We heavily rely on volunteers to keep our playrooms running and bring special events and activities to the children. In addition to our weekly Play Ranger volunteers, we have many one-time and regular opportunities to support children experiencing homelessness.
Group Volunteer Opportunities:
- 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 us to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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, 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).
- 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.
- 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.
Interested? Please complete the form below. Responses are checked on a weekly basis by the Volunteer Program Manager.
Fact – University of Michigan
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 antidote to cortisol is seratonin which is released through laughter, play, and forming meaningful relationships with peers and caring adults.