A Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office program that puts mentors with children of incarcerated parents is looking for volunteers to train this weekend.
Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth (COPY) matches volunteers with children in Bend, Redmond, Sisters or LaPine that share similar interests and activities. The volunteers commit to spending a few hours a week together for a minimum of one year.
One of the key things program organizers are looking for is diversity in volunteers.
“When I’m meeting with your families and talking about new kids and learning about their backgrounds, the more broad that we’re able to get with that, the more diversity of backgrounds with our volunteers gives me a lot more flexibility in making sure that we’re making appropriate matches that kind of fit both what that kid needs and also kind of what type of volunteer experience those folks are looking for,” said Bob Moore, the project coordinator.
The training happens on this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. DCSO says the class covers program policies, Q&A from a current volunteer, how to establish a mentor relationship, the impact incarceration has on families, communication skills, and the stages of a mentoring relationship.
DCSO says some common activities include biking, community festivals and events, playing in the park, educational assistance, reading at the library, swimming, snowshoeing, arts programs, sports programs and more.
Advanced registration is required and volunteers must undergo a background check.
To start the application process, fill out the COPY Volunteer Application and Supplemental Questions and mail, email or fax them to the COPY office. If you have problems downloading these documents, contact the COPY office.
Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth (COPY)
63333 West Highway 20
Bend, Oregon 97703
- phone: (541) 388-6651
- fax: (541) 330-9162