Thank you for your interest in volunteering with DC127’s Communities for Families program.
You’re taking the first step in joining a network of volunteers who build relationships with families facing social isolation and provide the mentorship and resources parents need to build stability in their lives when they have nowhere else to turn. You can read more about our various volunteer roles here. Please take a look and pray about the best fit for you. We’re also happy to talk through which role might be best for you. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 202-670-1145. Everyone can do something!
Volunteer Application Process
Below is a list of steps to become a Communities for Families volunteer. A checklist detailing each step can be found here:
- Step 1: Complete the Communities for Families Volunteer Application.
- Step 2: In your application, you will submit 3 references, including one church leader reference.
- Step 3: Register for a volunteer training session. Upcoming trainings can be found online here. Please see below for more details about how much training you need for each volunteer opportunity.
- Step 4: Complete the background check process post training.
Below is a list of the Communities for Families volunteer opportunities:
Babysitters serve Host Homes and parents by caring for children at least once a month. Volunteer babysitters are required to attend two hours of training. This is the only position that does NOT require an FBI fingerprint background check.
A Parent Friend is a volunteer that connects with a family in need. This position. Parent Friend volunteers are required to attend two hours of training and must complete all the required background checks.
A Host Home provides a safe haven for children whose family is facing a crisis or needs additional support. Host Home volunteers are required to attend six hours of training and must complete all the required background checks. Host Homes are also required to go through a home assessment after they have completed the application and background check process.
A Community Coach monitors hosting arrangements and works with families. Community Coach volunteers are required to attend seven hours of training and must complete all the required background checks.
- Signed volunteer agreement
- Identity History Summary, with fingerprints submitted to the FBI
- Child Protective Register check through DC’s Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA)
- Valid driver’s license or government-issued ID
Please Note: DC127 will accept an FBI Background check that was completed within the last 5 years, or a DC Child Protection Registry check completed within the last 3 years.