Special volunteer opportunity:

Please note that this is not an HEP sponsored opportunity, but one that assists the HLA with the annual Point in Time homeless count.

2022 Point in Time Count (PIT) |  Homeless Leadership Alliance (HLA)
This count done one day out of the year is scheduled for Saturday, January 22, 2022. Community volunteers are recruited to go out and survey different areas in the county that the homeless occupy.  This is done to get a physical count of how many people are street homeless in Pinellas County to help with services to the population.

Volunteer sign-ups begin today! Click HERE to register as a 2022 PIT volunteer.


Current Volunteer Guidelines & Restrictions:
1.) During COVID times, only volunteers 16 years old and up are back on campus.
2.) HEP is currently accepting new individual volunteers in the Thrift Store, Veterans Clubhouse, and Kitchen & Dining Hall.
3.) Groups with a minimum of 5 people and maximum of 25 people, ages 16+, are permitted in the HEP Thrift Store.
4.) Groups with a minimum of 10 people and maximum of 35 people, ages 16+, are permitted in maintenance and grounds opportunities.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Volunteer Opportunities:

Fortunately, all meal serving needs for both Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day are filled. However, if you would like to serve a meal in the HEP Kitchen & Dining Hall throughout the year, please fill out the necessary paperwork listed below.

Get Involved For The Holidays:

There are plenty of ways to get involved with HEP during the holiday season, and we would love for you to help make the seasons bright for those less fortunate in the community! A few ways you can get involved for the holidays are listed below:

  • Participate in HEP’s Adopt-a-Family Christmas Program.
  • Make a monetary gift for a family or individual client living at the shelter.
  • Donate gift cards ($20-$50 value) to Walmart, Target, or Publix.
  • Donate family outing passes such as theater passes, to the zoo or aquarium.
  • Donate non-perishable food items. Please inquire for a specific food list.
  • Shop HEP’s Amazon wish list HERE.

Contact Volunteer & Event Specialist Jessica Jaimes at JessicaJ@HEPempowers.org for additional information on how to support HEP for the holidays.

Become an HEP Volunteer and Make a Difference

Have you ever wanted to help or volunteer your time to make a significant difference in someone’s life but didn’t know where to begin? Contact us to find out how your skills, knowledge, experience, ideas, enthusiasm and your connections to the community can be matched with a meaningful volunteer experience.

Questions? Contact Jessica Jaimes at 727.442.9041 ext. 107 or JessicaJ@HEPempowers.org.

Opportunities: (these opportunities are currently limited due to safety restrictions)

  • Group Service Projects: Serving meals, landscaping, painting, etc.
  • Thrift Store: Cash register, sorting, pricing, cleaning
  • Maintenance: Painting, landscaping, carpentry, household repairs, AC preventative maintenance, pressure washing, gardening, etc.
  • Office: Filing, phones, data entry, basic office tasks, prepare intake packets, confirm appointments, etc.
  • Kitchen: Serving meals, food preparation & cleaning
  • Veterans: Provide budget assistance, oversee clubhouse during non-office hours, offer transportation assistance, host special events, lead athletic classes

Get Started:
(All volunteer applicants must complete and submit the following documents prior to volunteering)

  • Application:
  • COVID Policy and Procedures: Review & Sign Now
  • COVID Release Review & Sign Now
  • HIPPA Training Module: Click here to be directed to FDCF site for the HIPPA training module.
    • Instructions:
      • Click on the link above. Go to the middle of the page to the  HIPAA Information and Action box,
      • Click and begin the training. You cannot fail, so stay with it!
      • Print out certificate of completion from HIPAA training

Submit your application:
To apply as a new HEP Volunteer, e-mail all 4 documents above to Volunteer & Event Specialist Jessica Jaimes at JessicaJ@HEPempowers.org.