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The DABSJ Guild

Our volunteer Guild is a special part of the rich history of DABSJ – with over 100 years of members mobilizing to help meet the needs of our children and programs. Always accepting new members, the Guild is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference for children and families while also being part of a close-knit community within the larger DABSJ family. We would love to help you find your place in the DABSJ Guild!

“I am part of the Guild because I want to help children and families. My favorite thing to do is help with the care bags that the children get when they come into care. No child should have to go without the things that they need.”

-Shelly Friend, Guild member

Guild Committees

Within the Guild are multiple committees dedicated to different aspects of supporting our children and families. Your unique talents and passions are welcome, from gathering supporters for a show-stopping night to tending with care to much-needed supplies. You can plug in where you feel your time and talents fit best!

Care Kits

Care Kit Committee members dedicate time to receiving and sorting donations as well as assembling care kits. These kits are designed to meet the needs of our children and families how and when they need it, allowing the support our DABSJ team gives to stretch even further. When families are experiencing a moment of change or an unexpected hurdle, a package of lovingly assembled items can be just the boost of encouragement they need. This is one of the most tangible ways Guild members have been able to join us in the creation of hope for our clients.

Donation Drives

There are two seasons during the year when the needs are great and the adage of ‘many hands make light work’ becomes very visible: Back to School and the Holidays. Our Guild steps in to support the work of organizing, receiving, and processing the many donations that come from our incredibly generous community. The Guild helps manage the work of stuffing backpacks or wrapping gifts during these two donation drives.

St. John's Guild Ball

This beloved event not only brings together the many wonderful Guild members who dedicate so much of their time and energy to our mission, but it is lovingly planned and orchestrated by them as well! The event is a special night for our community partners to hear updates about our mission and join in the network of support that makes the work of DABSJ possible.

“Forty-five years ago, we were invited to a St. John’s Ball. We walked out, got in the car and said ‘This is something we want to support.’ It was instant. And that’s when I joined the Guild.”​


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DABSJ is inclusive and welcoming – from our team members, to the children we serve, to the families we license as foster parents. You could play a part in providing homes and hope for children who need a place to be themselves.