Thank you for your interest in volunteering! One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time. We love our volunteers and are grateful for your support in helping us to achieve our mission.
We reopened to the public on August 1, 2021, and we plan to remain open pending any updated public health guidance. We serve a vulnerable population that is too young to wear face masks or get vaccinated, so we require all ACS volunteers to wear a face mask in the classrooms and provide proof of vaccination. If you do not have a face mask, we will provide one to you. Additionally, all volunteers must:
- Be at least 17 years old
- Complete and submit the Volunteer Application below
- Complete and submit a current Service Agreement
- Complete a comprehensive background check and national fingerprint scan through an authorized location
Because we are a licensed child care facility, GA DECAL requires all volunteers to obtain a national fingerprint scan. The fingerprint scan typically costs around $50, but DECAL has waived this fee for all applicants. If you have lived outside of Georgia within the last five years, you must obtain criminal history and child abuse registry information from the state(s) you resided in over the past five years before moving to Georgia.
Please complete the online Volunteer Application below to begin the process. You will be contacted by ACS with next steps about our Service Agreement and Background Check after submitting your application. Upon a satisfactory background check and once all paperwork has been submitted, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to confirm that you are approved to volunteer. Once approved, you can sign-up online for the days and times that best meet your schedule. Volunteer opportunities will be available Monday to Friday from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM.
Opportunities for Volunteer Groups
The Atlanta Children’s Shelter accepts volunteer groups no larger than 5-10 people. Available opportunities include:
- Classroom Assistant
- Supply Closet Organization
- Donation Closet Organization
- Pressure washing of playground equipment
- Current needs drive
- Administrative support
- Job skills training
- Event Support
Volunteer groups are limited to no more than 5 for indoor projects. For outdoor projects and events in large spaces, we allow volunteer groups of up to 10. For more information about community or corporate small group volunteer opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opportunities for Children
If your child is interested in serving but not old enough – we have options for them too! Children are encouraged to gather some of their friends or neighbors and raise some of our current in-kind needs. You can find an Amazon wishlist of our current needs here. Once the collection is complete, we encourage parents to bring their children to drop off the items, and we will offer a tour of our facility. If you have any questions regarding this process, please email email@example.com.