Volunteer Opportunity Details

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Position Title:Head Start Childcare Volunteer
Department:Community Services
Category:Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment or Project Date:Minimum commitment of 3 evening meetings (3rd Wednesdays from 5:30-8pm) per semester (Aug-Dec or Jan-June). Preference will be given to volunteers who agree to be available for 5 or more meetings during an entire school year. Must be at least 13 to apply.
Location:
Head Start has locations in Lafayette and Boulder. Volunteers are assigned to a site based on volunteer and program needs. 
Program Summary:
Boulder County Head Start is a comprehensive child development program for low-income families and children with disabilities. It is designed to meet the individual needs of children through a partnership between teachers and parents. See: http://www.bouldercounty.org/dept/communityservices/pages/bcheadstart.aspx
Duties and Responsibilities:
Volunteers will work with children from multiple Head Start classrooms during an evening meeting.  Often siblings of Head Start children will also be in attendance.  Age ranges for the children may span infant to school-age children. Weather permitting, children may use the playground and the fully stocked classroom.  Sample materials available include blocks, puzzles, books, paper and crayons, kitchen toys. Volunteers may be asked to work with one child or a group of children. Volunteers may work in one area, or with one activity, or volunteers may rotate around the room to the areas with the most need. Volunteers also help staff clean up the classroom at the end of the meeting, e.g., clean the tables, sweep the floor, take out trash/recycling/compost, etc.
Qualifications and Requirements:
-Be 13 years or older.
-Enjoy and relate to children ages 3-5 yrs old.
-Be able to sit on the floor or on small chairs to work with children.
-Be dependable and flexible.
-Understand and maintain confidentiality.
-Pass a background check.
Application or Registration Deadline:
Application Process:
Click here to apply. Contact Rachel Hohensee at rhohensee@bouldercounty.org or 303.441.3697 if you have questions about this volunteer opportunity or application process.
Training Dates and Information:

Orientation will be provided by the volunteer coordinator. On-site staff provides the site specific volunteer training including on-the-job training.

This position will be supervised by the Head Start staff on duty during your volunteer time. 

Additional Information:
There are many reasons a person may volunteer with Head Start. Many volunteers choose us because they like to play with children and give back to the community in a meaningful and creative way. Others join us to gain experience working with children. All volunteers are bound by one unifying idea; they want to make a difference in the life of a child. We value your time and contribution to our program.
Contact:
Rachel Hohensee at rhohensee@bouldercounty.org or 303.441.3697 (August-May only).

Policies

All volunteers need to review Boulder County's Multicultural Diversity and Harassment Policies before starting their volunteer assignment.

If you need special assistance to fill out a volunteer application, please contact our Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator at 303-441-3525.

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