Respite programs, like Fundango, provide children with the chance to build relationships with other children in adoptive, foster and kinship families, as well as a way for kids to participate in meaningful activities that increase their skills and resources. Respite care is a key part of the post-placement services often needed by adoptive, foster, and kinship families that help support placement stability and permanency.
By spending some of your time with our kids, you will be providing significant benefits to their families.
There are 3 ways to volunteer with Kids at Heart:
Direct service Fundango volunteers are our most utilized volunteer position at Kids at Heart. Our volunteers are typically college age or older, though we have some dedicated teens who also volunteer. We encourage teens from ages 11-16 to volunteer with their parent(s) whenever possible. Each bi-monthly Fundango requires a minimum of 15 volunteers and often more, depending on the number of kids. Volunteers lead age groups with children aged 0-17 or run a station that has been planned by our Coordinator. Volunteers are expected to keep kids on track in a loving way and help keep them safe, but are never asked to discipline. We hope that our volunteers, who work directly with children and families, will have an opportunity to get to know each child and create positive adult-child relationships with them at each Fundango.
Are you a creative individual? Kids at Heart would love to utilize your talents by having you join the creative crew. They design plans for different crafts, snacks, active rotations, and other activities.
We are always looking for volunteers to help with office tasks and creative projects. Some tasks may include: Cleaning lanyards, organizing name tags, inputting data, or helping to organize the supply closet.