What can I do?
Help us Help Kids
Where do I come in?
Child Watch is always in need of caring, dedicated volunteers. We have several different volunteer opportunities, depending on your interest and availability. If you have a few hours each week, you can help make a difference in the life of a child.
(all volunteer roles require an application and background checks)
– CASA Program (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Highly trained volunteer position speaking up for the best interests of children who enter the court system due to abuse or neglect findings. Requires completion of a 30-hour pre-service training course, which includes classroom instruction and court observation. CASAs are matched with children and advocate for the best interests of the child, including interviewing all parties involved in a case, visiting the child regularly and reporting information to the court. Once training is completed, volunteers typically work about 3 to 4 hours a week, including occasional daytime availability for court dates. Per National CASA guidelines, volunteers must be at least 21 years of age.
– Education Program
Volunteers help present our child-focused safety and prevention program to elementary school students in the Purchase Area. The program covers Body Safety (safe and unsafe touches), Cyber Smarts (being safe and responsible online, on social media, and in all electronic communication) and The Respect Effect (treating others respectfully and encouraging mutual respect). Presentations take place during school hours, so volunteers must have occasional daytime availability. There is considerable flexibility when volunteering with this program. Volunteers can be scheduled as little as one day a month according to their availability, and can decline when a presentation doesn’t work with their schedule. There is no specific age requirement; volunteers should be comfortable speaking to a large audience of 30+ students (kindergarten through 6th grade) and have experience interacting with children.
– Client Services
Occasionally we utilize volunteers to assist with answering phones, general office work, and entertaining and supervising children while their adult caregivers meet with therapists. This opportunity is available as needed.
– Special Projects
Involves volunteering intermittently as needed, such as for fundraising events and community outreach activities.
For more information, please contact us at 270.443.1440 or email us using the “inquire now” button at the top of the page.