Welcome to Family Centers' Volunteer/Community Engagement Information Page. We have many opportunities at Family Centers for you to get involved and make a difference! If you have an idea for a project or volunteer experience that you don't see listed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also welcome corporate and school groups.
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Literacy Volunteers at Family Centers is looking for volunteers to teach adults to read, write and speak the English language. Workshops teach a variety of techniques with emphasis on determining how the student learns best. Training includes practice and demonstration, lesson planning, and goal setting. Interested volunteers must be able to attend all sessions and previous teaching experience is not necessary. Please contact us for more information and join our dedicated group of dynamic tutors and make a difference in your community!
The Den for Grieving Kids
The Den for Grieving Kids is a free, group grief support program that creates a safe environment for children, teens, parents, and caregivers to discuss their bereavement. Each Den group is facilitated by two volunteers. The Den provides initial and ongoing training and guidance to help volunteer facilitators develop their capacity to be a helpful presence to the bereaved.
We offer two types of facilitator positions: School-Based Group Facilitators and Nights of Service Facilitators. School-based group facilitators commit to a weekly schedule of about one hour onsite at their assigned school, October-April, with some preparation time required outside of the school visit. Den groups take place in schools in the greater Greenwich/Stamford/Norwalk area. If interested, please reach out to Tyler Shanafelt at email@example.com.
Please click here to see a list of current school based group locations.
Nights of service facilitators are asked to commit to two Wednesday evenings a month (from 6:00-8:30 pm) year-round. Once a month meetings are in-person in Greenwich, once a month meetings are virtual. The evening consists of a pre and post meeting between facilitators and staff to both prepare and debrief about the interaction with participants. Grief groups run 7-8 pm. If interested, please reach out to Tyler Shanafelt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click here to see the 2023-24 Den calendar.
Early Care and Education
Family Centers' Early Care and Education program is seeking volunteers who can assist in the classroom with children ages 3-5 years old. Volunteer sessions are available Monday through Friday in the morning between 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or in the afternoon between 2:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m. at one of two locations in Greenwich: The Grauer Preschool (40 Arch Street) or The Gateway Preschool (2 Chapel Street). All volunteers will be supervised by licensed early childhood education teachers, and will help facilitate activities and learning experiences for children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. Interested volunteers should have some experience working with young children, and/or experience in an early childhood setting. All volunteers are required to come in for a personal interview and to complete an application. Volunteers must meet the minimum age requirement to volunteer (15), and those volunteers over the age of 18 must submit to a background check. Family Centers' Early Childhood Education Program is accredited by the NAEYC.
Greenwich Head Start and Family Centers' School Readiness Program (located at Armstrong Court in Greenwich) seeks dedicated volunteers to work in our classrooms with children ages 3 & 4 years old. Volunteers should enjoy being around young children in a preschool classroom setting and should be comfortable talking and listening to children with the ability to "get down on their level" both physically and mentally. Volunteers should enjoy books and stories that are age appropriate and also have the ability to “ad-lib”, enhance stories and ask questions as they go. The goal of this volunteer position is NOT to teach young children to read, but to inspire good feelings about reading and books and to increase interest in reading and books both inside and outside the classroom. This volunteer position is very flexible and can take place either in the morning (between 9:30-12:00) or in the afternoon (between 3:30-5:30). The minimum age to volunteer is 15, and those volunteers over the age of 18 are required to complete a background check. All volunteers are asked to schedule a personal interview.
Recreation Activity Volunteer
Greenwich Head Start and Family Centers' School Readiness Program (located at Armstrong Court in Greenwich are interested in afternoon volunteers (3:30-5 pm) to lead special group activities. Activities may include include: dance, yoga, art, reading, introduction to sports, musical instruments, cooking and science. Volunteers would create and implement three to four mini classes (20-30 minutes in length) and visit each of our four classrooms. Throughout the day our children have opportunities to explore learning areas, but this volunteer opportunity could lead a teacher-direct/more focused activity. Our teaching staff would support the volunteer and partake in the class with the volunteer leader. Family Centers’ Site Manger will work with the volunteer details regarding space and supplies needed to make the visit a success. The minimum age to volunteer is 15, and those volunteers over the age of 18 are required to complete a background check. All volunteers are asked to schedule a personal interview.
