The Art Of Volunteering

Volunteering in a child support agency can be a rewarding and impactful experience. There are many different types of organizations that provide support for children, including non-profit organizations, community centers, schools, and government agencies. If you are interested in volunteering with a child support agency, here are some steps to get started:    Research child support agencies in your area  Start by doing some research to find child support agencies in your area. You can go online to search for organizations that match your interests and skills. You can also reach out to your local government or community center to ask about child support programs in your area.    Choose an organization that aligns with your values and interests  Once you have identified some child support agencies in your area, take some time to learn about their mission, values, and programs. Consider what issues are most important to you and look for organizations that align with your interests. For example, if you are passionate about early childhood education, you may want to look for organizations that provide tutoring or mentoring programs for young children.    Attend an orientation or training session  Most child support agencies require volunteers to attend an orientation or training session before they can start working with children. This is an opportunity to learn about the organization’s policies and procedures, as well as any specific skills or knowledge that you will need to work with children. It is also a chance to ask questions and get to know other volunteers and staff members.    Decide on a volunteer role  Child support agencies have a variety of volunteer roles, depending on their needs and the skills of their volunteers. Some common roles include tutoring or mentoring children, leading after-school programs or summer camps, organizing fundraising events, or providing administrative support. Think about your skills and interests and choose a role that will allow you to make the most impact.    Complete any necessary background checks or clearances  For the safety of the children they serve, most child support agencies require volunteers to complete background checks or clearances. This may include a criminal background check, or a child abuse clearance. Make sure to follow all of the agency’s guidelines and procedures for completing these checks.    Show up and be present  Once you have completed all of the necessary steps, it’s time to show up and be present for the children you will be supporting. Make sure to arrive on time and be prepared for your volunteer role. Remember that your presence and attention can make a huge difference in the lives of the children you are serving.    Volunteering with a child support agency like Bethesda Agency can be a fulfilling and meaningful way to give back to your community. By following these steps, you can find an organization that aligns with your values and interests and make a positive impact on the lives of children in need.    With over 900 children spread across Bethesda Agency’s schools in Matogun, Ijaiye-Ojokoro and Ikota; the journey to creating an enabling environment where they can get free quality education is truly long.   But with volunteers like you on-board, the journey is not as far as it seems.  From Bethesda Agency’s yearly food drive, to its mosquito net distribution campaigns and health-focused initiatives, Bethesda Agency is constantly in need of volunteers to help make the work easier.  Join Bethesda Agency as a volunteer today and help a child’s journey towards the future.   Join here: