VOLUNTEER WITH HMI
Time Well Spent Helping LGBTQIA+ Young People Thrive
Your professional and personal experience can help enrich the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth. HMI encourages individuals and corporate groups to volunteer and help fulfill our mission.
All volunteer opportunities give both volunteers and our young people a unique opportunity to engage with and learn from each other. These experiences are rewarding for all, while providing opportunities to inspire and broaden the horizons of HMI’s LGBTQIA+ youth community.
IMPORTANT: For the safety of our young people, all volunteers must show proof of vaccination.
Examples of Ways to Volunteer
Job Readiness: Connect your place of employment to HMI. Interns in HMI’s Job Readiness program learn valuable skills like resume writing, interview skills, professional dress, and more, and we are happy to partner with your office to host a workshop or training that fits within the curriculum.
Serve Dinner: Assist HMI staff in serving dinner to our youth community. 1 – 2 people can sign up to serve dinner one time or on a reoccurring basis. Dinner service is 4:45 – 6 pm.
Peace Portal: One day a week commitment. 4-6 pm or 6-7:15 pm Monday – Friday. Volunteers monitor and assist in our youth services resource center. Young people access this space to work on a computer, create a resume or to seek homework help.
Lend Your Professional Skills: HMI is always interested in learning what you are good at to see if there is a fit. Volunteers assist in all levels of the organization: Graphic Design, Finance, Fundraising, IT, Staff Development, Photography, and Videography are just some examples.
Join an Event, Program or Development Committee: Individuals can join one of our event or professional committees and assist in event planning, fundraising and strategy.
Dinner and a Movie: Partners sponsor either meals or snacks and act as hosts to a night of entertainment. If the sponsor is particularly adventurous or excited, the food could be themed (think African cuisine for a showing of Black Panther or an ice cream bar paired with the movie Frozen), and the team would help with set-up and serving.
Help with Special Events: Individuals can opt into our Special Event list. HMI will e-mail this list with one-time opportunities and volunteers can sign up for the opportunities that work in their schedule. Opportunities include fundraising events and occasional youth activities or space improvements (painting, organizing, etc.).
Project Helping Kynd Kits: HMI has partnered with Project Helping to improve the mental wellness of LGBTQIA+ youth through accessible experiences that create purpose and connection. Individuals and companies can order kits to make and donate to HMI Youth Members. Visit https://projecthelping.org/hmi/ for more information.
Connect Your Company: We want you to be an HMI champion wherever you are. One way to affect great change is to connect your company to HMI for possible Volunteer Projects, Matching Gifts, Event Sponsorship or Grants.