Steps to Becoming a Child Care Volunteer
Step 1: Attend a Vanessa’s Promise Tour
Sign up for a Vanessa Promise Tour. This is an opportunity to learn about the nursery’s mission and see the facility. Call (509) 535-3155 and reserve your place at the next available tour. Due to the confidentiality of our services you must call and reserve your seat.
Step 2: Submit an ApplicationComplete the online application
or call us at 535-3155 and ask the Receptionist to mail you an application. We require 4 personal references (no family members) on the application. Please note: We send out a Reference Inquiry and prefer e-mail addresses more than mailing addresses for your references. Gather this information ahead of time, if possible.
Step 3: Schedule an Interview
Once we receive your application, we will contact you via e-mail or by phone to set up a time for an interview. If you don’t hear back from us within 2-3 days of submitting your application, please check your Bulk/Spam/Trash folder as our response may have ended up there. If you still don’t find a response from us or if you mailed in your application, give us a call at 535-3155.
Step 4: Get TB Test and Obtain Food Handler’s Permit
All volunteers who work directly with the children in the nursery need to have a current TB Test and a WA State Food Handler’s Permit. Current for both of these means within the last 2 years. Information and paperwork on obtaining both of these requirements will be given out during the interview.
Step 5: Attend Basic Childcare Training
All prospective volunteers need to attend a Basic Childcare Training offered at least once a month. Dates for upcoming training sessions are listed on the volunteer section of the website.
Step 6: Begin Volunteering
Sign up for a time and start volunteering.