Volunteers play a leading role in providing community services through their work with the agency.
Opportunities to volunteer vary from one CAS to another, but generally volunteers can get involved in a wide range of services. We try to fit the assignment to the skills, interests and available time of each volunteer. Some volunteers develop supportive relationships with children and families. Others participate in children’s groups, or take part in ongoing programs that benefit both children and their parents. Many volunteers do whatever is needed to help improve the lives of children in our care, such as driving children to appointments. Others serve on our Board of Directors or committees. No matter how you volunteer with us, you will be part of a team that includes staff, foster parents, and children and families. You will benefit from training, supervision and recognition for your contribution – but your primary reward will be knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of children and their families.
There are volunteering opportunities available for whatever time commitment you are able to make. Some volunteers donate a few hours each week or month, while others donate a large part of their leisure time.
Characteristics of a Volunteer
- you have time available
- you have an interest in your community
- you care for other people
- you are flexible, accepting and non-judgmental
Volunteer drivers take children to appointments across the county, and sometimes out of the area. Drivers are compensated for their mileage.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call your local CAS. You will be interviewed and go through the screening process. This helps both you and the agency decide whether volunteering at the CAS is right for you.