Founded in 1972, Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s only emergency & residential shelter for children and teens ages 10-18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment, offering them an immediate lifeline of home, hope and healing. At Youth Haven, we believe every child deserves a safe and nurturing family environment. Below are some ways YOU can help change the life of a child.
WE'RE MORE THAN JUST A SHELTER, AND YOU'RE MORE THAN JUST A VOLUNTEER
CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
At Youth Haven, we celebrate each and every child & teen on their actual birthDAY. As a Birthday Ambassador, you’ll be responsible for assembling a Birthday Box filled with decorations (male/female will be specified), a gift card to Publix for our team to purchase a sheet cake (or you can pick one up and deliver to Youth Haven), and a possible gift card/present for the child/teen. You can be as creative as you’d like with the Birthday Box! The completed box will need to be delivered to Youth Haven.
CAMPUS BEAUTIFICATION AMBASSADOR
The Youth Haven team is always actively working to keep our campus looking beautiful, but at times, we may have special projects that’ll need a few extra hands! If you don’t mind working outside and doing some manual labor such as painting or gardening, becoming a Campus Beautification Ambassador is perfect for you! We know our kids will definitely appreciate it!
Celebrating holidays are important at Youth Haven! As a Holiday Ambassador, you will donate holiday decorations and at times, help decorate our multi-purpose room for the holiday. Holidays include Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day and more! It takes a lot of time and effort for our staff to assemble activities such as Easter egg hunts and holiday gift wrapping so serving as a Holiday Ambassador is integral to our team!
COMMUNITY OUTREACH AMBASSADOR
Youth Haven is so appreciative of our community partners! At times, we have events that take us out into the community such as our Pet Awareness event in October, Back to School drive over the summer or other events throughout the year. Sometimes we need help with errands such as picking up donations, etc. Become a Community Outreach Ambassador today!
Give our resident chef a break and treat our kids to pizza, ice cream or restaurant take-out.
Teach our kids a sport, yoga class, or donate a fun activity such as movies, bowling, etc.
GROUP & CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING
Organize a drive at your place of employment or organization. Youth Haven would be happy to support you in your efforts!
Thank you for your interest in volunteer opportunities at Youth Haven. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (239) 774-2904 for more information. We look forward to welcoming you into our Youth Haven family and sharing in this experience with you.