Join Our Volunteer Family at Kids In Crisis!


Making a Difference Together

At Kids In Crisis, every hand helps, and every little bit of your time can create big ripples of change in the lives of children and teens in need. For over 45 years, we’ve been the beacon of hope for hundreds of thousands of youth and families, providing emergency shelter and critical services 24/7. Read on to learn more about the rewarding Volunteer Opportunities for Children in Crisis and make a difference today! We’re thrilled to share how you can become part of this compassionate journey!

How You Can Help

Be the Heartbeat of Our Mission

Whether you’re an individual looking to give back, a group from a company, church, or school, or a young professional ready to make a difference, we have a place for you! There ae so many Volunteer Opportunities for Children in Crisis here. Here’s a snapshot of what you can dive into:

Direct Impact

  • Dinner Donation: Cook a hearty meal for 10-12 of our residents at your house OR come to the shelter and cook dinner or desserts WITH the residents (the kids love cooking, and it’s a great life skill). It’s a perfect activity for families or groups!
  • Outdoor Fun: When the weather warms up, come down to host a BBQ or a game of Volleyball!
  • Stuff a Sports Duffle: Gather sports gear in a bag for kids to enjoy outdoor activities. Remember, sizes for teens are super helpful!
  • Create an Activity Box: Pack a box with craft supplies for 12 lucky children and teens.
  • Share the Love Basket: Assemble a basket of necessities for shelter residents to celebrate special occasions.
  • Activities with Residents: Join us as we take the kids on an excursion out of the shelter! Sponsor a trip to a bowling alley, a pottery studio, or a museum with the kids.

Collections & Drives

  • Kids in Crisis Collections: Help us gather essentials like food, clothing, and toiletries. Check with us for our current needs list!
  • Sponsor a Holiday Wish: Bring joy during the festive season by fulfilling a child’s holiday wish list. (A typical wish list includes a new outfit, a coat, and a toy or game.)

Engagement & Education

  • Join the Youth Corps: If you’re a teen, raise awareness and organize drives through our Youth Corps.
  • SafeTalk Volunteers: Help facilitate workshops to prevent bullying and violence among elementary students.

Facility Upkeep

  • On-site Spruce-Ups: Lend a hand in maintaining our shelters by organizing, painting, or gardening while the kids are at school. 
  • Project Days: Whether deep cleaning a room or decorating, your group can shine our facilities!

Special Events & Advocacy

  • Event Committees: Be a part of the team that helps organize our vital fundraising events.
  • Kids In Crisis Ambassadors: Represent us at community events and help spread the word about our services.

Be a Lighthouse Facilitator or Coordinator

Lighthouse, a program of Kids In Crisis, is a welcoming, inclusive, and safe space where lesbian, gay, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) teens and their allies meet weekly in a casual environment.  The Lighthouse Program is expanding by adding meetings in more locations in Fairfield County.  We are seeking committed adult volunteers to facilitate and/or to coordinate the meetings.  You will help to provide kids with a safe and nurturing space to be with their peers. Lighthouse prides itself on being an enlightened asset to the community and hope you will consider becoming a part of our growing team!

Your Role in Volunteer Opportunities at Kids In Crisis Makes a Difference

Why Volunteer With Us?

As you can see, there are so many Volunteer Opportunities at Kids In Crisis. By volunteering, you’re not just giving your time; you’re gifting hope and support to those who need it the most. Your involvement means our kids get that much more of a chance to thrive. Let’s make their journey a little lighter together!

Ready to Get Started?

Your adventure as a lifeline for children in crisis starts today. Fill out the form below to learn more and sign up. We can’t wait to welcome you to our family of compassionate changemakers!