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Volunteer Opportunities

Because of CFS children are safer, families are stronger, and thousands of individuals have a place to turn for help. Volunteer opportunities exist within all facets of Center For Family Services.

To download a volunteer application, click here. Completed volunteer applications can be:

  • faxed to 1.856.494.1442
  • emailed to volunteer@centerffs.org
  • mailed to Center For Family Services, Development Office, 584 Benson Street, Camden, NJ 08103

Activity Leader - Family Success Centers

Family Success Centers

Volunteer Activity Leaders are needed to tutor children, coordinate arts and crafts activities, lead workshops, oversee baking activities, offer computer skills training, lead a children’s reading group, lead parent and community cafes, serve on the Parent/Community Advisory Board.

The Family Success Centers located in Clementon and Camden offer a safe and supportive home-like environments designed to strengthen families, build relationships, and empower individuals to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to raise healthy and happy children. The Family Success Center is a community-based, family-centered neighborhood gathering place where any community resident can go for family support, information, and services. Through the Family Success Center, we provide families with convenient access to a wide array of services and family friendly activities are offered on a daily basis. All activities are free and open to anyone in the community. View our monthly calendar.

To download a volunteer application, click here. Please email the completed application to familysuccesscenter@centerffs.org

Activity Leader - Residential Programs

Do you have a skill or hobby that you are interested in sharing with the community? Great! We are in need of volunteers to lead activities or lend their skills at our residential programs, which serve youth ages 11-25. Here are a few examples of what we have in mind:

  • Cooking breakfast on the weekends
  • Baking cookies every Sunday
  • Leading a sewing or tailoring workshop
  • After school tutoring
  • Leading a writing or poetry workshop
  • Offering singing or voice lessons or another form of musical workshop
  • Creating and leading a fitness, wellness or nutrition class

Email volunteer@centerffs.org to learn more about the opportunity.

Baby's Best Start Volunteer

Volunteer with our Baby’s Best Start program. Baby's Best Start is a nine week program that works together with parents and family members to ensure baby's get off to the best possible start. Program sessions are on Saturdays from 10am-2pm. We are in need of volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks while the sessions are taking place. Volunteering activities include:

  • Cooking Breakfast 9am-10:30am
  • Leading themed activities 10:30am-12pm
  • Reading with one child or a group of children 10:30-12pm
  • Cooking Lunch 11:30pm-1pm

Baby’s Best Start is offered at our Clementon Family Success Center and Promise Neighborhood Family Success Center (located in Camden City). Please email volunteer@centerffs.org to learn more about the opportunity.

Become a Mentor

Mentoring

Mentors can help a child:

  • develop higher levels of self-esteem
  • achieve greater academic ability
  • improve behavioral and social relations
  • grow into strong, confident adults.

CFS has many opportunities for mentoring. Click here for more information.

Domestic Violence Volunteer Advocate

SERV

SERV Domestic Violence program Volunteer Advocates are needed to accompany domestic violence victims to hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and courts. Volunteers assist with crisis intervention, advocacy, and hotline calls. Volunteers also attend community and health fairs representing CFS and the SERV program.

Volunteers must:

  • be 18 years of age
  • complete 40 hours of training
  • pass the Sexual Violence Advocate training test.

Center For Family Services provides the volunteer advocate training program several times throughout the year. For more information and to register for the next training session, please email serv@centerffs.org or call 856.881.4034 x106.

2014 Winter training schedule

Program Locations - Gloucester County, Cumberland County

To download a volunteer application, click here. Please email the completed application to serv@centerffs.org

Foster Parenting or Shelter Home Parenting

Center For Family Services Helping Hands Foster Care and Serenity Homes Shelter Home Parenting program provide safe and supportive homes to children in southern New Jersey.  We are actively recruiting foster families and shelter parents that meet our requirements.  If you are interested in exploring the possiblity of foster parenting, contact us at helpinghands@centerffs.org.  For information on Shelter Home Parenting, contact us at serenity@centerffs.org.

Fundraising and Community Support Coordinator

Center For Family Services needs volunteer support throughout the year for our community wide initiatives. Supporting these initiatives is a great way to help your community. All of the donations we receive stay right here in southern New Jersey.

In July and August, we host Operation Backpack, and in November and December, we host the Holiday Gift Project. Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • donate in-kind items to assist with our drives or make a monetary donation
  • distribute flyers or share information through social media
  • start a workplace campaign
  • coordinate a campaign at your high school or university
  • host a donation drop off at your home and share information with friends and neighbors

Coordinating a campaign is easy! Email mwoodward@centerffs.org for more information.

