Residential Activities

We are eager to have you host a fun and meaningful activity – no idea is too big or too small! If you have an interest, skill, or passion, there is likely a girl at Vista Maria who loves it too. Please allow a minimum of two weeks’ notice to plan the event.

Requirements: Please allow a minimum of two weeks’ notice to plan the event.

Residential activities are a great way to connect with our youth. About 5 to 20 youth typically participate in group activities. We recently polled our residents to ask what they would most love to do or learn about with volunteers and these are some of their suggestions:

  • Arts & crafts
  • Basic money management
  • Cheer / Gymnastics
  • Cooking & baking
  • College prep
  • Dance (hip-hop and step)
  • Diamond art
  • Football
  • Hair braiding
  • Life skills
  • Music / Rapping
  • Volleyball

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One-on-One Mentors

As a Mentor to a young person living on campus, you share your individual attention, insights and compassion as they heal and embrace their self-worth. A longer-term opportunity, Mentors generally serve 1 to 2 hours a week for several months or more. Together you and your mentee can share activities, talk about the week, and build confidence along the way.

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Campus Beautification

Looking for a great team-building exercise for your corporate or social group? Come to Vista Maria and help us keep our facilities beautiful and comforting for our children. Projects could include landscaping, painting (indoor and outdoor) and a variety of other needs around campus.

To best support our facilities team, projects are available with at least 30 days’ notice, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, for at least 4 hours.

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DREAM Mentor

A specialized opportunity, DREAM Mentors work with groups of residential youth in developing life skills and goal setting as they build their ownership and love for their education and career journeys. Expressive therapies such as music and art, plus values-based learning including spiritual and self-care wellness, and academic tutoring are all part of this comprehensive program.

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The Vista Boutique

This special on-campus shop is set aside for residents to peruse and select free clothes, shoes, personal products, and accessories.  For individuals looking for a weekly or monthly opportunity, this is a great option!  These dedicated volunteers help with inventory, organization, laundry, stocking shelves, and making The Vista Boutique a place where our youth feel beautiful, well-dressed, and valued.


Heartmover Spiritual Volunteers

We welcome spiritual groups of all faith origins to help provide the girls in our residential programs with a good moral compass. Heartmovers perform ministry services and prayer groups for our youth, serving 2 to 4 hours a month.

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Holiday Wish List Program

Our Holiday Wish List Program is a fun and rewarding way for volunteers to make the holidays warm and wonderful for our residents. Volunteers generously go above and beyond to provide gifts and stocking stuffers for each young person, fulfilling individual wish lists, holiday shopping needs, and getting everything wrapped and festive in our Vista Boutique. Join us!

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