Open letter to new volunteers
(Below, you can find our volunteer opportunities.)
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Alliance of People with disAbilities.
A few upfront thoughts:
1. Tell us what you are interested in? What would an ideal project be? For example, volunteers have done research, compiled, and edited resource guides. (One volunteer compiled a booklet on how to file complaints that included things like when to talk to the Office of Civil Rights, what to expect from DSHS or DVR and when to make a complaint, and what to do when a business does not have disabled parking.) Other volunteers help out by working with administrative duties like filing, data entry, and answering phones. The reception position at Alliance is staffed half-time by our rocking volunteers. Your duties depend on what is needed by the agency and what you are interested in or qualified to do.
2. Accommodations. What do you need in terms of accommodations? We will make an effort to meet your basic needs for accommodation. Reasonable accommodations are defined by law, volunteers are served as we are able.
3. Not a Job Coaching Situation, nor Day Program. Volunteers are asssited with questions and clarifications which generally any typical individual would encounter. We make every effort to include individuals however the Alliance is not a day program or job coaching situation. Individuals must be generally suited to the type of assignment they are given.
(Click on the volunteer opportunity title to see a full desciption.)
Board Members: The Alliance is seeking individuals knowledgeable about disability issues, marketing, fundraising, accounting or finance or outreach. Individuals must make a one-year commitment.
Volunteer Receptionists: Volunteers assist in staffing the front desk during Alliance business hours. Duties include: answering phones, greeting participants, and assisting staff with various office duties. Individuals are required to make a time commitment requirement for this position.
Resource Development: Volunteers assist in creating, updating, and/or maintaining paper and electronic information to provide to participants and callers.
Staff Support: Volunteers assist staff in compiling research, maintaining files, tech lab assistance, and assisting staff as assigned.
Outreach: Volunteers assist advertising our services in the community. Volunteers may assist with Alliance’s Peer Group which provides a space for people with a variety of disabilities to share common experiences and problem solve disability-specific issues.
Transition Program (work with youth ages 14-22): Volunteers assist with social activities and meetings of the Alliance’s Youth Transition program. Activities could include playing games with students, supervision of activities, working one-on-one with youth on skill-building, and assisting during field trips.
You must fill out the Volunteer Application online, or you can print the pdf and email it to the Volunteer Coordinator. You may also fill it out on paper, and transmit via the US mail. Once we have received your Volunteer Application, you will be scheduled for a Volunteer Orientation. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator with further questions regarding your application.
To view a list of all documents needed in order to volunteer at Alliance of People with disAbilities, please see our Volunteer Forms page. You will need to bring some information to the Volunteer Orientation.
Again, thank you for your interest in Alliance of People with disAbilities.
We LOVE our volunteers! No joke. Read about some of our AWESOME volunteers on our Volunteer Recognition page!