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Volunteer WITH CHAT

CHAT Volunteers
Make It Happen!

Our organization relies on dozens of volunteers in a variety of roles, and it's a great way to get more involved with the Chico community. Volunteers are engaged in and needed for nearly every aspect of CHAT's work! 

how to sign up

If you have been looking for a way to get involved in our community in an impactful and exciting way, sign up in the Volunteer Registration box below to be a CHAT volunteer today, and attend an orientation. In-person orientations are held every first Saturday of the month and you'll get a link to sign up for an orientation session after you complete the registration form. After you have completed these steps, the Volunteer Coordinator will work with you to get started in a  role that best suits you. If you have any questions or feedback, you can contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Hannah Booth ( or 530-399-3964) for more information. 

Currently, we're most in need of volunteers for (see below for more details on volunteer roles):

  • CHAT helpers for providing house residents' support

  • working on the Everhart Village sleeping cabins

  • working at the Everhart Village site

  • distributing and collecting furniture donations

  • updating and maintaining the CHAT scrapbook and archives

  • running on-line sales for donated items

  • delivering our quarterly print newsletters around town

  • mailing out our quarterly print newsletters

  • occasionally mailing out other items

  • analyzing our houses' utilities usage


CHAT Helpers:

Part of our mission is to help connect people with social and medical services and to help them set life goals and then work towards those goals. We have a team of volunteers who work directly with residents on skill building, budgeting, nutrition, conflict resolution, medical issues, gardening, etc. These folks act as supporters, coaches, and mentors, and sometimes just as friends who can give sensible advice or lend an ear.  We currently have about 20 such volunteers and would welcome more so we could expand the range of services and support we can offer.

Everhart Village sleeping cabin and site construction:

We need volunteers with experience in construction, carpentry, plumbing, and general contracting to help build out the sleeping cabins for Everhart Village and to work on the final site. The sleeping cabins come to us without electrical, plumbing, or installation so all of that upgrading work is being done at the Santos Excavation Yard near the Chico Airport. After we break ground at the site on July 13, we'll need additional help at the site.

Office and Administrative Help:

We would like some help with filing applications, making copies, submitting forms, and various other office and administrative tasks.

Communications: Outreach, Social Media, Research:

We are always seeking to reach out to other allied and sympathetic organizations and would welcome those who enjoy that kind of work or those who have contacts with other organizations that may be allied with CHAT's mission. We also produce a constant stream of social media on Facebook and our website and would welcome anyone who wants to help take pictures of staff or who can recommend good articles to highlight for our supporters or do some light research to create interesting posts.

Moving Residents In and Out:

We try to keep a moving crew available to help quickly move residents in or out of our residences. Let us know if you have experience with moving or if you're able-bodied and would like to help.

Home Maintenance:

CHAT manages nearly 60 residences and all of them require occasional maintenance. We need a team of folks to help with these maintenance projects.

Grant Writing and Administration:

CHAT relies heavily on grant funding.  We have recently been awarded a couple of significant grants and are always looking for more.  If you have experience or just an interest in grant writing or grant administration we could use your help.


CHAT's work involves so many different kinds of tasks that almost everyone in our community has something to offer. If you don't see a volunteer role that fits you, please apply anyway! We'll be glad to try to find a way for you to fit in.

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