Volunteer

Help a Child Find Their Smile

INVEST IN THE LIVES OF CHILDREN

Volunteering is an integral part of our work at A Child’s Haven, and the experience is something truly special. You get to take part in the transformation of a child and his or her family. In the process, we think you’ll be transformed as well.

Whether you prefer to work directly with young children, with families, or want to help out around the center, we have a place for you.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

There are a number of ways that you can give your time to A Child’s Haven. Explore the options below to find an opportunity that fits your schedule and interests.

Volunteer Groups

Groups may participate in one time/short term, non-child interactive volunteer opportunities. If you’re interested in a group volunteer opportunity, please contact our Community Engagement Specialist Jennifer McGuffee at [email protected]

Immediate Needs

• Sanitizing
• Bus washing
• In-kind donation drives
• Service-to-Go projects
• Fundraisers
• Special events

  • Background checks are not required.
  • These opportunities must be scheduled to take place Monday through Friday between the hours of 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM (minimum group size of 6) or on Saturdays (minimum group size of 10).

Short Term Individual Volunteers

Individuals interested in a one time volunteer opportunity or in a short term volunteer project (less than 10 volunteer hours) may participate in non-child interactive tasks.

Immediate Needs

• Sanitizing
• In-kind donation drives
• Service-to-Go projects
• Fundraisers
• Special events
• Clerical tasks

  • Background checks are not required.
  • These opportunities must be scheduled to take place Monday through Thursday between the hours of 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM.

Long Term Individual Volunteers

Individuals interested in volunteering 10 or more hours with A Child’s Haven may participate in child interactive tasks as well as any of the short term tasks listed above.

Immediate Needs

Newest Opportunity: Bus Driver or Bus Monitors — perfect for retirees!

Field Trip Chaperones

• Art Volunteers (requires a biweekly six month minimum commitment taking place on Wednesday from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM)

• Story Readers (requires a biweekly six month minimum commitment taking place on Wednesday from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM)

• Substitute Art Volunteer (Wednesdays from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM)

• Substitute Reading Volunteer (Wednesdays from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM)

• Family Picnic Assistant (takes place in May)

• Family Holiday Party Assistant (takes place in December)

• Development Committee Member (fundraising, ticket sales, seeking silent auction donations, marketing, special events)

Office Support

• Transportation Volunteer

Synnex Share the Magic Events Volunteer (takes place throughout the year during different fundraising events)

Holiday Sponsors (takes place in December)

Birthday Sponsors (takes place throughout the year with a specific treatment room assigned to each candidate)

  • Volunteer interview/orientation and two background checks are required.
  • Volunteers are expected to pay the $21.95 cost of the background checks, and should know that these background checks take approximately two weeks to be completed.

Internship / Practicum Experience

University students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels may apply for a position with our practicum or internship experience.

Immediate Needs

Early Childhood Department

Administrative / Clerical Department

• Development / Communications Department

• Transportation Department

• Clinical Records Department

Individuals interested in an internship / practicum experience at A Child’s Haven may apply to participate in an experience as noted in the list of opportunities above:

  • Volunteer interview/orientation, drug screening, fingerprinting, and a background check are required due to direct contact with the children of our facility. Interns and practicum experience candidates are expected to pay the $68.25 cost of the items mentioned above and should know that the background checks take approximately two weeks to be completed.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I get involved with A Child's Haven?

The first step is easy! Just fill out our Volunteer Application form and send it to [email protected] After your application is received and reviewed, she will contact you to discuss volunteer opportunities and the next steps in the volunteer application process.

What is your minimum age for volunteers?

We work with volunteers that are 18 and older.

Do you have opportunities available for nights or weekends?

Our office hours are 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. We currently do not have regularly scheduled volunteer opportunities outside of our office hours, however volunteers are occasionally needed to assist with special events and projects in the evenings or on weekends.

SUCCESS STORY

Volunteer Finds Meaning at A Child’s Haven

“I started volunteering at A Child’s Haven almost two years ago through the Heller Service Corps at Furman University. At first I was only volunteering during the parent groups. I loved getting the chance to give these children individualized attention and play with them.

I noticed how incredible the staff members were with the kids and how much of a difference A Child’s Haven made in their lives. I watched the children grow and mature over time and I wanted to be more of a part of this wonderful organization. Today, I also volunteer in therapeutic settings and am a regular field trip volunteer.

The opportunities that A Child’s Haven provides for these children at such a young age are unique and so cool, but also help teach them valuable skills.

A Child’s Haven has such an incredible mission and such talented staff members that I consider myself fortunate to be able to be a part of it.”

-Natalia Lopez-Yanez
Volunteer