Hope, Healing and Renewal. These words describe the goal New Hope for Kids strives to meet for the families who look to us for help. With this mission in mind, we look to you for help. We cannot exist without our amazing family of over 200 volunteers.

The Central Florida community is our home, and it is a privilege to give of our time, energy and talents for those in need. Will you help?

Volunteer Opportunities

Grief Facilitators:

  • Work with children support groups at the Center for Grieving Children
  • Facilitators encourage the expression of grief through grief-appropriate play and other activities such as arts, interactive play and painting
  • A 25 hour training program (16 hours (in person) over one weekend and 9 hours of in person shadowing) is required in order to work directly with the children followed by experiential training during actual grief groups
  • A one year commitment of service is required for one day or evening a week, every other week:
    (Jan – May) (August – Dec) Tues and Thurs 5pm- 8pm
  • Male & Spanish-speaking grief facilitators are always needed
  • Must not have experienced a death in the past year (See waiting period policy explanation here )

Wish Granting:

  • Organizations can adopt a child’s wish from its inception and secure donations, assist with granting the wish and become a part of the “Wish” family’s lives through personal contact and monthly family activities.
  • Research by phone and/or internet. This can range from specific details of a child’s wish to leads on program funding.
  • Accompany the Wish Program Director on home visits, wish celebrations and special events.
  • Arrange wish celebrations (i.e. location, refreshments, special effects, etc.)

Office Support:

  • Help is needed Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm
  • Typing, filing and mail-outs
  • Volunteer record keeping and computer entry

Grief Center Assistance:

If you enjoy hospitality and have a genuine welcoming spirit, this volunteer opportunity is for you. Duties include:

  • Preparation of snacks and coffee for arrival of grief families and facilitators
  • Check room for order
  • Receive families and get them signed-in, name tags and make them feel comfortable before group starts
  • Prepare after-group refreshments and place on front table (snacks, juice); Clean up refreshment area
  • Engage in outdoor play areas
  • Hours are 5pm – 8pm Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Special Family Events:

  • Host, secure donations, decorate and greet guests for family events
  • Chair or be a part of the committee to plan monthly activities for New Hope for Kids families
  • Help provide refreshments for many family events held at the Grief Center

Fundraising Events:

  • Assist in set up, registration, silent auctions and other facets of fundraising events
  • Chair or be a part of the committee to plan fundraising events

Public Relations:

  • Staff booths at events and health fairs
  • Become a part of the Speaker’s Bureau to represent New Hope for Kids at various speaking engagements
Click here for Volunteer Application

For more information contact:
Gloria Capozzi, Volunteer & Marketing Manager
gloria@newhopeforkids.org or 407-331-3059 x15

Current Volunteer Opportunities

I lost my father at 19 and not until I started volunteering at New Hope did I truly receive the healing I didn’t even know I needed.

Volunteer at New Hope for Kids

I will never find a place to volunteer that will touch my heart as much as New Hope’s has.