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 online (below)
- Meet with the Volunteer Coordinator for a tour
- Complete the 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!
Complete the Volunteer Application HERE
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
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.
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. Because many of the children in our classes have experienced trauma, abuse, or neglect we ask that you plan to volunteer with us for no less than 6 months.
Clothing Closet and Donations Organizer
Our Clothing Closet is one of the most popular services for our clients. We receive donations throughout the year of clothing and toys and our Clothing Closet volunteers help us sort and organize donations each week so that families can find the items they need when they are struggling the most.
Agency Diaper Organizer
Clients and community members are able to receive diapers once per month for every child in their family who is in diapers. Our diaper storage areas always need to be restocked to keep this valued service available for families.