SAMARA'S VILLAGE
Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Services

Be the Village: Volunteer Roles

Every year we plan a project and encourage members of the community and businesses to participate. This past year we had a great team of 25 volunteers show up and #BetheVillage, by helping us paint, clean, and prepare our new Education and Counseling Center in BSL...

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#BetheVillage throughout the year!

STEP ONE : Everyone can serve somewhere! View posistions below to find your fit!

STEP TWO: Complete an Application (and Minor Release if applicable) and Email  apply@samarasvillage.org

STEP THREE : Complete Background check by clicking "I want to Volunteer" below and you will be directed to the Secure Volunteer website.

*We ask potential volunteers to pay for the first one ($11.95) and then the organization will pay for all subsequent checks.


Administrative/Clerical​ 

Have great organization skills and enjoy helping from thr back room? We have a need for a volunteer like you!

Website/ Social Media/ Coordinator

  • Keep Samara’s Village website and social media up-to-date.
  • Respond to basic questions and relay inquiries
  • Perform basic website maintenance and updating design
  • Help compile information to create and distribute a monthly newsletter

Be Proud!
Be Responsible!
Be Protective! Facilitator

This is our secondary pregnancy prevention program.  Facilitators are trained. Sorry Guys - We are only looking for female mentors/facilitators.


Counselor

Must be licensed and may serve in one or multiple roles within the organization. Counselors always work in coordination with participant’s home visitor to help the participant define gals, plan action, gain insight, and discuss emotions and experiences. Counselors may:
  • Conduct “in-take” interviews with participants to inform them about Samara’s Village, evaluate for depression and anxiety or other potential mental health issues, and refer to other community resources as needed.
  • Facilitate Family Support Team Meetings bi-monthly to empower the “family unit” or important support people that the participant has identified.


24/7 Dad Facilitator

  
The 24/7 Dad Facilitator is an integral member of the Samara’s Village team. They are the lifeline between the organization and our male participants. If you possess a desire to help support and educate other fathers, this is the role for you! Facilitators will be trained to mentor the fathers and conduct the classes.
  • Maintain safe and clean environment by encouraging ownership in participants for computers and furniture.
  • Provide basic technical assistance when needed.
  • Research solutions (with participants) to questions that you are unfamiliar with.
  • Be willing to assist with participants’ child(ren) while they complete a task/quiz.

*** Our computer lounge is a safe place that has a “home” feel. Participants may come with or without their children to work on continuing their education. Especially if toddlers are present, there might be a greater need for support volunteers to interact with the children so participants can focus on their academics. It is important that volunteers filling this role focus on making it a place where productivity is taking place, without removing the responsibility of parenting from the participant.

Computer Lounge Support

Must be able to adapt and interact with different aged children, but will usually be assisting with children age 0 – 3 years for 1-2 hours, while parents participate in on-site counseling, tutoring, or classroom training.

Responsible for providing age-appropriate care which includes: feeding, changing diapers, escorting to the bathroom, maintaining a safe environment, putting children down for naps, holding, sitting with and cheerfully interacting with children through games, stories, and play.

Childcare

The home visitor is an integral member of the Samara’s Village team. They are the program facilitator for our Partners for a Healthy Baby Curriculum and the lifeline between the organization and the female participant. Home Visitor volunteers must be willing to take on up to 3 mothers each and must be able to meet with those mothers monthly for the duration of their time in the program! Home visitors must:
  • Create and maintain respectful partnerships with families.
  • Drive to family home and deliver health, educational, nutritional and child growth and development information to parents via monthly meetings.
  • Coordinate with parents to ensure that prenatal, well-child exams, immunizations, health screenings, and nutrition assessments are complete and necessary follow up occurs.
  • Complete required assessments with families in a timely manner.
  • Assist and support families in locating resources and scheduling appointments with community resources that best meets their needs.
  • Provide support in parent and child activities that encourages developmentally appropriate activities for the changing needs of infants and toddlers.
  • Review each parent’s goals and write comprehensive individual plans designed to promote current learning and attend to nutritional, health, and social issues.
  • Maintain accurate written/electronic records including: health information, assessments, documentation, anecdotal observations, and other required forms
  • Communicate frequently with other staff and parents; serve as liaison among medical and social services in the community.
  • Act as advocate for Samara’s Village families.
  • Meet regularly with consultants and community collaborators to assure quality services.
  • Attend meetings, trainings, and professional development activities as appropriate.
  • Perform other duties as requested.
  • Completes at least 20 hours annually of professional development training aimed at improving outcomes (including any trainings as required per the APP Policy Manual or Implementation Guide)

Home Visitor

Assist with activities that involve hospitality and are not fundraising activities. Specifically, support group meetings and baby showers. Hospitality service volunteers are responsible for setup, serving and clean-up of food and beverages and used preparation areas. They will also arrange/provide meals for families when needed (birth of baby or health crisis).


Hospitality Services

The goal of our life skills program is to educate our participants in skills they will need to manage day-to-day living on their own. Specific life skills courses may change based on the needs of our current participants.
  • Must have proven experience in the skill set and the ability to work with participants one-on-one and in a small group.
  • Provide hands-on and/or classroom training in his/her mastered skill set.
  • Maintain consistent communication with supervisory staff.
  • May be asked to create and/or present a lesson plan and provide feedback on participant’s involvement.
  
*** Current Life Skills classes include Financial Literacy, At Home Skills, Childbirth/Infant Care/Breastfeeding


Life Skills Training

Provide transportation for participants, as needed, to receive organizational services or attend medical appointments. Must have good driving record.

Transportation

  • Must have proven knowledge in the course and the ability to work with participants one-on-one and in a small group. 
  • Responsible for planning and facilitating tutoring sessions.
  • Assist students in the development of appropriate study skills.
  • Maintain consistent communication with supervisory staff.

*** The needs of our participants may be such that tutoring is required beyond the “regular” academic calendar year.

Tutoring