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Volunteer Week, is a time to celebrate the incredible people who give their time and energy to make our community a better place.

Since 1974, National Volunteer Week has been an annual observance recognizing the vital support volunteers provide. Over the past year, the tremendous response by volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic has been nothing short of heroic.

“We are living in a moment that calls for hope and light and love. Hope for our futures, light to see our way forward, and love for one another,” President Joe Biden wrote of National Volunteer Week.

We want to make our volunteers feel appreciated this week so we’re throwing ice cream parties thanks to generous donations from Ruby Jewel, and giving away t-shirts and hats.

Thank you to all of our volunteers!

Volunteer Appreciation Week Sadao Sasaki

Volunteer Spotlight:
Sadao Sasaki

Sadao volunteers every Friday at Blanchet House.

“I have so many reasons why I want to volunteer. One is being from Japan so many people helped me here in America throughout my stay here. I would like to give back. Another reason is that when I volunteer I feel it gives me instant meaning to my life. If I had the brain for it I would be a doctor and help people. This is something everyone can do. This is the best investment of my time. I feel happy to be here. You see the direct result of what you’re doing.

I found the Blanchet House to be not political or religious. No ideology which is why I like it. Eating here is a communal experience.

When people say thank you it really has a lasting impact on me and means a lot.

Blanchet House does so much for the community. There are so many vulnerable people and they don’t know where to turn. None of us are immune to becoming homeless. For some people, they are just one paycheck or just one hospital bill away from becoming houseless. It is heartbreaking. Before the pandemic, I would see the same people but now I see all kinds of people. Different ages and from all walks of life.

Volunteer even once and you will have a great experience. You will never regret any time that you spend here.”

Read about more of our special volunteers. Of course, there are so many more!

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Ways to Volunteer and Get Involved

You can make a positive difference in the lives of your neighbors going through a hard time. Join Blanchet House in offering aid to anyone who comes to our doors by volunteering onsite or from home. There’s never been a better time than now to get involved!

Care Kits

Pack a bag with essential items like hygiene products and socks from home with your friends and family. Learn how.

Sack Lunches

Make sandwiches to fill brown bags that can be easily handed out to our meal guests for a portable lunch. Learn how.

Donate Clothing and Sleeping Essentials

Living without access to a washer and dryer makes it difficult to keep your clothes clean and maintained. Blanchet House offers adult-sized clothing, shoes, and sleeping basics daily. Learn how.


Blanchet House needs volunteers Monday-Saturday to help prepare and serve meals. Choose from one of many 1-3 hour shifts throughout the day. Sign up to serve or prepare meals onsite.

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