Emergency Child Care Volunteers for Families in Disasters

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ORGANIZATION: NATIONAL EMERGENCY CHILD CARE NETWORK INC

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National Emergency Child Care Network's (NECCN’s) crisis intervention and disaster assistance is free for any family in crisis. We will provide volunteers with trauma training for children in disasters. This is one-on-one child care. Skilled and trained volunteers are dispatched immediately after the family calls the crisis line for emergency child care services. Volunteer child care providers will meet families at a disaster shelter, or where the disaster has occurred to ensure the safety and well-being of the children. While children are safe with a child care provider, the family has the time to deal with the crisis. This support, in result, reduces high levels of stress for the family, as well as the potential for violence, abuse, or neglect to the child during a crisis.

We are seeking 50 emergency child care volunteers in North Carolina and across the US as we launch our program across the state.

Child care after a disaster is a critical part of response and recovery. Studies have shown that children who have experienced trauma from disasters need extra time with caregivers to ask questions to understand the crisis, to talk about their experience, be listened to, have their feelings accepted, provided with a space to cry and express feelings, have special one-on-one playtime and extra attention, do something relaxing or fun, and feel safe, cared for, and loved ( Helping Children and Youth Cope in the Aftermath of Disasters, SAMHSA ).

WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT Disasters are upsetting experiences for everyone involved, but especially for children. Disasters can leave children feeling frightened, confused, and insecure. Children may respond to disaster by demonstrating fears, sadness, or behavioral problems. Younger children may return to earlier behavior patterns, such as bedwetting, sleep problems and separation anxiety. Older children may also display anger, aggression, school problems or withdrawal. With so many natural disasters occurring today, and now the increase in school shootings, children are seeing and experiencing things they should not have to - being evacuated, seeing injured or dying people or animals, losing their home and belongings, losing immediate access to basic needs, being injured themselves, and feeling that their own lives are threatened. Children and families also suffer from post-disaster ongoing stress which includes transitional housing, living in shelters or hotels, losing contact with their friends and neighbors, losing things that are important to them, parental job loss, and the financial costs of reestablishing their previous living conditions. Children’s ability to cope with disaster or emergencies is often tied to the way parents cope. And, when parents are overwhelmed, sad, depressed, emotional, stressed and panicked, the children will not have the emotional care they need to heal. NECCN can help children and families better cope when we provide them with social support systems such as free immediate child care when they need it most. NECCN’s program also brings incredible value to the volunteer care givers. Data shows that senior volunteers experience decreased anxiety, depression, and loneliness. For example, 84% of AmeriCorps Senior volunteers report stable or improving health after one year of service. When it comes to being part of the community, volunteerism creates meaningful connections with others especially when a disaster strikes. 88% of AmeriCorps senior volunteers who felt a lack of companionship reported fewer feelings of isolation after becoming a volunteer. Join us https://www.linkedin.com/company/national-emergency-child-care-network.

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About NATIONAL EMERGENCY CHILD CARE NETWORK INC

Location:

8 FIELDCREST CT, DURHAM, NC 27713, US

Mission Statement

National Emergency Child Care Network (NECCN) (https://emergencychildcare.org/) is a North Carolina 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit that provides immediate child care services to families in the U.S. who are experiencing an emergency. Founded in 2024, NECCN’s mission is to ensure every family has equal opportunity to access and utilize emergency child care during a crisis. Skilled and trained volunteers are dispatched immediately after the family calls the crisis line for emergency child care services. Volunteer child care providers will meet families at their home, at a disaster shelter, or where the crisis has occurred to ensure the safety and well-being of the children. While children are safe with a child care provider, the family has the time to deal with the crisis. This support, in result, reduces high levels of stress for the family, as well as the potential for violence, abuse, or neglect to the child during a crisis.

Description

Why National Emergency Child Care Network (NECCN) exists today!

Every year, families across the U.S. find themselves in the difficult position of dealing with natural disasters (droughts, tornadoes, hurricanes), or a human-made disaster (home fires, vehicle accident, school shootings). Regardless of the type of the disaster, such events create a crisis for families. Nearly 2.5 million Americans had to leave their homes because of 28 weather and climate-related disasters in 2023 (02/22/2024 article in the New York Times). Nearly 30% of individuals injured in these disasters were children.

We are seeking 50 emergency volunteers to serve up to 50 families in crisis in North Carolina in 2024. Emergency volunteering helps people connect in profound ways to their local community, and keeps their brain active -- which contributes to good mental health and well-being. Heartfelt productive activities, like providing child care at a time of great need for families in crisis, can help people feel happier. Data shows that senior volunteers experience decreased anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Crisis Support
Disaster Relief
Children & Youth, Crisis Support, Disaster Relief

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

NC 27713

(35.89023,-78.91751)
 

SKILLS

  • Child Welfare
  • Child Care
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Disaster Relief Care & Shelters
  • Safety & Disaster Education
  • Disaster Response

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 HOUR TO 8 HOURS PER DAY
  • Volunteers will be provided training to prepare them for trauma care with children. It's an excellent way to get certified in an additional skill for a professional job in child care. Background checks are required. We can help with the cost.

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