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Become a Head Start Volunteer

Many opportunities are available for volunteers who want to become involved.

Head Start receives monetary credit for volunteer time. Eighty (80%) of the Head Start budget comes from the Federal Government. The additional 20% must come from local sources, which includes volunteer time as well as monetary donations.

ECEAP is not required to provide matching dollars, but volunteer time in ECEAP plays a very important part in the classrooms. Your time is an "In-kind" donation to Head Start/EHS/ECEAP.

"Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another." ~Erma Bombeck

Application Process

Volunteers must fill out the application form, and meet certain health requirements depending on their volunteer classification. Some classifications require a Food Handler Card.

See the Volunteer Handbook for more information. For additional information please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 360.442.2800

Types of Volunteers

Classroom Volunteer

Assist teachers in classroom activities, working directly with children.

Committee Member

Become involved in several committees which help make decisions for Lower Columbia Head Start/EHS/ECEAP.

Community Event Volunteer

Assist in staffing booths and displays for various mall activities throughout the year.

Foster Grandparent

Designed for low-income retirees. While not technically "grandparents," these volunteers are placed in classrooms and contribute to the family atmosphere. Foster grandparents are re-imbursed for mileage and also receive a small hourly wage.

Honored Visitors

We love to have community members come to our classrooms who can play an instrument, bring in an animal to share, tell a story, demonstrate a craft or hobby, etc.

Kitchen Volunteer

Assist in food preparation and clean up in the central kitchen.

Library Volunteer

Assist literacy coordinator with shelving, repairing and checking-in books. Assist in story time visits to classrooms and book distributions like Reading is Fundamental (RIF).

Equipment Maintainer

Help repair or maintain equipment, furniture in classrooms, etc.