Get Involved

At Whaley Children’s Center, volunteerism means helping, healing, growing, laughing, caring, being organized, being committed and being YOU! What you can provide for our children is only limited by your imagination. We welcome all types of talent to our organization and need help from everyone—meticulous organizers, board game gurus, friendly and smiling faces, brawn and brains! Individuals, as well as corporate, religious, and educational groups are more than welcome to come in and volunteer. Check out our volunteer opportunities for our ever changing and ever growing options!

You can learn more about volunteering at Whaley by viewing our informational brochure.

View the volunteer application here.

For more information or to sign up to become a volunteer, please contact Jen Koester at 810.600.0108 or

Volunteer Opportunities

Donation Center Organizers: Monday - Friday (9 - 5 p.m.) or by appointment
Description: Help us organize our third floor donation center. Volunteers will sort clothing, place items on shelves and help make our donation center an eay place for our children to shop.

Deep Cleaners: Monday - Friday (9 - 5 p.m.) or by appointment
Description: We are looking for people who are willing to come in an do a variety of deep cleaning activites in our cottages, group home and vehicles.

Tutors: After school (4-7 p.m.),  or during the summer
Description: Help the children with their homework or studies and teach the children new skills, hobbies or studies.

Gardeners & Groundskeepers: Seasonal / dependent on weather 
Description: Tend to the garden, plant seeds, pull weeds, water the flowers & vegetables, pick the garden, and teach the kids how to sustain the garden. Groundskeepers would help our property look nice by picking weeds, arranging flower beds and other assorted outdoor activities.

Holiday Help: Seasonal
Description: Wrap holiday gifts for the children during Christmas in July and Christmas, secure costumes/candy/gifts, decorate the Whaley Buildings in the appropriate holiday décor using what Whaley provides or items your group may secure.

Special Event Volunteers for the World’s Greatest Office Party, Tux and Tennies Gala & the Whaley Golf Classic
Description: The volunteer opportunities are endless in regard to special events. Prior to the event you can join the planning committee, secure items for the live and silent auctions and wrap silent auction packages. Many opportunities are also offered the day of the event such as silent auction monitors, live auction assistants, registration helpers, event set-up and tear down.

Host A Cottage Party
Description: Host a cottage party for eight of our children. We ask that you bring food for twelve and activites for the entire cottage.

Skills Coach
Description: Come in teach out children one of your hobbies. Whether it is yoga, crafts or soccer, we will help you share your passion with our children.

Become a Mentor
Description: Many of our children are in need of a positive role model. You can be one by becomming a mentor. For more information please visit

We also offer service days for groups of all sizes. Volunteer activities on service days vary depending on group size and the agency's needs.


Volunteer Requirements

We love volunteers who are kind, dependable, caring, professional and dedicated. We ask all volunteers to be at least 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult when volunteering. Volunteers may be asked to complete a criminal background check, drug test, TB test and/or provide a copy of a driving record depending on the type of volunteer activity and/or the level of interaction with the children.


What are the benefits of volunteering at Whaley Children’s Center?

  • Enriching our children with knowledge and skills while giving them the tools to empower them to have a brighter, more successful future
  • Volunteering allows the Center to allocate more funds towards programs and services our children need. Did you know that one hour of volunteerism equals $22.14 in contribution to our organization?
  • Gaining new skills and adding experience to your resume
  • Building relationships with new friends and professional contacts
  • Showcasing your well-roundedness as an individual, serving as a display of your values and demonstrating time management skills.


We love our volunteers!