Volunteer Opportunities for Hilltown Families

Katarina Noyes, Parent Aide & Groups Coordinator for Berkshire Children and Families in Hadley, MA writes:

Become a Parent Aid Volunteer!

Parent Aides receive training and then are matched with a parent who wants the service. They spend 3-5 hours a week supporting a parent in multiple ways including:

  • Raise the parent’s self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Assist parents to find resources for their families
  • Support positive parenting to prevent child abuse and neglect
  • Increase understanding of child development
  • Expand social contacts and reduce isolation
  • Help parents learn to help themselves

Who are volunteers?

Volunteers come from all walks of life and share a common interest in building a nurturing relationship with a parent in the community who needs support. Parent Aides can be parents, or not, working or retired.

Criteria for being a Parent Aide

Volunteers need to be at least 21 years of age, agree to attend bi-weekly group supervision at the agency, and be available to meet weekly with the parent. Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license, car insurance and access to a car. A background check is required. If you are caring, non-judgmental and a good listener, you can be a Parent Aide.

Please contact Katarina at (413) 584-5690 ext.140 or knoyes@bcfcma.org

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