Breanna’s Gift has many volunteer opportunities for different areas of our organization. Teaching assistants work with our artist teachers during afternoon classes held during the week at Ronald McDonald House Upper Midwest and Children’s Minnesota in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Administrative help with mailings, cataloging of donated goods, assembly of Art Takeout “classes in a box” and helping with fundraising events is also greatly appreciated.
Teaching assistants help our artist/teachers as they work with children and their families. Volunteers assisting with classes have the opportunity to work one-on-one with children and they give teachers the flexibility to focus on overall presentation of projects or classes that include dance, music, visual arts and theater. To be a teaching assistant you must be at least 18 years old.
We are looking for people who have worked with children and who can be flexible, patient and have a gentle, nurturing style of interacting with people. A background in the arts would be helpful but is not required.
Training is required. Breanna’s Gift artist/teachers work with each volunteer before and during the classes so they are familiar with the projects being taught. This volunteer training is continuous as volunteers work with different artist/teachers from all art disciplines. A background check is required and training includes information about working with children and their families with regard to special needs and confidentiality.
The hospitals we work with require that all Breanna’s Gift staff participate in their volunteer training programs. Their protocols include:
Our arts program is ongoing throughout the year. The time commitment varies according to each volunteer’s availability. A minimum of two classes (approximately 6 hours) a month would be requested. Our classes are currently taught on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.
If you are interested in becoming a teaching assistant, call Kim Gordon at 612-558-2878 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All interested volunteer candidates will need to complete the following forms which can be mailed to Breanna’s Gift, 1010 West State Street, Suite 124, Minneapolis, MN 55408 or submitted by email email@example.com.