D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s has been helping children and families since 1887. We could not continue to provide love and support to some of our areas most vulnerable without the help of our community. We would love to have you volunteer no matter what your time availability, skill level, or passion. With over 7,500 children and families served last year alone, we need your help! Sometimes, it only takes one person to make a difference in the life of a child. Here are some ways you can get involved:
Mentor a child through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.
You can make a big difference in the life a child for only 45 minutes a week in our School-Based Mentoring program or 1-3 hours a week in our Community-Based Mentoring program.
Become a foster parent.
One of our greatest, on-going needs is having enough foster parents to provide homes for the children that need our help. As the number of children who come into our care increases, the need for foster parents increases too.
Mentor a young mom through our Sisters In Support Program.
We have a great way to help pregnant women, first time mothers, and/or mothers of many children in our Sisters-In-Support program. Young mothers in need are matched with female mentors who act as friends and role models to help these moms.
Organize a volunteer work day for a group.
Our residential program is located on a beautiful 25-acre campus, which can always use some extra tender love and care from volunteers willing to weed, plant flowers and greenery, paint the inside and outside of the homes and building, and more.
Join a guild.
The Marilyn J. Olson Guild and St. John’s Guild both welcome new members. Involvement with each guild is based on the amount of time and commitment you would like to volunteer.
Visit our campuses with a group or organization.
We would love to show you around either or both of our campuses to see how we serve and care for the children in our programs.
Get involved in the Backpack & School Supply Drive.
With your help, more than 500 children currently living in residential care, foster homes, shelter care, or whose families’ are in need of assistance will be given a new backpack with school supplies before the first day of school.
Get involved in care bags.
Children entering foster care often arrive with no belongings. D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s tries to give each child a “care bag” containing items they can immediately call their own upon moving into their foster home. We need items for kids ages infant to 17 including toiletries, clothing, toys, and backpacks.
Get involved in Christmas giving.
Every year, D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s relies on the generosity of our community to give Christmas gifts to over 900 children. When you partner with us for Christmas giving, you can choose the age and/or gender of the child. You then get their “Christmas List” with specific requests including sizes, color preferences, and brand names. You can also sponsor one of the houses on St. John’s campus or an entire family.