Volunteer/Intern Opportunity: Family Preservation Worker

POSITION TITLE: Family Preservation Worker (Volunteer/Intern)
BASIC FUNCTION: Direct Service Case Management and Clinical Responsibility for working with families within their natural environment providing skill based training in the Family Preservation Program. Staff member will work as part of a team.

  1. Strength-based Family Assessment
  2. On-going Risk Assessment
  3. Case management and Clinical Responsibility for all cases assigned
  4. Twenty-four hour/Seven days a week on-call and flexible working hours include evenings – non-traditional approach to service delivery in non-traditional setting (in home and community)
  5. Liaison and Linkage Responsibility for all assigned cases
  6. Case Recording
  7. Responsible for all statistics and appropriate reports
  8. Attendance at supervision, consultations, team and community meetings
  9. Participation in applicable training programs
  10. Other appropriate administrative tasksSPECIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited University; BA/BS related degree or a staff with at least 5 years of work experience with children and families in their natural environment. Staff must be trained in the national intensive in-home family preservation home builder’s model or NYS OMH 14-Karat home builder’s model.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Amanda Nardozzi, Volunteer Coordinator at anardozzi@fsw.org.

Volunteer internship – Camp Success Respite Worker

“Camp” Success is the Respite Program’s summertime “camp on wheels.”  While “Camp” Success is not a typical camp (it isn’t, in fact, a camp at all) the program is set up so that children can have a fun summer experience much like traditional camps.  Children are picked up every day in small groups (less than 10 kids) and brought to various activities in the community.  The program works to expose children to a wide variety of experiences, including pools, zoos and amusement parks when the weather is nice, and bowling, museums and roller skating on rainy days.

The program runs four days a week for seven weeks.  On Fridays, staff members meet to discuss the progress and strengths of the children.  These discussions result in “Success Reports” that are meant to highlight the achievements and progress of all children; they are discussed with the children and caregivers each week.

Always strength based, “Camp” Success is predicated on the idea that there is a way for every child to succeed, and that success is different for every child.  Despite the fact that many of our children do not have typical camps available to them, the program boasts a success rate close to 100%.

As a recreational leader, a Respite worker is part of a team providing supervision for recreational activities for children and adolescents who have serious emotional disturbance (SED) in weekend recreation and summer day camp programs. Provides written activity or program log reports daily. A Respite Worker may also work individually with children and adolescents who have SED according to the respite plan that has been established by the family and the intensive case manager contact. May also become part of the child’s support circle, requiring additional supportive contact.

  • Ability to “connect” with people, recognizing and building on their individual strengths • Cultural awareness and sensitivity • Ability to set appropriate boundaries and limits • Ability to communicate information clearly and in a strength- based, sensitive way, both orally and in writing • Consistency and dependability – being responsible to meet obligations and honor commitments • Organization – maintaining records of petty cash expenditures • Ability to work collaboratively – being a good team member • Flexibility • Sense of humor
  • 21 years of age and a valid driver’s license
  • Experience with SED population preferred. Initial orientation and supervision as well as training sessions are required


  • Summer schedule is 8am-6pm, Monday to Thursday and 10am-12pm Friday.


To apply please send a resume or brief bio to Melissa Roy, MSW, Respite Program Director, mroy@fsw.org





Volunteer Internship – SNUG, Violence Intervention Program – Assistant for Outreach

Mount Vernon SNUG is a violence intervention program implemented by Family Services of Westchester’s Mount Vernon site. SNUG utilizes a public health approach to reduce shootings and killings in communities disproportionately affected. It is evidence-based practice patterned after the Chicago Ceasefire Model. The public health view of violence encompasses the following:

 SNUG is seeking an intern who will be responsible for:

    • Updating the program’s webpage about upcoming and ongoing community events,
    • Help plan and participate in programs monthly community events,
    • Help plan shooting responses,
    • Assist and inter data into spread sheet, and
    • Must by familiar with social media sites.

Hours: 12 hours per week. We are open Tuesday-Saturday.

Location:  9 West Prospect Avenue Suite 205 Mount Vernon, NY 10550

To apply, contact:

If interested please send an email to Amanda Nardozzi, Volunteer Coordinator at anardozzi@fsw.org. Please include the name of the volunteer position in the subject line and include a resume or brief summary about yourself in the email.


Volunteer Internship – Community Coalition (non-paid)

PCCC LogoThe Port Chester Cares (portchestercares.org) serves the area within the Port Chester School District by promoting healthy decision making for youth and their families and preventing and aiming to reduce substance use and abuse in our community.  PCC is focused on providing education and information, increasing opportunities and skills and working to change policy to help reduce youth and adult substance abuse in the community.  Notably PCC is a recognized expert in the area of community organizing and substance abuse prevention and is often called on by our sector representatives to be the vehicle for change in the community.  The Port Chester Cares is a unique group in the community where all sectors of the community can come together and work towards a common mission and to help make Port Chester a stronger and healthier community for all.

We need an intern who is knowledgeable with computer skills, social media, and conduct youth outreach lessons.  Our diverse community requires a range of outreach opportunities.  The intern would gain knowledge and experience in organizing focus groups and the outreach process for a small, grassroots nonprofit organization.  The intern could work either in our office or remotely and would present monthly to our Executive Committee.  The intern would be responsible for creating and maintaining a new website, Facebook page, LinkedIn, and Twitter account.  Ideally, the intern would be bilingual in Spanish, though this isn’t a requirement.


Responsibilities but not limited to:

  • Assist in expanding our MailChimp email database
  • Provide help in grant research
  • Analyze social media and online digital results and present and implement recommendations
  • Communicate with the coordinator around a campaign set-up, performance, and evaluation
  • Support the optimization of online marketing and campaign set up
  • Assist with administrative duties: Scanning, making photo copies, creating info packets.


  • Fluency in English, with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred but not a requirement
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft office and with social media outlets
  • Photoshop and dreamweaver skills are an advantage
  • Interest in online marketing is a plus

If interested, please forward your resume to apayan@fsw.org.