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If you want to engage with and give back to your community, you'll find many different ways to do this at Primavera. As a volunteer, you can choose to work in direct contact with our program participants, behind the scenes, on a meal team; in community gardens, or get involved in special events and committee work. Whatever your skills and passions are, we'll do our best to find a place for you to contribute in a meaningful way. Through the process of volunteering, you'll have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the issues that cause homelessness and poverty, have a significant impact on the lives of those we serve, make a real difference in our community, and potentially transform your own life in the process. 

The first step to becoming a volunteer with Primavera is contacting our Volunteer Coordinator and setting up a volunteer interview. When you meet with our coordinator you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about our organization, fill out an application, and share your interests and availability.

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (520) 308-3110 or

Types of Volunteer Projects

The Primavera Men's Shelter enjoys a Christmas meal cooked by volunteers.

The availability of these opportunities change throughout the year, so not all projects are available at all times. This list provides a general overview of some options for volunteers.

Direct Contact Work
Help guests at the men’s shelter fill out their intake forms on their first visit, pass out free toiletries and mail to clients at our drop-in center, or prepare breakfast for homeless women in need.

Behind the Scenes
Assist our staff with data entry, answering phones, filing, copying, etc. Behind the scenes work is as valuable as direct work—it allows staff to provide uninterrupted and important services to participants.

Meal Teams
A great group project! Choose from preparing and serving breakfast, lunch or dinner at our Men’s Shelter, creating sack lunches for the hardworking men and women of our Primavera Works program, or preparing and serving dinner at one of four other Primavera locations.   

Special Events/Committee Work
Primavera hosts public forums on social justice topics, plans annual events like the Homeless Memorial, Homeless Street Count, and NeighborWorks® Day of Service, and hosts exciting fundraising dinners as part of our Primavera Cooks! event.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

AS OF JUNE 2018 - Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (520) 308-3110 or


    Flexible Schedule

    Our marketing and communications coordinator needs your help behind the scenes. We're seeking an experienced photographer/photojournalist and/or videographer to help take portraits of our participants and senior leadership, document events and projects, capture participant success stories, and more (for print and digital marketing collateral). The schedule is flexible, based on subject availability while collaborating with the coordinator on the Philanthropy team.

    Contact us if you: 1) have experience with photography/photojournalism/videography (specifically: portraits, groups of people, people in action &/or at events), 2) have a professional digital camera / video camera (required), 3) if videography, having video editing experience, 4) have reliable transportation (to travel to and from project-based locations in South Tucson area), 5) enjoy talking with people, 6) pay special attention to detail, and 7) communicate well via email.


    Fridays 8:30a-12:30p - For 40-100 Men & Women

    HIP is an outreach center that provides a mailing address, telephone use, bathrooms, and free toiletries and medications to individuals experiencing homelessness and those in need. Case management is also available to program participants in crisis. We are in need of a volunteer to help with distributing hygiene products, food boxes, mail, and organization. This volunteer position involves multi-tasking and direct one-o- one interaction with people who are homeless. Please Note: Must be able to remain calm and work well under pressure.


    Groups, All Ages
    Monday-Friday - For 15-20 Women

    Make sack lunches for our women participants at Primavera's Casa Paloma Women's Hospitality Center. This safe space is for women only who are experiencing homelessness. We offer hearty sack lunches to these women and we are in need of volunteers to purchase lunch materials, make sandwiches, compile sack lunches, and drop them off at Primavera. We will take any number of lunches you are willing to donate - we try to have 15-20 lunches daily.

    A sack lunch should include:
    • two (2) plain meat and cheese sandwiches (all condiments separated)
    • one (1) piece of fruit (oranges and apples hold up the best)
    • one (1) bag of chips, crackers, or pretzels
    • one (1) granola bar, cookie, or brownie, etc.


    Groups, All Ages
    Daily at 7:30a - For 100 Men

    Sign up to purchase, prepare and serve breakfast for the participants at our Men's Shelter. Teams shop for the food, prepare it, and serve it. The shelter residents benefit from the companionship as much as the food. Are you not quite a morning person? You can drop off the food at the shelter the day before and still feel good about knowing you helped others. Primavera provides all the plates, cups, and utensils - you provide the food and drink.


    Groups, All Ages
    Daily at 11:30a - For 100 Men

    Sign up to be a lunch meal team for the participants at our Men's Shelter. You can do this once a year, twice a year, every other month, once a month or once a week. You (and you team) are responsible for purchasing food items, preparing and serving the homeless men at the shelter. You are welcome to stay and eat with them - or just serve and go. Primavera provides all the plates, cups, and utensils - you provide the food and drink. The shelter residents benefit from the companionship as much as the food. Please arrive at 11:00a for set up, or earlier if you are cooking at the shelter.

Volunteer Locations

There are a variety of places where you might spend time volunteering. Talk with our Volunteer Coordinator to find what projects might be available at different locations*.

Homeless Intervention & Prevention Drop-In Center
702 S. 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701

Men's Shelter
200 E. Benson Hwy., Tucson, AZ 85713

Casa Paloma Women's Hospitality Center & Residence
Speedway & I-10 area, Tucson, AZ 85705

Catalina House
115 S. 4th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701

Five Points
720 S. 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701

Winstel Terrace Apartments
2191 S. Winstel Ave., Tucson, AZ 85713

*Some of our locations are undisclosed for the safety of participants.


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  • Social Return on Investment



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