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A = Adult Opportunity
F = Family Opportunity
Y = Youth Opportunity
G = Group Opportunity
SMART Recovery Group Volunteers (A) Kids In Crisis is training volunteer facilitators for a SMART recovery group for children under age 18 struggling with addiction of any kind in Fairfield County. SMART Recovery is a modern, science-based alternative to traditional 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. It is friendly, action-oriented, and supportive. The groups aim to help youth gain confidence in their ability to quit, maintain motivation to stay clean and sober, learn strategies for dealing with urges, manage self-defeating thoughts and actions, and get on with getting more out of life. Volunteers will be fully trained to facilitate the group. After training volunteers commit to facilitating a group once a week for an extended period of time. Individuals in recovery or who have experience with a loved one in recovery are encouraged to apply.
Events Volunteers (A, F, Y, G)
Volunteers make our large events possible, and they get to have fun too! Community service letters are happily provided. Please note, some event volunteers must be 21 years or older (if alcohol is served at the event), but we have many opportunities for all ages throughout the year. Our Stamford KIC IT Triathlon will take place on Sunday, June 23, 2019 and lots of volunteers are needed there.
Lighthouse Volunteer Facilitators (A)
Lighthouse is a welcoming, inclusive and safe space where lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) teens and their allies meet weekly, and we are expanding. We are adding meetings in more locations in Fairfield County and we are seeking committed, adult volunteers to facilitate. As a facilitator you will help provide kids with a safe place to go to be with their peers. We pride ourselves on being an enlightened asset to the community and hope you will consider becoming a part of our growing team!
Emotion Locomotion (A)
Our newest program, Emotion Locomotion, is looking for volunteer facilitators to work with young children in educational settings. Emotion Locomotion teaches children in grades pre K through 5 vital social emotional skills. The program is divided into 12 separate sessions and volunteers learn the activity-based curriculum that focuses on building emotional vocabulary, exploring emotions without judgment and developing vital coping skills. All volunteers must interview, pass a background check and attend training.
Join the Youth Corps (Teens Only)
Help further the Kids In Crisis mission by raising awareness via community events and advocacy efforts, hosting food, clothing & holiday drives, occasionally planning activities for our youngest residents and more! The Youth Corps meets monthly (October thru May) at Kids In Crisis.
“Stuff A Duffel” (A, F, Y, G)
Create a bag for a boy or girl, age 3 – 17 years old (note: adult sizes for teens are especially helpful!). Our children always need new items to help them enjoy some physical activity – things like a t-shirt, shorts, sports socks, water bottle, towel, even a basketball or soccer ball! You can also stuff the duffel with everything they need to celebrate a birthday, good report card or fun holiday! Include baked treats, paper plates and napkins and fun decorations. Think outside the “duffel.” You could celebrate: Compliment Day (1/24), World Storytelling Day (3/20) or World Smile Day (10/5). Let your imagination be your guide!
On-site One Day Spruce Ups (G)
We at Kids In Crisis strive to maintain a physical environment for our children that is safe, homey, and upbeat. Our volunteers are integral to this process. While the kids are at school, volunteers can spruce up the shelter by deep cleaning, organizing, painting, decorating, gardening or doing outdoor cleanup.
Dinner Donation (A, F, Y, G)
Our staff works hard to enrich our children’s lives in all possible ways. We prefer that they spend their time one-on-one with the kids, but many nights staff must also cook dinner. By preparing a home-cooked (or healthy take out) meal, you allow our staff to spend more therapeutic time with our kids. Make a complete dinner for our residents (13-15 people) and drop off at the shelter. We will happily provide menu ideas!
Sponsor a Holiday Wish (A, F, Y, G)
Kids In Crisis fulfills holiday needs for our shelter residents and families within the community. You can sponsor a wish list or host a collection for holiday gifts.
SafeTalk Volunteers (A)
We provide SafeTalk, a world-renowned child safety presentation, to area elementary schools. The program uses role plays to teach children how to self-advocate to be safe, strong and free. SafeTalk volunteers are trained as facilitators to role play and initiate group discussion with children on the issues of bullying and basic safety. Most presentations are given during school hours. SafeTalk volunteers must interview and attend training, and consent to a background check.
Dining with Dignitaries (A)
Come dine with us. To our children, dining with an adult willing to tell their story or share a special skill or hobby is an invaluable experience! We all have something to share and spending time with our kids makes them feel valued and special. It also gives them a broader perspective on the wonderful variety of people in our area, from all cultures, backgrounds and experiences.
Host a Collection or Fundraiser (A, F, Y, G)
Collections for needed items can be large or small and are helpful throughout the year. Depending on our current needs, collections can include items like shelf-stable food, toiletries, towels, school supplies, new clothing, gently used duffel bags, art supplies, holiday gifts and more! If you are interested in hosting a collection, please check with us for our current list of needs.
Party for KIC (A, F, Y, G)
Your party can make a difference for our kids! In lieu of giving your guests goody bags, make a donation to Kids In Crisis. We will provide you with cards to let your guests know of your generosity. In lieu of gifts, you can ask guests to make a donation to Kids In Crisis. Let us know before you send out your invitations and we will make the process simple for everyone.
Peer-to-Peer Fundraising (A, F, G)
Use your social media for a great cause! Call us at 203-622-6556 to discuss creating a fundraiser for Kids In Crisis.