Volunteer Experiences

  • Welcome Home Angels: Our Welcome Home Angels are a group of volunteers who purchase, create, and deliver “Welcome Home” baskets for clients moving into our housing programs. The baskets include essential household items needed for independent living including: laundry baskets, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, shower curtains, bathroom and kitchen rugs, towels, kitchen utensils, pots and pans, bedding, linens, pillows, toiletries, and more. (Most items can be purchased at Dollar Tree/Dollar General). Other support includes delivering furniture and household items to clients’ new homes and setting up their homes to be prepared for move-in.
  • Newborn Angels: Our Newborn Angels are a group of volunteers who purchase, create, and deliver “Welcome Home” gift bags for each drug-free baby born in our Bethany Hall program. Items for gift bags may include: onesies, receiving blankets, pacifiers, bottles, hats, diapers, wipes, and more.
  • Baby Rockers: Our Baby Rockers are a group of volunteers at our Bethany Hall program who rock and care for our clients’ babies while they participate in therapeutic recovery groups. These volunteers are usually needed during daytime weekday hours.
  • Life Skills Facilitators: Our Life Skills Facilitators lead small groups that teach various life skills with our clients at our Trust House and Bethany Hall facilities. This volunteer experience provides one-on-one interaction with our clients, and are usually held in the evening during weekdays.
  • Recovery Sponsors: Recovery Sponsors must have a minimum of 2 years of continuous recovery from the disease of addiction and be actively involved in a 12 step recovery programs such as AA, NA, or Celebrate Recovery. Recovery Sponsors may only sponsor one ARCH client from our residential or housing programs at a time. This in no way limits sponsorship outside of our programs. We encourage Recovery Sponsors to take the ARCH client to appropriate 12 step meetings and recovery activates as well as meet one on one in house for direct sponsorship weekly. All in's and out's must be submitted in writing in advance by the ARCH client and once approved will not be revoked accept under extreme circumstance so that the relationship between the ARCH client and Recovery Sponsor will be respected and without interruption. Appropriate application must be completed by Recovery Sponsors, guidelines read and signed. A brief meeting with staff may be required. Anonymity will be respected and all names and information held in confidence. ARCH is aware that the sponsorship relationship is a very important part of creating a good foundation for recovery and will work diligently to support it once ARCH administration has approved Volunteer Recovery Sponsor's application
  • Handy Helpers: Our Handy Helpers are volunteers who participate in facility and yard work at both our Trust House and Bethany Hall facilities, which are both over 100 year-old houses located in the historical Old Southwest neighborhood of Roanoke. Handy work includes activities such as: mulching, pulling weeds, planting flowers, painting, organizing storage items, and more.
  • Holiday Helpers: Our Holiday Helpers are individuals who either volunteer to spend one-on-one time with our clients during various holidays by bringing them holiday meals, and/or volunteer during the holiday season to assist staff with managing, inventorying, and distributing the large donation surge.
  • ARCH Event Volunteers: Our Event Volunteers are individuals who volunteer their time to assist our staff and Board during any various event that ARCH may host or participate in during fundraising efforts. See the “News & Events” tab on the homepage to view upcoming ARCH events.

Whether you are an individual or a group wishing to share your talents, expertise, and interests, we invite you to contact us!

If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity with ARCH, please complete our volunteer application under the “Volunteer with Us” tab on the homepage. Background checks and fees may apply.

Donation Information

Dear Donors,

In the interest of ensuring that your donation gets processed accurately, donations should be delivered to our administrative offices at 404 Elm Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA 24016. If you have questions, please contact contact the Development Manager.

Food Wish List:
  • Canned tuna, chicken and salmon
  • Canned fruit and applesauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned pasta meals: ravioli; spaghetti, etc.
  • Canned soup/chili
  • Frozen pizza
  • Breakfast bars
  • Granola bars
  • Macaroni and cheese (single servings)
  • Snack foods: popcorn, peanuts and pretzels
Baby Wish List:
  • Diapers Sizes N-3
  • Baby soap & lotion
  • Wipes
  • Baby Bottles
  • Bibs
  • Burp Cloths
  • Baby Onesies
  • Baby Washcloths
  • Receiving Blankets
  • Baby Laundry Detergent
  • Baby Formula

Household Wish List:
  • Blankets
  • New pillows
  • New or gently used twin sheets
  • New or gently used towels and washcloths
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish washing liquid
  • Paper towels and toilet paper
  • Laundry baskets
  • Kitchen items: dishes; pots; pans; utensils; dish cloths; etc.
  • Vinyl shower curtains
  • New toiletries: shampoo; conditioner; soap/body wash; deodorant; lotion; toothbrushes; feminine hygiene products; hair brushes/combs; toothpaste/mouthwash (ALCOHOL FREE).
  • Furniture is acceptable, but must be preapproved by Development Manager.
Welcome Home Baskets:
  • Laundry basket
  • Shower curtain, liner and hooks
  • Dryer sheets
  • Kitchen towels and pot holders
  • Bath towels
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Dish and laundry detergents
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Clothes hangers
  • Kitchenware: cups, utensils, pots, pans, skillets, and strainers
  • Sponges, mops and brooms

Bethany Hall Wish List:
  • Women’s Sports Bras
  • Women’s Socks
  • Towels/Washcloths
  • Chap Stick
  • Disposable Razors
  • Women’s Shampoo
  • Women’s Conditioner
  • Women’s Lotion
  • Women’s Body Wash
  • Women’s Deodorant
  • Feminine Products (Tampons/Sanitary Napkins)
  • Combs/Brushes
  • Hair Ties
  • Lysol Spray
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Adult Laundry Detergent
  • Kleenex

Non-approved Items:
  • Clothing (unless preapproved by Development Manager on an as-needed basis)
  • Used/opened toiletries
  • Used pillows
  • Household items (unless listed above or preapproved by Development Manager)
  • Electronics
  • Stained or torn linens, towels, etc.

Please note: ARCH only accepts clothing on an as-needed basis. We do not have the storage space or staff to manage this type of on-going donation.