help one child


Help One Child recruits, trains and supports those willing to open their home or offer volunteer services to at-risk children in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Services are offered to foster, adoptive and kinship parents, and the children in their care.  Unique in the social services sector, Help One Child focuses on the whole family's needs, not just the child's.  Parents can take advantage of support groups, social gatherings, parent newsletters, education classes, babysitting services and access to many resources and training opportunities.  For children, the ministry provides fun gatherings throughout the year, home-cooked meals, donated goods, mentors and tutors, support groups and skills training.

Help One Child does a lot to support families and keep them together.  "Some of the kids can be tough to care for," says Jenny Young, former FPCSM liaison.  "They've experienced trauma, abuse and neglect and aren't used to being loved.  Help One Child helps parents gain kid's trust enough for them to take down their walls and let themselves be loved."

A small, non-denominational Christian organization, Help One Child is only able to provide these services by harnessing the strength of dedicated volunteers from dozens of Bay Area churches.  This great ministry does not receive any government funding and relies on donations of time and resources to operate its various programs.  Help One Child is the only faith-based foster care recruitment resource in the Bay Area.

Please prayerfully consider if you would like to commit to this monthly opportunity.  Even if you aren't able to make this commitment, there are many other volunteer opportunities.




         One-Time Opportunities
Recurring/Ongoing Opportunities
1 Hour

  Call local churches to spread the   word of this ministry

  Help with mailings

  Donate financially

  Drive a foster child to appointments

  Join the prayer team - receive a weekly
  e-mail list of prayer requests

2 Hours

  Prepare a meal at the foster care   receiving home in San mateo and   stay and eat with the residents   (Tuesday evenings)

  Attend a Help One Child orientation   to learn more about becoming a   stable adult in a foster child's life

  Babysit children or help them make   crafts while their foster or adoptive   parents take a class

  Volunteer to be a mentor or tutor


  Help plan or staff the annual Easter   of Christmas party

  Enlist your small group in a service   project

  Help with fundraising/write grants



To help, contact FPCSM liaison Rosa Welton at  Volunteer orientations are held monthly and are an excellent way to learn more about Help One Child.  To contact Help One Child directly, visit the website at or call 888-KID-HOPE.


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