The following are direct-care volunteer opportunities. In this capacity we ask volunteers to work directly with children, teens and/or caregivers impacted by serious illness or death. Direct Volunteers must be at least 16 years old (except where indicated), complete all required paperwork, participate in an introductory interview to determine if Tu Nidito is the right fit, participate in all required training and a post-training meeting to determine next steps, pass a background check and make a minimum commitment of 1 year.
Support Group Facilitators
Tu Nidito offers ongoing peer to peer support groups for families (with children ages 3-17) impacted by serious illness or the death of someone special. Our caring, reliable Support Group Facilitators work as a team and with the support of an on-site staff member, to cultivate safe space, and to facilitate activities and discussion for children, teens and/or caregivers. Children (ages 3-7 or 8-12), teens (ages 13-17) and their adult caregivers meet in separate, but simultaneous support groups, each with their own team of volunteers, once or twice a month depending on the group. Thus the volunteer commitment (for a single group) is one or two weekday evenings each month, from 6pm-9pm. Groups meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays only. Specialized community-based groups are periodically offered as well, and may include alternate meeting schedules. Additionally, a Young Adult bereavement group is held 1-2 Mondays each month for adults 18-29 years old, with periodic volunteer need. Volunteers are placed based on agency need, as well as volunteer availability and age/group type preferences. To deepen the trust building with participants and to avoid replicating the feeling of loss, a long term time commitment is preferred, but a minimum commitment of one year is mandatory.
Recommendation: Please visit our Volunteer FAQs page for more details about this and other roles.
Tu Nidito provides intensive home, hospital and community based support for children and teens diagnosed
with a serious medical condition. Services may begin at diagnosis or at any time during the experience of illness. Staff Support Specialists provide individualized support to the seriously ill child, their siblings, their families and others who are a part of the child’s life. Services include, but are not limited to, emotional support, education, advocacy, resources and referrals, socialization opportunities, and therapeutic play.
When a family’s Support Specialist identifies a need for volunteer assistance, a volunteer will be requested.
A volunteer’s role can include various facets: from emotional and social support, compassionate play and
companionship to brief respite care. The day/time, location and frequency of visits vary by family need.
Trained volunteers who select this role will receive notification as requests come in and can offer to match
with those requests that fit their availability and skillsets.
Recommendation: Select this opportunity in addition to another role if you crave a regular commitment.
Camp Erin (Tucson/Phoenix)
This weekend-long, annual, sleep-away camp supports children and teens (ages 6-17) that have experienced
the death of someone special to them. Campers and Volunteers are welcomed from both the Tucson and
Phoenix areas. Volunteers may participate as Cabin Big Buddies, Support Leaders, Grief Guides, Camp
Nurses, Photographers, Therapy Dog Welcome Teams, and more. Camp Erin Volunteers must be at least 18
years of age, complete all required paperwork and training and participate in any required lead-up events.
In-Direct Care Opportunities
These opportunities ask Volunteers to work behind the scenes to ensure all our programs have the administrative and financial support they need to be successful. In-Direct Volunteer roles vary widely but each volunteer must be at least 16 years old (except where indicated), complete any required paperwork, participate in an introductory meeting to discuss areas of interest and special expertise, attend any required training (frequently provided “on the job”), and pass a background check (except where noted). Volunteers will be assigned to a project based on agency needs and individual desire and preference will be given to volunteers able to make a long term commitment.
Tu Nidito welcomes office volunteers to help with the daily running of our agency. Tasks may include detailed
data entry, gift processing, organizing, answering phones, preparation of mailings or materials for groups/one on one services, research, grant writing or marketing support, and more. Office volunteers must have good organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks; and must have exceptional in person and phone-based customer service skills, if assisting with our Front Desk. In addition to administrative support, Tu Nidito’s office is periodically in need of volunteers to assist with handy jobs, errands and other miscellaneous tasks around and for the agency. Office volunteers typically work one 2-3 hour shift each week, on a weekday between 9am-5pm, but may also support Tu Nidito on-call, as needed.
Recommendation: Volunteers who select this role will receive training, but will be best suited if comfortable using a copier, Windows, Microsoft Office and the internet.
Event Volunteers (Individuals and Groups)
Tu Nidito is sustained through the incredible generosity of the community. Throughout the year, several
special events that benefit Tu Nidito are held to raise vital funds and friends, and a variety of outreach
events are held to broaden our visibility to potential families, volunteers and donors. Volunteer assistance is
critical to the success of these events. Event Volunteers assist, as their skillsets, experience and availability
allow, with a variety of these opportunities ranging from tabling at resource fairs, to set-up/staffing at large-scale gala events and more. Specific responsibilities may include: event organizing/committee work,
preparation of materials/decorations, pick up of donations/orders, set up, greeting guests, staffing a silent
auction/event activity, providing photography, MC-ing, cashiering, clean up, and more. These events are
frequently on evenings and weekends but can take place any day/time. Those interested can sign up to receive emails with event-specific details. Most Event Volunteer roles do not require volunteers to have previous experience with Tu Nidito and are open to individuals and groups. Event volunteers do not need to make a year commitment (though a recurring commitment is preferred). Paperwork, training and background check requirements vary based on your role within the event
Recommendation: Select this opportunity in addition to another role if you crave more frequent commitment. If your interest is as part of a group/agency, please identify a contact person who we can be in touch with.
PB&J with Love (for Groups)
Each month, in partnership with Dream Dinners (a local industrial kitchen), Tu Nidito provides free (frozen
easy-prep) meals to our single parent families in which the single parent is afflicted with a serious illness. PB&J Volunteers assist with assembly of the meals that families have requested. No cooking or food prep
experience is required and both Tu Nidito and Dream Dinners point people are onsite to assist. The volunteer
commitment is just 2 hours per prep night. This opportunity is typically filled by Volunteer groups (civic clubs, area businesses, school clubs, etc.). Groups may include volunteers of any age, if legal guardians are present or have provided written consent for any participants under 18. Volunteer Groups do not need to make a year commitment and in most cases Volunteer Groups do not need to complete background checks or full Volunteer Applications (if participating in this role alone), as there is rarely direct contact with our families, however some paperwork (Media Releases, Confidentiality forms, etc.) may still be required.
Recommendation: This opportunity is in high demand, often booking well in advance. However, we welcome your interest. You’ll be added to our PB&J contact list & notified of any cancellations or opportunities.
Board of Directors
Tu Nidito is governed by a dedicated, working Board of Directors, entrusted with the authority to establish
major policies and accountability for the organization’s actions including fiscal responsibility. Membership on
the Tu Nidito Board is an opportunity to use your significant HR, Development, Administrative, and
Programmatic skills to ensure the continued strength of this vital organization. Each Board member is elected
to a multi-year term and is accountable for established duties and responsibilities.
Recommendation: If you are exclusively interested in joining our Board, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to identify next steps.