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Volunteers are an essential part of our children's life. We know you will find an amazing and rewarding volunteer experience at CHS. We pride ourselves in finding the best way you can dedicate your time, whether it is a one-time service or throughout the year.
The children you can make a difference to have significant developmental disabilities with limited verbal communication. Occasionally, there are also infants awaiting adoption. Our children enjoy visitors and love "extra" attention that a friend or family member would provide.
Our children enjoy being read to, going to the park, sitting outside, hand-on-hand assistance with arts and crafts activities, games and listening to music. Volunteers can enrich the life and wellbeing of each child by filling the role of friend, tutor, or mentor.
We welcome applications from volunteers age 16 and above. Children under the age of 16 are welcome but are required to be accompanied by an adult. To participate, you must complete a volunteer application two (2) weeks prior to the activity. Once approved, you will be eligible for all future volunteering.
Guardian Angel Program
Help our staff take children out in the community for ice skating, trips to the zoo, park, concerts and more. Come visit a child to read, help with "hand-on-hand" coloring, arts and crafts, sit outside-any time to make a difference in the daily lives of our children. Since our children attend school during the day, volunteers serving in this way would need to be available during the afternoon, evenings and/or weekends.
Think you may be more suited for a committee? We have a number of areas you could donate your time to help us plan special fundraising events, coordinate our Holiday Wishes program, or special occasions to celebrate our children. Events include:
- Annual Signature Dinner Auction (August)
- Homecoming Carnival (May)
- Young Friends Group (Spring)
- Holiday Wishes Program (Winter)
Do you like hands-on work? Perhaps you have an area of expertise you could lend-hairdresser, photographer, landscaper, craftsman, designer decorator…we have a place for your talent!
Our administrative staff is small and always in need of additional hands to send out mailings, file records, and generally lighten the load for our hard-working team. Volunteers are greatly appreciated in assisting with various clerical needs.
On occasion we also offer an internship program and are happy to work with your school to accommodate your academic and scheduling needs. Please call for availability.
To make a difference in the life of a child, please contact us at 314.968.2350 x222.