How to Become a Volunteer

  1. Fill out a Volunteer Application
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  2. Schedule an interview with th Director of Volunteers
  3. Attend the Families First Volunteer Training
    • About Families First
    • About Abuse and Neglect
    • It's All About Prevention - Our Family Support Services
  4. Attend Program Specific Training
    • Family Resource Volunteer
    • Children's Group Leader
    • Spanish Family Support Volunteer
    • Children's Treatment Center Staff Aide

What Our Volunteers Say

"Hearing the desperation in a father's voice as he asks for resources to help keep his family from homelessness is a heart rendering experience. It's a recurring story: job losses due to the worst economy in decades have left many families in extremely tenuous situations. The Family Support Line provides a link to the community resources vital to maintaining healthy, stable families. Being able to offer information, advice and encouragement is both humbling and rewarding."
Family Resource Volunteer

"My greatest reward is knowing that any parent that attends these classes walks away with something new they have learned. If this helps the prevention of abuse or neglect for even one child, my volunteer time has been worthwhile."
Children's Group Leader

"Coming from an abusive home as a child, it hurts me to know that there are so many kids out there who experiencing the same thing. It has meant a lot to me to be a part of an organization that is there for the protection of kids and offer useful resources to parents who need it. If I can help at least one child then that is the best thing in the world."
Family Resource Volunteer

"Every time I show up to volunteer, the kids can't wait to come ask for a hug. When I tuck one of the girls in bed before I leave, she always asks me how my day was. Why would I not want to volunteer? These kids are incredible and just need someone to show them love and support."
Children's Treatment Center Staff Aide

Get Involved


Families First volunteers are vital to the success of our programs. Through their gift of time, volunteers improve the lives of abused and neglected children and help families prevent the cycle of abuse, often receiving as much as they give. There are many opportunities to make a difference!

As an Individual

Family Resource Volunteer

Position Overview: The volunteer will be trained to assist in all areas of Family Support Services program. The volunteer may provide intervention and information to parents and caregivers in need of support on the Family Support Line, assist in maintaining the Parent Library, research and update state-wide resources, network with professionals and assist with disseminating information about our services into the community. Time Commitment: 4 hours per week
Time Commitment: 4 hours per week

Children’s Group Leader

Position Overview: Group Leaders will plan and implement activities that enhance a child's social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Children's Group is for children age twelve and under during parent support groups and classes.
Time Commitment: 3 hours per week

Spanish Family Support Volunteer

Position Overview:Position Overview: Spanish Family Support Volunteers, who are bilingual, are trained to assist in various areas of the Spanish Family Support Services. The volunteer may provide intervention and information to parents and caregivers in need of support on Consejos Para Familias (Support Line), assist with follow-up calls, data entry, and facilitating parenting seminars or facilitate a children's group for children age twelve and under
Time Commitment: 3 hours per week

Children's Treatment Center Staff Aide

Position Overview: An aide works alongside staff in caring for abused and neglected children. (Assists with homework, outings, meals and activities).
Time Commitment: 4 hours per week

As a Group

  • Organize a drive for school supplies, cereal, juice boxes, canned food or other needed items for the Children's Treatment Center.

  • Organize and staff a volunteer “Work Day”, helping with yard work and other projects at both the Children’s Treatment Center and the Family Center.

  • For more information about our volunteer opportunities and how you can get involved, contact our Director of Volunteers and Special Events, Rachel Merkel at 303-745-0327 or