House of Ruth

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Thank you for your interest in lending a hand at House of Ruth! Over the years, volunteers have enriched the lives of the women and children at our 15 programs. Volunteers have taught weekly Zumba classes, worked alongside staff at our Kidspace Child and Family Development Center, and hosted a holiday coat drive for House of Ruth’s kids.

Please see the list below for ongoing volunteer opportunities at House of Ruth. If you want to volunteer for any of the opportunities below, please email with your area of interest, and your days/hours of availability.

For volunteering with our children, if you are over age 55, we’d love for you to join the Foster Grandparent program — they will then connect you with us.

* At this point, we are not accepting volunteers to work with the children in our program except through Foster Grandparents or service hour fulfillment for high school students (contact Tara Villanueva at


Individual and Group Volunteer Opportunities


Exercise Classes: We are looking for experienced instructors to lead exercise/aerobics classes, such as Zumba or dance, to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Outdoor Gardening/Landscaping: During the warmer spring through fall months, help us landscape or build gardens at our program sites. This group volunteer opportunity is great for folks who like working outdoors and have a green thumb (but not required, of course!).

Provide Dinner: If you and/or your volunteer group would like to prepare dinner or provide catering for our largest shelter (any day of the week), please email

Workplace Holiday Presents Drive: Every year during the holiday season, we collect a list of presents the kids at our family programs want that year. Consider hosting a holiday drive with friends and family or at your workplace to help fulfill our holiday gift shopping list!

Host a Fundraiser for House of Ruth: Many individuals and groups in the community have organized their own fundraising efforts on behalf of House of Ruth. If you’d like to raise money for House of Ruth, please email describing your idea for raising money.

We’ve received donations from children who set up a lemonade stand, groups of friends who have gathered at a potluck or cocktail party, Zumba/dance workshops, benefit performances of many kinds, and birthday celebrations where gifts to House of Ruth were encouraged. Student groups, from day care programs and elementary schools to colleges and universities, have used a variety of approaches to raise funds for the women and children at House of Ruth.

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