Be the Difference
You can be the difference in the life of a child through volunteering. There are many ways you can make a difference, so read more about them and fill out the I'm Interested form below for more information.
Internships: Gain valuable work experience by serving alongside FCNI staff in a variety of roles. Interns assist with our client needs, events, human resources and more. Click Here to explore our internship opportunities
Make a difference in the life of a child who has dealt with trauma by becoming a mentor. As a mentor, you can help a child reach their potential, provide a supportive presence and have fun.
As a tutor, you can support children in achieving their academic goals. Tutors don’t just help improve a child’s grades, but they can give a young person the self-confidence needed to succeed in and out of school.
Service Project Volunteer
Help support families served by Family Care Network by completing home maintenance projects. Many projects require only a one day commitment and can include home organization, light repairs, yard work, door installation, etc.
Adopt a Family
The Adopt a Family Program allows a group of individuals to work as a team to support a family. Past groups have provided monthly meals and groceries for families in need, built a vegetable garden, assisted in preparing a home for a child being reunified with the family and more.
Help a current foster youth explore careers paths and opportunities by becoming a Career Mentor. As a career mentor, you will inspire a young adult working towards independence by sharing about your professional experience and choices, and by supporting them as they pursue their dream profession.
Volunteering at our events is a fun and easy way to get involved. Each event is focused on creating awareness of the work Family Care Network does and raises funds to help support the services we provide to children, youth and families. Some events that you can get involved with include:
- Miracle Miles for Kids (Spring): This 10k walk/run from Morro Rock to the Cayucos Pier is our largest event, drawing more than 2,000 participants. Your participation helps to meet critical needs of the over 1,800 children, youth and families served by FCNI annually.
- Benefit for Kids (Summer): Experience exclusive Central Coast beverages, flavors and fare with a live and silent auction in the Secret Garden at Madonna Inn, all while helping to benefit children and families in your community.
- Back to School BBQ (Summer): Before the school year begins, FCNI hosts a back-to-school celebration where we provide our students school supplies to get a productive head start.
- Holiday Open House (Winter): Our SLO headquarters are transformed into a winter wonderland to create a special experience to celebrate the holidays for FCNI children and families.
- Polar Express (Winter): A special reading of The Polar Express aboard the La Cuesta train car at the SLO Railroad Museum bring children and families in our community together along with a quick visit from Santa at the North Pole to raise funds for our clients during the holidays.
Administrative Support Volunteer
Support the mission of Family Care Network by assisting with administrative tasks. Volunteers will help with a particular project by organizing files and materials, updating databases, making labels, supporting staff, reaching out to the community and more. Volunteers are matched based on their interests/talents.
Community Produced Event Volunteer
Groups and individuals donate their time and energy to create an event that will raise funds and awareness for the children, youth and families served by Family Care Network. In the past groups have helped to put on a back to school bbq, holiday events, and benefit concerts to support FCNI.
The Resident Advisor plays an integral role in a team of staff members dedicated to enhancing the wellbeing of teens and young adults preparing to emancipate from foster care. This team works to launch the youth and young adults into successful independence by teaching and modeling necessary life skills. A Resident Advisor functions as a roommate, mentor and a set of eyes and ears for the team while living on site with the client(s) at no cost.