Volunteer

Bright Beginnings is dedicated to meeting the immediate needs of children and families living in homelessness.

Giving your time and talent is a great way to support the mission of Bright Beginnings. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups who want to support the important work we do. Please fill out an online application and contact the volunteer coordinator at wfaison@brightbeginningsinc.org or call 202-842-9090

Volunteer Checklist:

Completed Volunteer Application

Sixteen years of age or older

Provide a Criminal Background Test

Proof of a recent, negative Tuberculosis (TB) Test

Volunteer Opportunities

Parent Resource Center
Bright Beginnings’ family service team works one-on-one with families to identify personal and family challenges, set goals to overcome obstacles and achieve self-sufficiency. Volunteers can work on one of the following activities: job training; workforce preparation including learning soft/new skills; parent training; wellness and health information; legal resource; and financial literacy.

Classroom Assistant
Teachers often need support in the classroom to work with children in small groups in different learning areas in the classrooms. Volunteers may be asked to work one on one with children, clean the classroom and assisting with various administrative tasks. If you are planning a volunteer activity for your group, we limited to 12 volunteer classroom assistants per visit.

Volunteer Readers
Literacy is such a big focus for our early childhood program, we are always in need of volunteers to read to BBI students.

Parent Auction
Held each year in June, our Parent Auction is an incentive to encourage parent participation in their child’s education. Parents earn auction points based on their participation in BBI activities. Our parents spend auction points on household, bathroom and kitchen items, movie passes, children’s clothes, gift cards, diapers, and toys. Volunteers are needed to solicit auction items and help the social services team organize and run the auction.

Sprucing up the Center (suggested for groups of 25 or more)
At regular intervals, our facilities require routine cleaning and maintenance including cleaning the playground equipment, washing the walls and disinfecting toys and indoor play areas. Artists are invited to design and paint murals for our hallways or paint our classrooms on a weekend.

Field Trip Sponsors
In addition to monthly curriculum-based field trips, volunteers may sponsor an outside activity for our children and serve as chaperones and/or coordinators for the event.

Event Volunteers
Throughout the year BBI host’s a variety of events for BBI students and their families. These events are supported in large part by our passionate and committed volunteers. View our a list of annual and special events

Volunteer FAQ

What kind of volunteers are you looking for?
Bright Beginnings is looking for volunteers,16 yrs. old and up, who can volunteer during the day Monday-Friday. Traditionally, we incorporate volunteers at our center between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday-Friday.

What should I do first if I want to volunteer?
The first thing you should do is visit our volunteer opportunities page on the BBI website. If you find a role that interests you, contact BBI’s Volunteering and Communication Specialist, Whitney Faison at wfaison@brightbeginningsinc.org.

What should I wear?

Volunteers should dress comfortably. Jeans and sneakers are fine as long as you feel comfortable and are able to move around. All volunteers are required to wear closed toed shoes.

Where should I go when I arrive?
When you arrive at Bright Beginnings, check in at the main office and sign the volunteer log. BBI’s front desk manager will call the Volunteer Coordinator who will come down to greet you at the main office.

How do I schedule groups?
You can schedule groups by contacting Volunteer and Communications Specialist, Whitney Faison. Groups looking to volunteer should inquire about a month in advance. During the week, we accept groups of up to 10 volunteers. On the weekends, groups are allowed up to 15 volunteers.

Can I volunteer on the weekends?
We facilitate weekend volunteer opportunities once a month for groups only.

Can I volunteer with my child?
Because of safety regulations and child care laws, all volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer.