We are looking for volunteers to make a difference in the lives of the kids in our shelters. In 2016, we served over 750 children and we need YOUR help to change their lives for the better.
We need volunteers Monday- Thursday evenings to be with the kids while their parents are in life skills classes.
We have two locations:
- 1836 Fairmount (45214) volunteers needed from 7-8:30pm
- 3574 McHenry - (45225) volunteers needed from 6:15-7:45pm
We are breaking into three age groups:
- Under 5
- 5-12 years old
- 13-17 years old
Under 5 will be child care and playing with the kids -
The other two age groups will have a more structured, classroom type environment and volunteers will have fully developed, ready-to-go lesson plans that are easy to follow and teach. They include such topics as financial literacy, life skills, nutrition, the importance of education, etc...
You will first observe a class to see if this is the right volunteer opportunity for you. If you want to move forward, you will fill out an application, pay $10 for an in-house background check and attend a 45 minute orientation to learn about Bethany House and why we need your time and support! To best help our kids, we are asking for a 3 month commitment once a week.
WHY IS THIS VOLUNTEER NEED SO CRITICAL?
Children who are experiencing homelessness have gone through a lot of trauma - they change schools up to 7-8 times per year which puts them very far behind educationally. In addition to that, they lack so much stability...they tend to move frequently which means losing friends and having to make new ones. Their parents are typically so overwhelmed with paying the rent, working two jobs, putting food on the table and being totally exhausted by the end of the day that there isn’t time for homework, playtime, bedtime stories, etc... Plus, homeless kids tend to have more illnesses and sicknesses than kids who have a stable home environment. It’s a tough road for these kids but our goal is to educate them, nurture them, love on them and hopefully give them a vision to break out of the generational cycle of poverty that they are living in.
Working with kids that have this type of emotional, intellectual and physical trauma takes a special kind of person.... they are not your typical kid that always understands "No" or follows instructions on the first (or second!) time. Our kids also require a firm but loving approach. Something to always try to keep in the forefront of our minds is that these kids don’t feel important or valued or special and we want to say or do one thing that makes them feel that way!
Thank you for your time and for wanting to make a difference in the lives of the kids in our shelter. Together we can achieve our vision of living in a community where no one is homeless (especially children) and everyone has a safe place to call home.
- Child Development
- Child Care
- Teaching / Instruction
- Youth Services
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 13
- Orientation or Training
- 1.5 hours for 1 x week for 2-3 months or longer
- High School students welcome for under 5 child care