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 chorstmann@ifhomeless.org.

I want to…

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
Time Commitment: Minimum of 1 day per week (Monday – Friday) for 3 hours (between 3 PM and 6 PM). Minimum length of time commitment is 6 months.

MSC Donation Room Volunteer

The MSC Donation Room Volunteer is reliable, encouraging and excited about making an impact in the lives of the street homeless community and families in our emergency and permanent supportive housing programs.  Our volunteers will assist clients shop free of charge for basic needs such as produce, food, clothing, shoes and more!  The volunteer will have direct client interaction and will provide them with a positive experience.
Location: Stanton, CA
Time Commitment: Minimum of 1 day per week.  The Donation Room is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 AM – 1 PM.  Minimum length of time commitment is 6 months. 

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: Buena Park or Santa Fe Springs, CA
Time Commitment: Minimum of 10 hours per week.  This site is open 24/7.  Weekend volunteer opportunities are available although limited. Minimum length of time commitment is 6 months. 

Thrift Store Volunteer - High Need

 Help break the cycle of homelessness by pricing and organizing donated items and interacting with customers in our Thrift Store.
Location: San Clemente, CA
Time Commitment: Minimum of 1 day per week (Tuesday – Saturday) for 5 hours (between 10 AM – 3 PM). Minimum length of time commitment is 6 months.

Host a Meal Service

Host a Collection Drive

Host an event at our Children’s Resource Center

Host a booth at an upcoming event

For more information about group volunteer opportunities, please email Caroline at chorstmann@ifhomeless.org.

Administration & Data Intern

 The Administration & Data Intern takes you behind the scenes of a local non-profit.  This position will work directly with the Volunteer Department in planning for volunteer events, healthcare outreach 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
Time Commitment: About 15 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.  

Case Management Outreach Intern

The Outreach intern is dedicated to help and assess the needs of homeless individuals along the Santa Ana Civic Center and Riverbed.  The purpose is to connect clients with housing resources that are offered through the agency or other community programs.  The most important aspects for providing services for this population is to be patient, compassionate and dedicated to play an active role in the community.  Must have prior experience volunteering/working with the homeless population.
Location: Varies throughout Orange County – primarily Santa Ana & Stanton
Time Commitment: Minimum of 1 day per week for a minimum of 4 hours.  Minimum length of the commitment is 6 months.

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
Time Commitment: Minimum of 2 days per week (Monday – Friday) for 4 hours (between 2 and 6 PM) (8 hours per week). 3 days per week (Monday-Friday) for 4 hours each day HIGHLY PREFERRED. Minimum length of time commitment is 1 semester.

Communications & Development Intern

Help Illuminate the lives of Orange County’s most vulnerable population by serving side by side with our Communications/Development and Volunteer 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
Time Commitment: This is a part-time, unpaid position.  Office hours are Monday- Friday, with the occasional weekend or evening events.  Must be able to commit to 8-12 hours per week.  Hours are flexible.

Healthcare Program Intern

 The Healthcare Program Intern is responsible for assisting the Healthcare Program Coordinator (HPC) in healthcare programs and mobile clinic outreach efforts.  This position will gain firsthand experience in our innovative healthcare outreach efforts to the street homeless.  They will assist with Recuperative Care marketing tasks, administrative tasks and will assist the HPC with projects as needed.
Location: Irvine and Santa Ana, CA
Time Commitment: This is a part-time, unpaid position.  Office hours are Monday – Friday, with the occasional weekend or evening events.  Must be able to commit to 8-12 hours per week.  Minimum length of commitment is 1 year.  

Recuperative Care Intern

 The Recuperative Care 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 helpful hand where needed and assist patients with daily tasks on their path to a healthy recovery!  Our case management intern is most likely studying Human Services and has an interest in mental health, healthcare and public policy.  Our healthcare interns are most likely studying nursing, public health, occupational therapy or physical therapy.
Location: Buena Park or Santa Fe Springs, CA
Time Commitment: Minimum of 10 hours per week.  This site is open 24/7.  Weekend intern opportunities are available although limited. Minimum length of time commitment is 6 months.

Wraparound Case Management Intern

Wraparound Case Management Intern – The Wraparound 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: Santa Fe Springs or Stanton, CA
Time Commitment: Minimum of 8 hours per week.  Office hours are Monday- Friday between 9 AM – 5 PM.  Minimum length of time commitment is 100 hours.

  • All event dates & logistics are subject to change.
  • In efforts to ensure donor funds go directly towards vital services for our homeless clients, such as; housing, medical, and educational services, most special events rely on sponsorship & underwriters to make the event possible. The Illumination Foundation reserves the right to cancel any event, which does not have appropriate sponsorship and/or underwriting in place. We rely on community members like YOU to make this a better place for the homeless families and children we serve!