Do you enjoy working with children? We are looking for a volunteer to assist the Children’s Advocate at YWCA's Pathways for Women housing program and at Trinity Place Apartments.
Children's Advocate Assistants
The Children’s Advocate Assistants will help provide childcare, create activity groups, and special events for children of all ages while their parents attend required classes. These activity groups will help to enhance the child’s interpersonal, educational, social skills, creative ability, and physical health.
Volunteers will assist the advocate in providing childcare for meetings that clients (their parents) are required to take such as Housing Resident Meetings, Renters Certification Classes or WRAPS groups. In these groups, we offer a variety of activities- including arts and crafts, group games, team games, and board games.
A volunteer will also assist the advocate in providing childcare for other YWCA events. These include "themed" or YWCA hosted sponsors events. Groups and events are for the children in our programs and at times their parents. Some examples of this include Birthday celebrations, back to school events, and holiday events. These groups include interaction with YWCA sponsors and people in the community. Volunteer will need to be outgoing and feel comfortable interacting with the shelter families, YWCA sponsors, and community members. Children of all ages participate in these groups (from infant to 17 yrs.)
By helping the Children’s Advocate support children and teenagers you will be supporting and helping to empower the whole family system.
Volunteers are needed on at Pathways on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings from 4-7:45pm (not every week but as needed),and/or at Trinity Place on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-3:30pm. We ask that you are able to be able to commit to availability at least one weekday day timeslot on a regular basis.
- Implementation of various types of children activities, age-appropriate games, craft projects and involvement in special events
- Providing childcare and social activities for children of all ages
- Helping to maintain a safe and clean classroom environment
- Helping in preparing healthy snacks and beverages for children
- Experience working with children
- Engaging and outgoing personality
- Ability to assist children with homework
- Able to volunteer early evenings and some day time hours
- Must be at least 16 years of age (or volunteer with a parent or guardian)
- Be able to make a minimum of a six month commitment
All volunteers in Children’s Services Department must understand the following things that are required to work in Children’s Services:
- For all scheduled groups, activities and events it’s expected volunteers need to arrive early 15-30 min before group starts to set up and stay up to 30 min after group to help clean up.
- Being on time is essential. Arriving late and leaving early disrupts the children.
- Having reliable transportation is needed.
- Cleaning and organizing the Children’s room, moving furniture and taking out garbage is expected.
- Child Development
- Child Care
- Youth Services
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 16
- Orientation or Training
- volunteer must commit to one shift a week
- must commit to a minimum of 3 months
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