"We are very thankful and grateful for Alpha House."
-Former Alpha House Family
Volunteers are the heart and hands of IHN. Each year over 2,000 volunteers from over 35 local congregations and community groups provide meals and supplies for the shelter and the families, play with the children, provide overnight support for staff, and perform building maintenance.
Work Days and Group Projects
Sometimes volunteers come to Alpha House as a group and donate their time and energy together for a few hours . Work groups can provide us with invaluable help organizing, cleaning, maintaining our grounds, painting; they can also be very helpful with one-time projects.
Volunteers can touch the lives of our families in such a meaningful way by organizing donation drives. Some groups solicit donations from our wishlist which includes items for use within the shelter, as part of a Welcome Basket given to each family when they move in to Alpha House, as well as items for a Blessing Basket given when a family moves into their own home. Some groups choose to organize around a central theme—new books and toys for our Birthday Closet, summer fun items, socks and underwear.
Volunteering as a Family
We are happy to have families come together to volunteer at Alpha House! It is a wonderful experience to cook a meal together and then come serve it to our residents, and join them in the dining room; it is truly fun as a family to come and join our children at the evening Activity Time.
If you are interested in any of the volunteer opportunities listed above, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Mark Heffner, at
(734) 249-5014 or