Adult & Student Volunteers Needed


Our organization cannot effectively serve the needs of the community without volunteers! Please check the box next to the volunteer opportunity.  If you have additional questions, please contact us at info@friendssupport.org.  

ADULT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
*You must be 18yrs or older with a valid driver’s license.
*PLEASE CHECK THE BOX NEXT TO THE PROGRAM YOU ARE INTERESTED ON THE FORM BELOW.
 
PARENT PACKET OUTREACH
(2 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – ONE IN HILLSBOROUGH AND ONE IN PINELLAS.
Age Requirement: You must be over 21yrs to volunteer; have a valid driver’s license.
Overview: Two volunteers are needed, one in Hillsborough and one in Pinellas.
Duties: Volunteers will work directly with Hospital NICU's and Social Workers delivering packets.  You will mail out packets to parents. Responsible for putting together our FRIENDS Parent Packets and delivering them to:
  1. Hillsborough (TGH, St. Josephs Women’s, St. Josephs Children’s, St. Joseph South, and Brandon Regional Hospitals.
  2. Pinellas All Children’s, Mease Countryside, Trinity Hospitals
Commitment: On-going commitment.
Experience: A parent of a special needs child is desired.

PROGRAM HOST (Baby FRIENDS, After School Specials, FRIENDS Dances)  
Age Requirement: At least 18years of age with a valid driver’s license.
Overview: Volunteers will work directly with children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome and Special Needs.   
Duties: Set up group meeting for each month, maintaining calendar, sign-ins.
Commitment: On-going commitment, held monthly for 60-90 minutes.   
Experience: Prefer special needs parents; No experience is necessary.
Training: Volunteers will receive a brief training before the first class and will have continued guidance from the instructor/staff.

RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM CONCESSION VOLUNTEER
Age Requirement: You must be 21yrs+ to volunteer and have a valid driver’s license.
Overview: Volunteers work a Food/Beer concession stand during Buccaneer Football games.  
Commitment: 1 time or On-going September - February
Duties: Volunteers will be responsible for:  
  • Counting Inventory - Count cups, beer, peanut bags, etc.  
  • Stocking ice, food, and beverages area.  
  • Cash Register - No money transfers - debit/credit only.
  • Preparing food and distributing food – Nachos, Pizza, Beer, Soda, etc.  
  • Clean Up - washing containers, cleaning up concession stand.  
Experience: Although encouraged; no prior experience is needed.  
Training: Volunteers are required to attend one of the Legends Volunteer Orientation meetings.

EDUCATION OUTREACH  
Age Requirement: 21yrs of age with a valid driver's license
Overview: Two Volunteers are needed, one in Hillsborough and one in Pinellas.  Volunteers will reach out to local School Boards, Schools, Classrooms.
Commitment: Ongoing throughout the school year.
Duties: Presentations on Down syndrome/Special needs. Topics: Inclusion, World Down Syndrome Day, What is Down Syndrome and Other Special needs topics & videos.
Experience: Prefer educational background; no prior experience is needed.  

STATE LAWMAKERS OUTREACH
Age Requirement: 21yrs of age with a valid driver's license
Overview: Volunteers will reach out to State and government officials.
Commitment: Ongoing
Duties: Outreach to State and Government officials who are policy makers for our special needs community.
Experience: Preferred but no prior experience is needed.


COLLEGE/HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
*You must be 14yrs or older and have transportation to and from event.
*PLEASE CHECK THE BOX NEXT TO THE PROGRAM YOU ARE INTERESTED IN
 
SITTER/ASSISTANT
Age Requirement: At least 14 years of age. Overview: FRIENDS Volunteer Sitter/Assistant is a new role for our organization that will help parents and caregivers attending meetings, parties, and other activities; providing respite.  
Duties: Volunteers will maintain order while facilitating social support for our guests. We expect Sitter/Assistant Volunteers to be respectful, reliable, patient, attentive, observant, firm, and fun.   
Experience: Although encouraged, no prior experience is necessary.  
Training:  All FRIENDS Sitter/Assistant Volunteers must participate in a brief one-session training via ZOOM.

DANCES – SPECIAL NEEDS ADULT (CLEARWATER & RIVERVIEW)
Age Requirement: At least 14 years of age.  
Overview: Volunteers will work directly with adults with Down syndrome/Special Needs.   
Commitment: On-going commitment, held monthly for three hours.  
Duties: Decorate, serve food, dance with guests, clean up.
Experience: No prior experience needed.  

FUNDRAISERS, PICNICS AND PARTIES
(Designer Bag Bingo, March WDSD Picnic, July Disability Awareness Pool Party, Halloween Parties, Christmas Party.)
Age Requirement: At least 14 years of age.  
Overview: Volunteers will work directly with children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome/Special Needs.   
Duties: Decorate, serving food, selling raffles, handing out T-shirts, Monitoring Bouncy houses, cleaning up, Loading Truck.
Commitment: One time commitment, each event is held annually, three to eight hours.
Experience: No prior experience needed.

BUDDY WALK VOLUNTEER – Please log onto the FRIENDS Buddy Walk website (June through October) to register.  Log onto https://www.ds-stride.org/friendsbuddywalk.

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