Volunteer

Welcome!

For 40 years, For The Child has participated in the prevention and treatment of child abuse in Long Beach and surrounding communities with the help and generosity of our volunteers.   To continue in our mission, we are seeking individuals to expand our family of volunteers to better serve our clients and the community.

Our agency offers many unique opportunities for compassionate, energetic, and dedicated individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children.

If you are interesting in becoming a volunteer, please feel free to familiarize yourself with our volunteer opportunities. If there are volunteer positions that interest you, click on the “Apply Now!” button and complete the online application.


Why Volunteer?

Did you know that volunteering not only helps the community, but it benefits you too!

According to World Volunteer Web and United Way, volunteers…

  • Learn or develop new skills
  • Predominantly express a sense of achievement and motivation
  • Can have increased career options
  • Find new interests and hobbies
  • Meet a diverse range of people
  • Can experience improved health
  • Make a difference in someone’s life!

General Volunteer Requirements

We’d love to have you on our team! As much as we’d like to accept any and all volunteers, we do have a few requirements that need to be met in order to qualify. Please see below to see our general volunteer requirements.

  • Must be 18 years of age (not in high school)
  • Submit to Live Scan background check (DOJ and FBI)
  • Submit to DMV background check
  • Complete assigned training as required
  • Provide proof of negative TB test within past 12 months (for child care and Kids’ Place volunteers only)

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Meet Some of Our Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities

Childcare for Parent Education Groups

Parenting well is not always easy or intuitive. For the Child provides a variety of parent education classes for challenged parents. Classes are 1.5 to 2 hours weekly. To encourage and enable attendance, we provide childcare to ensure their children are well-cared for and safe. Have fun playing, reading and doing projects in our lobby with the children while they await their parents.

Work with an experienced childcare person supervising and doing fun projects with infants to 12 year olds in our lobby while their parents are attending parenting classes. Crafts, coloring, holiday projects, rocking an infant, reading or helping with homework of older children are all part of this volunteer opportunity. Evening classes begin at 5:30 and end at 7. Daytime classes vary, but generally run from 10 to noon.

How do I qualify?
Have a desire to work with children. Enjoy meeting new children and reading, talking, playing…
A potential volunteer must be interviewed and complete a screening process (fingerprinting, DMV, referrals) before working with the children.
6 hours of training, including completion of an online child abuse reporting certificate required and provided by For The Child.
Be available on a regular basis to provide childcare at one parenting class – more if you have time! Need to arrive 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the class.

Mobile Unit Drivers

Experienced RV/Truck drivers are needed for a morning or afternoon to drive our 36′ mobile therapy unit to local school sites and back to the office. Drive takes from 30 minutes to 1 hour a.m. or p.m.

For The Child operates a 36’ mobile unit (a specially-equipped Winnebago motor home) in order to provide counseling and psychological therapy to children at their schools. Volunteer drivers are needed to take the motor home to its scheduled school site in a morning and return it to For The Child in the afternoon. Transportation between the school site and For The Child before/after delivery of the unit is provided.

How do I qualify?
A potential volunteer must be interviewed and complete a screening process (fingerprinting, DMV, referrals) before operating the mobile.
Have experience driving a motor vehicle of a similar size–perhaps a motor home or a truck or other equipment. Have a valid license and clear DMV record. Have insurance coverage. You also will be covered by For The Child’s Insurance.
Pass a test drive with the staff member in charge of the mobile.
Be able to give an hour or two in the morning or afternoon that you select on a regular schedule.

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The Child Abuse Response Team (CART)

Respond to emergency calls when a young child (through age 14) has been sexually assaulted. Meet the child and family at a hospital in Long Beach, San Pedro or Torrance to serve as the child’s advocate on the Sexual Assault Team. Help the child through the forensic exam and give the parents referrals for assistance. Requires 40 hours of training, provided by For The Child. Bilingual volunteers (Spanish /Khmer/other) needed also. Day, Evening and Weekend shifts.

CART is a group of highly dedicated volunteers who accompany a child and his/her family through the child’s examination for suspected sexual assault or molestation. Members of the CART team sign up for a 4 day weekday shift (daytime or evening) or a weekend shift to respond immediately when they receive a call that a child is being brought in to one of the hospitals served by For The Child for such a forensic medical exam.

As the child’s advocate, CART members may accompany the child into the exam, help the parents cope with what has happened, and help occupy this child and any other children who have come to the hospital with the family. CART members also provide information for the family about the treatment services offered by For The Child for both the child and the parent(s).

