Volunteers make the day-to-day operations of Child Crisis Arizona possible.
Individual Volunteer Opportunities
**Please visit our COVID-19 updates page for ideas of how to help.**
There are a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, ranging from direct care with children in the shelters, to supporting our prevention programs.
All individual volunteers must be at least 18 years old and complete the volunteer process.
If you are a current Child Crisis Arizona volunteer, you may log in here.
Emergency Children’s Shelter Volunteer
Volunteers in the Emergency Children’s Shelters spend time playing with the kids and assisting staff with day-to-day tasks. They are able to provide one-on-one attention to children in need.
One- year commitment required, volunteering one shift per week. Shifts are 2-3 hours long, 7 days a week. Level one fingerprint clearance card and TB test required.
Special Activities Volunteers
Special Activities Volunteers provide programming for the children in our Emergency Children’s Shelters. Programming can include but is not limited to: art, dance, science, and music.
One-year commitment required, volunteering one shift per month. Shift length, day and time depend on the program. Level one fingerprint card required.
Early Education Services Volunteer
Volunteers in Early Education spend time assisting Early Education teachers with classroom activities. They may lead smaller groups of children in classroom projects.
One-year commitment required, volunteering one shift per week. Shifts are 3-5 hours long, Monday through Friday. Level one fingerprint card and TB test required.
Program Support Volunteer
Other programs utilize volunteers, including assisting with childcare, event support, clerical support, scrapbooking, and other opportunities as they arise.
Attend an orientation for more information about these opportunities.
How To Become a Volunteer
Step 1: Attend an orientation
All orientations are held at 817 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Please register to attend an orientation by contacting Beth Price, Volunteer and Corporate Partnerships Manager, at (480) 834-9424 or Beth.Price@childcrisisaz.org.
- Orientations are postponed until further notice
All orientations start promptly at the times listed above. If you are planning on attending an orientation, please be sure to arrive on time or slightly early to avoid missing important information!
If you are unable to attend our volunteer orientation please reach out to Beth Price, Volunteer and Corporate Partnerships Manager, at (480) 834-9424 or Beth.Price@childcrisisaz.org and she will be happy to assist you.
Step 2: Complete an application
Volunteer application packets and instructions will be made available to prospective volunteers on the night of orientation!
*A Level 1 fingerprint clearance card is required. If you have lived outside Arizona in the past 5 years, additional background checks will be necessary.
Step 3: Participate in an interview
After all the paperwork is received, we’ll coordinate an in-person interview to get to know you better and determine your area of interest.
Step 4: Attend training
Once we determine which program you’ll be helping with, we’ll arrange any necessary training.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
See the variety of volunteer opportunities for groups below.
Volunteer at Special Events
Partner with our program staff to create unforgettable experiences for the children and families we serve! Contact Beth Price at Beth.Price@childcrisisaz.org to learn more about how your group can help provide support at one of the many playgroups, family activity nights and other events we provide throughout the year.
Gail Shapiro is no stranger to early education. She has master’s degree in early education and was a preschool teacher in Connecticut for a time. When she was introduced to the Early Head Start programs at Child Crisis Arizona it seemed like a perfect place for her to volunteer.
For three years Gail has been volunteering once a week in a classroom with 3, 4 and 5 year old students preparing for kindergarten.
“I remember asking why we didn’t put the 4 and 5 year olds in one class and 3 to 4.5 year olds in another,” she said. “It was explained to me it’s a social program. The older kids instruct the younger kids. I see how it works and blossoms. Every time a new class comes in, the little babies are taken under the wings of the older ones and it’s beautiful. The program is fabulous.”
During her time volunteering Gail reads to the students, plays with toys or on the playground with them, and helps with crafts and different activities. Gail said she loves that each activity is a learning opportunity for the kids. The best part is the relationship with the children.
“It’s like a standing ovation every day,” she said. “It’s incredible. Listening to what they do, giving the extra hug–it gives you way more than you give them.”
If Gail had any advice for people considering volunteering it would be to do it.
“It’s my favorite day of the week when I know I’m going there,” she said. “As long as I’m physically able I’m going to return. Don’t hesitate to jump in!”
Questions about volunteering?
*The estimated dollar value of volunteer time is $24.69 per hour for 2016, according to the Independent Sector, a coalition of charities, foundations, corporations, and individuals that publishes research important to the nonprofit sector.
All decisions with respect to selecting volunteers will be at the sole discretion of Child Crisis Arizona. Child Crisis Arizona reserves the right to accept or reject any volunteer applicant for any reason, at any time during the application or onboarding process.
How to Get Started
Contact our Volunteer and Corporate Partnerships Manager, Beth Price, for membership information at Beth.Price@childcrisisaz.org.