Group Volunteers

Safe Harbor offers many group volunteer opportunities for all ages. We work with student groups, schools & universities, clubs, civic groups, churches, and businesses to find a perfect opportunity for service, team work and meaningful contribution.

Contact Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator, Christie Clary, to discuss options for your group today!

 Please call 704-477-6621 or email

Guide to Group Volunteer Opportunities

Adults & Youth ages 12 and up

  • New Day Program (Day Shelter and Enrichment Center):

    210 2nd St. SE, Hickory (downstairs) A cement walkway is located to the left of the house that leads to the New Day Program entrance at the back of the facility.
    • Lunch Provider (A group of 2-5 individuals are recommended- one adult required): Provide lunch for approximately 10-15 (numbers vary daily) women and children in the New Day Program. Lunch is served daily at noon. We invite our volunteers to join us for lunch. You may purchase or cook a lunch already prepared. Our oven may be used to reheat precooked food. Lunch providers may also prepare the meal themselves in the New Day kitchen. We have a fully furnished kitchen. Please call Christie Clary to schedule your day to provide lunch.
    • Children’s Playroom (A group of 2 to 4): Volunteers to clean and wipe down with disinfectant all toys, tables, and handles, vacuum the couch and cushions.
  • ReSource Warehouse and Gallery:

    451 11th Street NW, Hickory.
    • Warehouse Volunteer (2-8 individuals): Volunteers to help organize donations, clean-up donated furniture, move displays, etc. We NEED strong young men to help unload, move and rearrange donations, lift heavier items like furniture, help move shelving and so on!!!! There is a lot that can be done at ReSource. There is not enough space to comfortably accommodate more than 8 individual volunteers at one time. We do have the option of breaking a large group into 2 or 3 smaller groups. Contact Volunteer Coordinator for more information and options. ReSource Hours of Operation: Tues. 10am – 7pm, Wed.-Fri. 10am – 5pm, Sat. 10am-2pm
    • Arty Party 2: If you and your group-mates like to be creative come be creative with ReSource. Groups may volunteer by reserving our Arty Party room to create beautiful pieces of Artwork to be sold in our Gallery.
  • GreenLeaf Transitional Apartments:

    410 2nd Street Place SE, Hickory.
    • Landscape: We have the apartment property sectioned off and are looking for groups to sponsor a section of the total landscape plan this Fall-Spring so that we can make our apartments more attractive and more of a “Bright Spot” in the neighborhood. Details and materials needed to cover this project can be given upon request. A landscape artist donated a landscape plan with a listing of the shrubs and other materials needed.
    • Seasonal Yard Work: Raking leaves, mulching, spraying weeds, cutting back limbs, etc.
    • Apartment Cleaning: We often need help with deep cleaning our apartments as residents’ transition in and out. Time is flexible and must be scheduled to work with the GreenLeaf Transitional Apartment Manager.
    • Apartment Maintenance: Help is often needed for apartment upkeep, maintenance and small projects. Examples include painting, repairing fixtures, replacing flooring. Time: Within 8am to 6pm. This is negotiable and will vary with each project and the time of year. Projects will be coordinated with our Maintenance and Project Manager
  • Residential House- Whole Woman Recovery Program:

    210 2nd Street SE, Hickory (upstairs)
    • Seasonal Yard Work (3-6 individuals): Volunteers who would help with yard work, spray weeds, pick up limbs and clean-up children’s playground equipment area.
    • Automobile Wash/Clean-up (3-6 individuals): Volunteers who would spend several hours helping to wash and vacuum our vehicles, including one large 12 passenger van.
    • Windows Cleanup: Inside and outside of residential house.
  • The Bridge- Sex-Trafficking, Sexual Exploitation, Strip Club and At-Risk Neighborhood Outreach Events:

    • Strip Club Outreach Meal OR Dessert/Fruit Provider: Every Wednesday evening a team of Safe Harbor staff and Volunteers outreach at local strip club, building relationships, becoming “safe” people and informing women of our programs to help connect available resources to them. A meal is provided once a month and dessert/fruit is provided twice a month. Serving 20
    • Strip Club Gift Bag Provider: Provide a gift bag for 20 women using items from our Bridge Gift Bag Wish list. Once per month.
    • Volunteer at or help host a “Bridge Neighborhood Outreach Event”: These events are held approximately 4 times per year. For more details contact Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator.
  • Thrive Recovery Community:

    112 2nd Ave SE, Hickory
    • Dinner Provider & Server for Thrive Recovery participants. 3:30pm Facility Opens, 5 -6:00 Dinner Served. Groups may provide dinner once, or be scheduled each week, each Month, or each Quarter. Contact Volunteer Coordinator to be scheduled.
    • Host a Game Night: Outdoors games for participants.
  • Other Opportunities To Volunteer, Serve, Provide For and Help Raise Awareness:

    • Group of Indoor Labor; Work Group-Painters/Handymen: General home maintenance repairs: painting, fixing minor plumbing and carpentry, putting up shelves, cleaning, etc., as needed.
    • Hold a Wish-List Drive: Collect and deliver items to our Donation Intake Center from on our Wish List. (Updated Monthly).
    • Host a Safe Harbor Ornament or Angel Tree: During the months of November and December your business, civic or church can host a tree with items or families that need adopted for the holidays. You may contact us by October 1st.
    • Hold a Fundraiser: Some ideas include a garage sale or neighborhood yard sale (ReSource will come pick-up left over items as well), bake sale, casserole sale, bike-athon, walk-athon, Church dinner with proceeds going to Safe Harbor. A business(s) could give a percentage or dollar amount from each purchase to benefit Safe Harbor. All ideas welcome.
  • Awareness Events:

    • Host a Safe Harbor “Coffee for a Cause” Event or Home Gathering: At Safe Harbor we are always looking for ways to share and build awareness of the depth of programming and assistance offered by Safe Harbor. We use this educational event to inform our community by outreaching to Religious or Service Organizations, Civic groups, Businesses or through personal In-Home gatherings of friends and family. Executive Director, Vicki Murray, Jackie McKool, Director of Development, or Christie Clary, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator will share Safe Harbor’s Mission, give a Programming overview, and offer ways to support and raise awareness for Safe Harbor. Literature will be shared. A brief testimonial from one of our Residential Graduates may also be available upon request.
    • Host a Homeless Population, Opioid Crisis, or Sex Trafficking Educational Awareness Event: Many people want to help those experiencing homeless but have misconceptions regarding their needs and how they can help. There are a lot of questions regarding the rise of opioid use and sex exploitation. Educate yourself and those in your sphere of influence or your organization by inviting a Safe Harbor representative to come and speak.
    • Host a Safe Harbor Awareness Sunday at your church: Set-up a table with information about Safe Harbor and request a talk about the services and programs offered through Safe Harbor. Educate your members on the needs of our community.