Some people talk about volunteer work. I talk about playdates. After years in education where the kid emphasis sometimes gets blurred by paperwork and staff supervision, it’s such a highlight to walk into a room and just focus on kids. I get to play, provide individual attention, encourage, look for all the positive ways children are learning and growing…and cheer them on. Asking me to join an activity is the highest honor a child can bestow on me. In return I let them know they are an appreciated and respected individual in as many ways as I can. The whole staff has such a positive welcoming attitude of caring, respect and appreciation. It’s wonderful to feel a part of the team!
Steps to Volunteering with FNC:
- Complete our Volunteer Application
- Meet with the Volunteer Coordinator for a tour and to learn more about our programs
- Complete the CBR (background check through the Oregon Child Care Division)
- If applying for classroom volunteering, participate in a group volunteer orientation with the Clinical Director
- Come up with a schedule with the Volunteer Coordinator
- Begin Volunteering!
Volunteers are an essential part of the Nurturing Center program and vital to our ability to continue to offer services to families in Jackson and Josephine counties! Volunteers can help out in a variety of ways including assisting in the classrooms with group and individual-child activities, reading to children, fundraising, center maintenance, and community outreach projects.
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. ~Oscar Wilde
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank
CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES at the Family Nurturing Center
Therapeutic Classroom Volunteer
Our 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 6 months.
We are always looking for help us with filing, photocopying, and other office tasks! If this is something you’re interested in we can call you and have you come in to help our team on an as-needed basis.
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. If you like to be outdoors and work with your hands this is the volunteer opportunity for you!
Fundraising and Events
The FNC puts on special agency fundraisers each year, as well as open houses each month and family fun events for our clients! We always need extra help with planning, and scheduling, as well as set up and clean up at these events and would welcome your help!
Parenting Education Support
FNC’s Parent Education program always needs help with childcare for our parenting classes and special family events! The child sessions of our monthly therapeutic arts workshops are a perfect chance top be creative and help a child feel safe and create meaningful artwork.