Volunteer with Taglit
Volunteer time, talents, and enthusiasm are a tremendous asset to the Special Needs Services Department. There are many ways that you can participate: You may wish to work directly with the participants in our day program, or you may want to get involved with other important aspects of our department’s operation such as fundraising, networking, or volunteer recruitment. No matter what you decide to do, it is an enjoyable and extremely rewarding experience to be a Special Needs Services volunteer.
Volunteers are needed in the following areas:
Hands on support is needed in our day program and respite program. In our day program, participants follow highly individualized schedules that allow them to job shadow at different locations both within the JCC and in the community. Volunteers are paired with each participant to aid and support them during their job shadowing. Volunteers are welcome to stay with the participant for the entire day (8-3) or just for the length of time that the participant is job shadowing. Please review the Taglit Day Program Volunteer Schedule to see the days and times when volunteers are most needed as well as descriptions of the volunteer’s role!
Volunteer support workers are also needed on Fridays, when participants go swimming. Volunteers aid in the supervision of participants and have a blast swimming with the participants in the heated pool. Swimming takes place every Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., but volunteers are welcome to join our program from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Volunteer support workers develop friendships and mentoring relationships with our participants with special needs. Participants look forward to seeing their volunteers each week.
The Taglit Day Program would like to begin a peer-mentor program in January 2012. We are looking for volunteer mentors who are interested in developing a friendship with a young adult (approximately 20 years old) who has special needs. The program will be called UA Peer-Buddies and will meet every Friday at the UA’s recreation center. Six participants with special needs will arrive at the UA for a social skills class, then meet with their peer-mentor to practice socializing and relationship-building. Afterward, they will eat lunch at the UA Student Center and then return to the JCC.
Our peer mentor program will meet at the UA on Fridays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Peer-mentors must be 18 or over. Mentors have fun, play games, converse, and generally socialize with their assigned participant.
How Do I Sign Up?
Fill out the volunteer application (see below) and email it to Kristen Taft, Director of Special Needs Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All volunteers are required to complete an interview with the Director of Special Needs Services, as well as attend a brief training about special needs and the goals of the Special Needs Services Department. We look forward to seeing you!
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