There are 2 areas in which individuals may volunteer

1. Help us serve Senior residents
2. Help us serve Children

Serve our Senior Residents

Goodie House Food Pantry
Volunteers are needed to sort and shelve donated food and help senior residents with food selections.
Tuesday-Friday, 12:30-3:00pm.

Monday – Friday, 9:30am- 4pm. Minimum 3-hour shifts.
Greet and direct visitors to the appropriate departments.

Spiritual Care Helpers
Hours and positions vary. We need volunteer chaplains, Bible study teachers and helpers, piano players, Sunday worship service volunteers to escort wheelchair-bound residents (afternoon), and people to visit our shut-in senior residents on the campus.

Graceland Thrift Store Sorters
Hours are flexible Mon.-Sat. Volunteers needed to sort through donations to be priced and sold in the store. Your volunteer services promote the sale of donated items and all proceeds go directly to The Children’s Village at Christian City.

Positions vary in offices throughout the campus.

Life Enrichment Dept.
Needs volunteers to assist with on-campus activities for residents, read to or visit with residents, help with arts/crafts, teach computer skills, and transport residents in wheelchairs to and from activities.

Facilities Management
Offers positions assisting maintenance staff with a variety of tasks across the campus from working in the community garden to changing ceiling lightbulbs for senior residents.

Volunteers assist residents with book selections and book returns.

Newsletter distribution
Volunteers are needed to distribute monthly campus newsletters to residents across the campus.

Serve our Children


Host Family Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers typically develop close relationships with children they host. Children may stay with host families one weekend a month and many school breaks. This is a time for the child to develop an additional close family relationship outside of the group setting.


Volunteer Requirements:

  • Must be at least 25 years old.
  • Married couples preferred and required for overnight visits; singles can serve as a “day visit only” host.
  • Attend church regularly, with a church reference.
  • Pass fingerprint and background check without any charges/convictions.
  • Complete an interview/home study with our case managers.
  • Attend orientation/trainings.

Safe Place Volunteer Opportunities

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Roles: Youth pick-ups, community resource/outreach.
  • Attend educational information session.
  • Complete training for youth involvement.

Middle and High School Youth:

  • Youth advisory board meets quarterly and is designed to get youth in local schools involved in student outreach.
  • Student Leadership Development Program – Coming soon

Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program Volunteer Opportunities

  • Tutoring – retired teachers/educators interested in working with youth or others with specific course knowledge/expertise.
  • Respite families provide our foster families time to relax, either for the weekend, a date night, or a school break.
  • Help with events planned for our foster and adoptive families throughout the year.
  • Clerical opportunities.
  • Help us during Foster Care Awareness Month in May.
  • Help us during Adoption Awareness Month in November.
  • Share information about the Crossroads program with your church.

Mentorship Program

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Successfully pass fingerprint and criminal background check.
  • Commit to serve for at least one year, or the duration the child is in the program.
  • Complete an interview with program director and attend two trainings during the year.
  • See the child a minimum of once a month.
  • Complete an interview with program director.
  • Attend required trainings for child interaction.
  • Attend church regularly, with a church reference.

Volunteer Group Activities

  • We love for our children to have exposure to various cultures. Activity suggestions will be evaluated on an individual basis. Successful activities in the past have included craft nights, recreational game nights, painting lessons, etc.
  • Groups may host group events with our children on a quarterly or monthly basis. Group interaction is preferred, so that events are more sustainable long-term. These interactions will be supervised by The Children’s Village staff and one-on-one interactions with the children are strictly prohibited.
  • Individuals under 21 are allowed to be a part of these events as long as accompanied by someone 21+. If there are youth in the group under age 16, a 4:1 youth/adult ratio is required.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

  • While we are limited in the number of volunteers we are able to accommodate for youth interactions, we welcome your involvement with our program.
  • For example, we have a host of volunteers that pursue their passions and share those with our children. For the past few years, a friend of The Children’s Village voluntarily bakes a cake for each child’s birthday and delivers it for the cottage to have a party. A quilting team makes quilts and matching shams, so each child has their own personalized bedding. If you have a skill, gift, or hobby that you would like to share with our children, please reach out. Your gift may provide the meaningful blessing one of our children needs.


  • Retired teachers/educators interested in working with youth or others with specific course knowledge/expertise.

Individual Volunteer Requirements

  • Applicant must be 18 years of age
  • Initial 2-step TB screening (PPD shot)
  • Volunteer application, background check, and photo consent form
  • Annual TB screening and medical questionnaire updates
  • Good interpersonal communication skills
  • Willingness to be coached and educated
  • Complete an orientation class (held monthly)

For more information about volunteering, call Janice Downing, Volunteer Coordinator, at 770-703-2701.


Janice Downing

Volunteer Coordinator
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