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Volunteer

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. —Helen Keller 

Volunteer work is not just an item on a resume or college application—it’s an essential part of our functioning society. The benefits of volunteer work with the TYS Foundation will reach far and wide with a ripple effect that begins with YOU and extends beyond the larger community, benefiting everyone in its wake. Volunteer work is the cornerstone that joins charitable service and hard work.

Due to the population we serve, volunteers are required to successfully complete a full criminal and Child Protective Services background check. This process generally takes 6-8 weeks upon completion of a volunteer application and interview.

*There are some positions that are not subject to background checks. Those are indicated within their descriptions.

Tutors

Utilized primarily to assist individual youth in improving academic performance. Primary focus on math and/or reading. Complete criminal & CPS background check and signed confidentiality wavier on file. (PREA training needed)

Independent Living Skills Program Enrichment

utilized to provide enrichment experiences to TYSC programs such as independent life skills, arts & crafts, game nights. Background check is not required, but there would be an orientation on what to expect, signed confidentiality waiver on file, etc. (PREA training needed)

Outdoor Adventure Program Leads

Outdoor Adventure is comprised of a variety of recreational activities, each with specific therapeutic goals. Not only do these activities teach at-risk youth how to have fun appropriately, but they also foster the use of skills that our clients need to develop – cooperation, self-confidence, teamwork, communication, problem solving, and patience. Program runs June-August. Complete criminal & CPS background check and signed confidentiality wavier on file. (PREA training needed)

Adopt-A-Program

We have had groups who take a special interest in a particular group home. Past activities include maintenance & repair issues, gardening and/or cooking. Background check is not required, but there would be an orientation on what to expect, signed confidentiality waiver on file, etc. (PREA training needed)

Special Event Volunteers

e hold an annual fund raiser, the Santa Claus Shuffle 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. Volunteers and participants needed.

Done-In-A-Day

“Done in a Day” projects are great team-building opportunities for businesses and are fun for groups of friends. These one-day only projects are a good fit for groups of 8 to 10 people, ages 18 and above. Activities can include gardening, cooking, landscaping, painting, etc. Background check is not required, but there would be an orientation on what to expect, signed confidentiality waiver on file, etc.

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Tidewater Youth Services Foundation
Nurturing Potential.  Creating Opportunities. Instilling Hope.

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