Get Involved

Want to get involved with Night Lights?

There are two ways to get involved with Night Lights including enrolling your children and volunteering. Not convinced that Night Lights is right for you? Read further to see what families like yours are saying about Night Lights.

Enroll your children

Night Lights is a respite care organization for families with children with special needs and their siblings, ages 1 month to 12 years. Each child is paired one-on-one with a trained, background-checked volunteer. There is a nurse on site for all Night Lights events to tend to the children with medical needs. Each evening, the children enjoy a variety of activities such as, sensory and gross motor play, arts and crafts, pet therapy, and movies. Activities vary each month and may include (but are not limited to): crafts, gross motor, music, free play, visits from therapy animals, musicians, and dance teams. Night Lights is from 6:30pm – 10:00pm (Dates vary depending on location). Each family must complete a registration packet for each child, as well as meet with the Leadership Team prior to attending Night Lights. This allows the Night Lights team to pair the children with the appropriate volunteers and plan accordingly.

Prospective families-if you are interested in learning more about Night Lights, please submit the parent interest form below.

Returning families-if you are interested in resuming respite with Night Lights, please complete the form below and we will put you on our list to contact when we begin scheduling Night Lights nights.

Night Lights Volunteers

Become a volunteer

Do you like to get silly? Get your hands dirty? Love to help people? Like to hula hoop? Volunteer with Night Lights as a childcare volunteer. Night Lights relies on the community to help staff the sites, provide childcare at each respite night, recruit volunteers, monitor rooms during respite events, and so much more. Volunteers may be community members who are 18 years of age or older and may include people from all professions, backgrounds, and skill-levels. The requirements to volunteer are to have a passion for making the world a better place for children, training and passing a background and reference check. Night Lights is a 5-hour commitment one Friday night each month. To maintain consistency for the children and families, we do ask that you commit to volunteering at least every other month. Some companies strongly support their staff volunteering and being active in the community-check with your employer to see how they support community involvement. If you are interested in volunteering with Night Lights, please submit a volunteer interest form by clicking the link below.

What families are saying about Night Lights

I’m not sure who Night Lights helps the most – us as parents, our special needs kiddo, the siblings, or the volunteers! We have developed an especially close relationship with Cici’s specific volunteer, who really, really loves Cici, just as she is, and Cici loves her back. When Cici had trach surgery in January, her volunteer, Connie, came all the way out to the hospital to visit her in the PICU. She made her CD’s with music she thought Cici would like. Connie has a special connection with Cici, and we always know we are leaving Cici in good hands at Night Lights. Organizing for a few hours out of the house without children involves lining up a nurse AND a babysitter – and honestly, after arranging everything else for all the kids every other day, arranging for a night out doesn’t usually make my “to-do” list – so it really never happens. I love that Night Lights is just “there” for us, and I don’t have to do anything but get there. It’s a bonus that we are connected to the volunteers in such a strong way, and the kids have made such strong and positive connections – these are connections we will have long past our Night Lights days, I am sure of it. We are not Christian, so it is important to us that we have a place to go that is open to us and our beliefs.
Night Lights has been such a wonderful program for not only the kiddos, but for the volunteers, as well. The Night Lights leadership and events are so well organized that volunteering is very easy. I can’t believe it’s been two and a half years that I’ve been a part of this. It’s still just as much fun now as it was the first night. The families of these incredibly special children are amazing people, and it feels wonderful to be able to give them a few hours to do whatever they want while knowing that their kiddos are safe and having fun. I love being a part of Night Lights, and look forward to it every month.

Night Lights is committed to providing equal opportunities and services to all families, applicants, employees, and volunteers without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual preference or orientation, transgender status, national origin, ancestry, age and disability (both subject to our eligibility and screening policies), genetic information, marital status, military status, veteran status or status in any other group protected by applicable law.