Volunteer with Ascencia

Join Our Community of Volunteers

At Ascencia, our volunteers help us with an assortment of projects, from providing our clients with nutritious and delicious meals to administrative and organizational support. We offer a variety of opportunities, both on-site and from home, so you can help however you feel comfortable.

Ascencia augments its client-centered work with community volunteers who provide meals, enrichment activities, and more. The highly popular Guest Chef program ensures that Ascencia shelter residents receives hot, nutritious meals, and gives the volunteers and shelter residents an opportunity for social interaction.

Please email volunteer@ascenciaca.org to get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator. We are so grateful to our volunteers for their dedication and service!


“To all Ascencia volunteers, thank you for your dedication to the cause and for the blessings you bring to our clients.”

Joseph Santangelo, Case Manager

Group of Guest Chef Volunteers

Guest Chef Volunteer Program

Every day at Ascencia’s shelter, volunteers prepare and serve hot meals for homeless families and adults in our Emergency Housing program. For breakfast, lunch, or dinner, our “Guest Chefs” give their time and energy, generously donating food and a great deal of compassion with each plate.

Provide Meals for our Residents

Volunteers in our Guest Chef Program commit to preparing meals for approximately 45 shelter residents. Guest Chefs will plan the menu, purchase and prepare the ingredients, then cook and serve the meal to our shelter residents. We’ve also have many Guest Chefs get food delivered, or pick up food from local restaurants and drop-off!

Our Guest Chefs maintain a sanitary kitchen environment, complying with health regulations in the handling of food, including washing of hands and wearing gloves before preparing and serving food.

Guest Chef Teams

Volunteers typically create a Guest Chef team comprised of fellow members of a congregation, service organization, co-workers, family members, friends, etc.

We do not require a recurring commitment from our Guest Chef teams. Guest Chefs may volunteer for multiple meals per month or one meal occasionally. However, we notice that some level of consistency helps the Guest Chef teams mobilize their volunteers more effectively.

We Need You

We need Guest Chef Volunteers now more than ever because of the impact COVID-19 has had on our organization. We lost 50% of our Volunteer base due to the pandemic, and we are still recovering. We always need volunteers!

The Guest Chef program is central to the resources we provide our residents on a daily basis; and removes the worry about where their next meal is coming from. If you are interested in signing up, please be sure to review our safety protocols for on-site volunteering and visit our Sign Up Genius.

To schedule recurring dates and times for your team, please email volunteer@ascenciaca.org.

Volunteer Projects

Give back to your community by donating your time to Ascencia! We have many volunteer opportunities, including our Volunteer from Home program, which all lend a hand towards our hard-working staff and help Ascencia lift more people out of homelessness.

We have resumed on-site volunteering! However, our options are still limited in an attempt to keep our supporters, clients, and staff as safe as possible.

We do have opportunities available to youth ages 14-18 who wish to volunteer on-site, but please fill out the Minor Release Form and send to volunteer@ascenciaca.org before you sign up.

Email volunteer@ascenciaca.org for more information on the variety of opportunities listed below.

Hygiene Kit Project

Help us make some hygiene kits for our Outreach Case Managers to hand out while out in the field! You can assemble kits using materials we have in our donation closet, or you can purchase travel sized hygiene materials and assemble them into Ziploc bags at home.

Snack Bag Assembly

Help us make snack bags for our Outreach Case Managers to hand out while out in the field! Collect non-perishable snacks and drinks like protein bars, chips, water, sports drinks, etc., pack them into Ziploc bags, and donate them to Ascencia! Snack bags go quick, so the more the merrier.

Brown Bag Lunch Program

We are asking for volunteers to make brown bag lunches for clients in the shelter to supplement meals not covered by guest chef, or for street outreach to pass out to individuals on the streets. Lunches can include PB&J sandwiches, fruit, chips, protein bars, water, etc.

Administrative Support

Support the Development Team by providing administrative and data entry support. Work in our admin office to complete tasks such as data entry, filing, writing thank you cards, and more. All training materials and instruction will be provided.

Donation Closet Organization

Help organize the kitchen pantry and donation closets on-site to ensure our clients and case managers has access to exactly what they need, when they need it.

Birthday Fundraiser

Host an online fundraiser for your birthday! Facebook and Instagram fundraisers are very easy to set up and 100% of funds raised go towards our programs and services.

