The Center for Family Safety and Healing relies on volunteers to accomplish a number of goals. Our volunteers set the tone for a positive experience by providing children with an outlet for their anxieties through play. Time spent smiling and playing with children is our most critical need in the various programs.
Who: Adults, ages 19 and over
What: If you are helping at The Center for Family Safety and Healing with the Child Assessment Center, Family Support Program or Help Me Grow, you will be assisting families and children that are here for appointments. Your role is to spend time with the children while they are waiting. You may be asked to play games, blocks, Legos, cards, read books, play in the miniature kitchen or enjoy any of the other toys in the play area. You are helping to set the stage for the child to have a good experience during his or her appointment.
When: At this time, the Center has a need for daytime volunteers Monday - Friday.
Where: TCFSH is located at 655 E. Livingston Avenue, Columbus, OH, 43205, directly across from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Parking for volunteers is free and convenient directly behind the building.
Commitment: Initial commitment of 6 months. You will have a weekly assignment, same day/same time each week.
Process: The application process is important for the safety of the patients. This process includes:
- Complete the online application
- Reference checks—must be non-family members
- Phone interview
- BCI and/or FBI background check
- Volunteer orientation and site training
- TB test, provided by Nationwide Children’s Hospital
- Flu vaccine, during flu season
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine documentation (new in 2017)
If you think this sounds like a good match for you, complete the online application here. For questions, please call 614-722-8434 or email TCFSHVolunteer@familysafetyandhealing.org.
Along with needing volunteers at our facility, we also have opportunities to participate in special projects, such as:
- Volunteering for the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day. The Classic is our main fundraiser and is traditionally held on a Sunday in late September. Please note that event-specific training is required and is typically scheduled one to two weeks prior to the event.
- Coordinating a toy drive helps to defray the cost, bring great joy to a child who receives the toy after being assessed for abuse and allows community groups the opportunity to donate to a worthy cause. One way to support this project would be to ask guests who attend an event to bring a new stuffed animal or toy.
- Donate from the wish list.
- Order online from our Amazon Wish List and items will be shipped directly to TCFSH.
Frequently Asked Questions
- If I apply, am I automatically accepted?
Volunteering at The Center for Family Safety and Healing may not be a perfect match for everyone. We will work with you and the Family and Volunteer Services Department at Nationwide Children's to help you determine what volunteer opportunities might be a good fit for you.
- If I apply, how long before I can begin volunteering?
Thank you for being so excited to volunteer! Part of the process; however, is making sure we look after the safety and security of our young patients. This means we require references, a background check, and training in areas such as confidentiality, infection control, safety and security, among others before a volunteer can begin. Generally, this means the application process takes about up to 3-4 weeks.
- What is the dress code to be a volunteer?
TCFSH is a professional environment. Volunteers are required to wear long pants (no jeans or leggings) or skirt (knee-length or longer) with a collared shirt and closed-toe shoes. Artificial nails, visible tattoos, and facial piercings are not permitted. Hair should be a natural color.
- Can I receive credit or acknowledgement for my volunteer time?
We are happy to offer volunteers with a record of their service time. If you are fulfilling service hours or obtaining credit for volunteering, we ask that you let our Program Coordinator know on your application and during your interview. All acknowledgements of hours will be assessed upon acceptance as a volunteer. Please give a one-week notice and a written request to the Program Coordinator. This allows for adequate preparation of your request.
- What do I do if I would like to volunteer in another part of the hospital?
If you are interested in volunteering in a different part of the hospital, please contact Family and Volunteer Services at (614) 722-3635.
- Where can current volunteers find information such as the Volunteer Handbook and Volunteer Retraining?
Volunteers at The Center for Family Safety and Healing are valuable resources. We are grateful for all that you do. Please visit the Current Volunteer Information page to view important training, handbook and vaccination details.