Get Involved

Our mission to integrate child life professionals’ expertise through partnering with global organizations to empower and support children in disasters and crises would not be possible without the involvement of people like you! As a partnering organization there are numerous opportunities both directly with Child Life Disaster Relief and through our partners. Please click each organizations’ link to learn more about specific ways to get involved!

Local

Child Life Disaster Relief has opportunities on the local level. We are seeking motivated Certified Child Life Specialist to join local crisis response teams across the nation. We also have opportunities for both CCLS’s and students to assist with research projects and grant writing. Finally, we are gathering information on international organizations and opportunities that might align with CLDR’s mission.
Children’s Disaster Services(CDS) is our partner with opportunities at both the local and national level for both Certified Child Life Specialists and child life students. CDS opportunities require you to become a Certified Volunteer through their disaster training. Once a Certified CDS Volunteer you are eligible to deploy to national and local disasters when requested and available.
Camp Noah is our partner with summer opportunities for both Certified Child Life Specialists and child life students in various areas across the country. Camp Noah is a nationally recognized preparedness and resiliency day camp offered to elementary age children in communities impacted by a disaster or crisis. Paid opportunities are available for Certified Child Life Specialists. Training is provided to all volunteers and paid staff, free of charge.

National

Children’s Disaster Services(CDS) is our partner with opportunities at both the local and national level for both Certified Child Life Specialists and child life students. CDS opportunities require you to become a Certified Volunteer through their disaster training. Once a Certified CDS Volunteer you are eligible to deploy to national and local disasters when requested and available.

International

Refugee Children’s Centres is an international partner that established and supports safe and therapeutic play spaces, and currently are supporting a project with The House of People in Chios, Greece.
Samos Volunteers is an international partner that caters to a broad range of refugee need son the Greek island of Samos. The children’s team is involved in many projects that are primarily play-based. However, informal education is emphasized, and volunteers are typically involved in teaching and tutoring as well.
Lifting Hands International is a grassroots organization that operates a community center in Serres, Greece for Yazidi refugees. The community center includes a children’s friendly space where child life specialists can use their skills to provide much-needed services to the children.