Join a community of individuals who want to give back!

Volunteers are the heart of the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery and every hour you contribute helps keep kids safe and strengthen families in our community.

Would you like to make an immediate impact in the life of a child?
View our Volunteer Opportunities below for more information, complete an online application and we will call you to schedule an interview.

*If you do not receive a response to your application within one week please contact our volunteer director at reanna@vanessabehan.org.

The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery upholds a drug free work environment. This includes the use of Marijuana.

Child Care

Duties: Child Care volunteers assist House Parents by participating in child care and routine activities under the direction of the staff. Volunteers interact with children during playtime, assist staff in daily activities such as serving meals, cleaning up and soothing/nurturing children at nap and bed times. Volunteers work one 3-hour shift/week, and work the same shift (day and time) every week. Volunteers must commit to serving a minimum of 45 hours or for at least 4 months. Please review the minimum qualifications and steps for volunteering for this position.


Duties: Answering the phone and greeting/assisting visitors, clients and donors. Volunteers work one 4-hour-shift/week and work the same shift (day and time) every week. Opportunities for on-call receptionists are also available.

Kitchen Assistant

Duties: Kitchen Assistant will prep meals and snacks for up to 20 children and adults from daily menu; maintain proper stock rotation in pantry, refrigerators and freezer; assist with inventory and maintenance of purchasing log.

Prior experience cooking for groups of various sizes is preferential, but please contact us if you have other experience and think this might be a great volunteer position for you!

For more details view our Volunteer Kitchen Asssistant Profile and if you are interested in applying please contact Reanna at reanna@vanessabehan.org.

Community Relations/Awareness and Fundraising

Duties: Opportunities exist for publicizing the Nursery through speakers bureaus, attending outside community events, and working on various fundraising activities. Some of the events are Santa Express, Pumpkin Ball, Diaper Drive, I Give for Kids annual appeal and the Rosauers Open Umpqua Bank Pro-Am Golf Tournament.


Duties: Assist with light janitorial work throughout the Crisis Nursery facility.


Duties: Responsible for minor repair and maintenance of the Crisis Nursery facility.

Internship/Practicum Opportunities

Internship and practicum volunteers receive additional training and have a broader scope of child care responsibilities than the traditional child care volunteer. They typically work one 4- or 8-hour shift/week, and work the same shift (day and time) every week. They must commit to serving a minimum of 100 hours, or for at least six months.

Please click here to access our Internship/Practicum application.

Group or Special Projects

Have a group or individual project? Please contact the Volunteer Department at 509.535.3155 or by clicking here. We’d love to discuss options with you!