Youth On Their Own (YOTO) truly values the time, expertise, and talents of our volunteers. Opportunities vary in scope, frequency, and time commitment – there is a role for everyone! Both Individual Volunteer and Group Volunteer opportunities are available.
Please note: At this time, we do not have any volunteer opportunities that involve working directly with YOTO students.
Individual Volunteer Opportunities
If you would like to be considered for an Individual Volunteer position, please fill out the Volunteer Application.
Please be aware that submitting an application does not guarantee that a volunteer position is currently available at Youth On Their Own. If an opportunity arises that fits your skills and meets our needs, we will be in touch with you to schedule an interview.
The following Individual Volunteer positions are for individuals 18 years of age or older.
Volunteers are responsible for greeting donors and visitors to Youth On Their Own, and will also assist with answering phones, receiving donations, copying/faxing, addressing and preparing mailings, and other basic administrative duties. In addition, volunteers may also be asked to update donor contact information and computer records. This position requires a high level of professionalism, a positive and friendly attitude, and problem-solving skills. Receptionist/Office Specialist volunteers will be provided with additional training and orientation.
Our Mini-Mall provides students with basic needs such as food, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and clothing. Mini-Mall volunteers* assist with sorting and weighing donations, stocking shelves, ensuring students’ compliance with Mini-Mall rules, and documenting inventory changes.
Special Projects/Special Events Volunteer
This volunteer opportunity assists in coordinating and executing various seasonal and as-needed projects. Previous special projects have included assembling backpacks and school supplies for new YOTO students, supporting donation drives, organizing and labeling event supplies, etc. Fundraising events, including our signature “Talk of the Town” and “Fall Wine Tasting” events, typically take place on weekends and may include event set up and tear down, reception duties and supervising silent auction efforts. Lifting and physical exertion is often involved. Volunteers are contacted and assigned as projects and events occur.
Youth On Their Own has a variety of meaningful opportunities for volunteers to write motivational notes for our students, thank you notes to donors, notes of encouragement, and other writing tasks that may arise. Note writers are provided scripts and accepted phrases.
Home Store Cashier/Sort/Stock
Qualified* volunteers will provide friendly customer service, accept and process donations of new and gently-loved household items and small electronics, and assist in organizing and maintaining merchandise. Enthusiastic and committed volunteers will work alongside our student interns to provide a positive role-model and demonstrate excellent customer service skills. Previous retail experience is a plus but not required! Our store hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Home Store volunteers will be provided with additional training and orientation.
Tabling and Fundraising Events
Make a difference and help spread the word about how Youth On Their Own impacts the lives of underprivileged and at-risk youth in Tucson! This opportunity is available for current YOTO volunteers and board members, only. Volunteers will provide support by attending local tabling and/or fundraising events alongside a Youth On Their Own staff member. These events are primarily intended to increase public awareness of non-profit organizations. Through our participation, we hope to inform and address the many and diverse needs of homeless youth in our community. In addition, our goal is to engage new donors and recruit enthusiastic volunteers who are interested in donating their time and talents to help us further our mission. Volunteers are contacted on an as-needed basis and according to organizational needs.
*Volunteers must pass a criminal background check.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
If you are interested in Volunteer Group Activities, please call our office at (520) 545-0560 to speak with Kristin Ohman, Volunteer & Development Coordinator.