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Volunteering at Crittenton

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~ Family Services Parent

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Every year, dedicated volunteers donate hundreds of hours to Crittenton Centers and perform a myriad of tasks ranging from mentoring in a classroom, rocking babies in the Crisis Nursery; providing administrative office work to assisting with special events.  Whether you can donate a small portion of your time or a lot, we have a wide variety of ways you can help...and make a difference in the life of a child. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Crisis Nursery and Child Development Center

  • Providing emotional support for children by rocking, holding and facilitating play. 
  • Helping children with activities such as art projects, storytelling, playing and eating.
  • Assisting teachers/childcare workers with a wide variety of tasks.
  • Sanitizing of toys, playground equipment and outdoor items
  • Field Trips

Administrative/Front Desk Assistance

  • Answering Phones
  • Greeting visitors and/or clients
  • Assisting with mailings, filing and other light office work

 Landscaping

  • Pulling weeds
  • Planting flowers/trees
  • Spreading mulch

 Special Events

  • Kids Day (July)
    • Setting-up and tearing-down 
    • Manning booths/stations
    • To sign up click here
  • Festival of Trees (November)
    • Setting-up and tearing-down
    • Manning booths/stations
    • Decorating
  • The Stocking Stuffer (December)
    • Setting-up and tearing-down (unpacking/packing boxes, decorating)
    • Personal shopper
    • Cashiering
    • Administrative help (scheduling, copying, etc.)

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers must have an understanding and respect for children, with a non-judgmental attitude towards them and their families.  Orientation and training will be provided. 

For those looking to volunteer in programs that entail interaction with children (like the Crisis Nursery or Child Development Center), requirements include: age (at least 18 years of age for the Crisis Nursery; 21 years of age for the Child Development Center), State of Illinois background check/fingerprinting, physical, TB test and volunteer application.   

For more information about volunteering, please contact Jennifer Simmons, Volunteer Coordinator, at 309-674-0105 x 210 or jennifers@crittentoncenters.org.  For our volunteer application, please click here.

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