Heart Mate mentors make long-term commitments to spend time with a child. Volunteers are matched with a resident of our Group Homes to spend quality time together for one to two hours, two or three times each month. Consistency in your visits to Hephzibah is crucial to developing trusting relationships with the children in our Group Homes. At first, all mentors volunteer on-site, learning the children's routine and staff expectations. Heart Mates spend time with a child and engage her/him in activities such as: reading, helping with homework, playing games, art projects and small group activities. Staff will advise when it is appropriate for volunteers to take children on off-site activities. This will include such activities as: going to the library, having lunch, walking to get an ice cream cone or a cup of hot cocoa, biking, museums, ball games, trips to the zoo, parks, shopping, etc.
NOTE: Please keep in mind that this is an as-needed volunteer opportunity for adults over the age of 21 and positions may not be available. Availability: Based on your schedule and what the Group Home needs.
Must complete volunteer process (application, interview, background check and orientation).
Monthly check ins with Volunteer Manager
Training will be provided by Volunteer Manager
Experience working with children
Reliability, caring and desire to make a difference
Flexible to adapt to the children’s special needs
Location: Hephzibah Children’s Association, 946 North Blvd in Oak Park
Time Frame: Heartmate & Staff determine schedule. Typically one hour per week (after school during week day or weekend availability).
Supervision: Residence /DTC Coordinator along with the Staff Supervisor
To help children thrive and families flourish through innovative, community-based programs
Hephzibah Children's Association is a COA Accredited agency serving children and families throughout the state of Illinois. Hephzibah's Group Homes are where abused and neglected children come to heal and grow, where they can be free of fear, worry, and loneliness. Our Family Based Services renews and strengthens family bonds and our Foster Care Services creates new, loving and secure family ties. Hephzibah's Day Care program offers an award winning educational experience for children in the community -- regardless of their family's ability to pay.
Children & Youth
We'll work with your schedule.
946 North BoulevardOak Park, IL60301
April 5, 2021
Orientation or Training
1 hour a week
application, background check, medical form and training