Get Involved: Volunteer
At Arizona’s Children Association, we know that every successful program is truly enhanced by the continued participation and support of our volunteers. Your interest and support is greatly appreciated by all of us at Arizona’s Children Association, most importantly, by those who benefit from our services.
From fundraising event volunteers to those who provide direct care to some of our clients, from one hour a week to hundreds of hours a year, we have a volunteer opportunity to fit your unique skills, interests and schedule.
Volunteers are currently needed in four priority areas:
- Individual volunteers who will commit to a consistent time and number of hours each week or month for a specific position, or several projects over an extended period of time.
- Volunteer teams to complete one-time group projects at Arizona's Children facilities, i.e. painting, gardening, facilities maintenance, packet assembly, cleaning playrooms, etc.
- Companies and clubs who volunteer to conduct in-house group drives to provide necessary items for children in Arizona's foster care system and the families who care for them.
- One-time volunteers are always needed for a specific event or project. Requirements vary depending on the opportunity and timeframe.
If your group has a special talent or area of expertise you feel would be an asset to the children and families of Arizona’s Children Association, we will gladly discuss how your group can help out! We firmly believe volunteering should be fun for everyone involved, and this is your chance to do something your group loves while helping others.
All volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Some programs may require you to be 21 years old. All volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation and placement training. Some programs require that volunteers must provide proof of driver's license and auto insurance, fingerprint clearance and negative TB results.
For more information, please contact:
- Individual Volunteers ∨
- Group Volunteers ∨
- THRIVE Mentor Program ∨
General Volunteer Opportunities
Arizona’s Children Association is dedicated to spreading the word to help children and families throughout Arizona. We have a variety of programs and services that are vital to protecting children and preserving families. We need volunteers who are committed, willing to speak in front of others, and who support our mission. Arizona’s Children is looking for volunteers who are willing to go out into the communities to talk about what the organization has to offer—whether at a fair, event, church, school, or local business. We provide the training and marketing materials, you provide the voice!
Arizona’s Children Association coordinates local fundraisers throughout the year in which the help from one-time volunteers is essential. Whether it’s selling raffle tickets, passing out flyers, greeting others, or collecting donated items, we need you!
To enhance our programs success, Arizona’s Children Association staff would benefit from the assistance of volunteers with clerical duties including filing, converting and organizing charts, making copies, and much more!
If you have a special talent or area of expertise you feel would be an asset to the children and families of Arizona’s Children Association, we will gladly discuss how you can help out! We firmly believe volunteering should be fun for everyone involved. This is your chance to do something you love while helping others!
General Volunteer Opportunities
“Just for Me” Bags
Every day more than 28 children across Arizona come into foster care. Most leave behind all of their possessions when they are suddenly and unexpectedly removed from their homes. “Just for Me” bags are provided to Arizona’s Children licensing workers to give to their families when a new child comes into care. “Just for Me” bags include essential items for infants and children. We need your help to continue to provide “Just for Me” bags for all of the children who come into the care of Arizona’s Children families. Groups can hold drives for “Just for Me” bag items and/or “stuff” bags with supplies. Volunteer Drives Volunteers are needed to set up various drives at their workplace, organization, or school to benefit children. Drives include “Just for Me” bag items, hygiene products, school supplies, toys, books, etc. We also have a “Gifts of Hope” Annual Holiday Drive.
LifeBooks are simple, honest stories written through the eyes of a child including words, photos, the child’s artwork, and mementos. These books help answer questions about their past, allow them to connect with adoptive families and showcase their growth and early life experiences. Volunteers provide handmade scrapbook pages for parents of our foster and adoptive children to fill in with personal memories and factual information. This program is entirely volunteer driven. It provides a rewarding experience and even takes place in the comfort of your own home, place of business, church or school. Be a part of uncovering a child’s history through the LifeBook program.
A basic part of keeping children and families safe is providing them with a safe environment for both learning and playing. Arizona’s Children Association is constantly striving to make our facilities the best they can be. If your group loves to help landscape or paint, we need your talents! Projects might include landscaping, painting, and beautification projects. Commitment varies and should have some daytime or weekend availability.
If your group has a special talent or area of expertise you feel would be an asset to the children and families of Arizona’s Children Association, we will gladly discuss how your group can help out! We firmly believe volunteering should be fun for everyone involved. This is your chance to do something your group loves while helping others.
Mentors for Young Adults Aging Out of Foster Care
Thrive is a statewide one-on-one mentoring program that enhances support for young adults involved in Independent Living Services.
Thrive seeks to acquire community members and foster care alumni to be mentors for young adults by creating collaborative relationships that will help foster care youth thrive and achieve the same success as their peers who are not involved in foster care including: reduced rates of homelessness and teen pregnancy, increased rates of graduation, job stability, social skills, and healthy adult connections. Thrive mentors will receive the training, support and resources necessary to promote a successful mentor relationship.
“Giving back my time is something that I can donate that makes a difference”
“They make great use of our time and the projects they need help with are well thought out and valuable.”
“It’s enjoyable, fun and rewarding to volunteer for such a great agency that does wonderful things for children.”
Check back soon for photos and stories from our fantastic volunteers!