HOW CAN I JOIN S.O.N. FOUNDATION?
There are many different reasons why people volunteer. Some are interested in serving youth as a profession; some are in the middle of a career and wish to bring a new dimension to their lives; and others are retired and choose to give of their time and share their wealth of experience.
Whatever the reason for volunteering – everyone receives personal benefits! There is a great deal of satisfaction that comes from being involved in the lives of others, as well as positive psychological advantages. Meeting and interacting with youth, staff and volunteers helps to develop personal maturity on all levels. Everyone connected with our program is encouraged to join together as a team to provide A Positive Place for Kids! The needs of volunteers are a priority first and foremost. Together, we all can make a difference.
As a volunteer, our programs support any special talents or interests you may wish to share with our youth that will help sharpen their skills and enhance their learning opportunities.
WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN?
• Are at least 18 years old
• Submit a Volunteer Application
• Agree to a Screening process
• Interview with paid Club staff
• Attend an orientation on the organization
• Sign an agreement form verifying that procedures and expectations have been read and understood
What is most important in volunteer placement is that an individual’s skills, talents and time commitments match and meet the needs of the foundation. The application process will assist in determining placement.
For more information or to volunteer, please call S.O.N. Foundation at (248) 480-7333.
WHEN IS S.O.N. FOUNDATION OPEN?
Hours of Of Operation
Office: 9AM to 5:30 PM
Note - There may be times that SON Foundation is working beyond office hours.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!
Youth and families in Genesee County are facing tremendous challenges. The region has been hit hard by the economic downturn, with a high unemployment rate as well as record numbers of home foreclosures. Many families report being unable to meet their basic needs, and 54% of young children in this county fall below 200% of the federal poverty level. The 165,268 children living in Genesee County rank in the bottom third of the state on eight health and wellness indicators. These indicators include, but are not limited to: • 36% of young school children feeling unsafe at school, • 33% of children whose weight is at an unhealthy level, and • 24% of 10th graders not passing the Michigan High School Exit Exam. Additionally, youth arrest rates for the county are high, and there is an estimated 23 gangs present in Genesee County. Further, budget cuts continue to limit the ability of schools to provide enrichment and extracurricular activities for students.