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Welcome volunteers!

The Child Development Center offers volunteer opportunities for all individuals who want to become involved in the daily life of a child care center. Volunteers participate in various activities from reading a book to a child to sharing light housekeeping duties that maintain a safe and healthy environment. We viewed volunteers as a valuable resource to our Center. 

The more you put in the more you get out. We encourage you to commit for a minimum of 2 days per week in at least one and a half hours each day. This commitment allows both you and the children we serve to fully benefit from your experience.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to work with us and the children we serve. We look forward to the opportunities to work together striving to honor the values and objectives of our Center as well as achieving your goals and expectations.

How to Become a Volunteer

Complete and turn in the following forms found in the  Student Volunteer Packet – to the CDC Director (Office: the new CDC Building, located at the northwest corner of Monmouth Avenue and Stadium Drive, right behind Campus Public Safety)

  • WOU Student Practicum and Volunteer Information Form
  • Western Oregon University Volunteer Agreement
  • Practicum/Volunteer Schedule Form
  • Orientation quiz

Upon completion of packet materials and on line orientation, the director will schedule your volunteer schedule. She will then contact you by phone or email to confirm your schedule and your official start date.


  • View the On-line Volunteer Orientation, which is designed to help you learn about our philosophies, goals, procedures and techniques to enable you to make the most out of your experience here at the Center.
  • Complete the orientation quiz (found in the volunteer packet below).

Interested in employment at the Child Development Center?

We are very invested in creating a meaningful and long term relationships with the adults that are working with the children enrolled in our programs. This requires time and an opportunity to get to know one another, the routines, and the teachers. Before students apply for employment at the Child Development Center we recommend they volunteer first. Please use the application packet above to start your experience at the Child Development Center today!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tammy Gardner, CDC Director by phone at (503) 838-8238 or email at