekend availability. 
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. 

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, Alhambra, Anaheim and Ontario
Hours: 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 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. The Emergency Shelter houses homeless individuals and connects them to wraparound services to guide them towards self sufficiency and permanent supportive housing. 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 approximately 50 adults at Recuperative Care, or approximately 100 adults at the shelter. Weekdays between 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm are the preferred days and times to host a meal service, but there is some room for flexibility. No children under the age of 18 are allowed at this center.  We ask for a minimum of 30 days notice to plan.

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

Host a Community Day at our Recuperative Care Center or Emergency Shelter

The Illumination Foundation Recuperative Care Center is a 24-hour shelter for homeless individuals recovering from acute medical conditions.The Emergency Shelter houses homeless individuals and connects them to wraparound services to guide them towards self sufficiency and permanent supportive housing. Clients at these centers enjoy when groups come and provide them with a fun afternoon of activities. Groups can bring board games, art activities, plan workshops, or host any activity that gives our clients a fun and positive experience. Weekdays between 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm are the preferred days and times to host a community day, but there is some room for flexibility.  No children under the age of 18 are allowed at this center. We ask for a minimum of 30 days notice to plan.

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

Host a Meal Service at one of our Family Emergency Shelters

The Family Emergency Shelters are 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 meal service. 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. Weekdays between 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm are the preferred days and times to host a meal service, but there is some room for flexibility.  No children under the age of 18 are allowed at this center. We ask for a minimum of 30 days notice to plan. 

Location: Stanton or Anaheim, 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 Amanda at [email protected]. They will be given more information about the event and how to register.

Save the Date for these Upcoming Events! 

July 25, 2020, 12pm – 5pm – Carnival for Kids, Anaheim, CA

For more information about group volunteer opportunities, please email Amelia 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 disrupt the cycle of homelessness in our community.
Location: Orange, 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.

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: Orange, 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: Anaheim, Midway City, Santa Fe Springs, Lincoln Park, Alhambra, or Ontario, 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: Anaheim, Midway City, Stanton, Santa Fe Springs, Lincoln Park, Alhambra, or Ontario, 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.

IF's Response to COVID-19. Click Here for Hotline #

March 18, 2020

Dear Friends, In an effort to continue to provide support to the most vulnerable homeless in our community during the COVID-19 health crisis, Illumination Foundation has set up a telephone hotline. Our multi-service center in Stanton will remain open as a resource to those in need on an appointment only basis beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

If you need assistance, please call our hotline number at (714) 507-2459 from 9am to 5pm to speak with one of our staff members. Please know that we have put these procedures in place to keep our staff safe and healthy while continuing to deliver the highest quality of care to our homeless clients.

With Gratitude,

Paul Leon

 

Please note that our Children's Resource Center, while closed to walk-in traffic, has a staff available to direct you to resources or to answer questions.

Please call (714) 912-2570 for more information and resources.

Thank you,
Illumination Foundation