“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 Danielle.Igbani@cac.hctx.net
- 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 and as fundraising opportunities. Indirect Volunteer opportunities include events such as the Back to School events in August, and the Holiday events in December, the Advocate Through Art Party, Spirit of Spring, and various third-party events. 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 – August
- Volunteer at The Back to School Party
- Host a school supply drive benefiting The Children’s Assessment Center
Halloween Parade – October
- Collect costumes for children ages 2-17 for the Halloween Parade
- Donate candy to The CAC for the Halloween Parade
Host a Toy Drive for The Annual Gift Giving Program – November-December
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 Danielle Igbani at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-986-3459 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.