We couldn’t fulfill our mission without volunteers. You’re the reason we’re able to do what we do. Continual engagement with the community is one of the vital ways that Oasis Center and our youth grow, thrive, and create positive change.
From providing a few hours of time on an as-needed basis to becoming a long-term mentor, there are many ways you can help make a difference in our programs and the community.
Looking to reconnect with the community, Brandon joined Oasis Transitions as a mentor. Every Wednesday evening he shares his experiences with a group of teens, as they explore what it takes to succeed in college and in the workplace. But it’s not all business. It’s a time when Brandon helps youth find their passions, build confidence, explore new ideas, and have some fun. “The cool thing about Oasis Transitions is that the mentors grow closer and the youth grow closer. It’s a small family.”
When Oasis needed a truck to pull our new Mobile Bike Workshop around town and a van for doing Street Outreach, Nissan came through in the clutch. After a few too many long-distance trips with teens, Nissan wasn’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and whip these vehicles back into shape. But there’s more to Nissan than their vehicles. With a huge heart for service, they’ve given countless hours of expertise to help us build a data-driven culture and are an amazing host for our young people.
Sri Ganesha Temple
After learning about youth homelessness, young people at the Temple collected backpacks and loaded them up with needed supplies like toiletries, socks, and gift cards. When they proudly dropped off their donations, the youth got to tour Oasis and learn even more about how they can help. In fact, in the two years since their first drive, these young change agents have been back a few more times, with each visit bringing more items than the last. We love when youth band together and take action!
The lives of our young people are complex. Supporting a healthy transition to adulthood can’t happen through singular support, which is why we value the role of positive adult relationships in their lives. Many of our programs have opportunities for engagement.
Oasis College Connection
Reaching Excellence As Leaders (REAL)
Street Outreach Program
College Student Group Volunteer Opportunities
Corporate & Community Volunteer Opportunities
Frequently Asked Questions
How old do you have to be to volunteer?
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, with some programs requiring older volunteers.
How do I get court-ordered volunteer hours?
Unfortunately we do not offer court-ordered community service hours.
I need community service hours for a class. Can I volunteer at Oasis?
Due to the long-term commitment our volunteers make, we unfortunately do not offer minimal academic community service hours.
Do you offer internships?
We are not currently accepting interns, but will be in spring 2020. Check back with us then!
I can only volunteer on the weekends. What can I do?
Unfortunately we have limited weekend volunteering, mostly with our Warming Shelters in the winter. Check out when each program meets to see if there is one that would fit your schedule.
Interested in Volunteering?
Ready to be put to work? Here's how to apply!
- Complete interest form. We will add you to our volunteer interest list to let you know about opportunities as they arise.
- Interview: At Oasis Center, we absolutely believe that forming positive, supportive connections with adults is a huge building block for our young people’s future success. It is extremely important to us that our volunteers are placed in the right volunteer roles in order to utilize their own passions and strengths. Once you apply, you will be contacted for an interview.
- Background and reference check: We are required by law (TCA 14-40-129) to complete background checks on all volunteers.
- Volunteer orientation. (Additional training may be required in some programs.)
Please note: Our programs accept volunteers based on program needs and the program calendar. Even if we do not need volunteers for a certain program at the moment, we’d still love to accept your information so that we can be in touch when we have an opening.