La Crosse Volunteer Opportunities


Back 2 School

Back 2 School Volunteers:  Help is needed on August 6, 7, and 8 with sorting and counting school supplies. Help setting up at the La Crosse Center will be needed on August 13th for our Back 2 School event.  On August 14th we will need volunteers to help families and students at the La Crosse Center as they pick out a back pack and select needed school supplies. Multiple shifts are available.  We estimate that we will need a total of 85 volunteers to assist in this event to make it a success.  Please consider donating a few hours of your time!

August 6 413 S. 3rd St. 10 am – noon 1-3 pm  
August 7 413 S. 3rd St. 10 am – noon 1-3 pm  
August 8 413 S. 3rd St. 10 am – noon    
August 13 La Crosse Center 9 am – noon 1-3 pm  
August 14 La Crosse Center 7:45 am – 10 am 9: 45 am – noon 12:45 – 3 pm
August 14 continued La Crosse Center 2:45 – 5 pm 4:45 – 7 pm  

All August 14th volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation before the event to be clear on service procedure.  Volunteer training will be held on August 13th at the La Crosse Center.  Please select one of the training times to attend: 9-9:30 am; 10-10:30 am; 2-2:30 pm and 3-3:30 pm.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Call  or email Sr. Laurie at or 608-782-0770 if you wish to sign up to volunteer.

La Crosse Office

Office Front Desk Receptionist: We are looking for more additions to our Front Desk Receptionist Volunteer team! Various shifts are available Mon-Thurs 9 am-12:30 pm & 12:30 pm-4 pm. We are also looking for anyone with a flexible schedule to be an “on-call” volunteer to cover others’ shifts during the week. Main duties include answering incoming phone calls, greeting clients, answering questions about Catholic Charities programs, processing mail, receipting donations, and assisting staff with projects as needed. Training is provided! Must be able to work with a diverse group of people in a nonjudgmental manner and be able to understand and maintain confidentiality.

Administrative Volunteer: We are looking for a volunteer to help with the administrative needs of our St. Lawrence Community Services and our Immigration Services Programs. An administrative volunteer will help significantly reduce the workload of our case workers, allowing them to reach more individuals in need. A volunteer in this position would help with filing correspondence and bills in client files, entering information on our agency database (Apricot), opening mail from SSA, preparing notification of change of address and entering case opening & closing information into Excel spreadsheets and our agency database. An ideal Administrative volunteer would be available a few hours a week, be detail oriented, have basic experience and familiarity with Excel spreadsheets and/or databases, be able to work on cases for a diverse group of people in a nonjudgmental manner, and be able to maintain confidentiality and adhere to CCDL’s privacy procedures. Training will be provided.

DriversWe are looking for volunteers to drive to Aquinas to pick up school lunches and deliver them to the Disability Services Program at our Southside office in La Crosse (3710 East Avenue South) from 11:30 am – noon, Monday – Friday, during school days.

Representative Payee Program Admin Assistant: Pick your shift and create your hours. Any time during regular office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, help is needed! Assistant would be responsible for filing work, data entry, mailings and general administrative support. All training is provided. 

La Crosse Warming Center
Overnight VolunteersOur most significant need for volunteers is on overnight shifts from 9:00 pm-3:00 am and 3:00 am-8:00 am. These can be combined into one 9:00 pm-8:00 am shift as well. The nights that need the most help are Mondays, Wednesdays, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, and Fridays. We need 2-3 people in the Warming Center for the whole night.

The Dwelling Place
Day Volunteers: Volunteers needed to assist with preparation and clean up of meals, some housework and also to participate in activities with the household members such as games, puzzles, arts and crafts, bring a dog to visit, etc. Volunteers can determine their own schedule in conjunction with the needs of the house but the hours of most need would be between 6 am-9 am weekday mornings and 4 pm-8 pm weekday evenings. The hours during the weekend would be more flexible and there is no minimum time requirement. 

Franciscan Hospitality House
Hospitality Volunteers: The hospitality volunteers create a warm and welcoming environment for guests. They will understand that the center is a place of hope and restoration. Three shifts are available. Full shift 12:30 – 4:30 pm.  Part-time shifts 12:30 – 2:30 pm or 2:30 – 4:30 pm.

In-Take Volunteers: The in-take volunteers are essential in getting each of our guests checked in. They help create an atmosphere of hospitality by assisting in the in-take interviews and the rules/guidelines review. They understand that the day center is a place of acceptance regardless of hopes and ambitions. Three shifts are available. Full shift 12:30 – 4:30 pm.  Part-time shifts 12:30 – 2:30 pm or 2:30 – 4:30 pm.