 

In September, we host our annual 5k. Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • participate in the event through running or walking
  • sponsor a client at CFS to participate on your behalf
  • get a running or walking team together at your school, with your co-workers, friends, or family
  • volunteer at the event assisting with set up/breakdown, water station, parking and more,

Click here for more details about volunteering at the 5k.

 

Head Start

Head Start

Center For Family Services provides early childhood education throughout Camden County through our 14 Head Start sites. We need parent volunteers and community volunteers to assist with classroom activities, meal time, one-to-one reading, and administrative tasks. Click Click here for more information on Head Start volunteer opportunities . If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities or would like to volunteer in another way that is not mentioned, email Annie our volunteer coordinator.

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope strives to empower LGBTQ and allied youth through a youth-led group that meets on a monthly basis. We are in need of volunteers to assist with youth led monthly meetings through serving as a positive role model, facilitating a safe space, encouraging mature discussions pertaining to LGBTQ youth and LGBTQ culture, and helping youth in planning events.

We are also in need of volunteers to assist with spreading the word about this great initiative! Volunteers can staff tables at outreach events and lead fundraisers. 

Please email volunteer@centerffs.org for more information about Kaleidoscope and this volunteer opportunity.

Living Proof

Recovery Center

There are many different volunteer opportunities at our Living Proof Recovery Center. Here are a few examples:

  • Telephone & Community Outreach
  • Workshop Facilitator
  • Support Group Leader
  • Special Events Organizer
  • Office Support Worker
  • Front Desk Assistance
  • Greeter
  • Office Maintenance

 

We are also in need of Mentors at Living Proof. A mentor at Living Proof is a person who has a minimum of 1 year's recovery time and is actively working on his or her recovery plan. Mentors are assigned to members on a one-to-one basis.  Email recoverycenter@centerffs.org for more information.

Quixote Quest

Quixote Quest

Quixote Quest is a volunteer program for teens dedicated to making a positive difference in their community. The program is open to high school teens and kicks off in September of each year. Teens are asked to make a year long committment to volunteer service.

Joining Quixote Quest takes some thought. The teens of the Qrew are committed to the Quixote Quest motto...Deeds Not Words. They put kind thoughts and concerns for others into actions that truly make a difference. If you are a person that is ready to sacrifice two hours per week for a good cause, then Quixote Quest wants to talk to you.

The first step to being part of Quixote Quest is to check it out. The QQ director can schedule and interview for you (parent necessary), which will help you gather information about the club and learn about different types of volunteer opportunities that might be available near you.

Click here for more information.

Reading Blitz Volunteer

Promise Neighborhood

Join the Camden Cooper Lanning Promise Neighborhood Team to encourage children to develop a life-long love of reading!  Volunteers are needed to participate as Reading Blitz Volunteers.  A Reading Blitz is a montly event that pairs volunteers with students at Lanning Square Family School.  Students read aloud to volunteers for 20 minute blocks of time.  Volunteers listen and encourage children.  This is a wonderful way to make a positive impact on the life of a child!

Click here for more information and to register as a volunteer.

Reading Volunteer for Born to Read

We are currently recruiting parent and community volunteers to read with children in our Head Start classrooms. If you love reading, enjoy working with children, and can commit to one hour of volunteering per week, then this is the perfect volunteer position for you....and your time and energy will make a real difference in the lives of the children we serve!  Volunteers are placed in the same classroom for the course of the school year.  Volunteers read with children one-to-one promoting literacy skills and encouraging a love of reading. For more information on this volunteer opportunity, contact Kelly Fischer, Program Coordinator.

This volunteer opportunity is part of a larger initiative known as Born to Read, a campaign to promote grade level reading for children in Camden City. For more information on Born to Read click here.

Sexual Violence Volunteer Advocate

SERV

SERV Sexual Violence program Volunteer Advocates are needed to accompany sexual violence victims to the hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and courts. Volunteers assist with crisis intervention, advocacy, and hotline calls. Volunteers also attend community and health fairs representing CFS and the SERV program.

Volunteers must:

  • be 18 years of age
  • complete 40 hours of training
  • pass the Sexual Violence Advocate training test.

Center For Family Services provides the volunteer advocate training program several times throughout the year. For more information and to register for the next training session, please email serv@centerffs.org or call 856.964.1990 x158 or 856.881.4034 x106.

Program – Locations:

  • SERV – Camden, Cumberland and Gloucester Counties

To download a volunteer application, click here. Please email the completed application to serv@centerffs.org

Click here for information about upcoming Fall 2014 volunteer training.