From the beginning L'Arche Atlanta has been a volunteer-based community, where people choose to be together. Although we’ve grown and developed some paid roles, most of the beauty that happens here is still thanks to the efforts of volunteers. We rely heavily on the help and support of friends who give their time and energy to further the mission of the community, who consistently report being blessed by their experience and the people they meet here.
L’Arche communities give witness to the reality that persons with disabilities possess inherent qualities of welcome, wonder, spontaneity, and friendship. Come and experience acceptance. Come and be changed.
How can I help?
Friendship. One wonderful connection is to be paired with a particular core member. This usually entails monthly or twice a month visits, involving activities you both enjoy. Some ideas are thrift store shopping, bowling, swimming, playing card games, watching movies, or going on walks. Whatever you like to do, chances are good that someone at L’Arche Atlanta shares the same interest. This volunteer role requires a one-year commitment, in order to give the new friendship time to grow.
Food. Another popular option is to provide a home-cooked dinner for our house--and stay and eat with us! We deeply appreciate our monthly cooks and the joy of having them at the table.
Light housekeeping. With seven people living together, keeping a L’Arche home clean takes a lot of work! Lend a hand to tidy up our living spaces, clean the kitchen, or give the bathrooms a quick once-over. Cleaning supplies provided.
One-time projects. We also need volunteer help for one-time projects, ranging from house maintenance to office data entry to envelope stuffing to spring cleaning!
Respite space. You may have space in your home to offer a room to our Assistants, who occasionally need a place outside our community to rest and be renewed.
Skilled volunteers may be able to contribute to one of the committees of our Board of Directors, or to produce our newsletter, or to make electrical repairs. If you have a particular skill you would be willing to lend to our community, please let us know!
Whatever role fits for you, we want L’Arche Atlanta to become for you a place to call home, where you are known and welcomed.