Austin Child Guidance Center has a variety of volunteer opportunities, from a one-time project to a weekly commitment.
May 2012 – ACGC is seeking a bi-lingual (Spanish) counselor to volunteer in the Walk-In Clinic. Minimum qualifications to volunteer: A Masters degree in a mental health discipline and is either licensed or in the process of obtaining a license. If in the process of obtaining a license, you must have a clinical supervisor outside of ACGC. If you can commit a minimum of two Friday afternoons a month please contact: Dr. Arnie Slive at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call 512-451-2242.
As a mental health professional, you can make a significant contribution to the Austin community and ACGC’s innovative walk-in counseling service. This is only service of its kind in the Austin area. It is not intake, screening or assessment. We provide an hour of counseling to any child/adolescent and parent/guardian who walks-in.
We are seeking professionals with an interest in volunteering their time and expertise for the families that access this service. Volunteers have the opportunity to:
- Make a difference in the lives of Austin families
- Hone their professional skills
- Gain experience with a wide range of clientele and presenting concerns
- Have free access to quality in-service education
- Learn how to make maximum use of the therapeutic hour through our “briefest of brief therapy” therapeutic approach
- Work with a team of professionals in a supportive environment
Minimum qualifications to volunteer: A Masters degree in a mental health discipline and is either licensed or in the process of obtaining a license. If you can commit a minimum of two Friday afternoons a month please contact: Dr. Arnie Slive at email@example.com or you may call 512-451-2242.
Children’s Healing Garden
For 21 years, ACGC has occupied a three-acre lot on the northeast corner of Lamar Blvd. and 45th Street. Much of the land leaves an unremarkable impression on those who pass. The motivation for the Children’s Healing Garden is an effort to transform this space into an attractive, welcoming, and functional outdoor area. The garden will provide a space for relaxation and therapeutic healing for children and families that are often experiencing grief, trauma, abuse, neglect, phobias, and parent-child relationship issues. The outdoor space will be used to:
- Beautify the neighborhood;
- Hold outdoor therapeutic groups and individual/family therapy sessions;
- Provide private space for families to reflect on their therapy sessions;
- Educate families about native plants and organic gardening;
- Provide rest and relaxation for therapists and staff; and
- Provide an outdoor alternative to the traditional indoor waiting room.
If you are interested in being a part of this vision to transform our outdoor space, please contact Renee Hanson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Play Leader Job Description and Requirements:
- Play with children up to age 17 in the waiting area while they wait for their appointment or when their parents are in consultation with staff;
- Create a pleasant, structured environment for children;
- Interact with children and observe their social skills with other children and adults;
- Discuss children’s interaction styles and playroom activities with therapists treating the children and their families when necessary.
- Must be at least 18 years of age;
- Must commit to volunteer a two-hour time shift at least once a week for at least one semester (fall, spring, or summer);
- Must be able to engage children with age appropriate games, art projects, and so forth;
- Must be able to make objective observations about child behavior;
- Must have willingness to initiate discussions about playroom problems and achievements with therapist and administrative staff;
- Must attend a one-hour orientation; and
- Must undergo a criminal background check.
- For more information on being a volunteer play leader contact play leader coordinator Brittany Fowler or 512-451-2242, ext 217.
Board of Directors Job Description and Requirements:
- Responsible For: As a member of the Board of Directors you will set policies of the Center; provide oversight in regard to the operation of its programs; assure that funds are spent in accordance with the mission of the Center; seek out other interested individuals to serve on the Board or on committees; recruit, hire and annually evaluate the Executive Director; and raise funds to support the work of the Center.
- Job Description: Read and understand the Center’s mission by regularly reading communications from the Center; support the Executive Director by regularly communicating with him your interests and concerns; participate in the work of the Center by regularly attending meetings and special events, such as the annual Music Benefit Concert, Charting a Course of Hope Luncheon, and Austin Marathon; help ensure adequate resources for the Center by contributing a $1,000 minimum personal gift per year (this can also be provided through an in-kind donation); annually solicit unrestricted gifts: individual, corporate, or foundation (suggested minimum of $5,000); support the annual mail campaign, Holiday Classic, by providing a minimum of 10 names and addresses and writing personal notes on letters; work with agency staff to solicit unrestricted major gifts ($5,000); and make phone calls or write notes to donors as requested and take one donor to lunch per year.
- Qualifications: Passion and enthusiasm for the mission of the organization, a willingness to commit time to become involved with the organization and the ability to work well in a group.
- Orientation and Training: Attendance at an initial 1 and ½ hour orientation; thereafter continuing education is provided as part of the regularly scheduled Board meetings.
- Time Commitment: Approximately two to four hours a month
- Duration of Board Term: Board terms are two years, with the option to renew for two additional terms (or a total of six consecutive years).
- How to Apply: (i.e., email or other preferred method): Indicate your interest by initially emailing an inquiry to the Executive Director email@example.com. Following this inquiry you will be invited to a lunch or early morning breakfast to meet with the Chair of Board Governance Committee, the Executive Director, and a few other Board members. The purpose of this meeting is to get to know one another to determine if there is an appropriate match. It is helpful at this meeting to bring a resume. Following this meeting a mutual decision can then be made as to whether the prospective Board member would like to pursue making a formal application to become a member of the Board. If so, you will be asked to complete a brief one page form along with submitting a resume. This will then be presented to the entire Board and a vote taken as to acceptance onto the Board of Directors.
- Due Date of Application: Applications are considered throughout the year, but a particular emphasis is made in the fall of each year as board terms usually begin January.
Additional Volunteer Opportunities:
- Toy Cleaning – Once a month all of the toys are thoroughly cleaned and volunteers are needed to help. Cleaning is usually on Friday.
- Event Supporter – Throughout the year we conduct and participate in events that benefit the agency. Volunteers are utilized to set up, clean up, solicit food or gift items, and help the event run smoothly. These opportunities vary throughout the year.
If you are interested in other volunteer opportunities at Austin Child Guidance Center, please contact us at 512-451-2242.