RITE Program (Reaching Independence through Employment)
Individuals and families utilize the career, educational counseling, goal planning, work readiness, life skills and family support services of the Reaching Independence through Employment (RITE) program as tools to reach a higher level of self-sufficiency and healthy independence. The RITE Program Coordinators guide the participants throughout, using a model of continuous evaluation and encouraging participant self-assessment along the way. Participants can engage in individualized and group based support focusing on resume writing, interview skills, the job search, LinkedIn and other web-based tools, financial literacy and more.
Referrals to numerous agencies for basic needs, computer training and job skills training are also provided. The RITE Program is free of charge and is open to residents living in or near lower Fairfield County.
Family First in EducationTutors
Family First in Education is a collaboration between Family Centers and the Greenwich YMCA. This fall a number of students are enrolled and are committed to the program five days a week with a goal of closing the achievement gap by providing supportive services to them and their families.
We are seeking High School Tutors to assist both K-5 students, as well as middle school age students who are attending this program. Tutors will provide academic support in math and reading for students on an as needed basis. Instruction and activities are designed expressly to promote subject mastery, develop grade-level competencies and to teach study skills.
Tutoring shifts are available Monday through Friday from 3:30-4:30pm and is hosted at two locations: the YMCA located at 50 E. Putnam Avenue, and St. Roch Church located at 10 St. Roch Avenue.
Community and Supportive Services
Seeking 2-4 volunteers to work one-on-one and in small groups with children in grades K-3rd in a learning center setting. Volunteers will help the children with their homework, provide assistance with the target lesson of the day, and help engage the children in the enrichment activity of the day by; talking to them, encouraging them, and modeling what is expected of the children. Other duties may include: setting up and cleaning up your workspace. Volunteers are needed Monday through Thursday between the hours of 4p.m.-5:30p.m. beginning September 2017. Services will be provided at the Lawn Hill and Oak Park community centers in Stamford.
Recreational Activity Volunteer
Family Centers is looking for enthusiastic adults or college/ high school students to work in collaboration with our Resident Service Coordinators at our various public housing locations to facilitate recreational, social and educational activities. If you have a special talent or interest and you are willing to share it with others, this could be the perfect volunteer opportunity! Activities can meet weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or even just once, depending on the volunteer's availability and the nature of the activity. Day of the week and times are flexible.
Click here to inquire about becoming a Recreational Activity Volunteer.
Parents As Teachers (PAT)
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a statewide support program that provides a system of continuous care designed to promote positive parenting. The PAT program at Family Centers is offered to all prenatal and first- and second-time parents in the communities of Greenwich, Stamford, Darien and New Canaan. After completing their training, volunteers contact parents by phone and offer support, educational materials, group events and referral information to other community services. Information to parents may include topics such as newborn feeding, childcare, stress management, immunizations, and other critical information about the health and care of their new baby. Volunteers will be supervised by the program coordinator.
Hours are flexible for this opportunity and volunteers may work out of our Stamford location (60 Palmer's Hill Road) or one of our Greenwich locations (40 Arch Street or 22 Bridge Street). In addition to the training, a personal interview and background check is required. Spanish speaking volunteers are encouraged to apply.
Click here to inquire about becoming a PAT volunteer.
Mothers for Others, a partnership with Family Centers, Inc. and other community agencies
Mothers for Others is the largest diaper bank in lower Fairfield County, based in Greenwich, Connecticut. Mothers for Others provides clients of Family Centers with a free one week supply of diapers or pull-ups each month for children up to age 3. The organization accepts donations of diapers and wipes, which in turn are distributed to children at Family Centers and Mothers for Others' other partner agencies. With the help of Family Centers, Inc., and other Fairfield County human service organizations, Mothers for Others is able to identify and assist local families that have immediate needs for diapers, a basic necessity for infants and toddlers.
To learn more about Mothers for Others, please click here: http://www.mothersforothers.org or send an email to email@example.com.