Birthday Wishes Party Coordinators are the heart of our program and are vital to our mission to bring the joy of a birthday party to children experiencing homelessness. Volunteer Party Coordinators (PCs) are members of the community who make a one-year commitment to run monthly birthday parties for children at an assigned homeless shelter.
Anyone over 18 years old. If a teen wishes to be involved a parent or guardian must be the primary contact and assume the role of a Party Coordinator. Volunteers should have a strong interest in working with families experiencing homelessness. Experience working with children is a plus. All Party Coordinators must have access to a car.
PCs act as the liaison between their assigned shelter and Birthday Wishes’ staff. Their primary function is to coordinate and run a birthday party each month at their shelter. They will oversee all activities and lead party volunteers in age appropriate activities and games during their monthly parties. Finally, Party Coordinators will report their monthly party data to Birthday Wishes staff.
PCs are asked to make a minimum commitment of one year, coordinating and running one party per month. Parties are typically weekday evenings between 6:00-7:30 p.m. Days and time vary by location, but are set on a same-day-every-month schedule. An additional 2-3 hours per month is required for coordinating and reporting. PC’s must be able to come to their regional Birthday Wishes office to pick up their supplies.
Party Coordinators participate in a group and individual training session. Prior to running their own parties, PC’s train at other shelters with Birthday Wishes staff. Party Coordinators receive ongoing support and training from Birthday Wishes staff.
Demand for Party Coordinators varies from region to region and throughout the year. Below are our current needs:
If interested in becoming a Party Coordinator at a shelter location listed above, please fill out our Volunteer Application.