Volunteer Tutors, Mentors, Instructors, & Coaches
The Children’s Home has opportunities for volunteers who want to work closely with our residents. These positions are limited to volunteers ages 21 and older.
- Tutors volunteer the same time each week to help with specific junior and senior high school subjects. Typically this takes place between 3:30-5:00pm, M-Th.
- Mentors volunteer the same time each week to work with a small group of residents to teach and help improve life skills (e.g. job readiness, cooking, budgeting, etc.). Typically this takes place between 6-8pm M-Th during the school year, and between 9a-12p/6-8p M-Th during the summer.
- Instructors volunteer the same time each week or month to teach a group of residents a special skill (e.g. arts, crafts, music, book club, chess/gaming, coding, etc.). Typically this takes place on weekends, and some weekdays/nights during the summer.
- Coaches volunteer the same time each week or month to lead regular sporting activities (e.g. basketball, football, soccer, swimming, etc.). This schedule is more flexible.
To give the residents of the Home the finest care possible, volunteers in these positions are carefully vetted and trained. To begin the volunteer process, please complete the Volunteer Application below. You will receive an immediate confirmation of your application upon submission, and a request for interview within a few days.
Looking for a one-time or intermittent volunteer role? Please see our other volunteer page.
Volunteer Onboarding Process
for Tutors, Mentors, Instructors, & Coaches
It can take between 6 to 8 weeks to apply and receive training to work as a direct-care volunteer. To facilitate positive relationships, we ask mentors, coaches, tutors, and instructors to commit to serving for at least six months. The process will generally follow these steps:
- Complete an online Volunteer Application (below).
- Schedule a phone interview with Christy Page. Depending upon your area of interest, a second interview with a site supervisor may be required.
- Sign and submit a Children’s Home Confidentiality Agreement.
- Complete but do not sign the Criminal Justice Information Systems – CJIS Livescan Fingerprinting Imaging Service. Take the CJIS form to an approved provider. The list of locations, their hours, and payment methods can be found on this Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services webpage. The minimum state fee for this service is $49.25; however, private providers may add service charges. To avoid these additional charges, we suggest using the CJIS Storefront located at 6776 Reisterstown Road, Suite 102, Baltimore, MD.
- Complete the State of Maryland-Child Protective Services Program Consent for Release of Information CPS Background/Adam Walsh Background Clearance Request. Please fill in your answers to Section II. The information must be typed/printed. Then save and email the form to Sharon Moore. Set up a time for you to come by and have the form notarized by Sharon.
- While you are at The Home, provide your photo ID and social security number to Christy Page. These will be used to check several background registries.
- You can also take advantage of our onsite TCH Health Suite to get a Tuberculosis Test. You will need to return in 48 hours to have the results read. If you have had a TB test in the past 12 months, we will only need your test results.
- Whew! Your paperwork is almost complete! Take a break and pat yourself on the back!
- Once your background checks are completed, Christy Page will contact you and arrange for your Volunteer Tour & Orientation, as well as connect you with your site supervisor.
- Have fun, connect with kids and be a SHINING STAR in the life of a child!