Help Me Grow Volunteer Program
Volunteer to Help Kids Grow!
Help Me Grow Alameda County promotes early child development so that all children can get the best start in life. From infancy to kindergarten, Help Me Grow supports families with information, tools, and connection to early childhood supports and services to meet their needs. When parents have questions about their child’s development, learning or behavior, Help Me Grow has answers. We have helped over 6,000 children in Alameda County grow!
Make a Difference
In California, one out of every 4 children under age 6 is at moderate or high-risk for developmental, behavioral, or social delays. When children are behind, it can impact their ability to be ready for kindergarten and succeed in school. Locally, in Alameda County, approximately 55% of children entering kindergarten are not ready for school.
Help Me Grow is designed to increase early identification of delays and link families to needed community resources and intervention services. Research shows that the earlier a child receives early intervention the better their outcomes will be – they will have higher school achievement, improved social skills, and greater well-being into adulthood.
Help Me Grow Volunteers will not only will make a difference in a family’s life, but also have the opportunity to develop new skills, learn more about child growth and development, earn college credit, expand your professional networks, and more.
Volunteers support Help Me Grow in a variety of ways – possible activities include
- Prepare developmental screening packets to be mailed or emailed to families
- Score screening tools (the Ages and Stages Questionnaire) and enter data into an online tracking system
- Follow up with families to receive their completed questionnaire
- Prepare and mail screening results to families, physicians and child care providers
- Participate in outreach efforts at health fairs, community events, and networking cafes
- Assist with special projects such as researching child development information, gathering community organizations names, or mapping child development resources
- Translate documents
- Support Help Me Grow’s website and social media by researching and posting local community events and resources for families
- Prepare materials for Help Me Grow trainings for pediatricians, providers, and parents
- Data entry
Meet Our Volunteers
Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds but one thing in common – they believe in supporting children and families in our community.
|Sheryl has been volunteering for Help Me Grow since February 2014. She enjoys helping out at the Connection Café events and other outdoor outreach events, as well as helping with much needed data entry. When not volunteering, she works for the Alameda County Library as a Jail’s Literacy Specialist. She works directly with county inmates and volunteer tutors to help inmates improve their reading and writing skills
- Volunteers are expected to work at a minimum of 3 hours a week for 6 months.
- We offer a flexible schedule with ability to work from home
- Free parking
- Located in Alameda