Volunteers play a vital role at The Foundling. The excellent care our children receive from our highly-trained professional staff can be dramatically enriched by the individual attention offered by volunteers in our programs. This is why we need you!
Volunteers must be at least 17 years of age. As a Foundling Volunteer you will be assigned a mutually agreeable, designated day and time for your service. We ask for a commitment of at least two hours per week for a period of one year.
Our dedicated volunteers work in a variety of assignments in many New York Foundling programs. While all help is welcome, we are always interested in any special talents, skills, or knowledge that you can share with our children. We particularly need mentors, current or retired teachers, computer skills instructors, home improvement specialists, MSW's and CSW's, musicians and performers, those who can teach grooming and skin care, and those who have skills in the arts, including arts and crafts, or who can accompany children to recreational and cultural events.
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The New York Foundling’s Mentoring Program provides an opportunity for youth to feel listened to, understood and supported. With a mentor’s help, we can expose teenagers in foster care to a world they may never have thought possible. Whether it is attending a professional sporting event, shadowing a mentor at his Midtown law office, going behind the scenes at a television station or seeing a dance performance and meeting the artist, our mentors have the potential to open the eyes of teenagers whose sights are limited by their circumstances.
- must be a minimum of 23 years of age
- have graduated from college or are currently in college
- are expected to take the mentee out into the community for a minimum of two half-days a month for a minimum of one year to share many types of cultural enrichment and activities. Telephone and e-mail communication is a positive part of the relationship.
We carefully match our mentors and mentees so that the relationship is mutually beneficial, and we will review the match frequently to ensure both people are learning from the experience.
Every teenager needs a mentor - a positive role model, confidant, teacher, advocate, supporter, tutor, coach, and friend. Become a mentor to a teenager and introduce them to possibilities.
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The mission of this dynamic group of young professionals from the greater New York Metropolitan area is to expand the public’s awareness of The Foundling and its programs and to bring together likeminded young people. The Associates meet regularly for social events and to volunteer. Realizing the time constraints on young executives in New York, the Associates have a fluid organizational structure that allows each member to contribute his or her skills to the fullest but do so within a reasonable time commitment. By providing Associates with the flexibility to maintain their busy lives while fulfilling their interest in being involved in their community, The Foundling hopes to create long term relationships with each Associate. Click here to learn more.
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