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ECHO homeless shelter seeks volunteers for educational programs

Posted at 5:17 PM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 20:25:57-04

The El Camino Homeless Shelter in Atascadero is looking to fulfill volunteer positions to assist the area’s homeless going into the summer.

The shelter needs at least two people a night, one volunteer must stay awake and one for overnight shifts.

“Everybody who stays inside this building every night wants to be here,” said volunteer Jean Collins. “It’s a very safe facility. They understand the rules. They help each other follow the rules.”

Wendy Lewis, president of ECHO, said in an email that having enough volunteers is critical to operating the city’s 50-bed shelter.

The shelter is looking for overnight chaperones to monitor shelter activities as well as help with educational programs such as tutoring and reading. Shifts go from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Each month the shelter has to fill 300 volunteer positions to operate a safe and supportive shelter.