Maintenance and Handiwork

We are always looking for folks to help with light maintenance and handiwork at our access center or at the homes of our housed clients. Whether it’s a physically impaired client who needs help assembling furniture, or a paint job touch up, your help would be incredible.

Social Media Ambassador

Like, comment, share, and subscribe to increase our engagement and grow our community!

Volunteer Projects
Brown Bag Lunch

Host a Donation Drive

Grab your friends, classmates or co-workers and host a donation drive! Click below or contact volunteer@ascenciaca.org to get started.

Clothing and Undergarment Drive

We are running low on new clothing to give our clients once they enter our shelter. Often when new clients arrive, the only clothes they own are what they are wearing. We’d love to welcome our clients with a fresh new set of clothes to wear while they wash their clothes and to make them feel more comfortable. Currently, we have high need for underwear. New items only please.

Hygiene Kits and Snack Bags

An integral part of Ascencia’s mission is our Outreach! While our Outreach Case Managers are out on the ground helping our unhoused neighbors, we like to provide them with some hygiene kits and snack packs to pass out. Help us by doing a drive with your community to gather some essentials for our clients. New, toiletry-sized hygiene items, and non-perishable, unopened snacks only please.

Welcome Home Drive

Welcome our clients as they move into their new homes by providing them with a home starter kit.

Supplies for home starter kits can include plates, utensils, cups (dining); toilet paper, bathroom cleaning supplies, soap, shampoo, conditioner, towels (bathroom); laundry detergent, laundry basket, fabric softener (laundry); pots and pans, dishwashing soap, sponges, cooking utensils (kitchen).

Blanket Drive

As the winter approaches, blankets become an essential item to give to our clients and for our Outreach Team to pass out to individuals living on the street. You can collect bed sheets, comforters, throws, quilts, tie blankets etc. New items only please.

Corporate Partnerships

Volunteerism within a business or organization brings colleagues together. Research even shows that when employees come together to help others, they help themselves by developing strong work relationships.

We have worked with many different organizations in the Glendale area, from Disney to local restaurants. Corporate projects have included Holiday Adopt-a-Family, Takeda Cares Week, XOS Community Action Program, Corporate Volunteer/Giving days, etc.

We have team-building opportunities, including: Assembling hygiene kits and snack packs, collecting food pantry supplies, donating clothing or shelter supplies, and various Wintertime/Holiday opportunities!

If your company is interested in participating in group volunteer sessions or having a staff member come to your organization to speak about Ascencia, please contact volunteer@ascenciaca.org.

Non Profit Partnerships

Ascencia works with amazing non-profit partners that help us grow in many ways. Our partners contribute volunteers, in kind support and more to help build stronger communities. Click here to see a list of our current partners.

If you are interested in collaborating with Ascencia please contact  volunteer@ascenciaca.org or call (818) 246-7900 Ext 113.


Seasonal and One-Time  Volunteer Opportunities

Check out our list of seasonal volunteer opportunities. Check back here frequently as this list is updated as needs arise. 

If you’d like to volunteer with us or have any other ideas for how you can dedicate your time to supporting our mission, let us know! Just email volunteer@ascenciaca.org.


Event Support

Ascencia hosts multiple events throughout the year and can always use volunteer assistance with registration, set-up, and break-down. If you are interested in supporting us with an event, please fill out the volunteer form and select the “Events” check box. Staff will reach out to you about Ascencia’s upcoming events.



Make the Holidays Brighter for a Family in Need

Sign up to bring some holiday cheer to our clients this season. Client names are kept anonymous, but you can see how many individuals (adults and children) are in each household as well as a short story about them.

Once you sign up, you will get a confirmation email within one business day. This email will include a wish list (items will range from $20-$50) for each household and instructions so you can get started with your shopping right away! Program starts every November.


Holiday Cards

Being alone during any time of the year is hard. But being alone during the Holidays is especially hard. Help us bring cheer to our clients this year by making holiday cards. (Any and all Holidays are welcome!!)

Want to personalize your holiday cards? Please email volunteer@ascenciaca.org.


Make Holiday Decorations or Baked Goods for our Emergency Shelter

Help us bring holiday cheer to our Emergency Shelter in December by making DIY decorations or baked treats. Here’s some ideas to get you started! Email volunteer@ascenciaca.org for details and to schedule a drop off time.

More General Volunteer Info

If you are interested in volunteering with Ascencia please contact volunteer@ascenciaca.org or fill out our application on Google Forms. You can also join our General Volunteering email list. Thank you!