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"Volunteers don't necessarily have the time, they just have the heart." - Elizabeth Andrew
D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s could not exist without the selfless, unwavering support of an army of volunteers. Hundreds of caring individuals give their time every year. Their work allows us to create a future of hope for thousands of children, and we couldn’t do what we do without them.
Individual Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer with youth that live on our residential campus or become a mentor!
Our residential campus is an open campus and home to youth ages 0 to 17. The youth in this program work hard towards achieving personal goals while learning the skills necessary to be successful in the community and a less restrictive placement. A large part of our goal for our residential students is to teach them the skills they need in order to be successful and to offer a broad range of opportunities and activities to encourage positive self-esteem and personal growth and awareness.
Opportunities for volunteering with our residential campus include ways that you can offer your own skills and experiences with our students in an engaging activity or growing opportunity.
This may include:
- Art/creative activity
- Cooking class
- Yoga/mindfulness activity
- Fitness class
And many other areas not listed here!
Volunteer Application Process
- Fill out the residential volunteer form.
- Communicate with the volunteer coordinator, who will reach out to you about your volunteer request.
- For one time volunteers, you will be asked to sign our confidentiality form in order to ensure the privacy protection of those we serve. You will work with the volunteer coordinator to arrange your volunteer opportunity.
- For volunteers interested in volunteering more than once, you will need to fill out our volunteer information packet and sign the needed forms. This includes a confidentiality policy, application, reference and background check (this can take several weeks to months to get processed through DHHS). You will then meet with the volunteer coordinator to talk about areas of interest for volunteering, to learn more about our agency and the specific program you will be volunteering with and availability. From here you will be able to set up your first volunteer opportunity.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer with a group of up to 20 people. Help us with campus beautification or micro projects.
Campus Beautification Projects
We have several volunteer opportunities throughout the year to help keep our 25-acre Knapp Campus looking sharp! Opportunities include landscaping, painting, carpentry, cleaning, and more! See opportunities below.
- Spread mulch in flower beds and playground – Mid April to mid May
- Weed flower beds – May to September
- Trim flowers, bushes and small trees in and around the houses – May/June
- Edge sidewalks - using gas powered edger and backpack blower - April/June/Aug
- Spin trim – As needed
- Grass mowing
- 24” self-propelled walk behind mower detailing around buildings and landscaping
Must be qualified (and demonstrate) to operate a 60” commercial stand on our zero turn lawn mower
- Bedrooms in houses
- Paint bridge on Knapp Campus
- Paint Deck on Commons Building
- Rebuild pergola in adventure area
- Rebuild benches in grass area behind Kids First Emergency Shelter
- Rebuild benches in front of Kids First Emergency Shelter
- Interior house work such as
- Cabinet repair, adjustments, handles, hinges and locksets
- Door repair, adjustments, refinish, handles and hinges
- Patch and paint interior walls
- Window washing at Knapp Campus
- Window washing at Leonard Campus
Help us keep our agency vans and cars clean! Volunteer groups of all ages can participate with adult supervision.
We want to make sure our visit rooms located on our Leonard Campus are nice and clean for the families we serve.
Micro projects are short one hour projects for all ages, donation drives, and more! See our opportunities below.
Our agency has six core values:
- Exceptional Service
- Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
To keep the core values of our agency front-of-mind, our staff passes out “Icon Awards” to each other. We need your help to make sure we have enough awards available for all of our staff. Help us cut some out!
Host a donation drive and collect balloons, birthday hats, streamers, decorations, a blank birthday card, and any other treats for our Birthday Boxes. We use these Birthday Boxes to celebrate the birthdays of children in our residential and foster care programs.
D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s residential program houses approximately 50 youth each year. They often arrive with very little belongings, and because of this we need your help collecting donations for Bedroom in a Box.
Host a donation drive collecting items such as twin sized sheets, bed spread, etc. so that we have items ready to go when a child arrives on campus.
D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s helps more than 9,000 kids and families each year. Some of our highest needed items are also the ones most people don’t think about: socks, underwear, and bras. Host a donation drive for all three! We’re in need of all sizes for both male and female clients.
We have New Hire Orientations six times a year. At each of these orientations our Medical Department passes out “Personal Protection Kits” that include gloves, bandages, gauze, etc. to all of our staff. We would love your help putting these kits together!