As part of CARE House’s celebration of 40 years of services, we’d like to share 40 easy ways for you to get involved and help child victims of abuse in Oakland County. Click here to see all the posts in the series!

9. Start a diaper drive for CARE House – Diapers are expensive, and for low-income families with infants and toddlers, the cost can represent a substantial financial burden. By donating diapers for our Early Head Start families, you can help relieve a significant amount of stress for parents in our community, and ensure that their children stay clean and healthy.

10. Volunteer as a Child Assist – A core belief of CARE House – one which affects everything from the way our building is designed to the way we design our programs – is that our organization is child focused. When a child first comes to us for a forensic interview, our Child Assist volunteers are there to greet and put them at ease, and to reinforce that the child is in charge of everything that they’ll do at CARE House. Click here to learn more about volunteering at CARE House!

11. Provide a meal for Family Support Group – Every Tuesday evening at CARE House we have Family Support Group, a component of our therapy services available to any child who has been to CARE House for an interview, and any of their non-offending family members who would like to attend. Each week, a group of volunteers comes to CARE House to prepare a big supper meal for everyone. It’s a great way to come and experience the atmosphere of healing at CARE House first-hand; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’re interested in helping!

12. Make a monetary contribution – As a non-profit, we have to raise enough money each year to continue providing our services. Your support helps children in our community to find their voice and to recover from the trauma of abuse. Click here to make a gift.

13. Take our Mandated Reporter training course online – Mandated Reporters are people who, due to their job, are required by law to report any suspicions of child abuse or neglect. We provide this training regularly in-person, and now you can take it online! Even if you aren’t a Mandated Reporter by profession, the training will teach you everything you need to know about how to report child abuse suspicions in Michigan. Check it out!

14. Volunteer as our Front Desk Receptionist – If you’ve ever been to CARE House, you know that our entrances are locked and have to be opened from the inside. This ensures that every person who visits us is greeted by an actual human being when they come to our door. Our Front Desk Receptionist lets in every child, parent, volunteer, trainee and visitor, in addition to answering our main phone line and helping connect our community partners to CARE House staff. These volunteers help keep the CARE House organism healthy and strong. Click here to look at the CARE House Volunteer Application.

15. Sponsor a family for our Holiday Wishes program – Read this blog post to learn all about how you can help some of our clients during the holiday season in December!

16. Tell a friend about CARE House – The more people who know about how and why we do the work we do, the more effective we can all be in keeping Oakland County’s kids safe. Consider sharing this post, or telling a friend to follow us on social media, or to sign up for a tour!

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