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.

 

    • Child Care Provider – Child care providers will support the families who are in the process of becoming foster care licensed. Child care providers will provide supervision and activities for the children of caregivers attending evening foster care training sessions.

 

    • 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

 

    • Mentor – Mentors will support families who are providing homes for children who have been removed from their parents due to abuse or neglect. The mentor invests his/her time to get to know the child by talking and doing activities together. Meetings with the youth would take place at the family’s home or a community location.

 

    • 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.

 

Special Event Volunteer Opportunities

 

    • Family Volunteer Day: January 20, 2018 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Southwest Human Development Annex parking lot – 2806 N. 24th Street. Families are invited to volunteer to complete a number of projects throughout the morning. Age-appropriate projects will be available for children ages 4-18 and their parents and will support a number of Southwest Human Development programs. Sign up at swhd.org/fvd

 

    • Coyotes 50/50 Raffle Sales: January 25, 2018 5-10 p.m. Gila River Arena, Glendale, AZ. Sell 50/50 raffle tickets using an electronic system provided by the Coyotes. Proceeds will go to support Southwest Human Development’s services for Arizona’s families and children. The more you sell, the more help we can provide! Ticket sales go to the beginning of the 3rd period, and volunteers are welcome to stay for the remainder of the game. Volunteers must be 18+, but volunteers may bring a child under 18 to assist with sales. Anyone 18+ will be expected to sell on their own. Sign up at swhd.org/yotes1

 

    • Coyotes 50/50 Raffle Sales: February 15, 2018 5-10 p.m. Gila River Arena, Glendale, AZ. Sell 50/50 raffle tickets using an electronic system provided by the Coyotes. Proceeds will go to support Southwest Human Development’s services for Arizona’s families and children. The more you sell, the more help we can provide! Ticket sales go to the beginning of the 3rd period, and volunteers are welcome to stay for the remainder of the game. Volunteers must be 18+, but volunteers may bring a child under 18 to assist with sales. Anyone 18+ will be expected to sell on their own. Sign up at swhd.org/yotes3

 

    • Walk With Me 2018: February 17, 2018 – Scottsdale Civic Center Park. Volunteers will be needed at this annual fundraiser event to guide walkers, pass out water, supervise children’s activities and much more. Sign up at swhd.org/wwmvolunteer

 

    • Camelback Ranch Spring Training: March 2018 – Camelback Ranch Ballpark, 10710 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ. Southwest Human Development has the privilege of being the beneficiary of concessions sales, provided we supply volunteers for food and beverage concessions on game days.

 

    • Family Volunteer Day: April 14, 2018 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Southwest Human Development Annex parking lot – 2806 N. 24th Street. Families are invited to volunteer to complete a number of projects throughout the morning. Age-appropriate projects will be available for children ages 4-18 and their parents and will support a number of Southwest Human Development programs.

 

    • Spring Festival of Tales: April 28, 2018 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – Paradise Valley Community College. A fun day of literacy activities where Southwest Human Development provides more than 4000 free books to the public. 25 volunteers are needed per shift (2 shifts) to help with book distribution and children’s activities.

 

    • Chandler Craft Spirits Festival: April, 2018 12-9 p.m. – Downtown Ocotillo, 2475 W. Queen Creek Rd, Chandler, AZ. Volunteers will be needed throughout the day to assist with set up, entrance gate and ticket sales, beverage distribution and clean up.

 

    • Back-to-School Social: August 2018 – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Location TBD. An event with food, games and giveaways for our foster care and adoptive families. We’ll be giving a free back pack to each school-aged child in attendance. Families will have access to free haircuts, ticket giveaways, and other activities geared toward getting the kids excited for going back to school. Volunteers are needed for set-up, registration and running activities.

 

    • Super Summer Learning Days: June-August, 2018 – St. Vincent de Paul Dream Center 420 W. Watkins St., Phoenix AZ 85003. This campaign is partnership between Southwest Human Development and St. Vincent DePaul to help keep children connected to learning and literacy during the summer months. 20-25 volunteers are needed per event to help distribute books and conduct activities. Event runs from 4-6p.m. Volunteer shift starts at 3:30.

 

    • Spooktacular Boo-Fest Literacy Event: October 2018 – St. Vincent de Paul Dream Center 420 W. Watkins St., Phoenix AZ 85003. Southwest Human Development in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul Dream Center holds a fun filled festival of literacy activities and games with special appearance of comic and storybook characters. Theme: Spooktacular Literacy!! The purpose of the event is to encourage continued reading and exposure to literacy.

 

    • Lost Lake Music Festival: October 2018. This is a third party event for which Southwest Human Development will receive some of the proceeds. Volunteers (age 18+) will be working in a tent serving alcohol. Volunteers may attend the festival before or after their shift on the same day. Shifts will be four hours. Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix. Register at swhd.org/lostlake

 

    • ADAPT Shop Family Picnic: October 2018 – This event is for our families with children with disabilities who have utilized services from our ADAPT Shop. Volunteers will be needed to help direct guests, oversee registration, serve food and help with art and craft activities. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd. Scottsdale, AZ

 

    • Easterseals Golf Classic: October 2018 – 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Volunteers will be needed for various tasks throughout the event, including set-up and registration, selling “mulligans,” heckling golfers at the heckle hole, and more. McCormick Ranch Golf Club, 7505 E. McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ 85258.

 

    • Grand Prix of Scottsdale Weekend: November 2018 Volunteers are needed to staff the beer garden and to assist with the gala. More information and registration at swhd.org/gatsbyvolunteer

 

    • Family Volunteer Day: November 2018 – Southwest Human Development Annex. Families are invited to volunteer to complete a number of projects throughout the morning, including building a Little Free Library, placing stickers in books and creating stuffed animals using gently used clothing items. Projects will be appropriate for children as young as age three. Southwest Human Development Annex, 2806 N. 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008. Registration is located at swhd.org/fvd

 

    • Winter Festival of Tales: December 2018 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – Paradise Valley Community College. A fun day of literacy activities where Southwest Human Development provides more than 4000 free books to the public. 25 volunteers are needed per shift (2 shifts) to help with book distribution and children’s activities.

 

    • Winter Wonder Literacy Event: December 2019 3:30-6 p.m. – St. Vincent DePaul Dream Center 420 W. Watkins St., Phoenix AZ 85003. Fun-filled festival of literacy activities and games with a winter theme. This event is free to the families served at the Dream Center. Volunteers are needed to help run 10 wonderland centers.

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

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