In 2013, over 800 volunteers contributed over 10,000 hours of service, a value of more than $235,000 to Attention Homes. Numerous opportunities exist to impact the lives of the youth we serve. Individuals, corporate groups, faith communities, schools and civic clubs are welcome to volunteer. Our goal is to find a sufficient fit between your interests and time to our current needs.
Steps to Becoming a Volunteer:
- Fill out a volunteer application.
- Attend a volunteer orientation.
- Determine program/opportunity of interest.
- Attend Runaway and Homeless Youth Volunteer Training (Required for all RHY direct care volunteers)
- Complete paperwork and background checks as necessary.
Contact Marnie Williams at email@example.com to schedule an orientation or for more information.
Come and Learn about Volunteer Opportunites at a Volunteer Orientation:
Upcoming Volunteer Orientations:
Thursday Febrary 12 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Attention Homes Administrative Office, 1443 Spruce St., Boulder (RSVP Required)
Volunteer Training - Required for anyone working directly with the youth
Upcoming Volunteer Trainings:
Tuesday March 3 4:00-6:00 pm Location: Attention Homes Administrative Office, 1443 Spruce St., Boulder
Volunteer Continuing Education
Attention Homes offers our volunteers an opportunity to learn more about the youth we serve through our Volunteer Continuing Education Program. Six times a year Continuing Education programs are offered. The continuing educations programs are also open to interested community members.
Upcoming Volunteer Continuing Educations Programs
Trauma Informed Care Tuesday February 10, 6:30-8:00 pm First United Methodist Church 1443 Spruce St, Boulder 2nd Floor Meeting Room
Most of the at-risk youth we serve have histories of physical, emotional and /or sexual abuse and other types of trauma-inducing experiences. These experiences often lead to mental health issues, chronic health conditions, substance abuse, and risky behavior that can lead to STDs, HIV/AIDS, as well as contact with the criminal justice system. Trauma Informed Care is a specific technique used in interacting with kids who have been traumatized. The Trauma Informed Care program will focus on understanding the impact of trauma on at-risk risk youth. It is an important first step in becoming a compassionate and supportive community.
Direct Care Opportunities
Volunteers are needed to work directly with our youth. Openings are available in the RHY (Runaway and Homeless Youth) and Residential (Res) programs.
- Activities: Assist staff, co-facilitate an activity; e.g. crafts, music, sports, etc.
- Street Outreach: Partner with trained staff to work on the streets with homeless teens.
- Drop-in/Overnight: Support homeless youth by assisting staff with check-in, laundry, meal-prep, and hygiene.
- Life Skills: Mentor youth in a specific life skill; e.g. finances, public speaking, cooking, nutrition, etc.
- Graduate Internship: Receive graduate practicum hours and credit assisting staff with counseling and case work.
- Undergraduate Internship: Internships are available for school credit.
- Tutor: Provide one-on-one academic/GED assistance.
- Cook & Meal Donor: Prepare meals at our drop-in center or cook a meal at home and deliver to one of our two homes. Groups welcome. (Schedule in advance.)
- Speaker: Motivate and inspire our youth with a personal message that demonstates a triumph over a life challenge.
All individuals volunteering/interning in our Residential program and Overnight Emergency Shelter must be 21+ years of age. For RHY Street Outreach and the Drop-In Center, you must be 18 years of age and out of high school.
There are many opportunties for faith community, corporate/business, service and school groups.
- Cooking - We serve 2000+ meals a month and are always looking for groups to come on a one time basis or once a month
- General Maintenance
- Spring / Fall Yard Clean up
- Specific projects; e.g. building a shed, painting, etc.
Development & Office Opportunities
Volunteers are needed to help with our special events, grant writing and other marketing and fundraising efforts. We are typically able to tailor our opportunties to your experience and/or areas of learning. College credit internships are available in all areas.
- Social Media/Marketing Intern: Assist in the development and production of marketing materials, social media, press relations, our Annual Report and more.
- Special Events: Procure in-kind donations, join event committee, help with PR and advertising.
- General Office: Mailing, filing, copying, telephoning, etc.
- Information Technology: Help with PC computer maintenance.
- Incentive Solicitor: Procure tickets, entertainment, cultural events, sports activities, personal items, etc.
Group and individual volunteer opportunities are needed for home improvement projects. These are perfect for student groups of all ages, church groups, civic clubs, families, and work teams.
- Facilities Upkeep: painting, interior/exterior repairs, lawn/gardens, cleaning, window washing, etc.
- Handymen: on-call as needed; appliance repair, woodwork.
- Drivers: trucks to assist with transport of large items.
- Yard: Spring/fall outdoor clean-up and help with landscaping.
- Organizational Specialist: review, sort and organize donated items
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding board positions or to schedule an appointment.
Please contact Marnie Williams email@example.com for more information.
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