serve alongside us
Volunteers play an integral role as they use their interests, talents, and spiritual gifts to serve and support the mission of The Next Door.
Participating in the transformational journey of a women recovery is a beautiful blessing and we are thankful to have engaged community members who are eager to walk alongside our mission!
If you already have a login for Volgistics, please click Current Volunteer below.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!
Our volunteers have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings in our agency, and will be placed into volunteer service according to their talents, qualifications, and interest.
Write encouraging notes for admitting clients starting treatment. Receiving a handwritten note lets our clients know there are people outside of our staff who are rooting for them. This activity can be done at home, with children or in small groups.
Assist the Food Service staff with the preparation of food, serving meals to clients, and cleaning the dining area. This opportunity also allows you to connect one-on-one with clients and share a meal together. We have the opportunity for volunteers to help with lunch (11:30) and dinner (4:30) every day of the week.
Organize clothing donations to clearly show the Client Assistant staff what items are clean, lightly used, and comfortable for clients to wear. Volunteers should also keep the Volunteer Coordinator updated on inventory needs to ensure we are meeting the needs of all clients.
Engage with clients during a break in their daily programming to lead an optional activity they can participate in. Suggested activities could include creative writing, exercise activities, board games, self-care, arts and crafts projects, or another activity volunteers are passionate about.
Support new clients during the admission process and assist our Admissions team. Volunteers aim to provide emotional support to clients by creating a comfortable environment in the Admissions Clinic. They may help clients with paperwork, get them any refreshments and most importantly help them feel comfortable about the start of their recovery journey.
The Next Door was founded by a group of Wild Praying Women, and we still consider prayer a central aspect of our mission. We understand that prayer looks different for every volunteer, so this opportunity is very open-ended. It could include individual prayer with clients, taking a prayer walk around our building, or leading a guided prayer for clients.
TND Street Team
As a representative of The Next Door, this volunteer role introduces TND’s mission to new people and advertise our services in new locations. Street Team volunteers place TND information packets in various doctors’ offices, hospitals, churches, and other community locations where potential clients may access them and be referred to our services.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at The Next Door (Nashville), please fill out the application form below.
CHATTANOOGA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Teach a lesson based on scripture lasting 30 minutes to an hour either weekly or in rotation with other groups. In keeping with The Next Door’s faith-based model, volunteers will meet women where they are spiritually, helping them strengthen their connection to the God of their understanding.
Learn2Earn is a currency system in which women can earn “money” to buy special items. Learn2Earn Volunteers work help keep the closet stocked and keep up with client points. Donations may include welcome bags and other items needed for the residents of the program
Organize clothing closet donations and purchases and keep staff updated on inventory needs.
Events And Special Projects
Volunteers can assist with purchasing, planning, set-up, tear-down, and organization of special events. Special projects can vary, with some examples being gardening, painting, re-organization projects, fundraising events, etc.
Volunteers can lead an optional worship experience for our residents that could include music and Bible study.
Transition Ceremony or Graduation is a time to celebrate a resident’s journey through incarceration and The Next Door’s program to becoming a responsible woman of integrity. These volunteers work alongside staff to provide set-up, decorations, graduation baskets, roses, and refreshments for transition ceremonies.
Mentors are an essential part of CRC. These volunteers commit to meeting one-on-one with an assigned resident on a weekly basis to provide leadership, guidance, listening ears, love, and support. Mentors can be spiritual in nature, or purely provide guidance to a woman who needs help transitioning into the community.
What idea can you bring to the table? Whether you have a one-time event in mind or if you want to teach a particular class or craft, we are open to anything that will be valuable to the women who are part of CRC.
If you are interested in volunteering for our Chattanooga location, please call (423) 933-0112 or email Molly Harland to find out when the next Volunteer Orientation will be held. Thank you for your interest!