Volunteer with us. Annunciation House is run entirely by volunteers, who live and work in our houses of hospitality. And what do the volunteers do? Well, we hesitate to describe a typical day. Each guest, each day is new, and so provides a new opportunity to learn how to love and serve. Nevertheless, volunteers have four main areas of responsibility: guest-servant shifts that oversee the daily routine of the house; serving as a contact person for guests in formulating plans and connecting to needed services; weekly rotations, which are chores where each volunteer takes a turn; and permanent duties, such as keeping the pantry stocked or the clothing bank organized.
Year-long commitment. Individuals coming to live and work at the house find that it takes several months to feel knowledgeable of all that it takes to be a good volunteer and servant of the homeless poor. For this reason, people wishing to volunteer at Annunciation House are expected to make a commitment to serve at the house for at least one year. (The two exceptions are described below.) Volunteers receive no pay in their first year, and longer-term volunteers receive a stipend that increases with the years of service.
Summer Service. For people who cannot make a year-long commitment but still wish to serve in our houses, we have a ten-week summer program. Summer volunteers do everything that year-long volunteers do, simply with more guidance. Find out more here.
Community volunteers. We welcome involvement from people who live in the El Paso/Juarez area and want to help out a few hours each week on an ongoing basis. We ask for a commitment of at least four hours a week for a minimum of three months. More information on community volunteers here.
Community. Volunteers form a close-knit community. Besides the common ground of living and working together, the volunteers of each house meet every morning for reflection; take time off together each month to relax and have fun; and often form friendships that last for life.