Volunteering with Southwest Human Development means spending your time making a valuable contribution. Choose from a variety of opportunities with us and select the program and setting that best fits your schedule, interests and abilities. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Other eligibility requirements vary by program.
Group volunteer activities are available at Southwest Human Development on Mondays (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Wednesdays (11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and Fridays (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.). Some of these ongoing group volunteer opportunities may be completed remotely. Please contact Annette Sutfin at (602) 633-8416 or ASutfin@swhd.org if you’re interested in arranging a volunteer opportunity off-site from Southwest Human Development.
Here is a list of current group volunteer opportunities, but we’re always happy to customize a volunteer opportunity for you or your group! Be sure to check back often, as volunteer opportunities change throughout the year.
Ongoing Group Volunteer Opportunities
Bundling Materials – Putting together brochures and other materials in packets to give to families and the public.
Host a Drive – The children and families in our programs can often struggle to meet basic needs. In an effort to help, we partner with community and corporate groups to run drives throughout the year. We can collect diapers, hygiene supplies and books anytime; school supplies in July and August; and holiday gifts in November and December. We provide the bins and supplement with a link for a virtual drive if you’re interested as well. Get your group involved by signing up for a drive or sharing information about our virtual drives today. More information
Letter Writing – Write letters of encouragement to children to supplement donations that are distributed.
Literacy Distribution Center – Assist with various tasks involving our books, inventory counting and program materials! Volunteers should be able to stand and lift for the duration of their shifts. Volunteers may also be counting high volumes of books so should be comfortable counting to 100+. Some tasks may require lifting up to 30 pounds. More information
Little Free Library – Southwest Human Development will supply materials for groups to construct a small library (looks like a very large bird house with shelves) that will be placed in a low-income neighborhood to provide children with greater access to books. Libraries take a group of eight approximately 1.5 hours to construct. Groups will have the option to facilitate a book drive to stock their library, as well as visit and maintain their library should they so choose. Please note this opportunity requires a $500 donation that will be used for supplies. More information
Miscellaneous – On an as-needed basis throughout the year, collating binders for different curricula, prepping craft activities for literacy programs and events, warehouse maintenance and organization, ADAPT shop fabrication etc.
Program Materials – Affix magnets to books and other program materials using Glue Dot adhesives.
Reach Out and Read Order Fulfillment and Delivery – Weekly opportunities for small groups to choose book titles and pack orders of books that will be delivered to pediatricians’ offices. At each well-child visit up to age 5, the doctor writes the family a “prescription” for the parents and children to read books together, among other language and literacy development activities. Sign up
Shelving Books – Upon receipt of book shipments, we need assistance with placing them on appropriate shelves in our warehouse.
Sorting Books – We receive large amounts of used-book donations that need to be sorted for quality and content before delivery to our programs.
For questions or to receive more information, please contact Annette Sutfin at (602) 633-8416 or ASutfin@swhd.org