Hillsides Volunteer Opportunities
Hillsides’ volunteer opportunities fall under six different areas:
Program Volunteers. Weekly volunteers form the backbone of the service program at Hillsides. Some volunteers work directly with the children, serving as tutors or librarians. Those with a special skill or hobby may wish to share that interest with one or two children; others elect to provide behind the scenes support such as clerical assistance and bicycle repair.
Special Friends. Some Hillsides children need a positive, ongoing relationship with a caring adult. A volunteer who acts as a “special friend” commits to at least one year of service, visiting his/her child at least twice a month. A consistent, caring friendship can open the door to rebuilding a child’s trust and self-esteem.
Student Tutors. A select group of high school seniors visit the main campus for an hour each week to tutor and conduct learning activities with our children.
College Interns. College students majoring in psychology, music therapy and social work may volunteer their time to fulfill course requirements for field-work. These students gain valuable first-hand experience at our exceptional facility.
Clubs and Companies. Approximately 50% of Hillsides’ volunteer service hours are performed by clubs and companies. Organizations support Hillsides’ mission by sponsoring outings for the children, organizing gift collection drives, painting and landscaping, and lending a hand at special events.
Service clubs, professional societies, corporate volunteer teams, alumni associations, church groups, or any group wishing to make a positive impact in the community may contact Hillsides to request a tour of the campus and learn about volunteer opportunities.
Support Groups. H100, Hillsides Guild and Hillsides Volunteer Network serve as valuable support groups to the agency. Whether planning projects to improve campus life, engaging in activities with the children or fundraising, members find great satisfaction in meeting the needs of vulnerable children and families served by our programs.
To discuss volunteering, call our Community Resource Office at (323) 254-2274, ext. 1251 or 1258.