Our volunteer-based model relies on contributions from the community to keep our playrooms running and bring special opportunities to children. The calendar below shows our monthly volunteer trainings, fundraisers, open group volunteer opportunities, and activities that have been booked with groups.
We always have opportunities. Please check the calendar for events labeled “Group Opportunity” – sign up by completing our group volunteer interest form.
Group Volunteer Opportunities:
- Adopt-a-Playroom: Help us maintain safe playrooms by cleaning and organizing our spaces and sanitizing toys. This opportunity involves some flexibility in scheduling a date, and the possibility of completing the cleaning on a weekend day. Recommended for groups of about 10 volunteers.
- Host a Holiday or Birthday Party: We look for group volunteers to bring a special birthday/holiday snack and activities that are above and beyond what our Playtime volunteers provide during our weekly programs. Your group brings extra supplies or decorations we don’t already have, as well as plans and leads appropriate holiday activities with the children and youth, under close supervision of our Site Manager and weekly Playtime volunteers. Parties take place during Playtime hours at predetermined times and dates. Recommended for groups of 5-15 volunteers, ages 18+ (exceptions made on a case by case basis).
- Bring a Special Talent to Playtime: If you can’t make a weekly commitment, bring your special skills/talents to one of our evening programs. For example, in the past we’ve had volunteers provide a yoga, dance, or art class; we’ve featured a dentist, firefighter, and astronaut who shared about their careers. Scheduling these opportunities depends on the current interests and needs of our sites. Recommended for individuals or small groups of 1-5 people.
- Office Helpers: We are in need of 3-5 volunteers to lend a hand straightening out our office storage. We have a large stockpile of books, school supplies, and other items in our basement that need to be sorted. Any items that Playtime no longer needs can be donated to other organizations. This would be a one-time opportunity that could take 4-6 hours, and would be greatly helpful. To sign up, email Deborah, email@example.com.
- Volunteers in Motion: We need volunteers with cars who can commit once a month to move donations from our office to our program locations. Interested volunteers will serve on an on-call basis, with the exact dates/times of pick-up and drop-off flexible depending on volunteer availability and amount of donations. Volunteers in Motion will join an email list to receive notifications about needs and will sign up for about one shift per month. Please email Deborah to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Book Club Helpers: We need committed monthly volunteers with a library card to help keep our book collections at our site locations up-to-date with our monthly curriculum themes. Volunteers will go to their local library once a month to take out books on our list (provided via email) for that month and deliver them directly to one of our program sites. Every month, you will drop off new books and retrieve the previous month’s books. This opportunity will launch in late January, so please email Deborah, email@example.com, to sign up. Recommended for individuals or families with children.
Interested? Please complete our group volunteer interest form. Responses are checked on a weekly basis by Deborah, Playtime Project’s Volunteer Coordinator. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Children growing up in very poor families experience levels of “toxic stress” that triggers a flood of cortisol in the brain’s hippocampus which subsequently impairs language development and memory. The anecdote to cortisol is seratonin which is released through laughter, play, and forming meaningful relationships with peers and caring adults