The Children's Alliance


Are you ready to make a difference? The Children's Alliance is made up of over 40 local organizations. Each organization provides different services for our community so there is a volunteer opportunities to match your passion.

Below is a list of ongoing volunteer opportunities in our community. Opportunities below range from volunteer attorney's, lifeguards, receptionist, lunch buddies, mentors to lobbyist.

  • A Child’s Place
  • Alexander Youth Network / The Relatives
  • Bethlehem Center
  • Big Brother Big Sister of Greater Charlotte
  • Citizen Schools
  • Care Ring
  • Children's Homes Society of NC
  • Communities in Schools
  • Council for Children’s Rights
  • Kids Voting
  • KN2P
  • POST
  • Thompson Child & Family Focus
  • Teen Health Connection


A Child’s Place


Lunch Buddies- Lunch Buddies provide a mentoring friendship for the children. Each volunteer is assigned a student to be their "buddy". The volunteer comes to school once a week to have lunch with their buddy, talk, play games, or read. At times, opportunities are provided to do activities with the buddy outside of normal school hours.

Tutors- Tutors assist students with homework, help them prepare for tests, or help with their reading and/or math skills. Each tutor makes a weekly visit to their assigned student and sees directly the effect their participation has on the child's educational progress.

Snack Providers- Snack providers may be individuals or groups who bring hearty, healthy snacks for the children on a regular basis, whether that be once a week or once a month. This is an important function as we often are not sure what quantity of nutrition the child receives once he/she leaves school.

Classroom Assistants- Classroom Assistants come once a week for a period of two hours (9:00 - 11:00 or 1:00 - 3:00). The volunteer will assist the teacher in facilitating classroom activities. Responsibilities include individual tutoring, leading small group learning activities, art projects, checking papers and other helpful tasks.

To Volunteer, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 704-943-9500.



Alexander Youth Network

Administrative Volunteers

Assist with computer projects, mailings, phone calls, and other light clerical tasks. Needed Monday through Friday during office hours in 2 locations (Southeast Charlotte and Gaston County).
Volunteer Group Greeters 
We need volunteers to greet groups providing activities, such as birthday parties, for the children in our programs. Duties include sharing information about our organization, participating in activities, set up and clean up. This is a great opportunity for someone who needs to develop a network. You will have the opportunity to work with corporations, civic groups, the faith community and more.


Invest time with a child working on academic skills practice in a one-on-one setting for one hour per week.  Minimum age requirement is 18.

Lunch or Dinner Buddies

Set aside 30 minutes each week to come to campus to eat lunch with a child during the school week.  Minimum age requirement is 21.


Visit a child in his/her residence or out in the community.  Provide friendship, a positive example and trusted companionship.  Visits occur on evenings and weekends.  Minimum age requirement is 21.

Recreation Volunteers

Provide a recreational activity for a small group of children.  Needs include pottery, dance, yoga, sports, gardening, art, crafts, music, choir, cooking, cross country, fitness, golf, pet pals, drama, cub scouts, swimming and more.

The Relatives

We also have volunteer opportunities at our crisis shelter, The Relatives on East Boulevard in Charlotte.

For more information or to apply, please visit the Alexander Youth Network volunteer pages or call 704-362-6760.

Bethlehem Center of Charlotte

Readers/ Homework Helpers- Volunteers are requested to come and read to our young children, ages 3-4 years.  We also need volunteers to help with our grade school children and teens with regards to Reading, Math and Spanish.

Mentors for Teen Program- Advisors are also needed to provide camaraderie, positive feedback and life skill knowledge to our teens in the After School Program.  Mentors are also an essential component of our teen’s scholastic success; providing guidance and encouragement regarding high school course selection, SAT prep, college/trade school applications and future life decisions.

Mentors for Grade School Children- Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and serve as role models to our grade school children. The children attend the center in the summer from 7:30am – 3:00pm and from 3:00pm – 6:00pm during the school year.

Office Assistants- Adults are needed, 2-4 days a month, for a half day, to help with simple department projects.  

Events/ Outreach Program Assistant- Volunteers are requested to assist with events and community outreach programs throughout the year.  


•    Office Depot, Target and Wal-Mart Gift Cards
•    Reading Comprehension Materials
•    Art Supplies
•    Sentence Strips for 3 & 4 year olds
•    Play- Doh
•    Books for Teen Boys and Girls  
•    SAT and College Prep Books

Big Brother Big Sister of Greater Charlotte

Being a Big is something anyone can do-the only requirements are a willingness to be a friend, to have fun, and to see the world (and yourself) through the eyes of a young person. Most Bigs are adults of any age, but we also have programs for high school and college students.

A Big Brother or Big Sister can open a world of possibilities and opportunities for a young person simply by being a genuine friend. Our Bigs consistently say that they get even more out of their friendship than the Littles, and our Littles grow into adults who want to be involved themselves and help another child.

