Become a Volunteer

Volunteer

You Can Make A Difference

Free Arts is not currently taking on new volunteer mentors. Instead, we are refining our volunteer process to ensure that we are providing the safest, most supportive opportunities for the children we serve. We expect to begin accepting new volunteer mentors for our programs in September 2021. To stay up-to-date on our volunteer process, please complete our volunteer interest form. 

How it works

Become a volunteer in a few simple steps. Once you register for Orientation, the next steps in the process will be emailed to you automatically.

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Orientation

Volunteering at Free Arts begins with a one-hour, no-obligation volunteer orientation to learn about the many ways you can get involved in our programs that connect children to opportunities to overcome trauma through artistic expression. 

02

Documentation

All of our volunteers are required to complete an application for a background screening. In addition to your application, you’ll also need to submit three references, a copy of your driver’s license, and a copy of your fingerprint clearance card.

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Training

Free Arts volunteer training provides a base of knowledge needed to safely interact with children. During training, you’ll learn about adverse childhood experiences, trauma-informed care, self regulation, and using the arts for self-expression. You’ll also learn the logistics of Free Arts programs and best practices for engaging with children. Training is interactive and creative, and the information you learn has the potential to impact your life beyond your volunteer experience.

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Interview

One-on-one interviews help the Free Arts staff get to know you so we can create a volunteer plan that works best for you and the children we serve. Volunteers also receive information about how to receive a fingerprint clearance card at this time.

Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunities for Everyone

Free Arts relies on the generous help of more than 700 volunteers each year to power its transformative arts programs. By volunteering at Free Arts, you’re helping create a safe space where children can express themselves and discover their strengths. Volunteering also has positive effects on those who are donating their time, such as improved self-esteem, well-being, and overall happiness.

Our volunteer opportunities aren’t limited to artists or individuals. In fact, no artistic skills are required to volunteer! We offer both short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities, working with children or working in our office. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to work with children. However, children and young adults can help by volunteering in our office, hosting an art supply drive, or running a fundraising campaign.

Here are some of the ways that volunteers can transform lives in our office, in the community, and in their own homes.

Volunteer Programs

Here are some of the ways that volunteers can transform lives in our office, in the community, and in their own homes

Weekly Volunteer Mentor

Weekly mentoring is a fulfilling and fun way to support children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or homelessness. A weekly volunteer mentor commits to approximately three volunteer hours per week for 8-16 weeks. As a volunteer mentor, you:

  • Don’t have to be an art expert! You just have to care about children and want to take an active role in supporting them as they learn to express themselves through the creative arts.
  • Submit brief evaluations online each week and have access to additional training opportunities to become the best volunteer mentor you can be.

Professional Artist Series

Professional teaching artists provide instruction on artistic skills. They work alongside volunteer mentors, who support the children by encouraging their artistic process. Professional Artist Series volunteer mentors commit to one series at a time, which can last 3-10 sessions.

Free Arts Days

Volunteer mentors support children in interactive arts experiences at local museums and arts venues for these one-day, unique events. 

Camp Series

Free Arts hosts five weeks of camp sessions each summer that bring together children and teens from social service facilities across Maricopa County. Every camp session culminates in a moving performance for the community. Camp volunteer mentors must be available for 3-5 weekdays during summer camp sessions.

Office and Art Room Help

Spend time in our office and art room assisting with administrative and organizational projects. There is no set time commitment — come in for as little as a few hours, or more if your schedule permits.

Committee Appointments

Committees support Free Arts events and special projects.

Remote Opportunities

Want to help out in the comfort of your own home? Click here for opportunities!

Hear what our volunteers have to say about their experience at Free Arts

  • I get more out of Free Arts than I put into it. There’s a lot of soul-searching, a lot of storytelling … it’s made me braver and stronger.

    Watch Renee’s Story

    Renee
    Volunteer Mentor
  • We’re giving them a way to express all these feelings in a safe way — to express themselves [and] get all of that anger and confusion they have inside … at such a young age.

    Watch Daniel’s Story

    Daniel
    Volunteer Mentor

Connect and Create With Children

We know that children build resilience when they’re surrounded by caring, supportive adults.  We provide the training, you provide the time.