THE POWER OF ALTRUISM

Volunteering doesn’t just benefit others. A growing body of research finds that volunteering reaps huge social, emotional and physical benefits for the volunteer.

People who volunteer lead longer, healthier and more purposeful lives.

Volunteers report significant improvements in their mental health, along with other socio-emotional benefits ranging from a greater feeling of productivity to increased social activity, and a greater sense of well-being.

And don’t forget about that wonderful chemical, Oxytocin, the natural, feel-good love hormone.

See what volunteering for Family Nurturing Center means to Jane and Steve.

Robert tells his life-changing story of how our support helped him restore his family.

STEPS TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER

1. Complete our VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

2. Meet with the staff for a tour and to learn more about our programs

3. Complete the CBR (background check through the Oregon Child Care Division)

4. If applying for classroom volunteering, participate in a group volunteer orientation with the Clinical Director

5. Create your schedule with the Program Manager

6. Begin volunteering! Join us for monthly get-togethers, receive a monthly newsletter and attend FNC training events to add tools to your toolbelt.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Classroom Volunteer

Classroom volunteers offer direct support to our teachers and help our children form strong bonds of trust with their peers, their teachers, and the learning environments around them. We ask that you plan to volunteer with the same class for no less than six months.

Every Child

We need help with creating welcome boxes for children entering foster care, creating Baby Bags for infants entering care and Flash Boxes that offer a surprise dose of encouragement to foster families. Volunteers may alo help with service projects at DHS offices, help with DHS staff appreciation. Both one-time and ongoing opportunities.

Grandmas2Go Family Coach

We need women of wisdom and experience to help us build a model of new community support that benefits ALL. Women, 50 and over, are in an ideal position to act as mentors. When you become a Grandmas2Go volunteer and share the wisdom of your life experience you can make a lasting difference in the lives of new parents and the children they are raising.

Respite Volunteer

This FREE program always needs help with childcare during our parenting classes, special family events, foster parents’ night out and to just give p arents/kids a well-deserved break. We can never have too many people to love our littles, keeping ratios small and engagement high!

Farm Program Volunteer

Our Farm Program volunteers keep our farm in working order. Our farm manager will put you to work planting, weeding, and tending to our produce. We also have maintenance and construction projects available. If you like to be outdoors and work with your hands, this is the volunteer opportunity for you!

Admin/Clerical Support Volunteer/Facilities

We’re always looking for help with filing, scanning and other office tasks! If this is something you’re interested in, we can call you in to help our team on an as-needed basis. If you have a specialized skill that you’d like to share, tell us about it!

Spread the Word

Contact us with your genius social media marketing strategy. If we like it, we’ll put you in charge of it. The outreach committee may be a great option as well!

Board Member

Board members meet monthly to advise FNC leaders and govern Family Nurturing Center. They oversee policy, set direction, and promote the organization to support our mission and help us meet our needs. We encourage you to try participating on a committee prior to participating on the board.

Fundraising and Events

Whether we’re organizing an annual fundraiser, preparing for a monthly open house or simply hosting a family fun event for our client, we always need extra help. If you like planning and scheduling, as well as set up and clean up at these events, we would welcome your help!

Ambassador

Host a house party or birthday party to introduce your friends, family, and colleagues to the wonderful work we do here at FNC. By encouraging financial support, you allow us to broaden and deepen our impact. We’re happy to help plan, cook, clean and present information in a way that is meaningful to you and your guests!

Join a Committee

We need people! If you’re a guru when it comes to facilities, finance, safety or programming, consider joining a committee. Most meet for one hour monthly or as needed. If you’re interested in participating on a committee, please email [email protected].