Rainbow Village is committed to making sure our volunteers are well-trained and oriented to our work before we put you into action. Our Community Engagement staff coordinates internally with staff to provide a seamless and rewarding experience for our volunteers.
THE MISSION OF RAINBOW VILLAGE VOLUNTEERS IS TO SERVE WITH A PASSION THAT AIDS IN TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF RAINBOW VILLAGE FAMILIES.
- OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE BACK THROUGH SERVICE
- OPPORTUNITY TO USE YOUR TALENT, SKILLS, AND GIFTS FOR THE GOOD OF OTHERS.
- OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP NEW SKILLS OR BUILD ON EXISTING EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE.
- OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THE FUN OF WORKING WITH OTHERS TO MAKE YOUR COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE.
- INSPIRE SOMEONE!
We can always use an extra pair of hands around the office to help with administrative duties, database management, answering phones, sending thank you notes, and more. This opportunity is best suited for persons with administrative experience and one who is looking for an ongoing opportunity.
SUPERVISED BY: ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
- Answering Phone
- File Organization
- Data Entry
- Accepting Donations
- Performing General Administrative Tasks
FACILITIES MANAGEMENT SUPPORT
SUPERVISED BY: FACILITIES MANAGER
- Must be available during the week
- Assist Facilities Manager with general tasks around the campus
- Property Maintenance Assistance
- May require heavy lifting
- Requires some facilities and horticulture experience
- Volunteers may be contacted based on task and need.
MEAL PREPARATION AND SERVICE
Community Partners provide meals weekly for Rainbow Village families on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in our Campus Community Center. Meals provide the chance for staff, residents, and the community to fellowship together. Ideal opportunity for groups!
We are also actively recruiting for volunteers to assist with kitchen set up and clean up on Thursday evenings. This opportunity is available for individuals who are able to commit for the 2016-17 school year.
FAMILIES MEET TWICE A WEEK FOR MEALS BEFORE LIFE SKILLS CLASSES.
SUPERVISED BY: FACILITIES MANAGER
- Prepare and Serve Meals on family dinner nights
- Dinner nights are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 PM-7 PM.
- During the summer, dinner nights are held once a week on Tuesdays from 6 PM-7 PM.
- Volunteer shifts are from 5:30PM until 7:30 PM.
- Kitchen protocol is communicated by the facilities manager.
ADULT LIFE SKILLS TRAINING
The overarching objective of the Rainbow Village program is to facilitate a change in behavior in the families that seek our assistance. A fundamental component of achieving this goal is to help the adult heads-of-household identify the learned behaviors that contribute to their homelessness, while providing the environment, opportunities and resources that will allow them to replace those limiting behaviors with more adaptive ones. Adult Life Skills classes fall into five general categories.
- Financial Management
- Parenting & Family Issues
- Home Management
- Workforce Development
Classes are facilitated by community volunteers with expertise in the subject area. To cover the important information in the five core areas, residents are required to attend all scheduled classes (two evenings each week during the school year and one evening each week during the summer), averaging 80 classes per year.
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATION SUPPORT
Do you have a passion for marketing, communications, or media? Become a volunteer and assist our Community Engagement Team with spreading the word about Rainbow Village.
- SOCIAL MEDIA
- PRESS RELEASE SUPPORT
- GRAPHIC DESIGN
- SPECIAL EVENT PLANNING
The clothing boutique serves as a resource for residents to have access to clothing that will help them dress and feel confident. Fashion and style are huge components of breaking the cycles of poverty, homelessness, and domestic violence by giving residents a fresh start. Volunteers typically assist in the following tasks:
- COLLECT BOUTIQUE DONATIONS.
- WASH, PRESS, AND ORGANIZE CLOTHING.
- ORGANIZE ITEMS IN A FASHIONABLE MANNER.
- MAINTAIN IN-STOCK AND PRESENTABLE CONDITION ASSIGNED AREAS.
Volunteers must be available on some evenings during the week as well as occassional Saturdays.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH PROGRAMS
The After School Program
The Rainbow Village After School program provides academic development opportunities for K-12 students of our residents and graduates. This program operates during the school year, Monday – Friday from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Volunteers are needed to assist with homework.
The After School Program is also home to enrichment programs such as: Big Recess, Fun Friday, Character Building, Foreign Language Enrichment, Music, and Arts.
Big Recess is a weekly opportunity for the Children of Rainbow Village to play and have FUN. Volunteers provide support, supervision, and a variety of exciting activities. Big Recess occurs each Thursday from 7:00 – 8:15 pm.
Fun Fridays. After a long week of school and homework, Fun Fridays are a time for the kids to have a break from the afterschool routine and enjoy various activities (holiday themed, field trips, group fitness, etc). Volunteers are needed to organize and chaperone from 4 – 6:30 pm on Fridays.
Character Building Classes. The children and youth character building program takes place on Tuesday evening from 7 – 8:15 pm. Volunteers are needed to facilitate programs aimed at building self-esteem, personal safety, physical fitness, financial planning and life skills.
Foreign Language Enrichment, Music, and Arts. Volunteers are needed to facilitate enrichment activities geared toward exposing the students to a wide variety of extracurricular activities in hopes that gifts and talents will be uncovered. This opportunity is available for individuals who are able to commit monthly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm–6pm.
ALL CHILDREN AND YOUTH PROGRAMS REQUIRE A BACKGROUND CHECK AND ADDITIONAL TRAINING!
IF YOU BELIEVE THAT ANY OF THESE OPPORTUNITIES ARE A GREAT FIT, FILL OUT A VOLUNTEER INTEREST FORM AND BEGIN THE PROCESS OF BECOMING A VOLUNTEER!
Please check out our Volunteer Newsletter as well!
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!