Children’s Advocacy Center seeks volunteers in Niceville, Defuniak | #childabuse | #children | #kids

NICEVILLE — Both Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers (ECCAC) in Niceville and DeFuniak Springs are in need of front desk reception volunteers.

The front desks at both centers are staffed entirely by volunteers so that the paid staff can be free to assist the children and families through the process of healing. Volunteers are the first people the children and visitors see when they step into the centers.

The volunteers are responsible for meet-and-greets, monitoring children while parents and caregivers are meeting with staff, as well as baking cookies and answering phones.

Volunteers are needed for all three shifts: 8-11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.

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Those interested are required to be 18 or older, attend a training class, be fingerprinted and undergo a background check. Individual orientation appointments can be arranged.

“Our volunteers are integral to the overall success of the healing journey for children and their families that come to ECCAC,” said Ana Michalzik, the volunteer and event coordinator. 

Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center volunteer Barb Whitman is seen with her therapy dog Miracle.

Barb Whitman is a great example of a dedicated volunteer. She volunteers twice a week at the DeFuniak Springs center along with her three special therapy dogs, Brylee, Bringlebells and Miracle.

Whitman thought she was going to walk into an office atmosphere, but when she entered she saw a child-friendly environment with bright colors, stuffed animals, toys, pictures, smiles and the smell of chocolate chip cookies.

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