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Individual Volunteers

Exceptional Care for Children (ECC) accepts volunteers of all ages!

 

When you volunteer at ECC, you can make a meaningful difference in the life of a child and have flexible options and opportunities that fit your schedule.

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COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

For the health and safety of our residents and employees, Volunteers are currently restricted from visiting Exceptional Care for Children. In lieu of interacting directly with our residents here at ECC, we are currently offering Virtual Volunteer opportunities.

For an updated list of Virtual Volunteer opportunities, please reach out to Emily Holcombe.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Volunteer Opportunities

RESIDENT PLAY DATE

Volunteers visit on a flexible schedule in the Living Rooms, to play with the children during their downtime.

PLAY THERAPY

Volunteers visit weekly in our Play Room, to help the children reach their goals through the disguise of structured and free play.

Play Therapy

CLASSROOM

Volunteers visit weekly while school is in session, to assist the children with their education goals.

MENTOR

Volunteers visit weekly, to serve as a buddy to a specific child (availability based on current need).

Play Therapy

ENTERTAINMENT

Volunteers visit to lead an activity with a group of ECC children. Activities can range from painting class, dance lessons or recital, musical entertainment, etc.

BABY CUDDLERS

Assist ECC by rocking one of our babies during heavy care times so that nursing staff has free hands to provide care to the other children (availability based on current need)

Play Therapy

FAQs

How Do I Get Started?


If you would like to volunteer, the first step is to take a tour of the facility during our Volunteer Tour & Orientation. The tour and orientation will take about approximately 60 minutes total, and advance sign up is required. You can contact Emily Holcombe eholcombe@exceptionalcare.org for orientation dates and to sign up.

Additionally, before you can begin to volunteer, you must complete the following forms:

Will You Train Me?


You got it! In addition to Volunteer Orientation, which all volunteers must attend prior to beginning volunteer work, each volunteer will receive a supervised “First Volunteer Visit”. During this visit, the Volunteer Coordinator will show you sign in/out procedures, tour you around your assigned volunteer area, introduce you to children and staff, and take your photo for your Volunteer ID badge.

Is There A Minimum Time Commitment?


Minimum time commitments are determined by your volunteer area:

  • Play Therapy, Classrooms, Baby Cuddlers & Mentor Volunteers are required to visit 1 hour per week.
  • Resident Play Date & Entertainment Volunteers are required to visit a half an hour each month.

Do You Have Evening And Weekend Volunteer Opportunities?


Resident Play Date, Baby Cuddlers and Mentor Volunteers visit can visit in the evenings and on weekends. If scheduled with the Volunteer Coordinator, there is also opportunity for Entertainment Volunteers to visit in the evenings and on weekends.

I Just Want To Visit One Time – Is That OK?


Only Entertainment Volunteers are accepted for one-time visits. If you are interested in a one-time Entertainment Volunteer visit, please contact Emily Holcombe eholcombe@exceptionalcare.org

Will You Verify My Volunteer Hours?


Yes we will! If you need to record hours for school, scholarship or another organization, a verification of volunteer hours letter can be prepared by the Volunteer Coordinator, with advance notice; however, the hours can only be listed if they can be verified.

Do You Accept Court Mandated Volunteer Hours?


No we do not.

Is There A Minimum Age Requirement?


We accept volunteers of all ages! However, volunteers under the age of 16 must have a parent or guardian present in the building while they are volunteering.

Can I Volunteer Or Read With Children In Their Bedrooms?


After being a volunteer in good standing for a minimum of three months, you can apply to become an “Independent Volunteer”. Independent Volunteers are allowed to visit in unsupervised settings with our children. This volunteer opportunity requires a full background check and drug screening and is at the discretion of the Volunteer Coordinator.

Does Exceptional Care For Children Participate In The Presidential Volunteer Service Award Program?


Yes we do! Exceptional Care for Children has been a Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) Certifying Organization since 2016.

How Do I Learn More?


Don’t hesitate to contact Emily Holcombe eholcombe@exceptionalcare.org with any other questions.