Volunteering through mentoring is a great way to directly have an impact on the life of an individual. Each young adult in the Roots & Wings program is assigned a mentor, who provides consistent support and assists the young adult in accomplishing his/her goals. All mentors must complete a 12 hour training, application, and background check. Mentors are matched with a young adult and meet weekly for approximately one hour. Our mentors are asked
to give a 2 year commitment due to the length of time the clients are in the program.
We are always seeking tutors to meet with the young adults in our program on a one to one basis in a variety of subjects. We have clients at different levels of education including high school, vocational training, and college.
Holiday Party Volunteer
- Seek donations for client wish lists.
- Possibly set up Giving Tree in local businesses for donations.
- Solicit local organizations– churches, women’s groups, etc. for donations, including money for party and gift
Back to School Volunteer
- Organize/solicit donations for the back to school gift drive for client’s “care packages” (i.e. non-perishable foods, school supplies, Staples Gift Cards).
Food Pantry Volunteer
- Maintain a food pantry and supply pantry at home base.
- Maintain a list of acceptable items.
- Find groups (Girl Scouts, etc.) to organize food/supply drives.
- Work at home base 1 day per month for donor drop-off or pantry organization.
Host an Independent Fundraiser
- Identify/solicit businesses to run independent fundraisers, benefiting Roots & Wings. Examples include: salons (cuta-thons), restaurants ( dininng night benefits), and stores (shopping day benefits)
Fund Development Volunteer
- Meet once a month as a committee.
- Fundraise for Roots & Wings.
RISE & FLY Gala Volunteer
- Auction Committee: soliciting live and silent auction
- Dinner Committee: Planning the Oktoberfest event.
Author's Luncheon Volunteer
- Planning and fundraising for the event.
Union County Volunteer
- Meets once a month to support Union County based
- Practice interview skills with clients.
- Help advocate and find local jobs and internships.
- Provide technical support and help with clients’ computers.
- Teach a session on a particular life-skill topic to clients.
Apply to Volunteer
Online Volunteer Application
Online Mentor Application
Thank you for your interest in mentoring a young adult who has aged out of foster care.
Due to the close relationship that often forms between a mentor and mentee, we have designed this application to get a sense of who you are as a person, including your strengths and any potential conflicts with our mission to serve young adults aged out of the foster care system. This application, combined with an interview and background check, help us identify strong community volunteers who can make a difference in a young person’s life.
Paper Mentor Application
Should you prefer, you can also download and re-upload the above form.