“When I hear an individual youth 'success' story while in the Drop In Center I realize how important small steps are in their journey.”

Why Volunteer?

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 skill or service 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.

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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!

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Our Programs

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.

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Bike Workshop

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Emergency Shelter

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Just Us

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Oasis College Connection

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Reaching Excellence As Leaders (REAL)

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Street Outreach Program

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College Student Group Volunteer Opportunities

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Corporate & Community Volunteer Opportunities

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Bike Builds

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Food Packs

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.

  • Do you offer internships?

    We are no longer accepting candidates for summer 2022 internships. Our remaining fall '22 and spring '23 internships will be limited to non-clinical hours. Email fbaquera@oasiscenter.org for details!

  • 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.

  • How do I get court-ordered volunteer hours?

    Unfortunately we do not offer court-ordered community service hours.

  • I can only volunteer in the evening or on weekends. What can I do?

    We have limited evening and weekend volunteering. Check out when each program meets to see if there is one that would fit your schedule.

  • Can I use my skills to volunteer at Oasis?

    Yes! We are currently recruiting professional photographers and videographers, as well as web designers familiar with WordPress. Email Felisha at fbaquera@oasiscenter.org for more info!

Interested in Volunteering?

The Process

Ready to be put to work? Here's how to apply!

  1. Email Felisha Baquera. We will add you to our volunteer interest list to let you know about opportunities as they arise.
  2. 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.
  3. Background and reference check: We are required by law (TCA 14-40-129) to complete background checks on all volunteers.
  4. 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.

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