Volunteer

Your efforts as a volunteer for young children can make a big difference for the children and families of this community. Below are highlights of a few of the available volunteer opportunities. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in doing something special that is not listed below.

As an individual, you can...

VOLUNTEER

  • Share a hobby, craft, or personal collection with children.
  • Read stories to children.
  • Provide clerical assistance to early childhood organizations.
  • Help the Health Department nurse perform health screenings on young children.
  • Teach children how to use a computer.
  • Teach adults who work with young children how to use a computer.
  • Be a substitute teacher for a young children's program so a teacher can attend professional growth classes.
  • Help improve facilities which provide programs and services for young children and families.
  • Serve on committees or boards affecting early childhood programs and services.
  • Become a Guardian Ad Litem -- a court-appointed volunteer for an abused/neglected -- to help ensure that the best is done for a child involved in a court case.
  • Tutor parents of young children in adult literacy.
  • Assist in a summer program for young children.
  • Staff registration tables at children fairs or events.
  • Provide translation to Spanish-speaking parents and children.
  • Serve as a guest speaker about early childhood development.
  • Provide, prepare, and distribute snacks at children's events and fairs.
  • Provide free child care during committee meetings, community forums, and other events.
  • Become a Big Brother or Big Sister to a young child.
  • Visit and hold an abandoned baby at a local hospital.
  • Volunteer at a Women's Shelter for mothers with young children.
  • Consider becoming a foster parent.
  • Consider adopting a young child.
  • Mentor young families.

MAKE AND ASSEMBLE

  • Activity kits.
  • Show and tell bags.
  • Dramatic play costumes.
  • Big pillows.
  • Wooden swing sets.
  • Bean bag chairs.

DONATE

  • Children's books.
  • Children's toys and games.
  • Children's magazine subscriptions.
  • Infant and toddler equipment and toys.
  • Educational programs for young children.
  • Professional magazine subscriptions covering child-related topics.

ADVOCATE

  • Write a letter-to-the-editor about young children's issues in your community.
  • Contact local media and ask them to explore programs supporting early childhood development.
  • Find out where elected officials stand on early childhood services and programs.
  • Educate elected officials about the importance of early childhood development.
  • Ask elected officials to support programs that provide programs and services for young children and their families.

 

As an organization/business, you can...

VOLUNTEER

  • Repair or renovate children's playgrounds.
  • Renovate facilities for young children and their families.
  • Mentor young children.
  • Read stories to young children.
  • Adopt a local early childhood program, and offer volunteers, the use of facilities, financial support and other resources.
  • Share expertise with early childhood development and family support programs.
  • Serve on committees or boards affecting early childhood programs and services.

CREATE/DONATE

  • Build early care, education and family center facilities.
  • Create areas for mothers to nurse their infants.
  • Donate items that support early childhood development.
  • Sponsor space for parenting, family support, health care, and early care and education programs.
  • Donate space for parenting, family support, health care, and early care and education programs.
  • Provide in-kind support, such as copying, faxing, mailing or printing, for organizations providing programs and services for young children.
  • Provide meeting space to community groups improving programs and services for families with young children.
  • Make facilities safe and inviting for young children and their parents.
  • Provide child care to parents.

ADVOCATE/EDUCATE

  • Participate in partnerships with community sectors to improve programs and services for young children and their families.
  • Initiate partnerships with community sectors to improve programs and services for young children and their families.
  • Host or sponsor community forums on early childhood topics, such as brain development, parenting programs, quality child care, or access to health care.
  • Publish articles about the importance of the early years.
  • Work with media to publicize local programs that offer parent education, family support, early care and education, and health services.
  • Provide parenting information.
  • Form family support groups.
  • Sponsor or host family literacy classes.
  • Inform others in your organization/business about the importance of the first years of life.
  • Provide family insurance coverage that includes prenatal and maternity care, well child, mental health care and immunizations.
  • Conduct surveys or focus groups to learn about the needs of families with young children.
  • Inform the public about the importance of the early years on advertisements, promotions and products.
  • Include information about healthy early childhood development in professional training and education programs.
  • Invite local speakers to offer parenting seminars.
  • Communicate concern about the importance of the early years to policy makers.
  • Collect information about local early childhood needs and resources, family activities and initiatives.
  • Publish information about local early childhood needs and resources, family activities and initiatives.
  • Promote and provide immunizations and health exams for young children.
  • Publicize the importance of the first years of life.
  • Encourage families tread to their children, beginning at birth and throughout childhood.
  • Help parents gain access to resources about parenting and child development.
  • Learn more about early childhood development.

SUPPORT

  • Fund public awareness efforts about the importance of early childhood development.
  • Celebrate and honor community leaders and organizations that are making a difference for young children and their families.
  • Honor and reward volunteers who provide or improve early childhood programs and services.
  • Provide long-term financial support for early childhood development efforts.