Volunteer

NSO volunteers are essential in carrying out our mission of transforming lives and encouraging independence through safe, healthy homes, dental care and nutrition. Our priority is to provide volunteer experiences while ensuring the safety of our clients, volunteers and staff. 

To ensure the safety of our residents, volunteers and staff, we have modified some of our volunteer opportunities. When applicable, volunteers will be required to follow COVID safety guidelines including, but not limited to wearing a mask, social distancing, temperature checks and completing applicable waivers.
If you have any questions, please contact volunteer@nsookc.org.


Create Your Volunteer Account

We would love to have you partner with us as a volunteer. Please click below and take a few minutes to create your NSO volunteer account. After you create an account, you will be able to explore volunteer opportunities with NSO.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

Please note: We ask for at least two weeks notice to adequately prepare for most group volunteer projects. Group projects are limited to no more than 15 participants.

For more information about our volunteer program, please contact NSO at (405) 236-0452 or by email at volunteer@nsookc.org.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

OUTDOOR

Outdoor Beautification Project
In this role you will assist with maintaining NSO properties located throughout Oklahoma City. These projects can include lawn care, weeding flower beds, planting flowers, edging, trimming shrubs, power washing and outside painting. This volunteer commitment can be one time or long term depending on the project or volunteer request.

DONATIONS

Homeless Hygiene Kits
In this role, you will make a great impact on the homeless community in Oklahoma City. Each week, NSO hands out 50-100 hygiene kits to men, women and children who find themselves homeless. This volunteer position will purchase items needed for the hygiene kits, package the items and deliver them to NSO to be distributed. This activity can take place at your place of business, school, church, community group or even at NSO. Hygiene Kits items include: combs, toothbrushes, wash cloths, travel sized: Lotions, bar soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, bar soap, deodorant. Our Amazon Charity wish lists can be found here: https://amzn.to/33l4NE6.

In-Kind Drives
NSO is always in need of full size hygiene items and other essentials for our residents. You can host an in-kind drive with your church, business or community group or simply purchase items and/or share our wish list items. Our most needed hygiene items can be found here: US (amazon.com)

Carolyn Williams Center Welcome Basket
You can make a difference in the lives of at-risk young men by providing a welcome basket that has all of the essentials to make them feel at home in their new surroundings. Our welcome basket items can be found here: US (amazon.com)

ICE Angel Volunteer
Each week, NSO hands out 50-100 hygiene kits to men, women and children who find themselves homeless. In this role you will put together hygiene kits from supplies that have been donated, deliver them to ICE Angels each Wednesday and assist them with serving the homeless population

VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES

Virtual Life Skills Instructor
Our desire at NSO is to transform the lives of our residents and encourage independence. A major part of this mission is life skill classes. Skills such as cooking, budgeting, applying for a job, maintain a home and healthy relationships can be taught to residents in our housing programs. This position will include educating residents on life skills and client interaction through zoom. This position will also require access to the internet and ability to operate the Zoom application.

Virtual Bible Study
You can pour into the lives of NSO clients by hosting a virtual bible study for our residents at Palo Duro I & II. Bible studies help clients feel uplifted and inspired each week. This position will include speaking to clients about the bible and client interaction through zoom. This position will also require access to the internet and ability to operate the Zoom application and requires a minimum 3-month commitment.

Virtual Bingo or other Activities
In this role you will bring joy and excitement to the residents of Palo Duro I & II by providing virtual games and activities. This role can be one time or long term depending on volunteer request.

NUTRITION ASSISTANCE

Meal Prep – CWC
In this role you will help make a difference in the lives of at-risk young men by preparing a meal at the Carolyn Williams Center. This role will include using food on hand at the property or by purchasing your own food supplies and preparing meals. These meals will be stored or frozen and used at a later date. This project can be one time or long term depending on the volunteer request.

Providing Catered Boxed Meals – CWC
In this role you will help make a difference in the lives of at-risk young men by providing meals for the residents of the Carolyn Williams Center.

SPONSORSHIPS

Apartment Sponsorship
Sponsoring an apartment at Martha’s House or Gatewood helps to directly impact new families moving into and starting our two-year transitional program.  When you sponsor a new apartment you provide a comfortable, homey atmosphere for single mothers and their children who have been previously homeless. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Decorating and providing light furnishings to meet the basic needs of the family including: pots/pants, dishes, silverware, small appliances like a toaster, cleaning supplies, bedding, bathroom linens and small furniture items. Sponsors can also paint the apartment if desired (NSO provides the paint.)

Naming Rights Sponsorship
Sponsorship opportunities can range from sponsoring a bike rack, common area at a housing property or an apartment at the Carolyn Williams Center, Palo Duro I & II or at Martha’s House and Gatewood locations. For more information, email hello@nsookc.org

Christmas Wish List Sponsor
Make Christmas a little brighter for NSO residents through sponsoring a client by providing toys, clothing and other essentials for the holidays. Each year we strive to make Christmas special for all of our residents and this can’t happen without help from volunteers. Wish lists are made available each year in November.

*Please note: All volunteer opportunities require completed waivers and some positions require background checks, interviews, references, volunteer orientation or other required approvals. When applicable, volunteers will be required to follow COVID safety guidelines including, but not limited to wearing a mask, social distancing, temperature checks and completing applicable waivers.