Volunteer Opportunities

Businesses, organizations and individuals support Exceptional Care for Children (ECC) throughout the year with the gift of their time. There are many fun and rewarding ways to help us meet our mission, including landscaping within our 7.7 acre campus, planning and running special events, and providing entertainment and stimulation for our children. If you are interested in helping others and making a difference in our world and share our belief in the potential of the children at Exceptional Care for Children, please contact us today.

*Volunteers of all ages are welcome! Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
*If you need to record hours for school, please be advised that you are expected to keep track of your hours. A verification of volunteer hours letter can be prepared by the Volunteer Coordinator if needed; however, the hours can only be listed in this letter if they can be verified.

Resident Play Dates:

Please note: This volunteer role requires a consistent schedule. Please only attend a tour/orientation session if you plan on visiting on a consistent, weekly/monthly basis.

When: Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 8:00PM, Saturday - Sunday, 10:00AM - 8:00PM

  • School - Assisting residents with educational goals
  • Play Therapy - Assisting residents with therapy goals that are disguised through a play environment
  • Living Room - Playing with residents in an unstructured setting to include reading a book, watching a movie, playing with a toy, playing on the computer, homework help, doing an arts and craft activity, etc.
  • Art Therapy - volunteers interested in art therapy or currently perusing a degree in this field can visit with the residents for art related projects; this particular role is typically paired with one of ECC's Activity Aides
  • Pet Therapy - Volunteers visiting as part of a pet therapy program (Paws for People, National Capital Therapy Dogs)
  • Mentor - Mentor volunteers visit with one specific resident

REQUIREMENTS:
Volunteering can begin once you have (in any order):

  • Attended one Volunteer Tour & Orientation session to ensure comfort level is suitable (see dates below)
  • Returned a completed Supervised Volunteer Packet to the Volunteer Coordinator and screenings come back clean Click here to download the Supervised Volunteer Packet (PDF)
  • Received a negative two-step Tuberculin Skin Test OR negative Tuberculin bloodwork OR a negative Tuberculin Chest X-Ray within the past year.
  • Starting October 1st, 2017 through March 15th, 2018 ALL visitors, volunteers and prospective volunteers visiting for a Volunteer Tour & Orientation session, must have received an influenza vaccine in 2017 and documentation must be presented upon arrival.

You must email or call the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for a orientation session:
No walk-in prospective volunteers will be accepted during influenza season (October 1st-March 15th)
Dates are subject to change

Click here to download the Supervised Volunteer Packet (PDF)

ONE-TIME Group Resident Play Date Visits:

If your group only plans to visit with the residents ONCE, then you will only need to complete the following prior to visting:

  • Tuberculin Skin Test Questionnaire
  • Liability Waiver
  • Photo/Video Consent Form (optional)

Contact Emily Holcombe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for details and availability

Group Volunteers:

Type of project and day/time of project are based on the current needs of ECC.

Please note: Corporate Groups interested in volunteering at ECC should email Shannon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to schedule. 

  • Event Preparation & Assistance
          - Decorating, set-up, assistance during seasonal special events & fundraising events
            (i.e. 
    Bunny Hop, Summer Luau, Fall Festival, Thanksgiving Lunch, Breakfast With Santa)
  • Landscaping
          - Planting, mulching, weeding, raking leaves, etc.
  • Holiday Gift Wrapping
  • Gala Preparation & Assistance
          - Assisting with event decoration preparations, silent auction solicitation, ticket sales etc. for ECC’s largest annual fundraising event every spring
  • Sanitizing
          - Sanitizing toys and common areas with sanitizer cloths and gloves

  • Sheldon's Closet
          - Organizing, sorting and disposing of old and worn clothing
  • Off-site project for ECC residents
          - i.e. making a craft/decoration for the residents, but doing this at another location; this project can be paired with a tour to visit with the residents

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Liability Waiver / Photo & Video Consent Form
  • Starting October 1st, 2017 through March 15th, 2018 ALL volunteers volunteering with a group, must have received an influenza vaccine in 2017 and documentation must be presented upon arrival.

Contact Emily Holcombe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to schedule

Internships / Practicum (unpaid):

May be available in Nursing (Admin & Staff Development), Social Work, Development, Therapy and Play Therapy.

REQUIREMENTS:
Internship can begin once you have (in any order):

  • Taken a tour of the facility to ensure comfort level is suitable
  • Attended one staff orientation training session. The date will be given to you.
  • Returned a completed Supervised Volunteer Packet to the Volunteer Coordinator and screenings come back clean Click here to download the Supervised Volunteer Packet (PDF)
  • Received a negative two-step Tuberculin Skin Test OR negative Tuberculin Bloodwork OR a negative Tuberculin Chest X-Ray within the past year; this can be done at a primary physician's office or walk-in clinic (chest x-ray required for anyone with positive TB test)
  • Completed paperwork for a criminal background check. This paperwork will be provided to you.
  • Received a drug screening. This paperwork will be provided to you.

Send internship inquiry with resume and area of interest to Emily Holcombe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Entertainment:

Provide entertainment to the residents to include but not limited to musical performances, singing, dancing, magician/clown services, face painting, animals (subject to approval), etc.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Liability Waiver / Photo & Video Consent Form
  • Starting October 1st, 2017 through March 15th, 2018 ALL volunteers volunteering with a group, must have received an influenza vaccine in 2017 and documentation must be presented upon arrival.

Email Contact Emily Holcombe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more details and availability.