Most volunteers come to CARES for short term projects, such as painting the kitchen, trimming the shrubs, running a canned food drive, etc.
CARES has some on-going needs. From time to time, everyone needs a friend with a truck. But, when you run a homeless shelter, you need several friends with trucks. Families often enter the shelter with their belongings stuffed into a couple trash bags. After going to the service center for clothes and household items, by the time they leave, they have more belongings. If they are able to find a bed or a table and chairs at the service center, they usually need help moving their belongings. If you have a day free and want to make a difference, check the CARES website to see if there is a call for truck.
We sometimes have emergency needs. With 20 women and children, toilet paper can be an emergency need. Children may need school supplies or winter coats. A new baby needs everything, including formula and diapers. A woman may need work shoes for her new job. Emergency needs usually pop up unexpectedly, at the least convenient time and can not wait for a better day.