Volunteers are critical in helping fulfill the mission of The Shade Tree.

There are many ways in which you can donate your time. The Shade Tree needs volunteers to help with:
• Activities, tutoring, and field trips with the children
• Teaching life skills classes such as resume writing, interview skills, financial literacy, budgeting, parenting, support groups, yoga, fitness, etc.
• Data Entry
• Sort and organize donations
• Groundskeeping and maintenance
• Catering Meals
• Transportation
• Administrative assistance in various departments

Note: The Shade Tree does not accept volunteers needing court-ordered community service for any felony or misdemeanor.

How to become a volunteer

Step 1:

Please fill out the following forms that apply to you.

Step 2:

Sign up below to view available volunteer opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up to volunteer?

If you would like to volunteer your time or talent, please fill out the above forms and sign up with Cervis.

At what age may I begin volunteering?

The minimum age to volunteer at The Shade Tree/Noah’s Animal House is 10 years of age. Volunteers 10-15 years old must volunteer with their parents at all times. Anyone that is 16+ can volunteer without a parent. However, anyone under the age of 18 must have their minor consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian and returned to the Volunteer Coordinator prior to beginning their volunteer service.           

Can I complete community service hours at The Shade Tree?

The Shade Tree does not accept court ordered community service, however, if you are needing to complete hours for educational purposes, we may be able to accommodate this request.           

What type of volunteer opportunities do you provide?

There are many different ways to volunteer your time at The Shade Tree! Here are just a few examples: serving meals, helping at Noah’s Animal House ( M-Sun), teaching a life skills class, helping out in the Children’s Activity Center, job development, Touro Clinic, client advocate, sorting donations/dock helpers, greeters, cleaning, data entry, filing and more!           

Will I have to complete a background check prior to volunteering?

Background checks are mandatory prior to volunteering, interning and employment. All volunteers, interns and employees are required to complete a CANS (Child Abuse and Neglect) Background Check through the Division of Children and Family Services. We will need your application, a copy of your ID, Background check completed form prior to orientation for our records. Once you are cleared and approved, you will be invited to the Volunteer Orientation and Tour.           

What is the dress code for volunteers?

All volunteers must show a positive attitude and have appropriate personal grooming. Short shorts and tops that reveal bare skin such as halter tops and tank tops are not appropriate. Also, volunteers must wear closed toed shoes at all times (no flip flops/sandals).           

Can I volunteer with a group? And if so, is sthere a minimum and maximum number of volunteers allowed?

Yes, you are able to volunteer as a group. There is no minimum or maximum number, however all groups will need to be approved beforehand.                   

Is there a certain amount of hours I can volunteer for?

No, we do not have a minimum or maximum number of hours. We accept any amount of hours a volunteer will serve.           

I have a friend/relative currently residing at The Shade Tree; can I volunteer?

Yes, with approval.           

Do you accept former residents as volunteers?

Yes, with approval.                  

Do you provide internships?

Yes. Please email info@theshadetree.org to discuss what opportunities are available for internships.