Volunteer at Maple Court
olunteers of America of the Carolinas supports veterans who are homeless through the Maple Court Veterans Transitional Housing Program. Illustrating the presence of God through our services, VOA creates opportunities for people to experience the joy of serving others. At Maple Court, located at the southeast corner of East Carver Street and Commons Boulevard in North Durham, VOA provides 24 apartments of transitional housing for veterans who are working toward goals of increased self-sufficiency and stability. But more than housing is needed during the time a veteran has in transitional housing.
How volunteering Benefits Veterans at Maple Court
As someone who cares about veterans in need your presence and willingness to pitch in accelerates the veteran’s success while at Maple Court. As you serve the residents you will immediately fill a need to assist staff in providing the best environment possible for veterans transitioning from homelessness to homes.
Volunteer jobs are tailored to your time availability, skills, interests and the needs of the veterans housed at Maple Court. Volunteers may work in the Veterans Resource Center to assist veterans who come in to take advantage of the computers for job searches and studies or may need help with budgeting, resource navigation or just watch TV. Having a listening ear close by may be what brightens a veteran’s day.
Maybe your skills lie in the area of gardening or providing support to staff managing the office or facility. Time spent working in the clothing room to sort and organize helps staff and volunteers find the veteran just the right thing to wear to a job interview or church.
Whether you have a little time each week or each month your presence at Maple Court will increase the program’s ability to serve veterans in transition from homelessness to housed.
how volunteering as a Group Makes a Difference
VOA measures its success by the positive change in the lives of individuals and communities we serve. Partnering with local ministries and civic groups enhances services to the veterans we serve. Here are a few ways you can help.
- Provide First Meals for New Residents
Your gift of a first meal can be a great comfort to new residents that helps them feel at home. This may be a frozen or canned balanced meal that the resident can cook, or a prepared meal the resident can simply heat up.
- Offer a Group Meal
Weekends are a great time to offer a cook-out on the premises! Just round up some food and friends and share a meal with the Veterans. Or, give us a call and schedule an evening meal for the residents in our common area at the Maple Court Veterans Resource Center. Providing Pizza and movie would also help to uplift spirits among the veterans.
- Offer a Game Night
Bring board games and snacks and hang out for a couple of hours with the Veterans (some have expressed that they enjoy: Trivial Pursuit, Chess, Checkers, woodcarving, making models, playing cards, and painting).
- Encourage a Veteran
As an individual or group, you may support one particular veteran who is adjusting to life at Maple Court. For a period of time you may enjoy: praying for the residents, sending them a birthday or Christmas gift, or mailing them encouragement letters.If you have something else you’d like to donate, please contact us.
Other VOA Veteran Programs:
Volunteers of America of the Carolinas provides services through two other veteran programs: Supportive Service for Veteran Families and an employment program, Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program. If you would like to learn how you may volunteer with those programs please let us know. If you don’t see the way you want to volunteer or serve a veteran on this page please contact us to share your ideas.
Volunteers of America Health Services Program
If you would like to volunteer at PACE (Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Senior CommUnity Care of North Carolina please get more information at http://seniorcommunitycarenc.org/.