“The Activity Center is a special area designed for children who are either waiting for their services at The CAC or waiting for a sibling or parent that is receiving services. Volunteers provide clothing, food, emotional support, and a safe and positive environment to children in the Activity Center. Volunteer support is crucial because they help us form a fun, creative, exciting, and very important component of the healing process for our children and families.”
Below you will find details about the types of volunteer opportunities that serve our mission. We currently are not having volunteers in the building due to the ongoing pandemic, but you are still welcome to begin the application process if you would like to.
Direct Service Volunteers
As a Direct Service Volunteer, you will have the opportunity to work in our on-site activity center. Your role will be to establish rapport and create a comfortable and safe environment for children as they await services at The Children’s Assessment Center (The CAC). Responsibilities include: providing food, clothing, emotional support, friendship, and an active environment where children, ages birth through 17, can play and explore. You may volunteer in the activity center anytime it is open (Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 am-6 pm, Fri. 9 am-5 pm, closed on weekends).
In order to work directly with the children we serve in the activity center, you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license or government-issued ID, and a social security card.
You will also need to:
- Attend the next scheduled CAC & Child Advocates Inc. Volunteer Training – to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Submit your application – The application will be sent to you upon registration for the training. Information from the application will be used to run a criminal and CPS background check.
- Attend a volunteer interview.
Indirect Service Volunteers
Throughout the year, The CAC hosts several events for the children we serve. Indirect Volunteer opportunities include events such as the Back to School Party in August and the Holiday Party in December. All Special Event Volunteers entering the building must have valid photo identification that will be scanned at the front desk.
Below are a few examples of Special Event Volunteers:
Back to School Party – August
Every year, The Children’s Assessment Center hosts a Back-to-School Party for children receiving services and provide them with backpacks and school supplies for their grade level. We also provide them with a new uniform to help prepare for the new school year.
Host a school supply drive benefiting The Children’s Assessment Center or volunteer at the Party. For more information about volunteering or arranging a donation drop-off, please contact The Activity Center at email@example.com
Halloween Parade – October
Help us by collecting candy and costumes for children ages 2-17 for the Halloween Parade.
Holiday Toy Drive and Children’s Party – December
At The Children’s Assessment Center (The CAC), we believe the welfare of children and their best interests should be society’s first priority. The CAC’s mission is to provide a professional, compassionate and coordinated approach to the treatment of sexually abused children and to serve as an advocate for all children in our community. Our primary goal is to provide services that meet the needs of our clients as it relates to their abuse, but we also hope to meet their childhood needs. Every holiday season, community members ensure this special time of the year will be filled with joyful memories for the children we serve. Please join us as we work to provide gifts to the over 2,000 children served by The CAC this season. There are several ways to help!
**Information for this year’s Holiday Party will be added at a later date**
Host or Donate to our Toy Drive
Unfortunately, many of the children served by The CAC will not experience the joy of the season without your support. Providing gifts to our children is one way we can ease the trauma of sexual abuse. Last December, we helped provide holiday gifts to over 2,000 children receiving services. If you are interested in donating a new, unwrapped toy or hosting a toy drive, contact The Activity Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harris County Sheriff’s Department Toy Delivery
Every year the Sheriff’s Office delivers an 18 wheeler full of toys. We need your help to unload the truck and organize packages to distribute to staff.
For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact The Activity Center at email@example.com
Other Opportunities include:
Host a drive to collect items for The CAC’s Rainbow Room (all items should be new) socks, shoes, undergarments, diapers, formula, clothing for boys and girls ages 2-17, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine products, toothbrushes, etc. Please contact The Activity Center at firstname.lastname@example.org to check for current Rainbow Room needs before donating, as needs change throughout the year. For more options to give, visit other ways to give.
It takes special people, with a special heart, to work with child victims of sexual abuse. We want to support our volunteers in every way we can. To this end, The CAC provides free trainings throughout the year to all CAC volunteers. We also work to provide pertinent, professional resources to our volunteers.