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Become a Play Ranger

"I was looking to volunteer consistently at an organization that made a true impact—Playtime is a community, where we build relationships with kids along with their families. I have a blast volunteering. It’s a great place to play and pretend you’re a kid again. You can escape for a couple of hours and put some of life’s pressures in perspective." 
— Tara, volunteer Play Ranger

 

 

Running our weekly programs wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous commitment of our Playtime volunteers. Play Rangers interact firsthand with the children and youth we are fortunate to serve. They commit to two hours per week for at least three months in one of our play programs. This is a perfect opportunity if you’re looking to make a meaningful and sustained difference in your community and in the life of a child.

Become a Play Ranger in just three easy steps:

Get started by signing up for our next Info Session: Part One.

Please note: At this time, we are only placing volunteers at our programs at the Days Inn, 2700 New York Ave NE, or our shelter partner in Southeast. Due to high volunteer interest, we are not placing new volunteers at our Northwest or other Northeast partner shelters. However, volunteers who attend training and get cleared to start will be at the top of our program wait lists!

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Our sessions run from 6:30 - 7:30 PM, unless otherwise indicated.
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This one-hour session gives you the lowdown on Playtime, the population we serve, and how you can starting making a difference as a volunteer with us. After you attend Info Session: Part One, you’ll receive information to sign up for Play Ranger Orientation: Part Two. To become a Play Ranger, you must attend both the Info Session and Play Ranger Orientation.

Because of the need for consistency and relationship building in the lives of children in transition, Play Rangers are expected to make a two-hour weekly commitment for at least three months. (And we feel confident that once you get started, you'll want to stick around much longer!) We look for individuals who will take initiative in planning and leading arts and crafts projects, ball games, reading, games, and imaginary play activities for children of various ages. Play Ranger volunteers should also be comfortable setting appropriate boundaries to maintain order, safety, structure, and respect for others and Playtime rules.

Learn more about the sites where our volunteers serve.

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