Thrive AZ runs on the help of volunteers! We are so thankful for faithful and committed people who help in our every day operations and events! Please read to the bottom of the page for our volunteer application.

Volunteer Opportunities

Warehouse – Thrive AZ Main Campus
Tasks: Accept donations
Inspect gently used donations
Clean and sanitize gentle used donations
Organize donations
Unpack and organize new items
Pack totes for deliveries and/or pick up
Required: Attention to details, organizational skills
Time: C3 location- Monday-Thursday 9:00-3:00

Deliveries and Pick Ups – Phoenix Metro Area
Tasks: Load and unloading of items
Use of personal car to deliver small items to families
Required: Ability to lift 50 lbs.
Use of personal car to deliver small items to families
Time: C3 location- Monday-Thursday 8:00-Noon and 1:00-3:00

Landscaping – Thrive AZ Main Campus and Thrift Store
Tasks: Pull weeds, spray for weeds, blow driveway
Required: Bring own tools, gloves and protective gear
Time:  Thrift Store- Tuesday -Saturday 9:30-5:30
C3 location- Monday-Thursday 9:00-3:00

Supporting Aged Out Youth – Thrive AZ Main Campus
Tasks: Prepare rooms/apartments to be move in ready for young adults
Clean/stock refrigerators
Make up beds
Clean rooms/apartments when a young adult moves out and prep for next resident
Required: Cleaning ability, organizational skills
Time: C3 location- Monday-Thursday 9:00-3:00

Office Support – Thrive AZ Main Campus
Tasks: Make calls to clients to inquire about their satisfaction with deliveries and pick-ups
Take calls while office staff are away
Required: Customer service experience
Time: C3 location- Monday-Thursday 9:00-3:00

Life Skills – Thrive AZ Main Campus
Tasks: Bible Study
Life Skills seminars
Personal health and wellness seminars
Job Skills seminars
Required: Relevant skills in communication
Time: C3 location- Afternoons and evenings

Special Events
Tasks: Assist with special events
Back to School Drive — Last two weeks of July
Christmas – First week in December
Birthday Celebrations – Monthly
Required: Willingness to set up and assist as needed
Time: Time and location will vary based on project

Are you ready to make a difference? If you volunteer with Thrive AZ will be making a difference in the lives of families and Aged Out Foster Youth.

    THE NEED
We believe that the best place for all children is with their family of origin, so you could say that we are ‘biofamily’ driven.

Prevention
One can see this in our work with children whose families find themselves in a crisis situation.  Our agency will serve families who have come to the attention of Department of Children Services (DCS) for some issues. We will provide them basic household needs, such as beds, furniture, clothing, kitchen necessities and personal care needs free of charge.  Our belief is that if we can provide to the parents the basic needs, they can better focus and cooperate with the state to meet other requirements so that their family can remain intact.

Reunification
Our passion for the ‘biofamily’ also can be seen as we work to provide similar basic needs to families who are in the process of being reunified with their children. These families have open cases with Department of Children Services (DCS) but have followed a planand their children are being returned to their homes. These families may have similar basic needs since their children have not been living with them. Again, all of the basic needs are provided at no cost to our families.

Aged Out Foster Youth
Our direct work with foster youth is with those young adults (18-24) who have been in foster care.  The young adults we serve have experienced many disappointments and traumas in their lives. They may have never been placed within a family unit and may have lived in a group home for their time in foster care or maybe had lived with more than one foster family. Can you imagine? These are young adults who do not have adults to guide them into becoming the person God created them to be. We offer to them not only housing but adults who can walk alongside of them and serve as an emotional support to them.

All of these children and their families have experienced some form of trauma. Watch this video to become better informed about trauma. (Blue Knot Foundation—Becoming Trauma Informed- https://www.blueknot.org.au/Resources/Videos/Anyone-in-the-Workplace)

What Do We Know About Childhood Trauma?

  • Studies report that between 75-93% of youth entering the juvenile justice system annually are estimated to have experienced some degree of traumatic victimization.

  • Incarcerated women were almost twice as likely to report a history of childhood sexual or physical abuse compared to those not incarcerated.

  • Almost half (5 out of 10) of those pregnant as a teenager have a history of childhood sexual abuse.

  • study of individuals in an inpatient alcohol detoxification unit found 81% of women and 69% of men disclosed a history of sexual and/or physical abuse.

  • A study of obese patients, participating in a weight-loss program found that 55% acknowledged some form of childhood sexual abuse.

  • People who experience violence as children, including physical and sexual abuse, are more likely to drop out of high school (Girls by 24% Boys by 26%).

  • Between 66-90% of women in the sex industry were sexually abused as children.

(https://www.focusforhealth.org/kids-are-not-alright-how-trauma-affects-development)

So, partner with us! You will be making a difference in the lives of young adults and families.  We know that life is uncertain, but we ask initially for a 4-month commitment unless you would like to be a mentor, then we ask for at least a one- year commitment.   As you serve with us, we will walk with you to make sure that you understand how your contribution of time, effort and energy help us to do all that we believe God has called us to do.