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FRIENDS Association for Children – Volunteer Program


Volunteers at FRIENDS Association for Children enrich the work we do and touch the lives of the children and families we serve.  Volunteers provide basic, yet vital support to our children which increases the capacity and effectiveness of our teachers and staff. It takes a special person to give and do for others, and we are grateful for the time, effort and energy our volunteers bring as they share this caring spirit in our centers!


Volunteer Opportunities 

Music Instructors needed to provide introductory music lessons to a child. We will provide the instruments for the students to participate in individual or group lessons.

  • Monday evenings at the Purnell Center, Tues. evenings at the Taylor Center


Homework Helpers needed to assist children (in grades K-8th grades) with homework and studying after school. We need Reading and Math “Buddies”, as well.

  • Monday through Thursday evenings at the Purnell Center between 3 and 5 p.m.


Teacher Assistant needed to help in the preschool classrooms to assist our teachers with lessons, games, snacks, etc.

  • Monday through Friday at both centers, between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Administrative Helper needed to assist with answering phones, greeting visitors, filing, basic office work, etc.

  • Monday through Friday at both centers, between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Volunteer Site Locations

John C. Purnell, Jr. Child Development Center
1004 Saint John Street, Richmond VA 23223

Robert L. Taylor Child Care Center
929 North 26th Street, Richmond 23223

Volunteer Signup Form

Due to Dept. of Social Services guidelines, all volunteers  must have a current (within 2 years)  TB Test and submit to a fingerprint background check.  Volunteers must also submit an affidavit stating they have not been convicted of a felony, or a misdemeanor barrier crime (physical crime against another person).