Child and Youth Services

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters matches school age children in the Inland Northwest area with quality volunteers committed to being positive role models, mentors, and friends. Their mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships. For more information visit  www.bbbsspokane.org or call 509-328-8310

Boy Scouts

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. For more information please call 509-325-4562

Boys and Girls Club

Boys & Girls Clubs build character through everyday leadership and guidance in behavior and attitude. Young people of all nationalities, races and creeds join together in wholesome recreation and companionship. The Boys & Girls Club shows youngsters that someone cares and wants them to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens through club activities and athletics.For more information visit  www.bgcspokanecounty.org or call 509-489-0741

Campfire Boys and Girls

Camp Fire USA's programs are designed and implemented to reduce sex-role, racial and cultural stereotypes and to foster positive intercultural relationships. Camp Fire USA provides all-inclusive, coeducational programs in hundreds of communities across the United States. Serving youth from birth to 21, Camp Fire USA helps boys and girls learn and play side by side in comfortable, informal settings. Be a Mentor, serve on a special committee or the Board of Directors, train other adult volunteers, or assist with marketing and PR campaigns. For more information visit  www.campfireinc.org or call 509-747-6191

Alexandria's House

Alexandria's House is a transitional housing program for pregnant and parenting teenage mothers. The house provides a safe haven for the young mothers and offers parenting classes and child care to help them prepare for parenthood. Volunteers may help with tutoring for the mothers or with child care. Volunteer's must be at least 21 years old and pass a criminal background check. For current volunteer opportunities call Alexandria's House at 509-489-0349 or www.voaspokane.org/AlexandriasHouse

American Indian Community Outreach Center

The American Indian Community Center provides comprehensive social and economic development services for American Indians and all racial groups in our community. Volunteers provide on-site monitoring/supervision of family visits. They will be an integral part of re-uniting a family by helping then to comply with CPS or Court ordered supervised visits. Monitor/supervisor is responsible for allowing the family to bond and share special time in a safe, non-threatening atmosphere. For current volunteer opportunities call the Center at 509-535-0886.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities is the largest sectarian social service organization between Seattle and Minneapolis, providing service to people of all religious faiths in the 13 counties of Eastern Washington. Catholic Charities employs 220 people throughout eastern Washington and has an annual budget of $5.3 million. Contact 509-358-4250 for many service projects.

The Children's Museum/Mobius

The Mobius Science Center mission is to be a Northwest Institution that is a center of hands-on science, arts and cultural education, inspiring kids in every stage of life. They are they hub of an energized community of lifelong learners inspired to explore global connections of science and society.  For more information visit www.mobiusspokane.org, e-mail the volunteer coordinator at info@mobiusspokane.org, or call 509-624-KIDS.

Crosswalk

Crosswalk is an emergency shelter, a school drop-out prevention program, and a group of lifesaving and life-changing programs dedicated to breaking the cycle of youth homelessness. Emergency shelter is available 365 days a year and all services are free and voluntary. Crosswalk has many special projects: Attachment and Bonding, Independent Living Program, employment training, art classes, tutoring, and many other enrichment activities For more information call Crosswalk at 509-838-6596 or visit www.voaspokane.org/crosswalk

Girl Scouts

Girls Scouts of the USA is committed to helping today's girls become tomorrow's leaders. For 90 years, the Girl Scout Program has delivered quality experiences for girls locally, nationally and internationally. Volunteers are needed in the Program Center and as Site Directors for events. Product sales team members are wanted. They want to develop a strong team that helps support the product sales for this council. For more information please call 509-747-8091 or toll-free at 1-800-827-9478.

Morning Star Boys' Ranch

Morning Star Boys' Ranch, Answering God's call to love and serve those in need, is dedicated to building men by believing in boys, and providing programs to strengthen the community. Volunteers make a difference at the Ranch by helping a boy with his homework, listening to a boy read, being a friendship family, or by helping with their mailings, special projects and arts and crafts. For more information visit www.morningstarboysranch.org e-mail at info@morningstarboysranch.org or call 509-448-141

Shriners Hospital

Shriner's mission is to provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and certain other special heath care needs with a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment. The volunteer services office makes every effort to assign individuals to specified areas of interest. Some such as; playing with patients in recreation therapy; providing clerical support; courier services for patients and staff; assisting with special events intern placements in Rehabilitation. For more information visit  http://www.shrinershq.org/hospitals/spokane/ or call 509-455-7844

St. Margaret's Shelter

Today, St. Margaret's is an emergency and transitional shelter for homeless women and their children. It provides housing, case management, parenting classes, and life skills training to homeless women. St. Margaret's also provides emergency shelter to mothers with high-risk newborns. Some current volunteer opportunities at St. Margaret's Shelter include: clerical support, adult and children programs, play supervision, assisting families with moving in and out, sorting donations of clothing and household items, and transportation. For more information visit  www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/?page=16 or call 509-624-9788

The Children's Ark

We seek to create a foster home in which a mother and child can live together and grow together. The Children's Ark is an innovative foster parenting program which combines the protection and nurturing of a foster family home with an intensive support and education program for young mothers. For more information e-mail  mannpw@comcast.net or call 509-455-5035

Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery

The mission of the Crisis Nursery is to provide immediate refuge for children and support to strengthen families. The mission evolved from the tragic story of Vanessa Kay Behan, a Spokane girl who dies from child abuse injuries at the age of 2. Following her death, a group of local business people established the Crisis Nursery so that parents would have a safe place to bring their children in the face of crises. For more information visit www.vanessabehan.org or call 509-535-3155

YMCA

The mission of the YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. As a YMCA volunteer, you can lead in exercise class, read to a preschool class, coach a basketball team, cook for a bake sale, design a program brochure, greet people at the front desk, find items for an auction, serve as a role model for young people, help our in the office or at a special event, or be part of a group or committee working on a neighborhood problem. No matter how you help, you'll make a big difference as you work with others to create a feeling of connectedness in your community. To solve the problems closest to home-or better yet, prevent them.
For more information visit  www.ymcaspokane.org/ or call 509-838-3577.

Mentoring After-school Program for Success (MAPS) -Goodwill Industries

As a MAPS volunteer you participate in fun activities in a small group setting while building friendships with some amazing children. We are looking for Volunteer Mentors who can commit to one hour per week from 3:00 PM to 4:00 P.M. We are at Holmes Elementary School on Tuesdays and at Roosevelt Elementary School on Thursdays. The program includes selected 3rd- 6th graders. At MAPS our goal is to build relationships that will help youth grow to like themselves, value their peers, do better in school, and form positive relationships. Training provided. Contact Katherine Showalter at (509) 232-1122 katherines@giiin.org.