As a private, non-profit agency, Pacific House relies heavily on the dedicated involvement of volunteers to succeed in its mission. Our volunteers (some 500 or so annually) play a vital role in the life of the shelter. They fill many key roles – from preparing and serving meals, to acting as tutors, mentors and translators. On any given day you might find a volunteer helping to staff the computer center or providing administrative support (manning phones, clerical support, data entry) at the front desk. Volunteers have also made invaluable contributions in the areas of website development, proposal writing, and public relations. Each year volunteers help organize and provide crucial transportation for clients, assist with rasing funds, and generously help to collect and donate clothing and other items. 

In addition, we are served by the volunteer efforts of our Board of Directors and our Friends of the Shelter. These members (40 people combined) take on leadership roles in the governance and management of the agency, as well as frequently taking the lead with major fundraising and community relations efforts. 


If you would like to learn more about volunteering at Pacific House, please contact Andrew Barer, Director of Development and Communications at: or 203-406-0017 x305.