You can make a difference by donating the gift of time.
PROVAIL has volunteer opportunities to match almost any interest. Whether you want to help out at events, do administrative tasks, or work hands-on with our clients and participants, there are always ways that you can impact someone's life. We also offer internships to students for college credit.
If you are interested in volunteering, take a look at the opportunities we are currently offering and fill out our volunteer application here. Scan the completed application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any other questions, contact PROVAIL's Development Department at email@example.com or at 206.826.1060.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
- Board of Directors
- Inclucity Committee
- Artistry Incorporated
- Career Day
- Community Living Program
- AT & Therapy Clinic
- Clerical Support
- Pro-Bono Consulting
PROVAIL Board & Committees
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PROVAIL seeks motivated, energetic, and committed individuals from diverse backgrounds to join our Board of Directors. If you believe that every one of us has the right to pursue the life we choose to live – now is the time to join PROVAIL in tackling big goals to support people with disabilities to fulfill their life choices. Learn more about the Board of Directors.
INCLUCITY ADVISORY BOARD
New this year, Inclucity is an opportunity for our community to learn about the challenges and successes of creating an inclusive Puget Sound. Join us for an evening of interactive exhibits and displays as we explore the big question of "what will it take?" to break down the barriers experienced in our communities to create a truly inclusive Northwest. The committee is a vital part of helping this event grow. Staring in January 2016, the PROVAIL Inclucity Committee will help spread the word in our community to help us continue to grow this great event.
Responsibilities and Time Commitment:
As a new committee – the founding members will set the roles and responsibilities of the committee members.
If you would like more information, please contact PROVAIL's Events Coordinator, Kristina De La Torre, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-826-1033.
Working Directly with Clients
Note: Volunteer application and background check is required for any direct-client interactions.
The Art Program is almost entirely run by volunteers. From working directly with artist in painting, poetry, and dance classes to a range of internship opportunities – it is the volunteers that make this program possible. Learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Art Program.
CAREER DAY 2017
Interested in supporting local students with disabilities? Look no further! We have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. Join PROVAIL for Career Day in an effort to provide resources for high-school students as they approach graduation and begin the job-seeking process.
PROVAIL’s Career Day will provide a number of presentations and practical workshops that allow students to practice skills that are essential to obtaining their first job. Students will learn about proper interview dress and etiquette, practice one-on-one mock interviews, complete skill-based working assessments, and more! Career Day participants will build confidence around the interview process and gain the skills necessary to successfully transition into their first job. This unique volunteer opportunity allows you to have a direct impact on the lives of our participants as you gain experience working one-on-one with youth with disabilities.
The exact date and time is yet to be determined, so keep an eye out for more information.
Volunteer Tasks Include:
- Event set-up
- Facilitate check-in and registration
- Conduct practice interviews
- Be a group leader and help participants rotate from one workshop to the next
- Review resumes and provide feedback (i.e. formatting, grammar, and language)
- Provide feedback during practical skills workshop (i.e. handshakes, eye-contact, and introductions)
- Event clean-up
COMMUNITY LIVING PROGRAM
Our Community Living Program houses over 60 adults in 19 community based residences in the Greater Seattle area. Volunteer opportunities range in location from Ballard to Shoreline to the Eastside.
We offer a variety of options to choose from:
Reader: Read aloud to a client - Come prepared with reading materials but also be open if a client already has something selected. This could be a learning experience, a social interaction, or simple enjoyment.
Conversation Partner: Interact socially with a client by having a conversation. This is an opportunity for a client to practice using a communication device or simply practice communicating with an outside member of the community. This will help develop social skills and help clients gain confidence in their interactions in the community.
Craft or Activity Partner: Participate in arts and crafts with a client or in any activity the client expresses interest in. This can be anything from painting, to scrapbooking to sculpture, and everything in between. The goal is to get the client engaged doing something creative that would bring them enjoyment.
Pet Companion: Bring your very friendly pet over to a client's house where the client can spend some time interacting with it. This activity would be a social interaction, a confidence builder, and would provide something a bit out of the ordinary. (Note: this is not pet therapy).
Home Care Maintenance: Provide regular yard and home maintenance, interior or exterior. This would help keep the client's living environment pleasant year round and improve their quality of life. This opportunity is good for individuals as well as small or large groups. Adopt a house!
Gardening Companion: Help to create or maintain a garden with a client. You should enjoy gardening and have some knowledge that you can contribute to make the garden a success. The goal is to assist clients who are interested in gardening and create enjoyable creative spaces that they can feel proud of.
THERAPY AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY CLINIC
Do you have a knack for working with computers and various software programs? PROVAIL's Therapy and Assistive Technology Clinic needs volunteers who like to be challenged and enjoy bringing people with a wide range of disabilities closer to their dreams of living a full and dignified life.
The clinic works with individuals from childhood through all ages of adulthood using adaptive and assistive technology such as computer software programs, adaptive equipment, including telephones, computers and speech generating devices.
Volunteers may spend time accessing websites for switch-accessible software for literacy and other educational purposes, creating new songs in Switch Ensemble, web research for clinic and client products, computer workstation maintenance, scheduling and assisting clients in our computer groups, work independently on a windows-based computer and a variety of other computer skills.
Volunteer commitment is flexible, from 1-2 hours per week for up to 12 weeks or more, Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
PROVAIL can always use a hand with general administrative duties. Volunteer roles include activities in Employment Services, Accounting, Reception, Human Resources, Development, and other program administration departments.
Projects could include:
- Customer Service/ Front Desk
- Filing/ Scanning
- Data Entry
- Bulk Mailing Preparation
- Other projects as needed
Volunteer shifts occur during business hours between 8:30am and 5:00 pm. 2 to 4.5 hour shifts are preferred. This is a weekly three to six month commitment (minimum).
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Punctuality and reliability
- Strong communication skills
- Ability to organize and work independently
- Attention to detail
- Flexibility and ability to think creatively
PROVAIL has many projects just waiting to be tackled by smart, dedicated volunteers looking to use their professional skills to give back to the community. If your company would like to join PROVAIL in our belief that every one of us has the right to pursue the life we choose to live - contact email@example.com about our current pro bono project needs.