Step 1: Completing a Volunteer ApplicationThe first step in beginning the mentor process is completing a volunteer application. A Family For Every Child's volunteer application requires all volunteers to sign a confidentiality statement. This means that all volunteers are subject to liability if they reveal confidential or identifying information about a child. This is particularly poignant for mentors since they spend one on one time with the child/children. The volunteer application also lists a series of mentor questions to help staff identify what the mentor's interests and hobbies are, as well as what their lifestyle might be like. It is not mandatory to complete the entire questionnaire when filling out the volunteer application, because all mentors must also complete an in home interview.
Step 2: In-Home InterviewAll mentors must participate in an in-home interview. An AFFEC staff member will contact you in order to schedule a time when which he or she may come to the potential mentor's home and talk with them about the program as well as what the mentor envisions what the mentor/mentee relationship will look like. The AFFEC representative may review questions that were originally on the volunteer application for further clarification.
Step 3: The Background CheckAll mentors and any adult living in their homes are subject to a criminal background check. After completing the background check, you will receive a series of emails that need to be responded to accordingly and will prompt you to get your fingerprints taken at a designated location. The request will time out in 21 days, so it is important to do this as soon as possible.The potential mentor's fingerprints are then sent to the state and the FBI. Background checks usually take 1-3 weeks to be fully processed, and must come back "approved" for a mentor to be matched with a child.
Step 4: Mentor OrientationFurthermore, mentors are required to attend a mentor orientation. The mentor orientation reviews important topics, such as the program's requirements, the population we work with, the mentor match process, mandatory reporting, effective communication, and match closure. The orientation is the first step in learning about mentoring and working with a child, however, the orientation should not be expected to have "all the answers." For this reason, mentor volunteers also receive monthly training webinars and access to extra resources.
Are you a quilter?
Do you want to help but not know how? Would you be willing to make quilts for kids?
We are looking for quilts of various sizes (from Baby to Queen) and in any colors. You do not even need to do more than the tops and if you could supply the backing that would be great! (Our coordinator has a quilting machine for use in this project)
Please contact Kathy Jacobsen, Quilts for Kids Coordinator at (541)-513-8754, or at Redwindvz2@wildblue.net for more details.
We are recruiting experienced LONG TERM, committed
Parents for our toughest kids.
These families will get a higher level of training and support for this difficult, but very important, job.
- Teens without hope for their own future.
- Siblings with difficult issues/challenges.
- Kids who have a hard time in Public school.
- Kids who have not been successful in a large home with many children and might do really well with a more focused opportunity.
- Kids who just do not seem to fit in and need someone to empathize.
- Teens who need help with College/job skills and someone to call after they reach the age of 18.
LIFE BOOKS & SCRAPBOOKING
1675 West 11th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97402
We need creative people who will take a child's life story, memories, and events, and record them in words and ways that they can understand. Please come and help make a difference for these kids using a hobby you already love. We make Life Books for children here in Lane County who are being adopted!
Pam Strickland for more information on the life story books or about participating in
Email Pam or call A Family For Every Child at 1-541-343-2856.
Prom Dresses for Foster Girls
Josephine's Closet is an Oregon non-profit created to collect and distribute gently-used and new prom and other formal dresses to girls in need in Lane County, Oregon. For further information, contact Lisa Christon, firstname.lastname@example.org , or call 541/682-4702.
Foster Parent Resource Closet: West Eugene Family Center
We have clothes, shoes and various articles for foster kids. You can call the SSAs at the West Eugene Family Center and arrange a time to come by, or just stop by and ask for us at reception.
686-7722, Libby Forsberg x272, Dan Plaster x242 or Twyla Pew x301
Project Linus: Providing Security Through Blankets
Project Linus is a non-profit organization with a two-fold mission. First mission, to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” Second, to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
In Kind Donations
Written credit will be given on all items which you have donated, at exhibits when appropriate, and on our website.
We have amazing photographers that take beautiful photographs of Heart Gallery children. We have a need for photo printing services. Photos need to be printed in various sizes.
Whether we need invitations, banners or letterhead we are always looking for donations of printed materials.
We have a need for Lane County venues that would like to display the Heart Gallery Portrait Exhibit. We are looking for faith based organizations to open doors and hearts for us so that we may use their facilities to display our exhibits.
Rental of tables, chairs, linens, etc.
Every November we put on our annual opening event that celebrates National Adoption month and gives us a chance to showcase the Heart Gallery in a different way. Last year we had over 300 people attend the event. Any equipment donations or loans would be greatly appreciated.
Every November we put on our annual opening event that celebrates National Adoption Month. We would love to have flowers to help decorate the venue.
We would appreciate your expertise or donation of a service. We are looking for videographers and creative minds to help us come up with marketing ideas.
Whether you can commit five hours a week or five hours a year we would love to have your help to continue to make the Lane County Heart Gallery the success it has become. Clicking on the link above takes you to our general volunteer page for ongoing listings and applications. However, listed below are our more current needs:a
Grants are one way that many successful non-profits survive. Grants could help fund equipment purchases, provide clothing for the Inside/Out program and much more.
Heart Gallery Christmas Coordinator
Some families need assistance so that their children can have a wonderful holiday. Some just need assistance with Christmas presents, but some need much more. Heart Gallery helps find sponsors for foster families. The sky is the limit on what your imagination can do to make the Heart Gallery Christmas a success.
If you feel you want to help, but do not feel like you have the time to do any of the jobs listed above, we can always use your talent and smiling face! Any amount of time that you spend helps children find loving homes and continued support. We have many events that will be better with you there.