Safe Families for Children

New York City

Volunteer Application

There are many volunteer roles to come alongside overwhelmed families. The roles are flexible and volunteers can offer support according to their skills, interests, and availability.

Volunteer roles and applications:

*Select region in the drop down box as “New York City, NY”

Family Coach: Facilitate the team to make sure that the child, biological parent, and family friends have all necessary resources to thrive. The coach can delegate any needs to the family friends.

Family Friend: Provide hands-on support to help increase the stability of the parent. Family friends can support in such ways as babysitting, help with transportation, mentoring, connect with local resources, help with job or housing searches, and other friend-like support.

Resource Friend: Provide direct services such as medical/dental care or counseling OR collect and deliver goods such as diapers, formula, baby items, or furniture. Resource friends can provide for the needs of family friends or biological parents.

Leadership Team: Support the foundation of the organization by participating on one of our leadership teams: 1. Prayer, 2. Fundraising, 3. Church Engagement, or 4. Agency Engagement. Email to inquire.


Getting started is easy! Here’s how to get involved:

  1. Sign Up for Training*

Register at

Once you’re signed up, we’ll send you more information on what to expect that day. We have one training day approximately every 6 weeks. The Core training for all volunteers is 2.5 hours. Family Coaches receive further training.

  1. Fill Out an Application

Submit the application prior to the training date. On the application you will need to provide email contact information for 3 references (1 Pastor and 2 Friends), and we will follow up with them directly.

  1. Attend Training

You will need to bring all previous addresses to training (from age 18 on). At the training, you will be asked to fill out background information forms.

It’s that easy! At the training session, we will let you know what’s left to do. Once the background checks are completed, you’re one of our partners, and you can be on a team to support a local family in crisis.

* If you are unable to attend a live training, please e-mail us to let us know! You can still fill out the application online, and we will contact you with another way to complete the requirements and our online training.