Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Sheffield Place. Volunteers enable Sheffield Place to reach beyond the limits of our staff resources and expand service to homeless mothers and children. As a volunteer, you can make a difference in the lives of the families who call Sheffield Place “home.”
individuals and Groups (congregations, civic clubs, etc.) are needed for a number of roles, including:
- Adult Assistant — children ages 3 through 12 - works under the direction of the Child Therapist to assist by interacting with the children, playing with games, reading to the children one-on-one or as a group, helping with snacks, art projects, etc. Training provided: an hour or orientation to learn about the program and expectations as well as an evening of observing the program.
- Adult Assistant — infants – works under the direction of the Child Therapist and with child care providers to directly care for infants and assist them with developmental tasks. Training provided: an hour or orientation to learn about the program and expectations as well as an evening of observing the program.
- Saturday Morning Adult Assistant — works under the direction of the Child Therapist during the Saturday morning programming from 9 a.m. to noon. by interacting with the children, assisting with games, reading to the children one-on-one or as a group, helping with snacks, art projects, etc. Training provided: an hour or orientation to learn about the program and expectations as well as an evening of observing the program.
- Healthy Snack provider — Bring healthy snacks for children’s group each week for one month on Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Saturday mornings. Healthy snacks include apple slices, gold fish or other crackers, raw carrots and/or other vegetables and 100% fruit juice. (no cookies, cakes or other sweets, please)
- Fundraising — assist with special events to raise funds for Sheffield Place
- Community Ambassador — host a home party to inform friends about Sheffield Place
- Workplace Volunteer — encourage fellow employees to support Sheffield Place events, conduct drives for items on the immediate needs list
- Saturday evening dinners - a monthly Saturday evening dinner. Volunteers arrive at 5 p.m. with food, beverages, and tableware for 12 to 14 adults and 15 to 20 children. Dinner is served at about 5:30 p.m. in the lobby. The volunteers serve the food and interact with the families. Clean up takes place at about 6:30 p.m. and the volunteers then take a tour of the facility and depart at about 7 p.m.
- Corporate, Congregation, or Civic Group workday - Volunteers come to Sheffield Place by pre-arrangement on a weekday or Saturday morning and help with specific tasks such as deep-cleaning the facility, organizing storage spaces, working in the garden and on the grounds, and other tasks.
Volunteerism for individuals at Sheffield Place is a two step process:
- Please print, complete, and return the attached volunteer application to the Office of Program & Development. Because Sheffield Place provides services to children, we are required by law to conduct background checks on all volunteers who come in contact with our clients. A background screening form needs to be submitted with your application.
- Attend an orientation meeting specific to your area of interest. A representative of Sheffield Place will confirm your eligibility to volunteer with our organization and contact you about the status of your application.
Please email David Hanzlick or call 816-483-9927, Ext 113 to discuss these and other volunteer opportunities.