How do I qualify?
Have a desire to help children and their families at a time of great vulnerability and confusion for them.
Have transportation and the ability to respond within an hour of a “call-out” during the shifts you choose: Daytime responders are needed Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM; night time responders are needed between 5:00 PM and 8:00 AM Monday through Thursday and weekend responders needed for 24 hours on weekends and holidays (beginning at Friday 5 PM). Shifts range from 3 to 5 consecutive days on the week the volunteer chooses depending on the time of shift.
Be able to attend supervision and ongoing training for the team on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in Long Beach.
Attend the 40 hours of training required and provided by For The Child. Training includes shadowing an experienced CART team advocate on a minimum of two calls.
A potential volunteer must be interviewed before the training begins and must have completed the screening process (fingerprinting, DMV, referrals) prior to training or within 2 weeks of the beginning training.
Call (562) 422-8472 to inquire about the next 40 hour training available.

Kids’ Place

Children’s Waiting Rooms in Long Beach, Antelope Valley, Santa Monica and Pomona courthouses provide a safe haven for children (infant to 13 in most, 2.5 to 13 in others) while their parents take care of their adult legal business/proceedings. This fun project provides a volunteer an opportunity to assist childcare staff in playing, reading, and doing arts and crafts or music projects with the children while they wait for their parents to complete court business. Daytime M-F. 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 schedules available daily.

The Kids’ Place children’s waiting rooms are safe and nurturing child care facilities for children, ages infant to 13, at the Superior Courts in Long Beach, Santa Monica, Pomona and Antelope Valley. Centers are open from 8 AM to Noon and 1:15 to 4:45 PM to parents who have verifiable court business. There are books, games, toys, and computer games available for the children. The center has a unique literacy focus and each child receives a new book on his/her first visit.

In addition to working with children in the Kids’ Place facility, volunteers take books, games, puppets and other activities to children waiting with their parents in the hallways of other floors in the court building. Our goal is to make the court a safer place for children and ensure that their presence is not disruptive to court business.

How do I qualify?
Have a desire to work with children. Enjoy meeting new children and reading, talking, playing…
Be able to volunteer on an ongoing basis for a morning or afternoon each week.
A potential volunteer must be interviewed and complete a screening process (fingerprinting, DMV, referrals) before working with the children.
6 hours of training, including completion of an online child abuse reporting certificate required and provided by For The Child.

Special Projects and Events - Individuals and Groups Needed

Children and families need your time, your muscle, your expertise and skills, and your ability to raise funds and friends. Book drives, backpacks and school supplies, Thanksgiving food, holiday toys, Family Fun Fair as well as fundraising events like the Children’s Circle of Friends. (contact volunteer@www.forthechild.org or call (562) 422-8472 for more information.)

Circle of Friends:
We need volunteers to help with set-up, decorations, and checking attendees in. If you are interested, email Maribel Chavez and let her know how you would like to help. Table Captains and Sponsors are also needed. If you are interested or would like more information on this opportunity, please contact Maribel Chavez at mchavez@www.forthechild.org or (562) 422-8472. All money raised at this event goes towards funding the programs that serve children.

Childcare:
We have more toddlers joining us for parenting classes and need at least three more volunteers to help Mondays from 11a-1p and Thursdays from 10a-11:30a at our Cedar House location.
Our fearless volunteer, Edie, has been going at it alone on Thursday mornings but now we have three little ones that are all walking and running!

Book Buddies:
Literacy is very important for children and For The Child strives to give each child a book during their first visit. We often have books donated by local Foundations or retiring Teachers, but we need help to keep the books coming in. Book buddies will help solicit donations from their network of friends, families, churches, schools, work, etc. New and gently used books are accepted for all ages including toddlers and teenagers. For more information on this opportunity, please contact Maribel.

Handyman:
Or Handywoman! For The Child has two office buildings that occasionally need maintenance and repairs performed. Our goal for 2016 is to get a list of qualified individuals in the area who would be interested in coming to our aid when things break, need painting, etc. We will work with your schedule and provide all the support and materials that we can. If you would like to be on our SOS email list or know someone who would be interested, please let Maribel know at mchavez@www.forthechild.org.

Social Media

An experienced “techy” needed to assist in getting For The Child’ message, events, volunteer opportunities and education out to the community on Facebook et. al. (contact volunteer@www.forthechild.org or call (562) 422-8472 for more information.)

Apply Now!