Volunteer Opportunities

We have opportunities to accommodate almost any type of skill or schedule including daytime, evening and weekends, high school and college community service and group volunteer projects.

We seek volunteers year-round– please browse this page to get an idea of what our greatest needs are, then get in touch with our volunteer manager, Joyce Scoggins, at to find out how you can get involved!

Opportunities in Education

Teacher’s Aides
Volunteers assist the teachers in the classroom in subjects such as reading, math, art or science. As an aide, you may work with small groups of students, one on one, or even on the playground.

  • Minimum Commitment: Once a week for 2-3 hours on a set schedule of the same shift each week for the school year.
  • Shift Length: 2 hours up to all day
  • Time Frame: Monday – Friday, between the hours of 9am to 3pm.

Tutors
Volunteers tutor one on one with a student. They will tutor the same child for one hour per week in math or reading. Teachers will have lesson plans for tutors to use with their student.

  • Minimum Commitment: Once a week for 1 hour on a set schedule of the same shift each week for the school year.
  • Shift Length: 1 hour per student
  • Time Frame: Monday – Friday, between the hours of 9am to 3pm.

Mentor
Volunteers mentor a child for 1 hour per week. Mentoring is more social than academic. It gives the child a person that they can form a friendship with and at the same time, it teaches them how to form healthy boundaries.

  • Minimum Commitment: Once a week for 1 hour on a set schedule of the same shift each week for the school year.
  • Shift Length: 1 hour per student
  • Time Frame: Monday – Friday, between the hours of 9am to 3pm.

Opportunities in Administration

Receptionists
Volunteers would support First Place staff by providing a welcoming environment for clients and donors and provide support to the staff by assisting with special projects.  The Receptionist also helps receive in-kind donations. Training on the switchboard will be provided.

  • Minimum Commitment: Once a week for 3 hours on a set schedule of the same shift each week.
  • Shift Length: 3 hours up to 7.5 hours
  • Time Frame: Monday – Friday, between the hours of 8am to 5pm.

Opportunities in Marketing and Development

Event Volunteers
First Place has many special events throughout the year.  Event volunteers help represent First Place to the community through greeting guests, preparing materials, and helping the day of events with decorating, registration, and clean-up.

  • Minimum Commitment: Volunteers are called upon as needed.
  • Shift Length: 4 hours up to 8 hours
  • Time Frame: Changes per event. Often evenings, weekends, and early mornings.

Types of events:

  • Fundraising events throughout the year create volunteer opportunities including help with event planning, registration, greeting, selling raffle tickets, assisting with decor, set-up, clean-up and more.
  • Annual Fundraising Breakfast. Our largest fundraiser of the year is our breakfast each Spring. Opportunities include: joining the event planning committee, being a table captain, helping with mailings, preparing decorations and prepping materials, setting up the evening before, helping the morning of the event, set-up, clean-up and more.
  • Outreach events. First Place sometimes has an opportunity to have a booth at a community fair or festival.  As needed, we ask volunteers to help our staff talk to the community about our programs.

Other opportunities in Marketing and Development
Main volunteer functions include grant research, filing, assembling mailings, supporting community outreach and data entry. Other duties may include creating and packaging marketing materials, preparing acknowledgments for donors, event planning, organizing in-kind donations and helping with special initiatives such as the holiday “Adopt-a-Family” gift drive.  The level of commitment is up to the volunteer and the hours are extremely flexible.

Opportunities for Internships, Undergraduate and Graduate Practicum students
A limited number of internships are available at First Place each year. Please inquire by emailing