Volunteering—Give a Little. Gain A LOT!
Volunteering at Connection of Friends is a means to provide each participant with natural social modeling and opportunities to engage. Volunteers motivate our participants to use their developing social skills and offer support as they build a network of friends in the community. COF promotes independence in our participants and is not an organization that uses a hand-over-hand technique. Visual supports and communication devices are welcome to ensure that each participant is able to engage fully within the program and all volunteers will receive training prior to working with our participants.
Volunteer Expectations with Our Participants:
*Actively participate with the Program Director, Program Leader and Program Assistants in the implementation of programming which includes cooking, art, music, gardening, cleaning and volunteering in the community Monday through Friday. On Saturday nights, socializing, playing games and dancing with our participants
*Assist with organization and clean-up of activities
*Assist and teach when/where needed
*Encourage individuals to participate, develop friendships and socialize
When Can I Volunteer?
We are in need of volunteers, ages 16 and older for the following times:
Saturday Night Socials—5:30-9:00 pm
Saturdays are all about socialization and having fun! Each Saturday is a different themed party where we spend our evenings engaging in dinner conversation, having fun in 3 different activity rotations led by volunteers and dancing!
Dinner & Dancing with Friends—Monday 3:00-6:00 pm
Dinner & Dancing with Friends focuses on the preparation and eating of an evening meal. Participants not only prepare dinner, but continue to work on a variety of life skill activities including table manners, table conversation and cleaning up. Come cook a meal and learn some new moves with us!
Monday-Thursday 12-3:00 pm, 3-6:00 pm & Friday 9-3:00 pm
Hang out with us and participate in everything from yoga to art to gardening!
Volunteer Incentive Program
We love to reward our volunteers!
If you volunteer with us 8 or more times in a 12-month period for our Saturday Night Socials OR if you volunteer one (1) time per week for two (2) 13-week sessions in a 12-month period you will receive a Connection of Friends shirt!
For More Information:
The successful implementation of our programming is dependent on our volunteers. We welcome students in need of service hours and college reference letters will be written upon request.
If you are 16 or older and interested in volunteering, please fill out our Volunteer Application, (link found under the video above), and email it to Jamie Hager at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please call (630) 260-0922.
WHY I VOLUNTEER AT CONNECTION OF FRIENDS
Amanda—” I like the feeling of contentment and joy as I build friendships with the participants.
Diana—“I love the rewarding feeling of making the participants smile by doing simple things like making art or just dancing!”
Jess—“I like learning something new about each participant every time I volunteer!”
Angelica—“I like volunteering because we always have a grand time [doing] art, dancing and singing. I always have a smile on my face while I am there and after I leave.”