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Volunteer with SCAN
Volunteering is a great way to get involved and make a difference at Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now). We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available depending on interest and availability. Please see below for more detailed information on the various opportunities offered.
To learn more about the volunteer opportunities below, email Volunteer Coordinator Heather Farber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the pandemic, we have limited our volunteer opportunities in order to keep our families and volunteers safe. Most of our volunteer opportunities are currently suspended, with the exception of the Richmond CASA program. CASA volunteers are continuing to work cases while following statewide orders, as well as social distancing guidelines from the CDC and WHO. CASA volunteers are continuing to check in with families by phone and video chat or conducting socially-distanced visits. We are currently recruiting new CASA volunteers, and have moved our interviews and training to an online format. Visit Be a Richmond CASA Volunteer for more information.
Become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate):
Richmond CASA volunteers are trained by our program staff and appointed by a juvenile court judge to speak for the best interest of children brought before the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court as a result of abuse and/or neglect. To find out what it takes to be a CASA volunteer, please visit the Be a Richmond CASA Volunteer page.
Become a Children’s Group Volunteer:
Volunteering in one of our weekly children’s groups is a fun and rewarding way to help children and their families in the Richmond community. The children’s groups are for children (ages infant to 17) who are at a high risk of experiencing—or have already experienced—abuse and/or neglect. We are looking for caring individuals who can work with the children two evening hours a week, or every other week, for one year—doing activities that help the children cope with their experiences and build positive relationships.
Be a Circle Preschool Program Volunteer:
Our therapeutic day school needs volunteers to assist the lead teachers and support staff in providing a high quality early childhood education to children who have experienced trauma.
Volunteer at the Child Advocacy Center:
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who will assist in monitoring playroom activities and administrative tasks. We would like volunteers who are able to work 4-hour shifts during the day and early evening, 2 to 4 times a month, and make a yearlong commitment when possible.
Volunteer for a SCAN event:
SCAN has several fun and exciting special events throughout the year, and we are always looking for volunteers who can help. Examples of SCAN special events include the Progressive Dinner, Blue and White Ball, and more. These special events are vital to SCAN’s programming, as they both generate funds for program services and increase public awareness of child abuse and neglect issues.
Help in our office:
Administrative volunteers are very important to SCAN. When we have volunteers to assist us with clerical tasks, we are better able to focus on our mission of preventing and treating child abuse and neglect. The times for this volunteer opportunity are generally during normal business days and hours.
Collect school/craft supplies and healthy snacks:
These much-needed items on the SCAN Wish List will be used in our weekly Family Support Program groups, at our Child Advocacy Center and at the Circle Preschool Program. Supplies can be dropped off at our office at 103 E. Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219.
Become a Pinwheel Partner:
Each April, SCAN coordinates the local public awareness campaign for National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Your company or organization can become a Pinwheel Partner by displaying pinwheels in recognition of child abuse prevention, displaying SCAN posters, distributing educational materials, and inviting a SCAN representative to talk about how to prevent child abuse and neglect. For more information, contact Noah Dziedzic at (804) 257-7226 or email@example.com.
This is a wonderful opportunity for civic or church groups! Adopting a group simply means you will provide dinner for parenting groups who have completed their 20-week curriculum. There are usually 10 parents in each group and some family members or children will attend this last night to celebrate with the parents.
Ready to Volunteer? Join us for a Volunteer Orientation
Volunteer orientations typically occur once a month. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for dates and times of these orientations.