“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.
Parent Group Help
Every Thursday evening a parent group is held by one of our therapists. The CAC offers free child care during this time so parents can attend the group. Volunteers are needed to watch children during the group. This position is for people who enjoy being around children.
Family Support Advocate
With three therapists and a pediatrician, our lobby area can get busy easily. If you want to have contact with children at our agency, you can volunteer to help monitor kids in the lobby. This volunteer will assist and supervise families in the waiting area in the medical/therapy department.
This volunteer position assists in a variety of administrative tasks such as filing, working with donors, grant report and filing, public relations calls and correspondence. You may also be helping in prepping for events and fundraising activities. Ideally the person interested in volunteering for this position would be someone who enjoys organizing, planning and/or fundraising.
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:
These volunteers help organize and produce the annual Charity Ball. This work can include a variety of tasks, such as: soliciting items for auction; making phone calls to potential and confirmed guests; decorating; picking up auction items; marketing; event set up and clean up; and more. Time commitment is from April to January.
Cherish a Child Luncheon
These volunteers help with the annual Cherish a Child luncheon. They perform such tasks as: making phone calls to potential and confirmed guests; assembling packets; soliciting event sponsors; acting as table captains; assisting with decorations, event set up, clean up; and guest seating. Time commitment is from July through October.
Caring for Kids Campaign
These volunteers work with the Development Committee of the Board on a variety of tasks, including: soliciting donations from individuals and businesses; assisting with correspondence; assisting with creation of publication and campaign materials; and assisting with thank you calls and letters. Time commitment is from February through April.
Each year the CAC gives gifts to the families we serve. This position requires a high level of commitment and organizational skills as it typically takes a large amount of time in December to complete. It entails collecting gifts, sorting them by age and gender, and wrapping gifts.
Protect Our Children
The CAC is involved in a very big campaign to train adults in recognizing and responding to the signs of child sexual abuse. There are two volunteer opportunities available as part of this project. One position is assisting the coordinator with administrative tasks and helping with class set up. The second position is to be an actual facilitator of the class. We use the Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children as the curriculum.
There are other jobs that arise at the CAC such as running errands (i.e. Costco runs), cleaning/reorganizing projects and other tasks.
If you have an idea of another way you can volunteer at the CAC, we encourage you to set up a meeting with our volunteer coordinator to talk about your idea.