Volunteer and Intern Program

Volunteers and Interns are a vital part of the Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center (NETCAC), helping us to build and provide a caring service to the children and their non-offending family members in the eight counties we serve. NETCAC Volunteers and Interns are instrumental in raising awareness about child abuse, the center’s needs, and prevention programs as well as funds for the center!

 

To become a volunteer:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • Complete and be cleared through the application and background check process *could take about a couple weeks to a month to process completely
  • Be available for a tour and meet and greet with the staff after process complete

To become an Intern:

  • you must contact NETCAC directly to discuss availability


Click here for Volunteer and Intern Application and Background Check Form

Any questions contact Jennifer Williams at   volunteer@netcac.org or 903-629-7588

Volunteer Job Descriptions 

Once volunteers clear the application and background check process. Orientation and Training will be provided according to each staff approved program the volunteer chooses to participate in.  Most opportunities are flexible around your schedules.  

 

DIRECT SERVICE:

 Available to work at the center in Winnsboro or Gilmer, with flexible schedules, Monday – Friday 8 am -4 pm

  • Facilitating – Personal Safety Program for at-risk youth
  • Child guidance – Provide child and family guidance and general upkeep of the facility.
  • Assist at Satellite Offices in Gilmer and/or Emory – Provide child and family guidance
  • Angel Tree Service – during the months of October thru December
  • Assist Counselors
  • Assist Family Advocate

  

INDIRECT SERVICE:

  •  Facilitating – Guiding a support group for parents, children, or teens through an 8-week program. 
  •  Fundraising and Area Events – Soliciting donations and Sponsorships, attend/ assist in various duties of specific fundraisers, set up or take down at events offering information and brochures
  •  Maintain Facility – Playground, Yard, Landscaping, Clean & Organize Building/Storage Shed, Wash & Sterilize Toys
  •  Public Speaking – Presentations – Speaking to groups and organizations for the purpose of educating and informing the community about the center, Marketing (stories for the newspaper, events, etc)
  •  Provide food for events and appreciation – Preparing/providing meals or snacks for various meetings, trainings, fundraisers, etc., Bake and deliver goodies on a regular basis to Law Enforcement, CPS…in your area on behalf of the NETCAC Volunteers
  •  General Support – Provide financial support, Soliciting in-kind and monetary donations from our Needs List
  •  Administrative office – Updating resource books, Data Entry, General duties including but not limited to: Filing, copying, faxing, answering phones, assembling information packets, and assisting with mail-outs, Maintain Statistics and donor addresses in our database, Grant Writing

 

Background Check Policy

NETCAC will begin the Volunteer/Intern process once we have received your completed Volunteer Application Packet and request for Child Abuse/Neglect Central Registry and DPS Criminal History Background Check form. The results of the background checks are usually received within one to two weeks after submission and will be used to determine your eligibility to participate in the volunteer or internship programs.

Information on your application and background check results will be held confidential by NETCAC. The purpose of this form is to grant NETCAC permission to request, on your behalf:

  • a criminal history check from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and
  • a check from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Central Registry of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Results that will automatically exclude you from participating in the Volunteer/Intern program include, but are not limited to:

  • a conviction for a violent crime
  • a conviction for any crime against a child
  • any criminal offense within the past five years

If you are a current volunteer or intern, you MUST immediately notify NETCAC in the event you are arrested or convicted of a criminal offense. DFPS and criminal background checks will be administered every two years for all active volunteers and interns.

 Together we are “Breaking the Cycle of Abuse, One Child at a Time”.