Many Buddy friendships last for three years of the student’s tenure although we only ask for a school year commitment. A 1.5 hour training in SET for Life, Small Steps’ social and emotional program, and a background check are required to be a Buddy. Buddies can visit Monday through Friday; dates and times are coordinated with the campus volunteer lead.
Volunteers are needed for childcare during evening parent education events. Small Steps parents gather throughout the year to learn, fellowship, and build community.
While they are meeting, staff and volunteers supervise free play and lead activities for the children. When weather permits, the volunteers and children play on the playground. Parents have the security of knowing their children are having a good time in a safe place, and volunteers enjoy playing with the children. Training is not required, but a background check is necessary. This is a great opportunity for groups to volunteer.