ICAN upholds a unique model of accessibility to strengthen our impacts in the communities we serve. Our dedicated volunteers play a crucial role in our 30 years of meaningful connections in predominantly low-income neighborhoods. We are looking for the right people (ages 16 and up) to join us in providing safe, enriching programs for ICAN youth and families. As an individual or a group, there are multiple ways for you to get involved and inspire a brighter future – find which one sounds right for you!
**Please note: We continue to uphold very high standards of safety and sanitation during the Covid-19 pandemic as we begin to re-open our doors to volunteers. This process will move with caution, as the health and safety of our community is our top priority. We are so grateful for your interest in partnering with ICAN. As the vast majority of our volunteer work is in-person, please understand if we are unable to accept you as a volunteer at this time. Thank you for your support and patience.
Do you enjoy engaging with youth in a fun, active, and creative environment? Are you looking to inspire and motivate youth by serving as a role model? You could be a fantastic match for a classroom volunteer! This role would be assisting our Youth Program Leaders in various roles including during outdoor time, homework help, and daily lesson activities. Classroom sizes typically range from 10-18 youth, with 22 as a maximum capacity.
Available Hours: 2:45-5:00 pm, Monday – Friday. (Note that the first hour of this timeframe is typically reserved for snack and outside play.)
This role has an expectation of consistency, as this is healthier for youth development as well as the function of the classroom as a whole. If you are looking for a one-time or occasional volunteer role, please see our other options listed below.
This is an excellent fit for those interested in pursuing careers related to education, psychology, and childhood development, or for anyone who wants to make a lasting positive impact on our youth!
Are you a bookworm looking to share the wonders of reading with kids? Come volunteer as a reading buddy in our literacy center! Our library is packed full of books for all ages and provides a welcoming space for our youth to increase their literacy skills through reading out loud with volunteers. Bilingual volunteers are especially desired for this position!
Available Hours: 2:45-3:45 pm, Monday – Thursday
Fridays are Club Days at ICAN, allowing the kids to have an opportunity to pick from the available activities. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase our volunteers’ unique talents and interests, providing them the chance to teach the youth through short workshops. This could look like hosting a sports clinic or a specialized STEAM activity for a group of approximately 15-18 youth. We encourage those who want to share their passion – be it basketball, watercolors, or coding – with the next generation of leaders.
We may or may not be able to provide the supplies, but if it is an uncommon activity, we ask that you or your group/organization supply the required materials. We typically divide our club options into grades K-3 or 4-6. Our volunteer coordinator is available to help you plan a successful Club Friday!
Available Hours: 3:35-4:45, every Friday.
This is a perfect option for one-time or occasional volunteers who are ready to lead an hour-long activity.
While our “normal” events are still operating as Covid-conscious alternatives, we are working to keep the celebration of holidays, special occasions, and family festivities alive! This work could look like helping to prep care packages for families, organizing food donations, helping youth with special crafts and activities, and more!
Hours vary depending upon availability of events. Please reach out to our volunteer coordinator if this role sounds right for you, and we can determine placements on a case-by-case basis.