Volunteer

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 e-mail you with information re: the next steps to take.

*If you do not receive a response to your application within one week please contact our Volunteer Director at reanna@vanessabehan.org or 509.340.0498.

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

Child Care Volunteer

Childcare Volunteers

Duties: Childcare volunteers assist House Parents by participating in childcare 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 bedtimes.

Basic requirements for Childcare Volunteers are as follows:

  • Must be at least 16 years old.
  • Childcare Volunteers must be willing to work one three-hour shift per week for a minimum of four (4) months or for the duration of one’s semester; or for the duration of the summer months.
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Must be willing to follow guidance of staff.
  • Must pass interview screening and participate in volunteer training sessions.
  • Must be willing to fulfill Washington State licensing requirements:
    • DCYF background check & fingerprinting
    • Food Worker’s Card
    • Tuberculosis (TB) Test
    • Yearly Flu Shot
    • Adult TDaP Booster

To apply to be a Childcare Volunteer, please fill out our online volunteer application.

Internship/Practicum Opportunities

Certified House Parent Internship/Practicum
Internship and practicum volunteers receive additional training and have a broader scope of childcare responsibilities than the traditional childcare volunteer.

Basic requirements for Certified House Parent Internship/Practicum are as follows:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be enrolled at a University or Community College.
  • Must have a minimum requirement of completing 100 hours for each semester.
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Must pass interview screening and participate in all required training sessions.
  • Must be willing to fulfill Washington State licensing requirements:
    • DCYF background check & fingerprinting
    • Food Worker’s Card
    • Tuberculosis (TB) Test
    • Yearly Flu Shot
    • Adult TDaP Booster

To apply to be a Certified House Parent Intern, please fill out our online internship/practicum application.

Kitchen Volunteer

Kitchen Volunteer

Duties: Kitchen Volunteers prepare one snack and one meal and an optional dessert for up to 20 children and adults.  Kitchen Volunteers follow the menu and will be able to provide input for their future shifts once they feel comfortable doing so. Each Kitchen Volunteer will just have one shift a week.  We will typically have seven Kitchen Volunteers for the morning and seven for the afternoon.  You may apply with a friend to share your shift.

A Kitchen Volunteer does not need prior experience cooking for large groups; just a love for cooking and a desire to fill those hungry little tummies!  Our recipes are easy to follow, the ingredients will be on hand, and after a bit you may customize your menu under the guidance of our House Manager.

Basic requirements for Kitchen Volunteers are as follows:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Kitchen Volunteers must be willing to work one three-hour shift per week for a minimum of four (4) months or for the duration of one’s semester; or for the duration of the summer months.
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Must be willing to follow guidance of staff.
  • Must pass interview screening and participate in volunteer training sessions.
  • Must be willing to fulfill Washington State licensing requirements:
    • DCYF background check & fingerprinting
    • Food Worker’s Card
    • Tuberculosis (TB) Test
    • Yearly Flu Shot
    • Adult TDaP Booster

To apply to be a Kitchen Volunteer, please fill out our online volunteer application.

Receptionist Volunteer

Receptionist Volunteer

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.

Basic requirements for Receptionist Volunteers are as follows:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Receptionist Volunteers must be willing to work either one four-hour shift per week for a minimum of four (4) months, or serve in an on-call capacity for at least one year.
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Must have excellent front desk interpersonal skills.
  • Must pass interview screening and participate in volunteer training sessions.
  • Must be willing to fulfill Washington State licensing requirements:
    • DCYF background check & fingerprinting
    • Tuberculosis (TB) Test
    • Yearly Flu Shot
    • Adult TDaP Booster

To apply to be a Receptionist Volunteer, please fill out our online volunteer application.

Community Relations/Awareness and Fundraising Volunteer

Community Relations/Awareness and Fundraising Volunteers

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.

To learn more or apply please contact our Volunteer Director at reanna@vanessabehan.org or 509.340.0498.

Janitorial Volunteer

To learn more or apply please contact our Volunteer Director at reanna@vanessabehan.org or 509.340.0498.

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

Maintenance Volunteer

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

Other Ways to Support the Nursery

As a member of the community it is important to share the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery with you. Please come see, first-hand, the difference the Nursery is making in your community, hear the bold vision we have to deepen the impact for the children and families in our area, and learn how you can be part of it all.

Click here to submit your contact information and have someone from the Nursery contact you.

Group or Special Projects

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!