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 all volunteer activities with staff to ensure a seamless and rewarding volunteer experience.
The mission of Rainbow Village volunteers is to serve with a passion that aids in transforming the lives of Rainbow Village families. Why volunteer?
We can always use an extra pair of hands around the office. Your can help with administrative duties, database management, answering phones, sending thank you notes, and more. This opportunity is best suited for persons with administrative experience who are looking for an ongoing opportunity. Supervised by Administrative Assistant.
Meal Preparation & Service
Community Partners provide meals for Rainbow Village families on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in our Village Community Center. Meals provide a chance for staff, residents, and volunteers to meet and get to know each other. An ideal opportunity for groups!
We are also need 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 2017-18 school year.
After each meal our families attend life skills classes.
Supervised by Facilities Manager
Adult Life Skills Training
The objective of the Rainbow Village program is to facilitate changes 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 learned behaviors that contributed to their homelessness, while providing an environment, opportunities and resources that allow them to replace those limiting behaviors with more adaptive ones.
Adult Life Skills classes fall into five general categories:
Classes are facilitated by community volunteers with expertise in subject areas. To master the important information in the five core areas, residents are required to attend all classes (two evenings a week during the school year and one evening a week during the summer), averaging 80 classes per year.
While we serve families, the majority of our residents are children and youth. The clothing boutique serves as a resource adult and children and youth clothing that will help them dress and feel confident. Being dressed in fashion and style are huge components to breaking the cycle of poverty, homelessness, and domestic violence by dressing in a way that helps residents feel good about themselves.
Volunteers must be available some evenings during the week as well as occasional Saturdays.
Volunteers typically assist with the following tasks:
Children & Youth Programs
After School and Enrichment Programs for Children and Youth include:
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 always needed to assist with homework, STEM and reading programs.
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 after school 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 discovered. This opportunity is available for individuals and groups 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!