Programs

We are constantly in need of volunteers for many of our programs. We will meet the volunteer where they feel most comfortable by accommodating their schedules and interests. See where your talents would be best served by exploring our volunteering opportunities below.

PLEASE NOTE: Court-ordered or mandated community service is not a current option at Advocates for Children.

Due to HIPAA Laws and our confidentiality policy, all volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. (See VolunTeen exception below.)

Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter

Bring a Meal

Provide a meal to our kids at Flowering Branch by dropping off a meal or providing the funds for a special meal out on the town. Be sure to sign up for a specific day and meal at advochild.org/meals.

Host a Supplies Drive (Please contact the shelter at lyndsey@advochild.org before hosting a drive to learn about our most current needs.)

We are in constant need of paper products and hygiene kits for our children’s shelter and our Hope in Your Home clients. This is a great way for neighborhood groups, corporate teams, and individuals to make a difference. You can view our wish list here.

Become a Mentor

Mentors serve as positive role models to our residents. We require our mentors to commit to serving one hour per week with their mentee. To become a mentor, you must attend an interview with the shelter director, complete a training class, obtain a background check, and complete a fingerprint screening.

Contact melissa@advochild.org to learn more about our current mentor needs.

Become a VolunTeen

VolunTeens are fun, positive teens who serve as friendly companions to our Flowering Branch residents. To become a VolunTeen, you must be between 15-18 years old and in the process of obtaining a high school diploma or equivalent. VolunTeens are responsible for providing their own source of transportation and must commit to approximately 10-12 volunteer hours each week.

Our goal is to have a VolunTeen actively involved with the program through the completion of their senior year. We will only accept 2-3 VolunTeens into the program at any one time, so this is a highly exclusive opportunity to be listed on college applications.

Students interested in becoming a VolunTeen must complete an application, provide two letters of recommendation, and participate in a panel interview.

Contact melissa@advochild.org to learn more about our VolunTeen program.

Become a Tutor

Lending an academic hand to our residents at Flowering Branch is a great way to get involved with our organization. To become a tutor, you will need to attend a training session, complete a background screening, and commit to one 2-hour tutor session each week.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please fill out a volunteer application.

Questions? Contact our Education Coordinator at Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter by phone at 770-382-6180.

To learn more about group volunteer activities at Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter, please review our FBCS Group Guidelines

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)

A CASA provides much needed support to children in the court system by gathering information about the child’s situation by assessing the child’s background, interviewing family, friends, and acquaintances, and attending court proceedings with the child. The CASA then makes a recommendation to the judge to help the court make a sound decision about the fate of the child’s future.

Our CASA volunteers are the most intensely trained of all of our Advocates’ volunteers with over 30 hours of class time, experience in DFCS, Juvenile Court and more. To become a CASA, please fill out a volunteer application or contact Ava Lipscomb, our CASA Director, by phone at 770.386.1060 or email.

Rainbows

Facilitated locally by Advocates for Children, Rainbows for All Children is the largest non-profit program dedicated to helping children heal from painful family transitions. Rainbows has helped more than 3 million children since 1983 through the process of healing from these transitions, including separation, divorce, death, illness, and military deployment.

Led by adult volunteers, Rainbows is a free program and is available for children enrolled in grades K-12 in almost all schools in both the Bartow County and Cartersville City school systems. The program is a weekly peer support group with caring adults who act as guides.

To become a Rainbows volunteer, or to inquire about starting a Rainbows group in your school, contact our Rainbows Facilitator, Gail Wilkins, at 678.986.1931 or by email.

Interested in volunteering? Submit your volunteer application now!

 

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