All Joseph House programs and services depend on volunteers. Our volunteers come from all ages and backgrounds.

Volunteering is an excellent way to live and deepen your faith, meet people with similar values, learn new skills, and help create a community where the poor and needy are not forgotten.

For information on volunteering:
Call Sr. Connie Ladd at 410-742-9590, email her at LSJM[at]comcast[dot]net, or use the online contact form. Please include a mailing address and phone number in your message.

Put your gifts to work! We are always open to new ideas and projects to help the poor.

Volunteers can choose times that are convenient for them within the stated hours of operation of each site.

812 Boundary Street
Salisbury, Maryland

A social service center for families in crisis

Financial Assistance Interviewer
Needed Tuesday – Thursday, from 8:45 am – 12 noon
– Interview people requesting financial help for rent, utilities, etc.
– Assess the situation, verify information with creditors, and make recommendations to the supervisor
– Be a consoling and compassionate presence to people in crisis
– Encourage people to make positive changes in their lives when necessary
– Record relevant information in client files

Food Line Interviewer
Needed Tuesday – Thursday, from 8:45 am – 12 noon
– Sign in people requesting help from the Food Pantry
– Determine their eligibility to receive assistance
– Help people with paperwork and other forms when necessary

Food Pantry Worker
Needed Tuesday – Thursday, from 8:45 am – 12 noon
– Help prepare and distribute grocery bags of food
– Unload shipments of food and restock pantry supplies
– May require some light to moderate lifting, but not absolutely necessary in order to work here

Hospitality Room Assistant
Needed Monday – Friday, from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
– Greet men and women entering the Hospitality Room, a day shelter for the homeless
– Assist with laundry and shower facilities, meals and clothing needs
– Be a supportive and listening presence

816 Boundary Street
Salisbury, Maryland

A long-term, residential job readiness program for homeless men who are unemployed, underemployed, or hard to employ

Front Desk Receptionist
Needed business hours on weekdays
– Answer the door and telephone
– Perform miscellaneous clerical work

Flexible hours
– Transport residents to jobs, meetings, and appointments as needed
– Keep facility vehicles clean and fueled

Flexible hours
– Topics include Spirituality, Addiction/Recovery, Job Readiness, Developing Positive Emotions, Personal Health, Arts/Crafts/Humanities, “Purpose Driven Life,” “Battlefield of the Mind,” Social Competencies, Positive Identity, Commitment to Learning, Family and Community, Conflict Resolution, Budgeting/Finances

411 North Poplar Hill Avenue
Salisbury, Maryland

Front Desk Receptionist
Needed Monday – Friday, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
– Answer the door and telephone
– Respond to calls from clients, volunteers, benefactors, and businesses
– Light clerical and miscellaneous work as needed

Monthly Newsletter Mailing
Flexible hours
– Assist with envelope stuffing and sealing

411 North Poplar Hill Avenue
Salisbury, Maryland

Representative Payee Service
Flexible hours
– Assist individuals on a one-to-one basis with budgeting and money management
– Contact creditors when necessary to make arrangement for the payment of bills
– Write checks from the client’s account for payment of bills; Little Sisters are check signers

Good Neighbor Program
Flexible hours
– Accompany Little Sisters and other volunteers on home visits to the infirm
– Run errands and assist with general care and light housekeeping as needed

Thanksgiving Food Drive
– Sort donated non-perishable food in the Crisis Center pole barn on the Saturday before Thanksgiving

Christmas Toy Giveaway
Flexible hours
– Sort donated toys and prepare gift bags in the Crisis Center pole barn
– Help with the distribution of gifts during the last full week before Christmas

Salisbury, Maryland

Men and women age 21 years and older can be resident volunteers, a full-time position with stipend and benefits. They share in the ministry and community life of the Little Sisters. Resident volunteers may be single, married, widowed, or divorced (they cannot have the care of dependent children). Catholic religious are also welcome.

Applicants should be practicing Christians. Previous work and volunteer experience are helpful. All gifts and skills can be used. Resident volunteers live in community with other volunteers and/or religious. The normal term of service is one year. May be renewed. A completed application, references, and personal interview are required.

Our biggest accomplishment is the community spirit that pervades Salisbury through the work of our volunteers.  – Sr. Mary Elizabeth Gintling