Volunteer Opportunities at Safe Horizon

Volunteer Details
Position:Volunteer Childcare Assistant - Children's Centers - Court Programs
Type:VOL Volunteer
Reports To:varies
Location:Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Bronx

Court Based Children’s Centers Court-based Children’s Centers provide safe, educational childcare for children whose caregivers are in court. Volunteers work with staff to supervise and creatively engage children in educational activities. Volunteers may also assist with administrative work and meal preparation.


••Supervise playroom/waiting area activity and provide age appropriate support to ensure child safety •Entertain and comfort children •Creatively engage children in age-appropriate games and activities • Minimum commitment of 4 hours per week Additional Tasks (may include): •Answer phones and intercom system as needed •Distribute snacks and meals to children in waiting area •Assist children with homework •Create and administer educational activities •Organize, clean, and sanitize toys and surfaces •Work on special projects such as preparing resource packets, updating services and entitlement information, and helping with the Center bulletin boards •Develop a working knowledge of the center and the role of volunteers •Provide recommendations to improve the center’s volunteer usage •Perform additional tasks assigned by Safe Horizon staff members


Qualifications: •Willingness to give time and energy to fulfill the goals of the center •Human relations skills necessary to communicate with children, staff and adult clients •Willingness to work in an environment where children and clients may be in distress •Ability to work both independently and as part of the team •Flexibility and willingness to work on a variety of tasks •Ability to work with a diverse staff and client population •Ability to establish rapport and enjoy play activities with children of diverse ages and cultural backgrounds •Creative skills in developing activities for children •Awareness of impact of victimization on families and children Bilingual Spanish/English a plus, but not required Requirements: •Application and screening process •Background check & Statewide Central Register Database Check form •Fingerprinting (varies by program) •Review and sign confidentiality agreement

Education:Not Applicable
Hours:Not Applicable
Days: N/A
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