Alliance of People with disAbilities has some FANTASTIC volunteers on our team! Read about them below!
I have been volunteering at the Alliance since November 2010, and it has been one of the best things that I have ever done for myself!
After feeling much frustration dealing with multiple disabilities, I began to isolate myself. My counselor recommended that I resume volunteering. After being turned down by many charities that were not able to use my volunteer services due to my wheelchair, I came upon the Alliance of People with disAbilities, and they welcomed me with open arms!
The Alliance allows me to use skills from the career I gave up, and it very importantly allows me to feel needed. What a great feeling! The Alliance also allows me socialization–meeting new people and making awesome friends. And I feel plugged in to this wonderful community of people with different abilities.
Front desk volunteer Nicolas doesn’t have much of a life story; a twenty-one-year-old’s biography is bound to be short, and his is no exception. Despite the dark rumors about false identities and a foreign fish-oil fortune, Nicolas is really just an average, mundane person. All this talk about him supposedly being the secret heir to an ancient family of wealthy Basque fisherfolk is just like the rumors of his ability to communicate with animals and see in complete darkness: complete nonsense. Though it seems like being a volunteer would be the perfect alter-ego, it isn’t as if after he gets done answering phones for the Alliance of People with disAbilities, he dons a spandex outfit and battles the forces of evil while Seattle sleeps. That would be absurd.
Hi, I’m Larry and I’ve been volunteering at Alliance of People with disAbilities since June 2008. I wanted to start volunteering to see what it was like. I didn’t know about the Alliance until my job coach told me it might be a good idea to volunteer to get some job experience. Volunteering helps me meet new people, too. I like helping people out with office work. I make all of the Alliance info packets. A while ago, I made calls asking about housing resources and even though I was a little scared, I did a really good job. I like to work with my supervisor, Charity Ranger. We talk about what tasks I am supposed to do and she answers my questions. The Alliance knows that people with disabilities (like me!) want to learn and work. I want to keep volunteering for a long time.
Hi, I’m Bryce. Volunteering at the Alliance has been quite the opportunity! As a firm believer of social justice and a committed person to the helping profession, the mission of the Alliance embodies my core values. I have had the unique privilege of working with Alliance staff and peers as a front desk receptionist. During this time, I have been able to contribute to the Alliance team by creating a resource packet for Veterans with disabilities. As a veteran and doctoral candidate of clinical psychology, this particular project was very rewarding. Additionally, while working with staff members such as Charity and Marybeth, I have learned a lot of practical knowledge. I encourage others to volunteer at the Alliance. It is a highly rewarding environment!
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