Ways to Help


Interested in Volunteering at the Harbor?

All Volunteers who come on a regular basis are required to undergo a background screening, at a cost of $94.75, plus an additional $0.15 – $15.00 depending on the city in which the volunteer lives. We request volunteers come at least once per week. If you are interested in volunteering at Children's harbor fill out the volunteer application below.


Volunteer Application


Visit Children's Harbor

Come meet us!

We'd love to show you around the Harbor and answer any questions you may have about who we are and what we do!

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Ask Us Out

Hear our presentations!

We are always ready to speak to groups about ways that they can engage with our kids!


Be a Buddy

Give quality time!

Quality time matters for our kids. We need volunteers that can spend consistent, quality time in our homes!


Put Us to Work

Help our teens get jobs!

Is your company hiring? Our teens could use a "real world" opportunity.

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Bring the Party

Get the party started!

Plan and host a fun experience for our kids on or off campus!


Give Household Goods

Drop off a sofa or table!

As ecstatic as they are to finally turn 18, it isn't long before our kids realize that an empty apartment is not a home. Gifting gently used appliances or furniture will help our kids create a space that feels like their own.

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Stock the Pantry

Donate food to our pantry!

Host a drive to help us stock our food pantry! As our teens learn how to live on a budget for the very first time, our food pantry provides a safe resource for them year-round. We also use the pantry to help families in crisis across Broward.


Celebrate With Us

Sponsor a party or baby shower!

Be part of our "birthday brigade" and sponsor a child's birthday party or baby shower!

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Sponsor an Event

Create unforgettable experiences!

Gift a trip or fun experience so our kids can enjoy the childhood experiences that every child deserves to have! Every positive memory that our kids have the chance to create plays a pivotal role in their personal healing.

  • House Buddies
  • Administrative Volunteers: Volunteers can support our various departments with office duties, including, but not limited to, filing, archiving, shredding, and organizing.  
  • Warehouse/Donation Sorting: We receive donations everyday! If you love to organize, we would love to have you help us sort and inventory donations as they come in. Volunteer shifts are available Monday-Friday, 9:30 am-4:30 pm
  • Special Events:  Volunteers can benefit while having tons of fun supporting the Harbor at our signature events, including our WinterFest and Harbor Lights Gala. Our main needs during events are set-up and breakdown. For more information on our events, please click here

Is your company, community group, school, or organization looking for a fun and enriching volunteer experience? We have numerous ways for your group to make a difference. Please fill out this Volunteer Group Inquiry Form and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to discuss available opportunities for your group!

At Children's Harbor, we know that anyone at any age can make a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve. You have to be 16 years old to volunteer on our campuses, but if you are younger than 16 you can still get involved! For every $20 you raise for the Harbor through any of the options below (or any other creative ideas you can come up with) you will receive 1 hour of community service.

  • Donate Your Birthday
    Instead of receiving gifts, ask your friends and family to make a donation to the Harbor!
  • Host a Drive or Bake Sale
    Get your friends together at school or in your community and host a car wash, garage sale or a bake sale and then donate the proceeds to the Harbor!
  • Be a Harbor Keeper
    Help us spread the word about our signature events! You can start a team and invite your friends to participate in our raffle!  For every $20 you raise for the Harbor, you will receive 1 hour of community service!  

How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Harbor volunteers need to be at least 16 to volunteer on any of our campuses. Can’t wait until your 16th birthday? Check out how you can make a difference in the “Volunteers Under 16” section above.

Do I have to volunteer every week?
We ask that volunteers commit to spending at least 2 hours per week when volunteering with our Residential program.

Do I have to pass a background check?
Yes, passing a Level 2 background check is a requirement for all individual volunteers, even if you are not volunteering directly with the children. 

Do I have to attend an orientation?
Yes, after your background check is completed a member of the Volunteer Team will contact you to set up your orientation. This is a quick tour around the Harbor before your first volunteer shift.

What do I need to do to start Volunteering?
Click HERE to begin the process by filling out the Volunteer Inquiry Form and start your process to becoming a Children's Harbor Volunteer.

Ready to get involved? Have more questions? Contact us!

[email protected]

954-252-3072 ext. 210