Become a Volunteer
Our volunteers are a major part of accomplishing our mission of ensuring school readiness, empowering families and building strong futures. To learn more about our work in the community, we invite all volunteers to attend a Little Shoes Big Dreams tour. Please RSVP to Volunteer Coordinator, Kat Davis, at Kat@GiraffeLaugh.org.
Please note that all volunteers working with children for more than one hour per week must have a Pediatric CPR and First Aid certification and a Boise City Child Care Worker license. We occasionally provide Pediatric CPR and First Aid courses at a reduced cost of $38.00 based on demand. Please e-mail Kat@GiraffeLaugh.org to see if there is an upcoming course. If there’s not an upcoming course, please contact our CPR/First Aid provider: American Safety and Health Institute for their class schedule. You are welcome to use a different provider if you prefer. However, the provider must use one of the following Pediatric CPR/First Aid curriculums: American Red Cross, American Heart Association or American Safety and Health Institute.
The Boise City Child Care Worker license application is linked on this web page and the license itself costs $85.50 or you can apply online for a $17 discount. Once you obtain your Pediatric CPR/First Aid certification, please take that along with your Boise City Child Care license application down to City Hall to apply for your child care worker license.
This is the most important volunteer role you can take on. This is a short term role in which you can help spread the word about the work we are doing here at Giraffe Laugh by bringing ten people you know to a Little Shoes, Big Dreams tour.
This volunteer helps our development and management staff with every day, administrative tasks at the main office as well as planning and executing of fundraising events.
Adopt a Family for Christmas
This program pairs donors with families who need a help during the holiday season. The holidays can be stressful for low-income families wondering if they will be able to provide for their children. Family adoptions can be done by groups, offices, families or anyone interested. The donor brings items from the family’s wish list to us and we distribute them to grateful families.
Board members are our most treasured volunteer. They meet monthly and guide the organization to a future that ensures school readiness, empowers families and builds strong futures. Most board members also attend events and chair a committee. Contact Lori@GiraffeLaugh.org for more details.
This opportunity includes helping teachers in classrooms with the following: art projects, reading to children, naptime routines, lunchtime set-up/clean-up, interactive play, field trips and more. This opportunity requires a license. Please contact Kat@GiraffeLaugh.org for more information.
This opportunity is for any parent or community member to lend their skills to our organization through one of our committees: Finance, Strategic Planning, Visibility, and Sustainability. Most committees meet monthly and some meet less. Contact Lori@GiraffeLaugh.org for more details.
This position involves sorting through incoming donations and delivering items to where they are needed within the organization. This volunteer is supervised and directed by a site director or other staff member.
Giraffe Laugh has several events throughout the year including Winter Wine’d Up, the Bowlathon, Graduation, the Luau, Hyde Park Street Fair and the Futures Begin Here Luncheon that need volunteers to help with decor, set up and take down, greeting, etc. These are short-term volunteer opportunities.
Food Bank Pickup and Delivery
These volunteers go to the Idaho Food Bank warehouse the third Tuesday of every month to pick food that we have ordered and help deliver to each of our four centers. Requirements: Volunteers must be able to transport the food to all Giraffe Laugh locations and have the ability to lift up to 40 pounds, bend and squat.
The volunteer grocery helper will meet at the Downtown Winco (110 E Myrtle Street) to assist our kitchen staff with shopping and delivering groceries to our Grand Avenue location. Help is needed every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7:40 AM and usually lasts about an hour.
Holiday Food Baskets
This opportunity is to provide a meal to a family who is unable to afford it. Individuals sign up to provide a number of items (ex: hams, turkeys, green beans, stuffing, pies, etc.) and help assemble baskets. If you would like to be included, please contact Kat@GiraffeLaugh.org.
Help a Giraffe Laugh family or staff member in need by donating a basket full of everyday items such as toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, lotions, washcloths, etc.
Our kitchen staff would love help delivering lunches from 10:30-11:45 daily from Giraffe Laugh 2 at 1191 W. Grand Ave to our other centers (all within a 7-10 mile radius). Even if daily is not suitable with your schedule, assistance any day of the week is a huge help! A vehicle is required.
Parent Advisory Committee
Parents are welcome to join a center committee where their child(ren) attend(s) to be more engaged and involved. This committee will be a guiding force for the center and the needs of that program. Meetings held every other month. Please contact your child’s center director for more information.
Teachers often need extra hands to rock infants. This opportunity is available at all centers, but mainly at Giraffe Laugh 3 (Marian Pritchett School for Pregnant and Parenting Teens) as the center is comprised of mostly infants under two years old. Don’t worry; if you’re not a grandma, you are still welcome!
Weekly Yard Care
If you love being outside, this is the opportunity for you. We are in need of a volunteer to come once weekly to pull weeds, sweep sidewalks, mow a small amount of grass and rake leaves or shovel snow depending on the season. This is about a one to two-hour commitment per week.
For more information on volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved with Giraffe Laugh, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Kat Davis at Kat@GiraffeLaugh.org.