To learn more about becoming a Big, visit the BBBS of Greater Charlotte website.

Care Ring


Care Ring relies on tax-deductible donations and in-kind contributions to provide much-needed health services to Mecklenburg County’s uninsured and underinsured residents.

Invest in Your Community

The health of the community affects each and every one of us. Significant medical bills amass when uninsured patients delay getting care until it becomes an emergency – those costs are passed on to you. By investing in Care Ring’s effort to empower these individuals to establish and maintain good health, you’re investing in your community.

The Power of Donating

Your donation is crucial to continuing Care Ring’s programs and services. Donations go a long way:

$50 provides a month’s supply of diabetic testing strips for a low-income, uninsured client.
$100 provides an interpreter for a Vietnamese refugee.
$250 provides a visit to the dentist for a child in pain from severe tooth decay.
$500 provides comprehensive medical care for an uninsured client.
$1,000 provides a nurse to help a low-income, first-time mother have a healthy baby.

Click here to donate to Care Ring today. For information on planned giving, contact Aisha Strothers or call 704- 248-3705.

Children’s Home Society of NC

Children's Home Society of NC (CHS) promotes the right of every child to a permanent, safe and loving FAMILY.  Families across North Carolina can access a wealth of child welfare services---parenting education, family preservation, teen pregnancy prevention, foster care, adoption and family support services—all from one agency!

CHS values volunteer support and in-kind donations.  Because of this support, we are able to be good stewards of donor dollars and provide value-added services to children and families in our care.

Material Wishes:

  • $10 - $25 Target and Wal-Mart giftcards;
  • back to school supplies,
  • Care Kit items from the Dollar Tree including new household items, cleaning supplies, paper products, dishes, utensils;
  • new Twin sheet sets, a pillow, and a hug toy;
  • new infant and toddler clothing, diapers and learning/teaching toys birth-5 years;
  • DVD- Family movies; sporting event tickets, movie and bus passes,
  • Family-oriented restaurant gift certificates ( Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Chick-Fil-A etc..)

Immediate Need: Sign up today with a pledge of one or more Holiday gifts to for children in our care ($10-$50 each).  Gifts will be collected at our Holiday Toy Shop in December. E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Volunteer Needs:

Individuals or groups to be hands-on helpers assisting with:

  • administrative and clerical projects (receptionist, filing, and mailings);
  • Special Events Planning committees;
  • Hospitality Hosts to sponsor a 20 minute Information Session about CHS at your faith, civic, or social group;
  • Table Hosts for Spring Luncheon,
  • Child Care assistants for support groups, and
  • special program events or Santa Helpers for our December Toy Shop.

Direct Client Contact volunteers are required to have criminal background checks.  Call 704-334-9955; or Mary Ellen Randall at 704-943-9647 for Volunteer Application and Volunteer Opportunities information packet.

Citizen Schools

Teach Your Passion, Become a CITIZEN TEACHER

Apprenticeships at Citizen Schools give adults the opportunity to take what they do best in their professional careers or personal pursuits and use it to help middle-school students move to a long-term trajectory of success.

Volunteer Citizen Teachers enable young people to learn real-world skills by creating real-world projects.  All Citizen Schools volunteers receive intensive training and are supported by a full-time, professional campus Team Leader who assists in apprenticeship development and classroom behavior management, and provides coaching and support throughout the program.


WHO: Any individual or group with skills to share with middle school students.

WHAT: Teach your profession or hobby in after-school apprenticeships.

WHEN: Volunteers teach weekly 90-minute learning projects (from 4:15 to 5:45) for 11 afternoons. Our Fall semester starts in mid- August and ends in mid-December.

WHERE: Citizen Schools operates its program in:
Charlotte, NC at two campuses: Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School and Eastway Middle School

HOW: VISIT or contact Cassie McIntyre, Director of Civic Engagement by phone at 704.332.3645 or by email at cassiemcintyre@citizenschools.o

Communities in Schools

At the very heart of CIS is our commitment to bringing responsible, caring adults into the lives of children. Individual volunteers are needed to serve as Reading Buddies, Breakfast or Lunch buddies, Tutors, and Mentors. Corporations are needed to provide job-shadowing events as well as motivational and career speakers. For more information, please contact: 
Angela Yoo, CIS Volunteer Coordinator, at (704) 943-9536.

Council for Children’s Rights

Custody Advocacy Program (CAP) - Attorneys represent the best interest of children in high conflict custody cases. For each case, a team consisting of a staff attorney, a program coordinator, a volunteer attorney and a volunteer custody advocate work together to interview clients and collateral witnesses; conduct home visits; gather school, medical and mental health records, as well as other required documents; conduct settlement conferences; attend party depositions; draft motions and other court related documents; and prepare for and attend trial.
Custody Advocates Partner- with the staff attorneys and the CAP volunteer attorneys. With over a hundred cases each year that may last 6 months or more, the CAP team has the greatest need for volunteers, both attorneys and non-attorneys.

