Volunteers are the foundation and heart of Chattanooga Room in the Inn. Many vital functions are provided by volunteers including meal preparation, activities for children, fundraising committees, special projects, and life skills instruction. Additionally, volunteers help maintain the facility and grounds, and provide assistance with office duties.

Board of Directors

These professionals volunteer their time to help direct and support our mission! They work on the goals and strategies that were developed in our Strategic Plan.

Life Skills Instructor

Providing educational help in the area of life skills, our instructors teach classes on credit counseling, personal hygiene, parenting skills, nutrition, and anger management. Classes take place twice a month for one hour of instruction.

Meal Providers

The residents at Chattanooga Room in the Inn are provided with a free
meal every evening. Meal Providers are encouraged to deliver the
dinner any time prior to 5:00pm for a maximum of 30 residents. The
meals may be purchased/prepared at home or from a restaurant and
are served buffet style at the shelter. Meal Providers have the option to
stay and eat with the residents as well.

Special Events

Chattanooga Room in the Inn hosts various fundraising events throughout the year. Each event has a committee that handles certain areas of the event such as Publicity and Promotions, Sponsorship, Decorations, etc. The committees consist of volunteers in the community who would like to volunteer on a short-term basis.

Child Advocate

Child Advocates provide supervision for a diverse group of children, spanning from newborns to 17 years old. Child Advocates actively engage in Children's Enrichment activities, fostering healing and joy through playful experiences that are thoughtfully designed to promote child development. These activities encompass a range of endeavors such as games, storytelling, skill-building exercises, and movement, providing a secure and nurturing space for children to flourish and explore. Regular communication between Child Advocates and Child Advocate volunteers is maintained to evaluate the effectiveness of activities, ensuring that children not only have fun but also learn in a secure and organized environment. Child Advocates are needed on Mondays, from 6:30 to 8:00, to contribute to this meaningful initiative together.

Front Desk Volunteer

Front Desk Volunteers are instrumental in maintaining the smooth operation of Chattanooga Room in the Inn by overseeing facility access, greeting visitors, and managing phone inquiries. Duties include receiving, sorting, and coordinating donations, as well as handling basic office tasks. Providing excellent customer service, upholding organization policies, and fostering a positive environment are key aspects of the role. Effective communication and flexibility in task execution further contribute to the overall functionality of the organization, ensuring a positive experience for all visitors and contributors.

Office Volunteer

Hours vary according to need. In addition to assisting the staff with daily office operations, office volunteers may be called on to help out during fundraising events.


As with any residential or commercial property, Chattanooga Room in the Inn has ongoing maintenance needs for the building and grounds.


Ranging from successful homemakers to seasoned executives, each individual involved with Chattanooga Room in the Inn brings their own special touch. Have you thought about becoming a volunteer? CRITI needs your help! Fill out an application by clicking the 'Volunteer Today' button.