Volunteer Opportunities

For information on all opportunities, please contact Leah Walker at 502-893-3900, ext. 262, or lwalker@famchildplace.org.

Family and School Services

Family and School Services are school based, family-centered services that encourage children’s school attendance, positive behaviors and academic performance.  All programs target students with specific needs, such as social competencies, academic performance, truancy and lack of parent involvement.

FSS programs include:

  • Families and Schools Together (FAST) FAST is designed to increase child success in school through a collaborative, multi-family prevention program that involves the family attending the program at the school. The structure and activities of FAST embody a complex interplay of family systems/therapy principles, delinquency and substance abuse prevention strategies, mental health interventions and group dynamics. There are occasionally variations of FAST that include Middle and High School transition programs.

      FAST: Sessions are for eight weeks per school, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

  • Meyzeek Middle School: CLASP program (After School Program) The CLASP program includes activities such as a daily homework help, life skills development, enrichment activities, service learning projects, and groups that focus on anger management techniques, substance abuse avoidance, peer relationships and reduction of risk-taking behaviors. Family Nights and field trips occur each semester.

            CLASP meets Monday-Friday, from 2:20-5:30 p.m. at Meyzeek Middle School.

Family Stabilization Program

Family Stabilization Program offers crisis intervention and long-term help for families at risk of homelessness. Through goal-oriented case management, the program keeps families out of the homeless shelter system, helps families locate housing or remain in their homes, and ensures families do not face risk of homelessness again.

 Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • GED Tutor:  This ongoing activity requires about one hour each week, or every other week, at either a Family & Children’s Place site or library.
  • Donation drive:  FSP needs a group willing to solicit donations of items such as toiletries, cleaning supplies, school supplies, etc.  This would be a one-time activity or annual activity.
  • Moving assistance:  FSP needs a group to help deliver donated items such as furniture, or to help move a client into a new home.  This would be an on-call activity as need arises and the volunteer would need access to a truck.
  • Event planner:  FSP needs a volunteer to help plan a graduation for clients.  This activity would last a few months with one-hour monthly meetings in the beginning and then more frequently as the event nears.

HANDS

HANDS is a voluntary intensive home visitation program for first time or expectant parents that helps foster healthy pregnancies and births, stable child growth and development, safe homes and self-sufficient families. Services can begin during pregnancy or at any time before a child is three months old.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Entry packet assembly:  the volunteer will compile and file various documents the HANDS program uses upon receiving a new client.
  • Copying forms:  volunteers will  copy various forms or packets used by  Family Support Workers in the HANDS program.
  • Translation:  HANDS seeks help translating forms regularly used with families from English to Spanish, Spanish to English, as well as possibly several other languages.
  • Organization: Volunteers can help organize space and files.
  • Diaper Pick up: Need one volunteer to pick up donated diapers from diaper bank monthly.

DEVELOPMENT

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Caper Committee:  Caper is an annual post-game party that follows a University of Louisville men’s basketball game that includes live and silent auctions, entertainment and a delicious variety of food and desserts from local restaurants.  This event committee needs help securing auction items throughout the year for the event’s silent auction as well as volunteers the day of the event to perform various tasks.
  • Golf Committee:  Each year, Family & Children’s Place hosts a golf scramble to benefit our many services and programs.  The committee seeks volunteers to help secure golf team participants as well as volunteers to help the day of the event with various activities.
  • Corporate Partnership Committee:  This committee seeks volunteers to solicit potential corporate partners.
  • Endowment Committee:   This  committee seeks volunteers to help solicit and cultivate planned giving donors.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Purpose – The Program Committee helps ensure that programs and services of Family & Children’s Place are meeting the needs of families in Metro Louisville and are consistent with the organization’s goals and objectives.  In addition, the committee makes recommendations on other needed services and programs.

The Program Committee focuses on the diverse factors that affect the programs and services Family and Children’s Place provides, including changing demographics and needs of families in the community, recommending new or needed programs to the Board, and reviewing and recommending program policies to ensure  appropriate delivery of services.  In addition, the Program Committee ensures all programs and services comply with local, state and federal regulations and regularly reviews the continued relevance and effectiveness of current programs and services.

* The Program Committee typically meets every 90 days.

ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE & PERSONNEL COMMITTEE 

Purpose – The Administration, Finance & Personnel Committee recommends policies and performs those functions necessary to ensure that Family & Children’s Place financial, administrative and personnel affairs are managed prudently and responsibly.

This committee focuses on such items as developing  context and policies for the annual operating budget, reviewing and planning for capital equipment or facility needs, and reviewing the organization’s investment and endowments funds.  This committee also reviews the organization’s personnel policies, including compensation packages and benefits, and develops other policies relevant to ensuring prudent fiscal affairs management.  Many of the policies and recommendations discussed by the committee will be presented to the Board for approval.

*  Committee meetings are periodic, with six to eight meetings annually.