There are four main volunteer opportunities at The CARE Center:
Child and Family Hospitality Volunteer
Our need: Always
Children and non-offending caregivers are asked to arrive about 30 minutes before the child’s forensic interview begins, so the caregiver has time to relax, fill out their paperwork and get a cup of coffee while the child has time to play in our play room, get a snack and become acclimated with our house and the vibe here. The duties of a child hospitality volunteer are helping out our Client Relations Specialist/Receptionist with providing the snacks and coffee and really just being friendly to and chatting/playing with the families and children to help them relax and feel safe on what is most likely a very stressful and upsetting day for them. As a child and family hospitality volunteer, you will be encouraged to initiate crafts, organize the play room, restock the snack, drink and coffee stations, and do other small duties to provide support for our team. Because you will work directly with children, you will be required to complete a background check and make a $15 donation to cover the cost.
If you’re interested in volunteering as a child hospitality volunteer, contact Camden to receive the volunteer application and background check form.
Our need: First Wednesday and third Tuesday of each month and occasional weeknights
We offer free trainings of our child and adult education programs on the first Wednesday and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm at The CARE Center. The trainings include presentations of our Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse curriculum for adults and our ROAR curriculum for kids ages 4 – 8. Families, organizations, foster care agencies and more are invited to attend these trainings. We need volunteers to lead the ROAR program, assist with crafts, childcare and hospitality for guests. Because you will work directly with children, you will be required to complete a background check and make a $15 donation to cover the cost.
If you’re interested in volunteering as an education trainings volunteer, contact Camden to receive the volunteer application and background check form.
Outdoor Gardening/Beautification Volunteer
Our need: Always
We strive to provide every child and family we serve with a feeling of safety, comfort and ease from the moment they arrive at The CARE Center to the moment they leave. Our campus has five houses: the Main House, the Medical House, the DHS House, the Northcare Counseling House and the Crimes Against Children Law Enforcement House – each with a front yard and a back yard to maintain. This is a great opportunity for small offices, youth groups and students to come out, plant flowers, clean up lawns and playgrounds, and beautify our campus.
If you’re interested in volunteering for outdoor gardening and beautification, contact Camden to schedule a day that works for your group.
Special Event Planning Committees
Our need: Periodically throughout the year
We have two main fundraisers per year: Brave Ball, our annual spring black-tie gala, raises necessary funds for our Victim Services programs. Stand Up For Kids, our annual fall luncheon, raises awareness and funds for our abuse prevention education programs. We put on other small events throughout the year. Volunteers are encouraged to promote events, gather and organize items for auctions and other fundraising activities, and help with the planning and executing of events.
If you’re interested in volunteering on a special event planning committee, contact Camden to be placed on a list of people to reach out to when committees are being formed.
Christmas at CARE Volunteer
Our need: Late November – December
The CARE Center sees families all year who are in need of critical items like clothing, hygiene products and food. Therefore, we know that Christmastime can be a source of stress when is should be a source of happiness and magic. We help alleviate that stress by encouraging our donors to “adopt” a family. Our family advocates obtain a list of wants and needs from each family always including at least one full outfit for each child, shoes, a coat, and at least one toy. The lists are assigned to donors and the donors go out and buy the items from the list, deliver them back to The CARE Center along with wrapping paper. Our volunteers are encouraged to organize the delivery of the items and the items themselves.
If you’re interested in volunteering for Christmas at CARE, contact Camden to be placed on a list of people to reach out to in November.