Volunteer

Interested in Volunteering?

Thank you so much for your interest in helping our community grow! Volunteers play an essential role in making our inclusive community thrive. Each year nearly 250 volunteers help the Frazer Center in various capacities. While volunteers working directly in our programs is at times valuable, our most pressing needs for volunteers can be found around facilities and grounds, at special events, and in skilled volunteers who are willing to use their talents to further our mission.

Please take a moment to read through all the information in the below sections in order to fully understand our needs and how you can make the most of your volunteer experience at Frazer! View the Group Volunteer Opportunities and fill out the form if you are interested in bringing a group of four or more. If you are an individual, please visit our Individual Volunteer Opportunity section to learn how to get started.

FAQs

Can I volunteer in your programs?

We are happy to utilize our program as a training ground for high school and college students interested in exploring Early Childhood Education and Social Work as career paths.

Volunteers under 21 that would like to work directly with children or with adults in our programs must be enrolled in high school or a higher learning institution and provide proper documentation (letter from teacher/course syllabus).

If you are a student looking to volunteer/intern in our Child Development Program and/or Adult Program, please review the Individual Volunteer Opportunities sections below for schedules and tasks before determining if it would be a good fit. Volunteers must complete a Child Development Volunteer Form or Adult Program Volunteer Form depending on which program is being applied for. In addition, volunteers must sign a Policy & Waivers Overview and are encouraged to read our Volunteer Manuel.

All individual volunteers must be over 16 years old and must submit a completed Georgia Criminal History Check (typically $10; Google where you can find a location that performs background checks in your area). Individuals that volunteer for more than 21 days in a month must complete a fingerprint scan that costs around $70. Volunteers under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign a Consent Form.

Volunteers that are 14-15 years old can volunteer if a supervisor (parent or school official over 21 years old) is present with them.

Volunteers may have to complete an initial interview before volunteering.

Can I bring a group?
Our volunteer projects can accommodate groups of various sizes and can provide team-building opportunities. View our Group Volunteer page to learn more.

I want to volunteer, but I never know my schedule in advance. Can I just show up?
We cannot accommodate walk-up volunteers. Frazer Center volunteer shifts have a maximum capacity due to space and resource limitations. It is our goal to provide the best possible experience for each of our volunteers, so it is important for us to know in advance when you are coming in order to provide the supplies and supervision to get the job done.

What is the age limit?

All volunteers must be over 16 years old and if working directly with Frazer children or adults must submit a completed Georgia Criminal History Check (typically $10; Google where you can find a location that performs background checks in your area). Individuals that volunteer for more than 21 days in a month must complete a fingerprint scan that costs around $70. Volunteers under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign a Consent Form.

Volunteers that are 14-15 years old can volunteer if a supervisor (parent or school official over 21 years old) is present with them.

Can I make my own schedule?
Our projects are designed for specific time periods, so volunteers must commit to specific shifts and work their entirety. Shifts in the Child Development Program are 9 am – 12 pm or 2pm – 5pm. The volunteer shift in the Adult Program is 9 am – 12 pm.

Do we accommodate the specials needs of a handicapped or disabled person as a volunteer?
As an inclusive community, we are proud to accommodate individuals of all abilities in all facets of the organizations, but we evaluate our ability to accommodate on a situation-by-situation basis. Please email volunteer@frazercenter.org to discuss your specific needs.

Can I complete court-related community service hours?
Unfortunately Frazer Center cannot accommodate court-related community service.

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers under 21 that would like to work directly in our Child Development Program or Adult Program must be enrolled in high school or a higher learning institution and provide proper documentation (letter from teacher/course syllabus).

Our programs are open Monday – Friday and have defined shifts for volunteers. Volunteers in the CDP are scheduled for either 9 am – 12 pm or 2 pm – 5 pm, while volunteers in the AP are scheduled 9 am – 12 pm. There are no volunteer opportunities within our programs after 5 pm or on the weekends.

Volunteering in the Child Development Program
Our program works with children at all stages of development and promotes interaction between typically developing students and students with special needs. Classrooms are defined by ages, and we try to match volunteer preferences to corresponding classrooms, but that is not always possible. Select volunteers partner with the lead and assistant teachers to ensure that all needs of the children are met.

Volunteer tasks may vary between cleaning toys and books, organizing classroom materials, assisting and cleaning during meal times, reading stories, engaging in games, and participating in the daily activities and schedule of the classroom.

Volunteers must fill out an Child Development Volunteer Form. This is the first step in becoming an individual volunteer in the CDP and requires potential volunteers to answer which month they plan to attend a mandatory Volunteer Orientation, which days and shifts they are looking to volunteer, and other important information. During certain months, volunteer shifts reach capacity so you may have to wait until the next month to attend the Volunteer Orientation and to get started.

Fill out the Child Development Program Volunteer Form.

 

Volunteering in the Adult Program
Each day Frazer adult participants receive important vocational training, participating in art and horticulture activities, and engage in a variety of outdoor and indoor recreational activities. Select volunteers work alongside Community Asset Specialist to help each Frazer adult reach and grow to his/her full potential.

Volunteer tasks may vary between cleaning games and books, organizing room materials, assisting in clean up during and after activities, engaging in games, and participating in the daily activities and schedule of the Adult Program.

In addition, we are always specifically looking for volunteers who can implement a skill or passion while volunteering, particularly in the following areas: Social Media, Photography, Art, IT departments, Fundraising, Theater, Music, Wedding and Event Planning, Administrative skills, and more.

Volunteers must fill out an Adult Program Volunteer Form. This is the first step in becoming an individual volunteer in the AP and requires potential volunteers to answer which month they plan to attend a mandatory Volunteer Orientation, which days and shifts they are looking to volunteer, and other important information. During certain months, volunteer shifts reach capacity so you may have to wait until the next month to attend the Volunteer Orientation and to get started.

Fill out the Adult Program Volunteer Form.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have a corporate, church, neighborhood or other group looking to make a lasting impact? Let us know! We’re happy to work with groups (from four individuals to over 30) to design a fulfilling volunteer day. Frazer is located on nearly 40 acres of forest, so large groups typically engage in projects around our grounds and facilities like painting, landscaping, trail maintenance, and forest upkeep among other projects. We can also work with large groups to organize program specific activities like read-a-thons, themed days, and skill lessons taught by volunteers.

Please fill out the Group Volunteer Form and our volunteer coordinator will be in touch.

Internships / Course Credit

If you are looking to intern or complete course work at the Frazer Center, please email the appropriate program contact below. Our internship program is only available to students enrolled in accredited programs. Please include internship overview, number of hours needed to receive credit, as well as any internship documentation or other important information. If there’s an opening, our team will reach out to schedule an interview.

Internship Contacts:
Nakeshia Wright – Child Development Program
Marissa Klipp – Adult Program
Dan Watson – Administration / Grounds & Facilities