Volunteering at Tennyson Center
Our corps of volunteers is one of our most valuable assets at Tennyson Center for Children. Last year, over 1,500 volunteers donated more than 14,000 hours in a variety of capacities including reading to the children, assisting teachers in the classrooms, assisting with event planning and mentoring a child. We can never have enough volunteers and opportunities are always available for qualified individuals or groups who would like to donate their time.
Volunteers play a critical role in the care and treatment of the children at Tennyson Center. There are a wide variety of ways in which you can become involved as a volunteer. Opportunities include mentoring, spending time on a regular basis with a cottage or classroom, assisting staff with outings and events for the kids, helping out at one of our many events throughout the year, and home improvements for our residential cottages, just to name a few. To learn more about volunteering or to become a volunteer, plan on attending a Volunteer Training, which is held at Tennyson Center once every other month. You need to only attend one training.
Leadership, service and youth organizations
Over the years, we’ve been very fortunate to have a variety of service organizations helping out with volunteer opportunities at Tennyson Center. Favorite activities among these groups have included “Reading Buddies”, sporting and recreational activities, game nights, cooking nights, bowling leagues, holiday outings and so much more. By offering to spend time with the children, you’re giving something of immeasurable value to the children and to our mission. To the kids, you become a mentor, a role model, even a teacher. But, more importantly, you become a friend.
At the present time, we are temporarily not accepting new volunteers. Please check back periodically. If you need information now, you may email Tera Prim by clicking here.
Volunteer Applications: At this time, we are not taking new volunteer applications. Please check back with us in the upcoming months as this may change! Thank you for considering volunteering at Tennyson Center for Children! If you are interested in hosting a community fundraiser for the kids at Tennyson Center, please go to Third Party Events. Thank You!
Volunteer/s of the Month
Our volunteers of the month are a special group that started engaging with the kids at TCC in September of 2011. Friendship One is a large meet-up group that, aside from getting together as a group recreationally, they also provide valuable services in our community. Some of the events they have supported or hosted include; Trunk-or-Treat, Thanksgiving Lunch, Christmas party, Easter lunch, BBQ and pizza parties with the kids, sports and games days, spa days, and arts and crafts activities.
“We are only a phone call away for anything you and the kids might need” they tell Cindy McKinney, Manager of Volunteer Services. Thanks for all you do for the children we serve Friendship One!