Title :
Help Homeless Children Play, Thrive, Grow
Volunteer Schedule :
Ongoing Volunteers
Time Frame :
Shifts are available Monday through Thursday between the hours of 3pm and 8pm. A shift is 2 hours long, once a week at the same time and day.
Keywords:
housing / homeless
education / literacy
youth
Description:
Play and make a difference in the life of a homeless child! Horizons for Homeless Children is seeking fun-loving people to volunteer to play with children living in family homeless shelters.
Skills:
Playspaces are very active environments. PALs must be able to be comfortable in very dynamic, ever changing environments. PALs must be able to be physically and mentally engaging with children ages 0-6 years old. Specifically, a PAL must be able to lift and hold infants/toddlers, move from a standing to seated position on the floor, bend down and lift 25-30lbs., maintain appropriate boundaries, and make sound decisions about safety in a busy environment.
Horizons for Homeless Children
Horizons for Homeless Children is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing programs and services for homeless children throughout Massachusetts. The Playspace Program and its Western Regional office located in West Springfield, MA designs and equips Playspaces (child-friendly spaces) in homeless shelters in Pittsfield, Springfield, Holyoke, Amherst, Northampton, and Greenfield. Volunteers are recruited, trained and placed in these Playspaces to spend time playing and engaging with the children. These Playspaces are essential for young homeless children to engage in learning and healing activities.Playspaces are staffed by trained volunteers, called Playspace Activity Leaders (PALs), who commit two hours weekly for at least six months. PALs enable parents to participate in activities such as parenting groups, budgeting classes or job searches.

425 Union Street
West Springfield, MA
Phone: 413-532-0467
Website: horizonschildren.org
Contact Person:
Janae Jackson
413-532-0467
western@horizonschildren.org






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