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Kidsfest 2014 


A family-oriented event where children and adults have fun. 


  Saturday May 3rd, 2014
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
at the North Florida Fairgrounds


Now is a great time to become a part of Kidsfest 2014.  We are currently seeking volunteers.  

Please click the link below to join in Kidsfest 2014.


Kidsfest 2014 Volunteer Application



Kidsfest Orientation and Training


Whether you have volunteered at Kidsfest before or this will be your first year participating we will be holding several orientation/training sessions so that you can be prepared.  These sessions will include an overview of Kids incorporated of the Big Bend as well as all the specifics of this year’s event.  The dates are listed below.  Please try to make arraignments to attend one of the sessions.


Thursday April 24th 5:30-6:30 pm

Friday April 25th 12-1 pm

Monday April 28th 5:30-6:30 pm


The sessions will be held here at the Kids Incorporated main office.

2326 Centerville Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32308


Directly across from the Centerville Road Post Office.

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BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Who Can Volunteer?

Our volunteers come from all walks of life.  They are homemakers, teenagers, career men and women, retirees, husband and wife teams and employees.  They are college students, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and social or fraternal organizations.  But whatever the age or previous experience of our volunteers, they are a special blend of people who share a common purpose - helping others by giving of themselves.

You must be at least 12 years of age to qualify.  Volunteers may participate in as many hours, or as few, as they wish; there is no minimum requirement.  There are specific requirements for working our Early Head Start (EHS) centers while the children are in attendance, due to licensing requirements.  We'll be happy to explain these to perspective volunteers interested in working at one of our centers. 

Training is an integral part of your volunteer experience.  All volunteers must participate in a one hour orientation session and those who wish to work directly with children must undergo a local background screening (which Kids Incorporated will pay for).  To become a Kids Incorporated Volunteer, complete the Online Volunteer Application and the additional forms attached below and submit to Matthew Vossler, Volunteer Coordinator, by email at mvossler@kidsincorporated.org or by phone 850-414-9800 ext. 112 or by fax at 850-414-9810 or by mail to 2326 Centerville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308. Orientations are generally held once a month at our Administrative Offices.


Volunteer Application


Volunteer Opportunities PDF  | Print |  E-mail

Kids Incorporated offers volunteers unique opportunities to give their time and enhance the many services provided by the agency. Volunteers make a significant difference in the lives of children and families the agency serves.

 

We understand that everyone has various amounts of time available to volunteer, so no matter how much time you have to give, Kids Incorporated has an opportunity for you to get involved!


Explorer: May only volunteer once

Short-term: Semester commitment

Practicum Students: Semester long commitment to meet class requirements

Long-term: More than a semester commitment

Interns: One to two semesters, for credit or not for credit, minimum of 18 hours/week

Potential Student Projects: To be taken on by Service learning students or student organizations, including Registered Student Organizations 


School Readiness Volunteers

This opportunity is perfect for those looking for short-term, practicum, or long-term volunteer time commitments. If you enjoy working directly with children, consider volunteering in one of our early head start centers. We are always seeking caring, energetic, and reliable people to take on the following positions:

Teacher Assistants: “Work with teachers to help children reach their full potential”

·         Communicate directly with lead teachers to help assist with the daily activities of the classroom

·         Help set up and put away games and activities (toys, blocks, puzzles, painting etc.).

·         Participate in games and activities by playing with children, talking to them, showing them how to properly use supplies, and teaching them how to play games.

·         Reinforce proper hygiene by helping children wash their hands and use tissues or paper towels properly, reminding them to cover their mouths when coughing, and to keep things out of their mouth.

·         Reinforce proper behavior by teaching them to share and play nicely or redirecting their focus if there is an argument.

·         Comfort children when they are upset or crying by hugging, holding or rocking them.

Reading Assistants: “Promote an active mind

·         Read to children using an interactive approach by pointing at pictures, asking questions, using and explaining new vocabulary.

·         Use positive reinforcement to promote literacy and get children excited about reading.

·         Read with a clear voice and tone, enunciate, and repeat vocabulary with children.

Playscape Volunteers: “Create a clean and safe playing environment”

·      Clean up playgrounds by sweeping sidewalks and play areas, picking up trash, and collecting misplaced toys or supplies.

·         Organize toys or supplies in their proper places or give to their supervisor.

·         Organize cleaning supply closets and keep them clean.

