What does a Kid’s Place Volunteer do?
- Playing games, doing crafts, and participating in creative activities along-side children to build connections and support their development.
- Works with staff to facilitate fun, trauma-informed sensitive activities for the children we serve
- Teaches children how to turn to and learn from positive adult role models; studies have shown that even ONE positive adult influence in a child’s life teaches them resiliency
Three Shifts Available:
- Day Shift | Between 9 AM – 5 PM Monday – Friday
- Evening Shift | Between 5 PM – 8 PM Monday – Thursday
- Saturday Date Nights | 5-9 PM, a minimum of one Saturday a month
- Must be 18 years or older
- Complete 4 hours of specialized training
- Must commit to 2 hours per week for 4 months working in the Kid’s Place
- Pay for and pass a background check (costs $42.25)
Ready to be a Kid’s Place Volunteer?
Fill out the application below now and begin the opportunity of becoming a Kids Place Volunteer. For any additional questions please email Rylee at [email protected] or call 435-752-2241.
The Family Place does not accept volunteers working off community service hours.Volunteer application
The Starfish Story
“An elderly man saw a child standing on a beach throwing starfish into the ocean. Thousands of starfish, stranded by the outgoing tide, lay on the beach around them.
“Why are you throwing the starfish into the ocean?” the man asked the child.
“If I don’t, they will die.”
The man looked around them, “but with all these starfish you can’t possibly expect to make a difference.”
The child picked up another starfish, tossed it into the ocean, and said, “it made a difference to that one.”
WORDS FROM OUR VOLUNTEERS
One volunteer had the opportunity to volunteer for 6 months in the Kid’s Place, at each of his shifts there was a family of young boys for scheduled weekly care. When COVID-19 hit he had to stop coming. After about a month he called and got permission to write the boys a letter because he missed seeing them. The letter read, “Dear boys, Thank you so much for being my friend and playing with me. I am really sad that I don’t get to see you anymore but I hope you know how special your friendship was for me. Here is a picture for you to be able to finish.” After the boys read the letter and saw the picture, they smiled from ear to ear. One of the boys couldn’t wait to finish the picture!
“I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed volunteering at The Family Place. I was humbled to interact with the kids and listen to them. My relationships with them were rewarding and I felt like I made a difference.”