Volunteer Opportunities

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How You Can Help . . .

Over 100,000 homeless need help to re-establish relationships, pursue work opportunities, and create the possibility of sustained housing in New York, Seattle, and San Diego (#1, #3 and #4 U.S. cities with the largest homeless population). Volunteering with The Writing Den may be one of the best ways to help with these efforts and make a difference.


We partner with social service organizations that support the homeless with monthly dens at the listed locations and times. Volunteering at one or sharing your digital experience are welcomed!

DEN MEMBER - New York

Den Members personally assist those in need to write cards and letters to loved ones at our partner locations, listed below. Experience with homeless or nonprofit organizations ideal, but not required.

Den Leader, Jill Higson, Executive Director, Co-Founder


First Thursday each month, 10:00am-12:00pm*

New York City Relief Co-Op at New York City Mission

90 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013, in the Bowery

*January den will move to Thursday 1/9/20

*February den will move to Saturday 2/1/20, 3:30pm-

  7:30pm, Rescue Alliance "Don’t Walk By" 2020 Annual 

  Winter Outreach, Oversea Chinese Mission, 154 Hester 

  Street, New York, NY 10013, in Chinatown (at Elizabeth)


Second Wednesday each month, 10:30am-12:30pm

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen/HASK

296 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001, in Chelsea


Third Tuesday each month, 12:00pm-2:00pm 

New York Public Library/Muhlenberg Library

209 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011, in Chelsea


Last Saturday each month, 2:00pm-4:00pm*

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

126 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012, in Soho

*December den will move to Saturday 12/21/19

DEN MEMBER - San Diego

Den Members personally assist those in need to write cards and letters to loved ones at our Partner locations, listed below. Experience with homeless or nonprofit organizations ideal, but not required.

Den Leader, Christian Michaels, Treasurer, Co-Founder


Second Saturday each month, 9:30am-11:00am

Alpha Project Bridge Shelter

1575 Newton Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113 (at 16th Street), in the East Village


Last Sunday each month, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Ladle Fellowship, First Presbyterian Church

320 Date Street, San Diego, CA 92101, in Bankers Hill

DEN MEMBER - Seattle

Den Members personally assist those in need to write cards and letters to loved ones at our Partner locations, listed below. Experience with homeless or nonprofit organizations ideal, but required.

Den Leader, Kay Stelter, Volunteer


Third Thursday each month, 10:00am-12:00pm

Mary’s Place, Women’s Day Center

1830 9th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101, in Downtown


Last Monday each month, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Union Gospel Mission, Men's Shelter

318 2nd Avenue, Extension South, Seattle, WA, 98104, in Downtown



SOCIAL MEDIA MAVEN

Posting and responding to our Facebook and Instagram fans (approximately 5 hours a week). Please include your resume or LinkedIn profile.

WEB GURU

Overseeing website copy/photo updates and news (approximately 5 hours per week). Please include your resume or LinkedIn profile.