Volunteers play a vital role in the Kids Incorporated organization
Our volunteers come from all walks of life: homemakers, middle school children or high school students wishing to earn Bright Future Scholarship hours. They are college students, career men and women, and retirees. They are stay-at-home moms, scouts, social and fraternal organizations, and businesses looking for a group project as part of giving back to the community. They are a special blend of people who want to give back to the community by helping others.
Volunteers provide an extra pair of hands in our early learning centers, work one-on-one with a child, read to children or help us promote Kids Incorporated at community outreach events. They serve on committees and boards, read to children once a week or once a month in a classroom, or help with Holiday Happiness. They serve as marketing or accounting interns, as a member of our Speakers’ Bureau, or organize a diaper drive within their company (Kids Incorporated uses 123,000 diapers a year!)
Volunteers must be a minimum of 12 years old and they can participate in as many hours, or as few, as they wish; there is no minimum requirement. All volunteers are required to participate in a one hour orientation session and those volunteers working directly with children must undergo a local background screening which Kids Incorporated will pay for. Volunteers wishing to work in one of our Early Head Start centers must meet specific requirements required by the Dept. of Children & Families’ licensing regulations. We’ll be happy to explain these requirements at our volunteer orientation.
Besides the obvious merits of having volunteers involved in our organization, Kids Incorporated benefits in a very important way from our volunteer program. The hours donated by volunteers are given a value (based on what we would have to pay an individual to do that position as an employee) and that value counts towards our local match.
To become a Kids Incorporated volunteer, please complete the online volunteer application and the additional forms below and submit to Alyssa Duany, Volunteer Specialist by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax at 850-414-9810, or by mail to 2326 Centerville Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32308. For questions or more information, you can contact Alyssa at 850-414-9800, ext. 112.
Parents as Volunteers
Client parents are encouraged to volunteer in classrooms and to parent in Family Engagement Activities (FEA) held at their centers by the parent committees and the Family Advocate. Upon enrollment, parents are asked to share topics they would like to learn more about during the program year as part of these activities. Speakers may be brought in to share information on a variety of topics, businesses and community organizations may share information about services, or an informal family valentine dance may be held. Some parent committees hold family movie nights and most invite VITA volunteers in during tax season to help parents complete tax returns as part of United Way’s BE$T Project. Parents serve on our EHS Policy Council as part of our form of shared governance and we encourage all family members to sign up to volunteer.
Volunteer Position Descriptions