Volunteer Opportunities at Peace House and within Our Community


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 Food’s Diner (UFD) 

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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.

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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 Listening Project

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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).

Compassionate Listening Practice Group (Meets monthly)

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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 than 1,000

Community Meals and Resources list (location/time) and contact information vision  – this is from past years, we are in process of checking the listings (check with them before just showing up. 
 Click below to see all listings – it is a safe link on our website that will open for you to view:

Meals and Resources in Ashland keyed to map – this is from past years, we are in process of checking the listings (check with them before just showing up.
1. Tuesday: United Methodist Church (Corner of North Main Street and Laurel) 541-482-3647 Uncle Foods
Diner every Tuesday 4:30pm to 5:30pm all year long.
12:30pm – 4pm Shower Trailer: showers, laundry 1pm – 5pm La Clinica Medical and Dental Mobile Unit
2. Last Wednesday: First Presbyterian Church (Corner of Siskiyou and Walker) 541-482-3536 Community
Dinner at 5:30 pm in Calvin Hall on the last Wednesday in the months of Sept through May.
3.Friday: Railroad Park Free community meal. Every Friday at 5pm. Organized by Wellness for Everyone (WE)
4. Sunday: Lithia Park. Gazebo Grits at Lithia Park Gazebo. Every Sunday at 5pm.
Monthly: 2nd & 4th Thursday. Railroad Park. 5pm. Free community meal.
Northwest Pizza 1585 Siskiyou (Ashland Shopping Center). “Paid ahead” free slice of pizza. Ask if available.
1. La Clinica Mobile Clinic parked behind the United Methodist Church (North Main Street & Laurel).
Medical and Dental @ low or no cost. Tuesdays 1pm to 5pm. Daily location hotline: 541-512-3922.
5. Rogue Community Health. 99 Central Ave. 541-482-9741. Medical help @ low or no cost.
Open Monday – Friday 8am to 6pm.
Goods and Services
6. Ashland Community Resource Center (ACRC). 1908 Ashland St. Suite D. 541-631-2235.
ACRC offers companionship, access to telephones and online computers as well as mail drop and message center
services. More in-depth services such as aid in completing applications for low income housing, help with
replacements of personal identification, documents and case management are also available but generally require
more than one day. By appointment: Legal Aid (Wed.), Vet housing (alt. Mondays), Vet advocacy (Thursday), showers
and laundry Thursday 12:45pm to 5pm at AEFB #7 on map. Open Monday to Friday 9am to 2 pm.
7. Ashland Emergency Food Bank (AEFB). 560 Clover Lane. 541-488-9544. Open Monday through Friday
and the first Saturday of each month from 9:30am to12:30pm; the 4th Wednesday of every month from 5pm to 7pm.
8. Department of Human Services (DHS). 1658 Ashland St. in the Ashland Shopping Center. Food Stamps,
childcare, emergency domestic violence, cash for families. 541-482-2041. Open Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm.
9. Goodwill Job Connection. 310 Oak St. #3. Job posting, counseling, computers. 541-324-1879.
Open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4pm.
10. Maslow Project. Ashland High School. Ages 21 and under. Food, clothing, hygiene items, school
supplies, bus passes, referrals, case management. 541-200-9995. School year, Mondays and Fridays 9am to 2pm.
11. Seventh-day Adventist Church. 1650 Clark Street. Food & clothing. Open Wednesdays 10am to 1:30pm.
12. Recycling Center. Water Street by the railroad tracks. Free Clothing. Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm.
Street Dogs. Dog food, collars, and low cost or free spay/neutering services. 541-816-6374 or 541-816-6035.
Safelink. Free cell phone & service. 1-800-Safelink (723-3546.)
St. Vincent de Paul. Advocacy, referrals, emergency rent and utility assistance. 541-708-5650
Help Lines
 Jackson County Mental Health. Crisis support. 541-774-8201. Open 24/7.
 Community Works. Information and referral. 541-779-4357. Toll free 1-855-216-2111. Open 24/7.
 Resource and Referral. Dial 2-1-1 or go to www.211info.org for information on available services.
Open Monday – Friday 8am to 6pm.
 Help Now Advocacy Center: Crisis support and negotiation. 541-732-1911.
 Domestic Violence Hotline. Domestic and/or sexual violence. 503-235-5333. Toll free:1-888-235-
5333. Crisis line open 24/7.
Women’s Crisis Support Team. Intervention, prevention, education and shelter. 541-479-9349 Toll
free: 1-800-750-9278. Open 24/7.