Services To Adults And Youth Seeking Volunteers

Posted On August 01, 2014

Press release from Services to Adults and Youth

stay-logo(Harrison, Oh.) – Calling all crafters and those who are looking for some way to volunteer: STAY (Services to Adults and Youth) is in need of volunteers to help create simple toys and activities for infants and toddlers.

According to Robin Brock, STAY’s clinical supervisor, “Although many of these activities may seem simple and are quite easy to construct, they really serve a dual purpose. They promote parental involvement while also enriching the baby’s early development.”

Brock adds that the items are part of the “Parents as Teachers” curriculum, which focuses on enhancing school readiness by reaching children during the critical, formative years of life. The model is designed to help parents interact with their children to develop age-level skills while also having fun and learning together.

STAY needs volunteers to help construct various items used; directions and some of the materials are provided, but what is needed is someone who can devote some time to putting together the activities through simple sewing, cutting and gluing, or other assembly. Examples of items needed include a “tummy time” touch blanket that has nine different pieces of fabric sewn together so the baby can learn from touching. Others include a face pattern book, tracking toy and “feely book.”

What’s great about this volunteer opportunity is that these projects can be done by an individual at home or by a group at a church, school or other gathering place. And volunteers can provide several sets of one type of PAT activities or are welcome to help on an ongoing basis, depending upon their availability and interest.

If you’d like to help in this way, please contact STAY at (513)367-1441 or email stay@stay-oh.org