Circle of Friends for Mental Health, a small 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, exists to give all human beings who face mental health challenges, homelessness or addiction, a fresh chance to find their identity and a reservoir of healing through art programs in visual arts, music, writing and drama. Our programs serve as a natural enduring catalyst to aid people in their recovery. And these programs are at the core of Circle of Friends is our program, which is why we are looking for dedicated and creative volunteer art teachers.
This is a great opportunity for any individual looking to volunteer in their local community and gain nonprofit experience! You do not have to be an experienced teacher, or even great at art, as long as you are dedicated to improving the quality of life for our participants.
We are looking for someone who can dedicate 3-5 hours/week for at least six months.
Volunteer teachers are responsible for engaging participants in meaningful and fun art projects in a range of mediums and expressions, including drama, music, painting, creative writing and poetry, photography, and more.
We are always looking to incorporate new forms of art and expression into our programs, so if you have a special artistic talent, come lend it to our team and community!
Volunteer Teachers are responsible for:
Planning art activities for a 1-1.5 hour class, class-size ranging from 3-10 participants
Arriving at the class site 15 minutes early, prepared and ready to teach
Facilitating the weekly art class with a positive attitude
Cleaning up after each session ensuring that the room and equipment are just as you found them
Contacting the COF Coordinator and the facility if you are unable to attend a session
Monitoring supply needs and inform COF Coordinator when additional supplies are needed
Providing 2 weeks notice if unable to complete a volunteer cycle
Providing a safe space for artistic expression of all kinds
Friendly, compassionate, and self-driven
Dedicated to at least 6 months of service
Keep track of work hours each month and send via email to COF Coordinator.
When possible, track the number of clients attending each session and send updates to COF Coordinator.
Monthly checkin via email, phone, or inperson with COF Coordinator.
Provide feedback and/or ideas on lessons and projects for future use in classes.
The unique opportunity to interact with mental health clients and support their healing through art and compassion
Gaining an in-depth understanding of issues surrounding mental health
Leadership opportunities for project development, non-profit management, and event planning , such as golf tournaments, art shows, award dinner...etc.
Experience of solving interesting and challenging problems in a growing non-profit organization through creativity and strategic thinking
Leadership Track: after 6 months of internship, dedicated and committed interns can further to positions in Operation Directors or Board of Directors .
Obtain personalized letter of recommendation and stellar leadership experience for career building opportunities
Meet a group of passionate and energetic people on the COF team
- Network with healthcare, non-profits, community leaders
- Reading / Writing
- Music Arts
- Visual Arts
- Theater Arts
- Teaching / Instruction
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 3-5 hours a week
- 6 month commitment, regular communication about class, brief initial training.