“Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.”
Garrison Keillor, author & radio personality
We are so grateful that individuals and groups in the wider community want to volunteer with CHNK! Before filling out our online volunteer form, however, please check out the primary volunteer opportunities available to you through CHNK. Please also review the FAQs specific to volunteering with us.
Junior Board of CHNK
The official volunteer arm for Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, the Junior Board focuses its attention on the youth in our residential treatment program, and its role is two-fold: to fundraise in support of our young clients’ therapeutic needs and to spend invaluable one-on-one time with them.
More information about the Junior Board can be viewed here, but some important details about membership:
- Members of the Junior Board meet monthly on the second Tuesday of the month, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Attendance is expected, so that the Junior Board can be effective in its mission. If you are not available on Tuesday evenings, please consider a different volunteer opportunity with CHNK
- Members pay annual dues of $50
- Junior Board activities and events with our clients typically take place on a Saturday morning or afternoon
- All members are expected to attend the annual Charity Ball, typically held in November
- Each member serves on a Charity Ball planning committee, helping to secure sponsorships and/or auction items
Our Development Office is a mighty team of just one full-time employee and two part-time employees! So we are always on the lookout for volunteers who can help us with fundraising and in-kind donations. Could that be you? Volunteers who coordinate a donation or supply drive on our behalf work with our Development Manager to determine what type of drive it will be, when and where it will be held, and how best to advertise it. This is an especially good opportunity for introducing philanthropy and “giving back” to school-age youth!
To get started, fill out the online volunteer form below. A CHNK representative will contact you within 48 business hours to discuss further.
Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky has been around since 1882, but a lot of folks still don’t know where we are located or what we do. That’s where our street team comes in! We assign these volunteers to a local neighborhood and give them CHNK door hangers to place on all the front doors in that neighborhood. You aren’t ringing doorbells or knocking or talking to anyone about CHNK – you’re simply hanging the door hangers on the front doors. Super easy, right?!
This volunteer opportunity can be done at a time that is convenient for you and/or your group. Please note that if you prefer to complete this volunteer opportunity on a weekend, the door hangers will need to be picked up at CHNK’s Devou Park campus prior to the neighborhood canvassing date. For more information about this opportunity, fill out the online volunteer form and a CHNK representative will contact you within 48 business hours.
Can I interact directly with your kids in residential treatment?
Given the unique behavioral health needs of our young clients, opportunities to interact directly with them are limited to group activities that are planned in advance in partnership with our Recreational Therapist.
What constitutes a group? We’ve had church groups, civic groups, groups from local businesses, and even a group of neighbors take part in activities with our clients. They’ve done craft projects like building birdhouses, sponsored a pizza dinner followed by a kickball tournament, and our friends at Citi annually hold a track-and-field style Olympic Day each fall!
Volunteer groups must be flexible with regard to the date and time of an activity, since we work special, volunteer-driven activities into our clients’ existing treatment schedules.
Do you offer internships or work study opportunities?
We do! For more information about interning at CHNK or taking part in a work study, please contact our Human Resources team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us at 859.261.8768. Please note, we require a minimum two-week notice for potential internship or work study placements.
Do you have an age requirement for volunteers?
Any volunteer interacting directly with our young clients must be 21 years of age or older. If you are volunteering with a group, you are not permitted to bring your own children to a client-focused activity.
If you are taking part in a community-focused activity, such as holding a donation drive on our behalf or canvassing neighborhoods with CHNK door hangers, the age requirement does not apply.
I have court-mandated service hours to complete. Can you help?
At this time, we do not have opportunities for individuals needing to complete court-mandated service hours.
Ready to get started? Fill out the form below and a CHNK representative will contact you within 48 business hours. We look forward to you joining our bridge-building team!