Volunteer Opportunities at Peace House

Our ambitions are rapidly outstripping our resources, primarily our human resources. To sustain our community services and programs, we need more volunteer help. Below is a list of opportunities. None require open-ended commitments. There are time estimates attached to each. Please see if any of these needs match your interests and your schedules. If they do, contact our office manager at info@peacehouse.net or 541-482-9625 who will integrate you into the work.

Program Work

Uncle Foods Diner
A labor-intensive operation.

  • Prep work in the kitchen such as chopping vegetables (3 hours beginning about 1 p.m.)
  • Serving (1-2 hours beginning at 4 p.m.)
  • Clean-up (1.5 hours beginning at 5 p.m.)

The meal is held every Tuesday. Volunteers work one Tuesday per month or more as they wish. They can do more than one of the three tasks.

Other Volunteer Community Help needed:

The Ashland Winter Shelter season starts next week.  There is a volunteer training for anyone interested in hosting or just finding out more.
November 8, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
First Presbyterian Church

Last winter, more than 120 community volunteers provided over 31,000 hours and 112 nights of shelter serving more than 1000 guests.
For more information, contact Heidi at parkershames@gmail.com or call 541-482-1520


Shelter season starts this week – a way you can help is to listen.listening

SHELTER LISTENING PROJECT Folks who are un-housed and living on the street describe how invisible they feel,

as if being homeless has made them person-less. However, according to shelter hosts, many of the homeless guests who overnight at our winter shelters have had colorful lives, and they have stories to share.
Many guests are bright, articulate, traveled, and resourceful. Longtime shelter volunteers recall the days when a mere dozen unhoused guests would spend the night, allowing sufficient time for hosts to sit and converse with the guests, listening to their stories. These days there are often as many as four dozen guests and thus much less time for the overnight hosts to listen.
Shelter listeners are volunteers who arrive when the shelters open at 7:30 pm and spend the next 90 minutes visiting with and listening to guests. The primary credential for being a shelter listener is having an open heart and an open mind. The task at hand doesn’t require solving any problems or fixing any people. Listening in itself is an act of love. Listening is also a skill which most of us have already developed just living our lives.
For those who would like to enhance their listening abilities, the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission (ACPC) offers a free Compassionate Listening Practice Group. No prior training is necessary; all are welcome (see directly below).


Friday November 17
once a month

Ashland Culture of Peace Commission office
33 First St Suite 1, Ashland (corner of Lithia Way)

Fee: free

For anyone desiring to create more world peace, one heart at a time by:
* listening to yourself and others with greater compassion
* avoiding pitfalls of defensiveness and blame
* become attuned to energy of conflict and intervene in a way that adds heart-to-
heart listening
* create a safe and respectful environment in which people can express their
thoughts and feelings honestly
* doing your best to step into the shoes of another person to truly understand their
* accessing your most authentic and solid self and encouraging the expression of
anothers deepest essence

The group is set to meet monthly. The group meets at the ACPC office, 33 First Street, Suite 1, diagonally across from the Ashland Post Office.
For more information, please contact the facilitator, Debra Sheetz at 541-727-2928 or debisheetz@yahoo.com. Last winter, more than 120 community volunteers provided over 31,000 hours and 112 nights of shelter serving more t

Vision Quilt Volunteer Party to share YOUR VISIONSvision
Inspired by the AIDS Quilt, Vision Quilt invites people to share their visions on how to prevent gun violence: www.visionquilt.org.
Come see some of our latest VQ panels from Chicago and Southern Oregon.
Join us for a work party on Nov. 16 10:00-3:00.
Sew Creative 115 E. Main St.
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 482-1665

Come whenever you can and stay for as long as you can.
We will be cutting canvas, sewing and creating duplicate panels and preparing material for fabric collages. Or you can make a Vision Quilt panel!
Our work will serve middle school students in White City, gun violence survivors in Oakland, homeless youth in Los Angeles and incarcerated youth in Chicago.
Donations of fabric are welcome!
RSVPs are appreciated.
Candid commentary from a recent VQ workshop that Valerie Goodloe
conducted in Chicago with teens and survivors.Valerie’s organization:
Hope to see you this Thursday!

han 1000 guests.