Administrative Support Volunteers- provide invaluable administrative support to the agency through preparing mailings and information packets, entering data, answering the office phone and making phone calls, greeting clients or potential clients, copying, etc.
Educational/Best Interest Advocacy Volunteers- support the children and families by attending Individualized Educational Plan and other school meetings with them. Volunteers are also needed to advocate for children in dependency proceedings and Child and Family Team meetings to ensure that the children have a voice in the room.

Student Defense Project Volunteers-represent youth who are facing long-term suspension or exclusion from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. They work to ensure that the child’s due process rights are not violated and advocate in the child’s best interests.
There are also single- event opportunities that depend on volunteer support. CFCR has two major fundraising events, The Lunch for Children’s Rights in November and Spring for Kids! In early spring, which rely on volunteers for event coordination and preparation. Culinary Delights for Children’s Rights dinner parties are hosted by willing volunteers throughout the year. Any suggestions or offers for other one-time fundraising events are welcome.

In addition to volunteer- supported fundraisers, there are also chances to organize events for children in-group homes, help facilitate focus group surveys and data collection, and contribute administrative assistance for short-term projects. If you would like to be included in our mailing list for notices of these events, please email Valerie Pearce.

Kids Voting

Volunteers serve on the board and committees; help teach civics in schools and youth programs; talk about public service, government and leadership at teen programs and assist with special events including the Kids Voting Election Experience, Candidate Forum for Youth and other activities. Opportunities are available through the year, and community-service hours are available for student volunteers.

Contact Amy Farrell at Kids Voting 704-343-6999 or visit to learn more.


KN2P, a volunteer 501c3 non-profit organization, needs volunteers to lobby legislators, write opinion letters & articles for newspapers & magazines, contact radio & TV stations, speak to parent, school, religious, community groups, spread our message through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


Thompson Child & Family Focus


Certified Lifeguard
Volunteers 18 or older with lifeguard credentials from American Red Cross or other recognized source are needed on weekdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. or 3-5:30 p.m. to supervise pool time for children ages 6-12. Volunteers can choose between once a week schedule or twice a month schedule.  Volunteers will ideally commit for 3 months or more. A full volunteer screening with criminal background check may be required.

Matthews campus, 6800 Saint Peter’s Lane Matthews NC 28105

Front Desk Relief
Adults are needed to greet visitors, answer telephones and complete simple office projects. Training will be provided. Volunteers are needed for one hour lunch relief shifts from 12-1 p.m. and on-call basis on weekdays. A full volunteer screening with criminal background check is required. 

Matthews campus, 6800 Saint Peter’s Lane Matthews NC 28105

Volunteers are needed 8-11 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and 8-10 a.m. on Thursdays. Lunch relief is also needed Monday from 2-3 p.m. and Fridays from 12-1 p.m. A full volunteer screening with criminal background check is required.  

Community Programs office, 2200 East Seventh Street Charlotte NC 28207

Volunteers are needed 12-2 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Thompson Child Development Center, 1645 Clanton Road Charlotte NC 28208

Human Resources Office Assistant - Adult needed to file and help with other simple office projects. Volunteers are needed twice a month for 2 hours each. A full volunteer screening with criminal background check is required.
Matthews campus, 6800 Saint Peter’s Lane Matthews NC 28105

Parent Education Class Preparer - Organized adult is needed to help staff set up for parenting classes. Duties will include assembling packets, making copies, arranging chairs and possibly setting up for meals.  Times vary depending on classes, but are usually in the late afternoon. Volunteer would be needed for 1 ½-2 hours each week. 

Community Programs Office or Thompson Child Development Center

Enrichment Instructors
 Volunteers - with special skills – yoga, dance, drama, music, movement – are needed to teach classes.  Monday - Friday, 9-11 a.m. or 3:30-5 p.m.
Thompson Child Development Center, 1645 Clanton Road Charlotte NC 28208

Playground Landscapers 
Reliable - volunteers needed to maintain our new natural playground. Volunteers will need to mow, trim, edge and weed. Hours are flexible and weather dependent.
 Thompson Child Development Center, 1645 Clanton Road Charlotte NC 28208

Teen Health Connection

The GEMS (Girls Educated and Motivated for Success) Mentoring Program is a community-based health education program designed to mentor adolescent girls between the ages of 13 and 17.

Mentor Qualifications
Women must be at least 24 years old and able to work with girls from diverse backgrounds.

For more Information Contact:
Delilah McDonald
Senior Health Educator
Teen Health Connection
704-381-8370 or
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