Volunteer with Children At Heart Ministries
Children At Heart Ministries counts on friends, volunteers, donors, and other supporters to help provide those who are most vulnerable with the support and structure they need.
By volunteering, you are meeting a tangible need that directly impacts the lives of the children and families we serve. Whether you are coordinating a food drive or painting walls in a cottage, you are making a difference!
Some volunteer assignments may require background checks, particularly those that will place volunteers in close proximity to children in care.
No. Under state law (DFPS Minimum Standards for General Residential Operations 748.731) “a person that is not being compensated may not provide services to an operation, if that person is on probation or parole, or is referred for community services through the courts because of criminal activity, including as an alternative to incarceration. This probation applies even if the services do not involve contact with children in care."
Some volunteer activities will be identified as “family friendly” and children are welcome. Other activities may not be appropriate for children under the age of 16. When in doubt, please check with our volunteer coordinator. We do not provide child care for volunteers.
Under state law, a full background check is required before a volunteer can have contact with children. Even if a background check is completed, there often are privacy and confidentiality issues that we must keep in mind.
There is no age limit, although we ask that teenagers be accompanied by an adult at all times.
No. We welcome volunteers who can coordinate drives aimed at fulfilling other needs as well. These can be conducted by individuals, church groups, businesses, or organizations. To find out more about these needs, please contact the ministry’s Volunteer Coordinator.