Give an hour. Change a life.

Business-sponsored events & activities

9,865 hours of giving. That’s how much time our volunteers donated to The Children’s Center in the last year alone. When we think about the lives touched by even just an hour of your time, we couldn’t be more grateful. Our families are stronger because of your help at fundraising events. Our children are happier because of the fun activities you help us organize. Our center glows warmer because of your energy and service. Here’s how you can help us, help our children.

Family game night

Round up educational board games for playtime and prizes, create fun goodie bags, and provide a healthy dinner for our families. Then bring your crew on event day to man the game stations, encourage children to participate, and provide a fun-filled atmosphere of learning and laughter.

Arts & crafts party

Bring out your creative side and help us throw a holiday-themed arts and crafts party with supplies, food, beverages, and table décor.

Urban gardening

Provide the dirt, starter plants, and gloves and come out to the center to help us plant and maintain our vegetable boxes.

Classroom engagement at Head Start Academy

Lead an interactive learning activity with our three- to five-year olds. Maybe it’s reading a children’s storybook, organizing an art project, or planting in the garden. We’ll provide a range of options based on our High-Scope curriculum.

Group outings

Organize a trip to the library, zoo, sports game, museum, Eastern Market, or bowling. Help us with transportation, admission tickets, and food for an educational day out.

Family fun nights

Throw a disco dance party for our kids and parents. Organize an afternoon
tea party. Or help us coordinate Project Empowerment, a workshop that helps youths avoid self-destructive behaviors and maintain a positive self-image. Center-Sponsored Events & Activities


Center-sponsored events & activities

Main campus beautification

Plant flowers, weed and prune bushes in the gazebo garden, spread mulch around our playscapes, or tend the urban vegetable garden. Getting your hands dirty is rewarding.

Arts, Beats & Eats

We’re proud to be a charity partner of the annual Arts, Beats & Eats festival, and could always use some extra hands that weekend. Staff the entrance gates, welcome guests, collect tickets, and provide admission wristbands to attendees.

Head Start Academy campus beatification

Weed, prune bushes, spread mulch around the playscapes. Help us clean up our campus and make it beautiful.

Classroom volunteer

Every child should be able to enjoy a clean, creative classroom. Help our teachers organize and clean playspaces and shelves, laminate and label  designated areas, and create projects and display boards.

Donation drives

Help us collect and sort food, gently used clothing, back-to-school supplies, coats, toys, and hygiene products for our boutique – serving over 200 families every month. We also host drives for items like cleaning kits, foster care welcome kits, children’s books, professional attire, holiday baskets, winter coats, Head Start accident kits, and Head Start HighScope Model Classroom supplies.

Center for Family Literacy

Reading is a fundamental building block in our children’s academic development. Work in the Center for Family Literacy Center at the Head Start Academy and help us clean and stock materials, sort book shelves, and code and label new donations.

Holiday shop

Holidays are the most magical time of the year. Donations help us keep it that way for our families. Help us by collecting new, unwrapped toys for children, stocking stuffers, hats and gloves, grocery gifts cards, and gift-wrapping supplies. You can also work as greeters, personal shoppers, gift wrappers or shelf stockers during volunteer times.

Boutique day

Our families are invited to shop our boutique, free of charge, for basic needs. Lend a hand by rounding up hygiene products, clothing, and dry goods. Or chip in by sorting donations, hanging clothing, and organizing shelves.


What’s back-to-school without a trusty backpack? Help us by collecting backpacks and the school supplies to fill them. With your help, our children’s futures are looking brighter already.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer at The Children’s Center, fill out and submit the form below.

Volunteer Inquiry Form (For interested volunteers who are not ready to commit. They want more information). AKA-Prospects

Volunteer Application (For potential volunteers ready to go through our enrollment process. They are not cleared yet, but are on the path to be cleared and trained volunteers). AKA-Applicants

Volunteer Information Center (For current “cleared and trained” volunteers to access their profiles, schedules, and sign up for volunteer shifts). AKA-Active