·         Maintain flowerbeds and spread mulch.

·          Look for potential hazards such as sharp edges, broken things etc. and notify supervisor immediately.

·         Work together as a group and in unison.

 

Foster Grandparents:  “Making a difference for the next generation.”

 

The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) offers volunteer opportunities to limited-income persons age 55 and older.  Foster Grandparents provide one-on-one assistance to children with special and exceptional needs. This opportunity is only available for those looking for long-term­ volunteer  time commitments.

 

Office Volunteers: “Helping make every day a success.”

 

This opportunity is perfect for those looking for short-term, or long-term volunteer time commitments. If you have a passion for organization, writing, and working independently, consider volunteering at a Kids Incorporated office. We are always looking for:

 

Front Desk Volunteers: “Welcome our visitors”

·         Greet visitors politely and direct them to the indicated person based on their inquiries or needs.

·         Answer telephone calls, transfer calls, and take detailed messages.

Office Volunteers: “Make every day possible”

·         Make copies, scan or file paperwork according to given directions.

·         Accomplish the task at hand in a timely manner and ask for clarifications if needed.

·         Running errands.


 Internships: “Training strong leaders through meaningful work force experience.”


This opportunity is perfect for those looking for short-term , long-term, or internship volunteer time commitments. If you are looking to gain leadership experience and have a rewarding way to spend your semester, consider obtaining an internship with Kids Incorporated. We routinely take on interns in the following areas:

 

Marketing Internships:

·         Refine customer service and office skills

·         Work independently and have the ability to take direction

·         Assist the Community Affairs and Public Relation departments

·         Create and update publications and promotional items

·         Generate new ideas for brochures and electronic newsletters

·         Navigate and keep social media sites and website up-to-date

·         Promote outreach events

Finance & Operations Internships:

·         Federal Grant experience

·         Carefully and efficiently enter data according to given instructions

·         Ask for clarifications if needed

·         Must stay on task and meet deadlines

Graphic Design Internships:

·         Design and update logos for Kids Incorporated services and events

·         Work directly with Publications Department

·         Generate creative ideas and innovative designs

·         Must have competencies with computer programs, typing, and websites

·         Navigate and keep social media sites and website up-to-date, functional, and organized



Parent Participation Events

 

Monthly parent meetings run by parents for parents provide an opportunity for an exchange of information.  Parent interest surveys are provided at the time of enrollment in order for parents to offer feedback on training topics they would like the program to offer. This opportunity is available for those looking for short-term or long-term volunteer time commitments.


Outreach Volunteers: “Lead community events and inspire involvement”

 

This opportunity is perfect for those looking for explorer volunteer time commitments. Kids Incorporated takes part in several annual fundraisers and events which help raise awareness for our organization, and promote enrichment in the lives of children and families. We rely on volunteers to help with the following events:

Downtown Getdown Volunteers:

·         Provide hands-on activities advocating for Kids Incorporated services

·         Playing with a purpose

Holiday Happiness Volunteers:

·      Assist with planning and organization of this event from October-December

·         Monetary and in-kind donations

·         Assist with shopping for holiday gifts for adopted families

·         Assist with processing gifts during drop-off days

Kidsfest Volunteers:

·      Assist with planning and organization of this event which occurs on the first Saturday in May each year

·         Pay close attention to the safety of each child on the equipment, with the materials and with other children

·         Assist with set-up, parking, and clean-up

·         Provide hands-on kids’ activities advocating for Kids Incorporated services

Havana Nights Volunteers:

·         Volunteers for this event must be 21+ years-old

·         Assist with planning and organization of this annual event which takes place on the last Friday in January each year

·         Assist with marketing this event to potential donors and attendees

·         Provide hospitality and concierge services to guests of this event

·         Represent Kids Incorporated’s mission and vision

 

Special Projects:

This opportunity is perfect for those looking for student projects volunteer time commitments. As a potential project you may decide to hold one of the following donation events:

      Diaper Drive

      Wish List Drive for our Early Head Start Programs 


 

If you are interested in volunteering with Kids Incorporated, please fill out the volunteer application and corresponding documents located atthe top of this page.

 

You may also contact our volunteer coordinator, Matt Vossler, for more information.

Matthew J. Vossler

Volunteer Coordinator

Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend

2326 Centerville Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32308


(850) 414-9800 ext. 112



 
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