COBYS offers these types of volunteer opportunities for groups or individuals, including:
Bulk Mailings: COBYS uses volunteers several times a year to assemble bulk mailings at the main office, located north of Lancaster near Oregon Dairy. We maintain a list and call volunteers on an as needed basis to serve 4-8 hours at a time as their schedules allow. Lunch is provided.
Fundraising Events: Volunteers are needed to help staff the annual Bike & Hike, our largest fundraising event, held the Sunday after Labor Day. Tasks include set-up, registration, serving refreshments, laying out bicycle and motorcycle routes, manning drink stops, and more.
Work Groups: COBYS utilizes occasional youth or adult work groups for projects such as painting, cleaning, yard work and mulching, and more at our various properties.
Resource Parent Trainings: Churches are needed to host monthly Monday evening training events for our foster/adoptive resource families. Host churches provide a fellowship hall for families to eat a pizza supper, a large classroom for the parents, and volunteers to provide childcare while the parents receive their training.
Unpaid Internships: The Family Life Education Department offers part-time (25-40 hours/semester) and full-time (30 hours/week) opportunities for interns from local colleges and universities.
Contact Director of Development Anne Stokes at 717-656-6580 to explore any of these volunteer opportunities.
[Pre-service training] opened up a wide range of topics that were quite applicable to our current life as foster parents. Training was very helpful as it made us more aware of the complexities that can arise when dealing with children (and birth parents) from difficult situations. We really liked hearing other foster families come in and discuss their experiences. – COBYS Resource Parents Austin and Cathy