Our Volunteers are at the heart of what we do.

As a ministry of churches, we provide opportunities, support, and training for the Body of Christ to get involved in caring for families. Interested in one of our volunteer roles? Please contact Mary Kay Portaro at marykay@alongsidefamilies.org to be connected to the Ministry Coordinator at your church. If you have a gift or skill you would like to use to serve but aren’t sure where to connect, we’d love to discuss additional roles! 

Host Family

Our Host Families care for children in the home while also building a relationship with the parent(s). Motivated by compassion, each Host Family is screened, trained, and approved and serves without compensation. Alongside Families serves children of all ages, but each individual Host Family determines the profile of the children they are able to host in their home. In many cases, Host Families develop an ongoing relationship with the family served that continues after children return home, providing the family with a long-term network of support. Host Families can meet both overnight hosting needs (hostings range from a few days to several months) or day hosting needs to support a parent who does not need an overnight hosting. Fill out our volunteer interest form today to learn more. 

Community Friends

These volunteers help support parents and Host Families in non-hosting ways. This can include transporting parents to an appointment or interview, transporting hosted children to school or visits, making meals, providing babysitting in the host family or parent home, or offering prayer support. Think of this role as simply being a friend! Community Friends can befriend and serve a parent whether or not their child is being hosted. Some parents simply need a friend to add to their support system during a difficult time. Fill out our volunteer interest form today to learn more. 

Parent Ally

Our Parent Allies partner with parents who are going through a challenging time to support them in setting and reaching their goals by offering mentorship, encouragement, and community connections. Parent Allies are trained in a Mobility Mentoring® model , a brain-science based approach that supports low-income individuals toward their long-term upward-mobility goals for health, family life, career, finances, and education. Parent Allies can expect to serve approximately 2-3 hours per week when mentoring a parent. Parent Allies receive support and supervision from our Family Care Manager to ensure they are well-equipped in their role. Fill out our volunteer interest form today to learn more. 

Family Coach

Family Coach volunteers guide Host Families on their journey by providing support, a listening ear, and connection to resources. Family Coaches conduct weekly home visits in Host Family homes to ensure the well-being of hosted children. They mentor Host Families, helping to troubleshoot difficulties and brainstorm solutions as children adjust to being in the Host home. Family Coaches can expect to serve 2-3 hours per week when supporting a Host Family. Family Coaches receive support and supervision from our Family Care Manager to ensure they are well-equipped in their role. Fill out our volunteer interest form today to learn more. 

Ministry Coordinator

At each partner church, a ministry coordinator becomes a point-person for people in the church to learn about Alongside Families, get involved, and receive support. A ministry coordinator connects Alongside Families staff with potential volunteers in the church, provides regular support for those volunteers as they serve, and builds awareness in the church of opportunities to get involved. Fill out our volunteer interest form today to learn more.