Each year, more that 300 people volunteer at Family Services and support our mission to help children and families reach their full potential.
Child Advocacy/CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates
- CASA volunteers are specially trained individuals who are appointed by a Judge to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children.
- Essex County CASA volunteers advocate for children from the Greater Lawrence, Greater Haverhill, Newburyport and Northshore region.
- CASA volunteers provide the judge with carefully researched information on the child or children on their case. This information is provided to the Judge so that he or she can make informed decisions about the child’s future. This information is gathered through at least monthly visits with the child or children on their case, and frequent contact with all other parties, including doctors, teachers, foster parents and many others. Stay tuned for details on our next CASA training session.
Community-Based Mentoring/Big Friends Little Friends
- Are from all different backgrounds, races, and religions, and like to have fun.
- Are committed to being a consistent role model; to their continued mentor training; and to sharing, listening and visiting with their Little Friend.
- Are able to relate positively and in a meaningful manner to a growing boy or girl.
Corporate-Based Mentoring/Stand & Deliver
- Stand & Deliver is a corporate based mentoring program that currently provides business professionals an opportunity to mentor during the work day. Locations include Pfizer, New Balance, Schneider Electric, Raytheon, and Charles River Labs. If you are interested in finding out how to partner with Family Services, please complete the contact for below.
Suicide Crisis Line/Samaritans
- The Samaritans relies on volunteers who are willing to be trained to help people who call our crisis help lines. Most of our callers are not suicidal but are feeling overwhelmed with life stressors. People from all walks of life are trained to offer support and befriending for those who are lonely, depressed, suicidal or need someone to listen. The Samaritans are ordinary men and women who volunteer their time befriending others in distress by answering our 24 hour crisis line. We aren’t looking for experts – just dedicated individuals who give their time to listen to others, providing unconditional positive support in complete confidence and without judgment.
Samaritans’ trainings occur through two sessions. Interested parties must attend both. Following the classroom training, participants will be required to complete 20 hours on the crisis line in the company of a trained volunteer. After that, “Samaritan Numbers” will be assigned and crisis line shifts can be scheduled to fit participants’ schedules. We require a commitment of coverage of one 5-hour shift per week for one year (with some degree of flexibility). We also require that each volunteer attends a 2 hour refresher session each year. For additional information and for upcoming training dates, please contact Samaritans’ Director Debbie Helms at 978-327-6671.
For more information about volunteering at Family Services, please contact us.