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Volunteer

We simply cannot do our amazing work without the assistance of talented local volunteers like you.

“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.”

Flora Edwards

The Center for Children and Families is the only housing program in the area that is child centered, working specifically with Child Protective Services and Alcohol and Other Drug services to ensure that both transitional housing and in-home housing resources are for the purpose of promoting safety, well-being and permanency for children.

We are a community collaborative effort. Volunteers are essential to the operation of The Center’s many programs and services. Your help contributes directly to the success of our clients.

If you have an idea or specific needs, or to arrange a larger-scale project for a large group, please contact us. We would be happy to tailor an experience especially for you.

 

You can help!

Work directly with our children and youth or support our programs in other ways.

Volunteer your time & talents

Be a Friend and Mentor!

Volunteer with Children and Youth

Children's Programming Volunteer

    • Administer age-appropriate developmental lessons (materials, training and instruction provided by The Center)
    • Ensure child safety during activities
    • Opportunities available during the day and in the evenings, 2-5 hours per week
    • Background check required
Help kids grow! Much more than just being a caretaker or babysitter, this opportunity is about setting a foundation for a child’s social and emotional development. Volunteer for one or more weekly groups and experience children's growth over time! Opportunities exist to work with children of all ages, from infant to middle school-aged.

Youth Matters Assistant

    • Chaperone fun outings and volunteer activities
    • Assist youth during life skills classes
    • Background check required
    • Schedule varies; 5-15 hours/month.
Work with teens and adults aging out of foster care by supporting activities and programming in our Youth Matters program. Volunteers can become a member of a young person's support network at a very important time in his/her life.

Life Skills Expert

    • Housing and transportation
    • Job and career planning
    • Identity and education beyond high school
    • Daily living skills (laundry, grocery shopping, etc.)
    • Volunteers have the option to give just one presentation, or to participate in an entire 4-5 week session
    • Time requirement is two (2) hours per session taught.
Share your talent! Teach practical skills to teens and young adults transitioning out of foster care. Subjects can be anything to help youth ages 16-21 as they prepare for adult independence. You can even create and present a practical skills lesson (Tuesday afternoons)!

Children's Transportation Volunteer

    • Valid MT driver’s license, clean driving record and background check required.
    • Center-owned vehicle provided.
    • Vehicle fuel and maintenance provided by The Center.
    • Opportunities available during the day and in the evenings; time commitment is flexible
Assist in transportation of children and families involved with The Center’s programming. Help transport children to The Center for appointments and activities from home, school, daycare or other agency appointments.

Celebrating Families! Facilitator

    • Present lessons/instructions to one age group.
    • Because continuity is key, facilitators are asked to commit to the entire 16 week session.
    • Celebrating Families is held on Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:00 and include a family meal. Contact us for next start dates.
    • Background check required.
    • Can be used to gain hours toward licensure in several counseling and human services fields
    • Time requirement is about 3 hours/week
Help families build strong bonds! Facilitate age-specific small group lessons and model healthy behaviors. Celebrating Families is a 16-week program that teaches family skills as well as health information and builds social and emotional skills for families with a history of addiction. Meetings begin with a large group meal, after which participants break off into age-based groups to participate in activities and lessons.

Support our Programming with Your Skills!

Volunteer Behind the Scenes

Celebrating Families! Meal Preparation

    • Multiple opportunities available
    • Pick one week to serve, or sign up for several. Food preparation volunteers are NOT required to sign on for the entire 16 week session.
    • Shop for ingredients during a time that works for you. (shopping list, budget and funds provided by The Center.)
    • Assemble ingredients into crockpots at The Center on Thursday morning.
    • Time requirement is two (2) to three (3) hours per week.
Help us strengthen families in crisis by shopping for and preparing a crockpot meal. Celebrating Families is a 16-week program that teaches family skills as well as health information and builds social and emotional skills for families with a history of addiction. Meetings begin with a large group meal, after which participants break off into age-based groups to participate in activities and lessons.

Donations Volunteer

    • Organize and inventory donations weekly, placing them neatly in the storage area.
    • Assist in distribution of goods to clients in need.
    • Manage the organization, distribution, and tracking of donations to clients from The Center’s donation store.
    • Background check required.
    • Time requirement and schedule are flexible.
The Center is fortunate to be the recipient of regular donations from a large household goods retail store in the Billings area. In addition, we receive donations of goods from generous community residents. All donations are stored at The Center for distribution to our clients, especially those who are transitioning to adult independence, living in poverty, recovering from addiction or crisis, etc.

Donation Pick-Up/Transport

    • Pick up donations from one retail donor twice per month (bi-weekly).
    • Deliver to The Center.
    • Personal vehicle (Pickup truck, SUV or some larger vehicle) required, as boxes are rather large.
    • Store personnel assist with loading, Center staff can be available to assist with unloading.
    • Time requirement is four (4) to eight (8) hours per month.
The Center is fortunate to be the recipient of regular donations from a large household goods retail store in the Billings area. All donations are stored at The Center for distribution to our clients, especially those who are transitioning to adult independence, living in poverty, recovering from addiction or crisis, etc.

Administrative Support

    • Answer the phone and greet clients as they come in the door
    • Participate in filing, compiling resources, and preparing information for clients
    • Depending on your goals, you may be placed in a program that is particularly interesting to you
    • Background check required
    • Schedule and hours are flexible
Help out behind the scenes at The Center! As a busy nonprofit, we always have a lot to do and not enough people to do it. This is a great way to gain practical experience and make connections in the human services field.

Want to help?

Contact us to learn how you can change the lives of these people with something as simple as your presence.

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