At SHP, we fully believe that a bed is a basic need for the proper physical, emotional, and mental support that a child needs. When it was brought to our attention that the need for beds went far beyond our own neighborhoods, we stepped up and took initiative. We’re a national organization answering the call to a national problem.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace is where it is today because of the passionate volunteers who believe in the mission of getting kids off the floor and into beds. In exchange for just a few hours of your time, you can make a direct, permanent impact in the quality of life for dozens of kids in your community.
We’re always looking for volunteers to build bunks, go on bed deliveries, be vocal advocates for our mission, and start new SHP chapters in unserved communities.
Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering with Sleep in Heavenly Peace can provide a number of wonderful benefits. Our volunteers learn how to build bunk beds. They have a chance to learn how to use woodworking tools such as saws, drills, sanders, hammers and many other pieces of equipment. They learn how to measure, level and make true woodcuts. They learn how to sand and stain wood. They even get to see how branding a bed works.
Our volunteers can often see what conditions people are sometimes forced to live in and this can help them appreciate the blessings they have. It gives them a sense of accomplishment and service to their fellow man. Most of all, they get to see the faces of the children as they climb into their newly delivered beds. This is a moment not easily forgotten.
Volunteering with SHP also provides the opportunity to meet other wonderful volunteers within their community. Rubbing shoulders with complete strangers while building a bed for a needy child can turn into lifelong friendships. The project brings people closer together as we are all focused on the same goal, helping children Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
How to Volunteer with SHP
Don’t be intimidated by the noise, the sawdust, or the fact you’ve never touched a power tool before. We’re simply looking for willing hearts to help turn lumber into bunks. We’ll teach you everything you need to know.
- Each volunteer is required to fill out an Indemnification Release Form.
- Children under the age of 12 are asked to be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times.
- Overage minors are required to be accompanied by a legal guardian.
Who Can Volunteer
Build Days are meant for communities to come together to serve. Because of this we encourage kids, adults, families, co-workers, neighborhoods, community groups, churches, organizations, businesses, schools, etc. to sponsor or participate in a build day, however, we kindly ask that any youth under the age of 12 be accompanied and monitored by an adult. This is for their, and all our volunteers safety. Contact your area’s Volunteer Coordinator or Chapter President for more information.
How to Find A Build Day
You can find Build Days on your local chapter’s page, where you can sign up to register. If there are no events scheduled in your area, please reach out directly to your area’s Chapter President to let them know you’re interested in hearing about upcoming opportunities.
We’ve also created a handy guide for How to Prepare for a Build Day for those who like to know what to expect beforehand.
Building Beds for Kids in Need
Participating in one of our Build Days is an exciting experience. There’s always something to do from the moment you arrive, sign in, and get your safety gear until the last SHP logo is branded on the final headboard of the day. Volunteers – under the guidance of SHP chapter team members – build bunks in an assembly line setup. There are stations for sawing, sanding, drilling, assembling, staining, and branding the wood. What started as a pile of raw lumber from the hardware store becomes ready-to-deliver bunks for kids in need.
Once the bunks are built, they serve no good until they’re delivered. As exciting and fun as building bunks can be, giving beds to kids is why we do what we do. Volunteers who help deliver beds get to see first-hand the direct impact their efforts can have on a kid’s life. For some, it will be the first time they’ve ever slept in a bed of their own.
Because bed deliveries can be sensitive situations, Chapter Presidents will coordinate a small group of volunteers from each build to be a part of the process.
Did you know that we provide each child that we deliver a bed to with a brand new pillow, sheet set, and comforter? You can help us with this ongoing need by hosting a bedding drive! It’s as simple as requesting the participation of your friends and family in donating bedding for the benefit of local kids in your area. Alternatively, you can host a bedding drive by reaching out to a business, church, or other organization that would be interested in supporting Sleep in Heavenly Peace. To sign up as a bedding drive volunteer, find your local Chapter and let them know you’d like to be a bedding drive volunteer.
Ready to Start?
- Find your closest chapter on our Find a Chapter page.
- Call, email, text, or fill out the form on the Contact page and your local chapter Volunteer Coordinator will reach out to you.
- Invite your friends, service group members or co-workers! Spread the word on Facebook and other social media.
- Feel great about learning new skills and helping children in your community.
First-timer? Here are some tips for first time volunteers.
Spread the Word
Sleep in Heavenly Peace was started from the voices of people willing to open their mouths and spread the word. It takes all of us to find, organize and supply these terrific children beds to sleep in. You will be amazed at the response you receive when you share with others your involvement with our group. The more volunteers that we have, the more beds we can build and the more children we can help. Spreading the word may be the most important way for people to volunteer.