How to Help

Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until they are placed in a safe and permanent home and the case is closed. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

https://www.casarockcounty.org

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of South Central Wisconsin: Big Brothers Big Sisters has many different volunteer opportunities available. Being a “Big” or a “Lunch Buddy” are the most common.

https://www.bbbs4kids.org

Boys and Girls Club: Just one hour a week can make a huge difference for kids in our community! From high school students to retirees to busy professionals, we offer flexible, fun volunteer opportunities.

https://www.bgcjanesville.org/

Safe Families for Children is a movement fueled by compassion to keep children safe and families intact. Through Host Families, Family Friends, and Family Coaches, we temporarily host children and provide a network of support to families in crisis while they get back on their feet.

https://safe-families.org/

House of Mercy: a homeless center in Janesville that provides short-term emergency shelter to single women and families along with access to housing, job placement, and child care resources. Regular volunteers are needed for 3-12 hours per month.

https://mercyhealthsystem.org/house-of-mercy/

Project 16:49: a local non-profit organization serving Rock County’s unaccompanied homeless teens. We believe every child deserves an opportunity to succeed. To that end, Project 16:49 ensures access to the services and support these students need to remain in school, graduate and become self-sufficient adults.

https://www.project1649.org/

Foster Parenting: You can make a difference for a child and their family by becoming a licensed foster parent in Rock County. There is a need for foster parents to care for children of all ages. We especially need foster parents who can care for sibling groups and teen males and females.

To find out more about foster parent licensing regulations and/or to express an interest in fostering, please contact Jennifer Wilson at 608-757-5476.

YWCA of Rock County: a variety of volunteer opportunities are available through the YWCA, from answering phones to supervising children during groups to assisting with a fundraising event. Their mission is empowering women and eliminating racism.

https://www.ywcarockcounty.org/

Academy Singers: a non-auditioned, tuition-free youth chorus that provides children the opportunity to cultivate an appreciation for music, nurture their talents and develop a positive self-image while receiving a message of hope and encouragement. Call All Saints Church to learn about their needs: (608) 752-7469

Academy Athletes: an afterschool mentoring and sports group sponsored by All Saints Church for 3rd grade through high school that meets once per week. Call All Saints Church to learn about their needs: (608) 752-7469

Schools: The School District of Janesville is proud to partner with many different community organizations and individual volunteers to help our students graduate ready for their post-high school life. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please start by filling out the online application form.

https://www.janesville.k12.wi.us/community/volunteer

RSVP: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Rock County, Inc. seeks to enrich the lives of volunteers, age 55 and older, through meaningful service opportunities that match their life skills and interests to community needs.

https://www.rsvp-rock.org

Family Respite Care: Night of Respite is a safe place for children with special needs, long term illnesses, or who may be victims/survivors of abuse and neglect. We provide services to school – aged children and youth. Volunteers supervise and assist children as they engage in free play, peer play, arts & crafts, electronics, and gross motor activities. Share the commitment to relieve parents and caregivers from their day-to-day stressors by volunteering 4.5 hours per month.

https://www.rockcountyrespite.org/volunteer

ECHO: ECHO needs volunteers to help in the food pantry and unload food donations. If you would like to volunteer, please call Fran at 754-5333 to schedule a visit to fill out or drop off the Volunteer Application.

Other ways to help

  • Support legislation, candidates, policies and programs that support children and families. When family stress is high, it is difficult for parents to give their children the nurturing that they need. High stress causes negative behavior patterns to repeat, even when parents want to do better.
  • If you see something, say something. Report suspected abuse to the proper authorities.
  • Provide support to young families that you know. Take them a meal, offer occasional free babysitting, invite them over for a movie or game night.
  • Support change in your sphere of influence. Where ever you work or live or worship or play, you can support changes that create a more welcoming and trauma-informed environment for everyone.