Volunteer individually or with your club, church, company or school.  As a volunteer, you can provide friendship to a child, invest your talents as a leader or support us behind the scenes.  Opportunities are  available daytime, evenings and weekends.  

As you start the process, please join us for a tour with lunch.  Register here.  Or, would your company, church or club be interested in a Tour in a Box?  We are available to make presentations out in the community. Contact Lynda Carlberg to learn more.

Direct service volunteers must successfully complete our application process, attend a 3-hour orientation  and commit to a minimum of six months of service and a weekly visit. We offer orientation sessions every 1-2 months.  To register for an orientation session please visit our Event Registration Page, after you have completed and submitted your application.  Priority needs currently are tutors and lunch buddies.  Click here for a direct service volunteer application.


Invest time with a child working on academic skills practice in a one-on-one setting for one hour or more per week.  Minimum age requirement is 18.  Click here for a tutor job description.

Lunch or Dinner Buddies

Set aside an hour each week to have an on-campus meal and enjoy enriching activities with a child on a weekday or weeknight.  Minimum age requirement is 21. Click here for a lunch or dinner buddy job description.

Recreation Volunteers

Provide a recreational activity for a small group of children.  Options include dance, yoga, sports, gardening, art, crafts, choir, cooking, running, fitness, golf, pet pals, drama, girl scouts, swimming and more.  Current priority needs are TDI pet pals and professional yoga instructors.  Click here for a recreation volunteer job description.

Seeking an Internship?

Our Human Resources department coordinates internships.  Click here for our online internship application.  Scroll down and find "click this link" for the online application and select the category of "co-op and intern." 

Volunteer Groups

 The children enjoy visits with volunteer groups from the community.  Activity suggestions include birthday parties, crafts, service projects, music and more.  The children's activity calendar fills up quickly so please be sure to submit your visit form at least two weeks, but preferably one month, prior to your desired visit date.  A member of the advancement team or Vounteer Leadership Council will follow up to learn more about your plans. Click here for our volunteer group guidelines , our birthday party guidelines and a group visit form.  Additionally we welcome groups to provide "done in a day" projects.

Other Opportunities

    • Clerical Volunteers - Current needs include a volunteer to assist the advancement staff and a volunteer with Raiser's Edge data entry experience.  Click here for a clerical volunteer application.
    • Birthday Parties  - We look to volunteer groups to provide 2 monthly birthday parties on campus.  One for the children in our Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility, and one for the children in our Charlotte Day Treatment program.  A group can commit to as many or as few parties as they would like.  Click here to learn more.
    • Gift-in-kind Coordinators
      We will soon have a new area on campus to house our donated items, such as toys, linens and school supplies. We will need a volunteer to help us with organizing and sorting  items, keeping advancement staff current on inventory and needs, keeping closets and shelves organized, and helping with online orders from a company that donates clothing to our organization.  Click here for a GIK team application
    • Volunteer Group Greeters 
      Do you love kids and community relations? Do you love being a part of volunteer groups? This job is for you! We need volunteers to greet groups providing activities for the children in our programs. Duties might include greeting volunteers, sharing information about our organization, participating in activities, photography, set up and clean up. This is a great opportunity for someone who needs to develop a network. You will have the opportunity to work with corporations, civic groups, the faith community and more. Plenty of training is provided. Click here for a volunteer group greeter application
    • Alexander Heart in HandBags
      We are seeking groups to purchase and package items to give to children placed in our Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility or Day Treatment programs.  Click here to see a list of needed items.
    • AYN Ambassadors
      Ambassadors have a passion for Alexander Youth Network and the children we serve.  These are individuals who spread the word about our organization and invite people to our monthly Alexander Friday luncheons and tours.  Click here for an Ambassadors volunteer application.
    • Photographers
      Do you have a passion for photography?  This might be the role for you.  We are looking for a photographer to take group and actions shots of volunteer groups when they are on campus.  Click here for a photographer application,.
    • Volunteer Leadership Council 
      Invest your experience and skills by providing leadership to other volunteers.  Call us to learn more at 704-362-6760
    • Faith Community Liaisons 
      Volunteer as a representative from your church/synagogue/parish in an effort to initiate church member involvement at Alexander Youth Network.  Click here for a church liaison application or contact Anne Shoaf to learn more.
    • The Relatives
      We also have volunteer opportunities at our crisis shelter, The Relatives on East Boulevard in Charlotte. To inquire about opportunities there, visit The Relatives website or contact Spencer Guthery, Volunteer Engagement Officer.

We currently have clerical volunteering opportunities in our Advancement, Day Treatment and Foster Care departments.  Volunteer on our campus at 6220 Thermal Road, Charlotte, NC 28211.  Are you looking for a place to employ your great computer, phone and customer services skills?  Are you out of work and need to stay connected? This might just be the place for you.  This is also a great opportunity for those interested in the field of social work or foster care. Tasks include answering the phones, data entry, filing, copying, scanning, grading tests, and mailing projects. There may also be opportunities for clerical volunteers at a variety of locations throughout our service regions in several NC counties.  Schedule is flexible and can be set to volunteer's preference.  Click here for clerical volunteer application

The Independent sector values volunteer time at $22.55/hour.  At Alexander, we believe your contributions of time and talent are priceless!

Alexander Youth Network

6220 Thermal Road, Charlotte NC 28211
Phone: 704.366.8712 | Fax: 704.362.8464

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