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Children, Inc. March 30, 2007 6:25 AM Volunteers are a vital part of Children, Inc., Their contribution, however great or small, enhances programs and brings additional resources to families and children. There are many ways to be part of the volunteer team. Children, Inc. is most appreciative of the kindness and spirit of the many volunteers who perform valuable service. Opportunities include: Serving on the Board of Directors. Professionals and other individuals with a particular skill or talent help guide the agency and provide leadership in policy-making and corporate activity such as Strategic Planning. Internships and practicum experiences are open to students attending universities or technical colleges who are pursuing a degree or certificate in the fields of child care, education, human services, social work, music, art, or other areas. There are opportunities to interact with children and develop skills related to their particular area of study and gain valuable experience. On-site community service for high school students is available. During the school year students visit the classrooms or after school programs. They interact with the children, read, help with classroom projects, or simply talk with the children. A schedule for ongoing visits throughout the school year are pre-arranged by school faculty and Children, Inc. staff. Students can also participate in one time community care projects such as playground cleanup days, sponsorship of holiday parties, collection of materials from a wish list, or by coordinating a gently used book drive at their school. Community and corporate volunteers include individuals who want to volunteer in the classroom; help with a special one time project such as a community care day; rock and talk with babies; share an interest, talent, or hobby with the children; sponsor a book drive for gently used books; or assist with other program needs. Groups are welcome to sponsor holiday parties; collect items from a wish list of needed supplies; or creatively think of a way to support the programming needs of Children, Inc. Parents and family members of children enrolled in programs who wish to help in any way that accommodates their busy lives and schedules are invited to volunteer. Examples of volunteer service include being a room parent and helping a teacher with ongoing needs; participating in community care days; sharing an interest, hobby, or talent with the children; sponsoring a gently used book drive at their church or place of employment; or simply visiting and interacting with the children. Call Children, Inc. at (859) 431-2075 for more information about becoming a volunteer.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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