Open Doors With Your Heart
Volunteers play an integral role in the healing process that occurs at Helping Hand Home. Because our children have experienced strong violations of trust, it is often the greatest challenge for them to develop healthy relationships with others, particularly adults. While at HHH, the children slowly learn that they can trust the adults who work here and do indeed develop those types of relationships they never had the opportunity to experience before.
However, this newfound trust in adults rarely extends to the world beyond the walls of Helping Hand Home, which the children often view as scary or unpredictable. Thus, in bringing volunteers into the Home, we introduce the children to the reality that there are in fact safe, caring individuals in the world and provide them the opportunity to learn to trust the world again.
You can provide hope and love in a child’s life by becoming an HHH Volunteer!
Assist children with schoolwork and help develop academic skills, such as reading and writing. Homework time is Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Help children feel safe and secure at bedtime by reading stories to them as they fall asleep. Bedtime Hour is 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every evening.
Facilitate special events and activities on campus for the children, such as carnivals, field days, arts and crafts projects, sporting events, performances and workshops.
Play with the children during after-school hours, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on weekends. You will be trained in a number of playground games you may use, and you will also assist with any activities that are happening at the Home.
Group Service Opportunities
Group or individual volunteers may also perform hand on service (wash vans, bike maintenance, grounds beautification, inventory, library organization, etc.), organize a drive (see Wish List for more info), or sponsor an activity for our kids within the community (trip, performance, baseball game, circus, museum, movie, etc).
Wind Down Helpers
Support the homes during this mellow time of day by helping prepare for bed times, eat dinner, straighten the home, do bed time routines, etc. The arrival times for this support position range from 5:30-6:30pm, each day of the week.
Steps To Becoming a Volunteer
Commit to at least one hour a week of service for a minimum of six months.
Fill out and submit a volunteer application (via email or US mail). You will be contacted after January 15th if you are going to be invited to the volunteer session.
Attend one of the two available volunteer information sessions as arranged by the Volunteer Coordinator.
At the information session, the Volunteer Coordinator will schedule an interview with you. Please bring any calendar information you might have to this session to help facilitate this process.
After your interview, you will complete a background check, drug screening and Tuberculosis testing within 24 hours.
Once all testing has been cleared, you will be given a log-in number and home assignment.
Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age. Please note, we do not fulfill court-ordered community service requests.
Thank you for your interest in helping our children.
Jasmin Reardon | Volunteer & Enrichment Manager – EMAIL