Thank you for your interest in volunteering with ECHO! Below are some answers to our most commonly asked questions. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any additional questions or concerns. We hope this information will help you decide to join ECHO in the fight against child abuse & exploitation!
How do I become an ECHO volunteer?
If you’re interested in volunteering click here to fill out an application and we will contact you shortly! After submitting your application and background check you will participate in an ECHO Orientation, Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children 2.0 (more information here) and then training in your area of interest before reaching full active volunteer status.
ECHO Orientations will be scheduled based on your availability and last about 30 minutes, while Stewards of Children 2.0 trainings will be held on the third Wednesday of every month from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the ECHO Office (1500 Poplar Level Rd. Suite 2, Louisville, KY 40217) and are also open to the community. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or (502)636-3670 to any Stewards of Children 2.0 training. These group trainings are held based on volunteers signed up and will be canceled if there are no RSVPs 48 hours before the scheduled date.
What information is needed to apply?
All fully active ECHO volunteers must complete a volunteer application (link above), background check, and provide a photo ID that we can copy for our files.
What will my time commitment be as a volunteer?
There is no minimum or maximum amount of time that we require volunteers to commit to ECHO. Some volunteers commit to one day a week, some one day a month, and others volunteer as-needed. Your service can be based around your personal schedule!
There is a higher need for one time/event based volunteers in April for Child Abuse Prevention Month and during September for ECHO’s annual Taste for Prevention event. Groups wishing to volunteer are always appreciated during these times!
Are there weekend and evening volunteer opportunities?
Yes! One of our greatest needs, especially in the Spring, Summer & Fall, are for volunteers on weekends. ECHO loves to be in the community and we constantly have requests for information booths at festivals, family nights, picnics, and other fun events!
What opportunities do you have for groups?
Large groups can help ECHO during community outreach events, our annual Taste For Prevention Fundraiser, and educational events throughout the year. Please contact the ECHO office to learn more about these opportunities.
Can I complete my court ordered volunteer service at ECHO?
ECHO does not currently provide court ordered community service opportunities.