"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
– Dr. Seuss
There are many reasons to volunteer; these are probably the most important:
- Volunteer because you are passionate about the work/program.
- Volunteer because it gives you a sense of purpose and meaning.
- Volunteer because you see an opportunity to give a child a different life – a different future.
- Volunteer because your heart is "calling" you to a new adventure.
As a volunteer, it is important for you to feel nourished, appreciated and valued. We are always willing to work with you to create a position that suits your unique talents and gifts.
We value you as a partner and colleague; we appreciate your input and your participation.
There are many different ways you can participate as a volunteer. Here is a sampling of some of our current opportunities.
These are people who have good organizational skills, are good communicators, and are self-starters; they may also have special skills in fund raising or planning. They could be involved in a variety of tasks related to fundraising events; donor communication; grant and report filing; public relations calls; and correspondence.
The Child Advocate carries a caseload of families. This position is for people who like to write; they do such things as send birthday cards and inspirational messages of support to children and teens. They may also make follow-up phone calls and support the family with information about services.
The Intake Advocate works directly with child victims and families when they first enter the Center. They talk with the families and children during the Intake process, help with the paperwork, and provide a welcoming and nurturing environment for the clients. They need to have good people skills.
A mentor is someone who works directly with the children, helping them gain trust in themselves and the healing process. One can work in the mentoring program as an adult mentor, a cook, a driver or as a participant in special projects and/or events.
The van driver provides safe transportation to and from the Center for therapy, mentoring, and/or group activities and special events. Many kids will never be able to avail themselves of the wonderful services we offer, because they have no way to get to us. We have a 12-seat passenger van for our drivers to use.
Special Events and/or Projects
These are volunteers who work on special projects, and/or provide support for special events that we put on each year. These can include, but are not limited to: On the Veranda Art Show (July), Cherish a Child Luncheon (Oct), Packs 4 Kids - gathering supplies needed in the backpacks provided to kids who come through our medical and therapy department (ongoing), Charity Ball (Jan).