Downtown Streets Team is transforming homelessness through building community. Teams of unhoused volunteers change perceptions of homelessness while beautifying our streets. Through engaging in a supportive community, Team Members (unhoused participants) gain confidence and tools to achieve their goals for greater self-sufficiency. They volunteer with us on beautification projects around Berkeley, and in return, they receive non-cash stipends in the form of gift cards, as well as housing and employment services to work on their individual goals.
We are in search of volunteers for the following ongoing roles!
•Weekly Success Meals Delivery: Our team gets together every Tuesday to share a meal, resources, and community support. Help make this meeting a success! Every other Monday we receive donations from Eat Club in Fremont, but have limited access to receiving those meals for our team. We are looking for a volunteer to pick up success meals in Fremont Monday at 12:45 and deliver to DST Hayward. You’re help is greatly appreciated!
•Community Photographer: Show off your photography skills with our beautiful DST team! Engage with our unhoused folks and capture the essence of what we do here at DST. Headshots, action shots, artistic shots, you name it! We can always use a hand with documenting our Team Members hard work and dedication.
•Volunteer Drive: A great way to get involved, is to get others involved! Host a drive at your local school, church, event, etc. to raise money, collect toiletries, socks, and other useful items for people experiencing homelessness.
•Skills-based Community Member: Are you passionate about topics that get others involved? Do you have a skill set or professional background that you’d like to share with our unhoused neighbors? Join us for a presentation, workshop, or creative collaboration! We’re always looking for ways to engage our Team Members and give them useful skills, fun activities, trainings, or resources to better their lives.
•Host a Cultural Competency Workshop: Lay aside assumptions about homelessness by hosting a myth-smashing seminar with our staff and Team Members to discuss common misconceptions and lesser-known realities about homelessness. Ask questions you’ve always wondered in a laid back and non-judgmental space. Learn how to react to homelessness with compassion and leave feeling informed and ready to be a part of the solution.
The information above can be found on the official website of Streatsteam. For more details about the organization and to find out how you can volunteer, please visit their website: http://www.streetsteam.org