Volunteer Your Time

We appreciate your interest in Small Steps and are excited about working with you!

Prior to volunteering with the children, volunteers may be asked to complete a background check form, which requires a social security number. Please contact Brittany Buchtien, Volunteer Services Manager, at bbuchtien@ssnc.org if you are interested in volunteering or if there are other ways you would like to contribute.

Summer Volunteers

Helping with our Summer Program is the perfect opportunity for teens or college students who are on vacation from school! Take a look at the various volunteer opportunities available and email your preference to Brittany Buchtien at bbuchtien@ssnc.org. Summer volunteers will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, with a May 18th deadline to sign up.


  • June 4th through June 22nd


  • DePelchin Campus: 1709 DePelchin St., Houston, TX 77007
  • Jensen Campus: 2902 Jensen Dr., Houston, TX 77026

Mandatory Training

  • Date: Monday, June 4th
  • Time: 12:30PM to 2:00PM
  • Location: Jensen Campus 2902 Jensen Dr., Houston, TX 77026

General Requirements

  • Volunteers must be 13 years or older
  • Background checks are required for all volunteers 14 and older

Buddy Program

Being a Buddy means having a special one-on-one friendship with a Small Steps student. A volunteer spends 30 minutes each week with his/her Small Steps Buddy, engaged in child-directed play, including games, puzzles, conversation, and other fun activities.

Buddy programMany 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 manager.


Brittany Buchtien – Volunteer Services Manager (Jensen Campus)
Alicia Moreno – Volunteer Coordinator (DePelchin Campus)

Prayer Partners

Each Prayer Partner is assigned an individual Small Steps student to pray for throughout the school year. We ask that Prayer Partners spend at least 30 minutes each week praying for the Lord's blessing, guidance, protection, and strength for his/her Small Steps student. This is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to be an integral part of the work the Lord is doing in our students’ lives!

Parent Education Events

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.

2018-2019 dates (held at 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.):
**Dates to be determined

Weekend Warriors

Volunteers help Small Steps in many significant ways, including participating in on-site work projects on specific weekends. Projects could include gardening, playground beautification, van cleaning, and building maintenance.

School Events

Volunteers help with setting up, serving, and cleaning up at various events for families throughout the year, including Graduation and Thanksgiving Feast. There is no required training for these events.

Welcome Back to School Greeters

August 28 – August 31, 2018 and September 4 – 7, 2018
8:00 am–9:30 am
Jensen Campus

Thanksgiving Feast

November 14 and 15, 2018
11:00 am–1:30 pm
Jensen Campus

November 16, 2018
11:00 am-1:30 pm
DePelchin Campus


May 24, 2019
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Impact Houston Church of Christ
1704 Weber St.
Houston, TX 77007