Volunteer Opportunities

Chances to Serve with Southwest Human Development


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.


Here is a list of current volunteer opportunities available, 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.


    • Agency Advocate – Agency advocates will spread the word about Southwest Human Development’s mission and services. Advocates support the community outreach department by representing the agency and engaging parents and children at community events throughout Maricopa County.


    • Lifebook Creator – Lifebook creators will support families who are providing homes for children who have been removed from their parents due to abuse or neglect. A lifebook documents the child’s history, birth through their experience in the foster care system and lifebook creators would spend time with the child and the family in their home to help build and create these books.


    • 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


    • Raising A Reader Classroom Aide – Raising A Reader classroom aides will support the work of Southwest Human Development’s Raising A Reader by educating families about the importance of early literacy during Raising A Reader workshops.


    • Seeker – Seekers will reach out to businesses to request specific in-kind donations of goods that are needed by the families we serve.


    • Tutor – Tutors will support families who are providing homes for children who have been removed from their parents due to abuse or neglect. These children are in need of many types of instruction, including, but not limited to, tutor, sports coach, or music teacher. Instruction would take place at the family’s home or a community location.


    • Warehouse Assistant – Warehouse Assistants support the operations of Southwest Human Development’s Literacy Distribution Center. Tasks may include sorting and stacking children’s books, packing book orders for shipment, program material sorting and preparation, and more.


For more information, please contact Annette Sutfin at (602) 633-8416 or ASutfin@swhd.org.

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