Jill’s House is a full-service, overnight respite center that provides families of children with intellectual disabilities with time to rest, while our staff care for their children in a safe, fun environment that is tailored to their interests and abilities. This 42,000-square foot resort for children (ages 6-17) is located in Vienna, VA and is open to families of all faiths and backgrounds. Additionally, Jill’s House serves families in the Los Angeles, Austin, Indianapolis, Seattle, and Phoenix areas through local partnerships, with plans for new locations in the coming years. Since 2010, Jill’s House has provided over 650,000 hours of respite care to over 740 families. Receiving no direct state or federal funding, Jill’s House was created and is sustained through contributions from individuals and organizational partnerships.
By serving at Jill's House, you will partner with us in our mission to celebrate these special children and to renew their families. Join us today!
Program Volunteer Roles
A Group Buddy’s primary role is to assist his or her assigned Client Care Specialist by engaging with our children with intellectual disabilities. As a group buddy, you will be assigned a group of 2-4 children and will engage them in a variety of activities, from playing with them in the gym or on the playground, to making crafts with them, to reading books with them in the library!
Our Morning Helpers serve during our school-year program and assist staff with making beds and cleaning the pods after the kids leave for school. Being a morning person is a requirement for this role, since the shift starts bright and early at 7 am!
Being a Pool Helper is a fun way to interact with the children. The heated pool is 2 ½-3 ½ feet deep and wheelchair accessible. You will be in the pool with a certified lifeguard and can engage the children by playing basketball or playing with beach balls.
As a Kitchen Helper, you are responsible for helping to prepare meals and snacks for the children staying at Jill’s House. Due to our children’s many different dietary needs and restrictions, the kitchen is the perfect place for you if you have an eye for detail.
Chapel Helpers help share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in ways our children can easily comprehend. Chapel includes times of prayer, singing, and Bible reading. Chapel helpers must be passionate about their faith in Christ, as well as comfortable interacting directly with children with special needs.
Our Weekend Receptionists are responsible for greeting our families as they either drop off or pick up their children for their weekend stay. The receptionists direct parents to the sign-in sheet and assist with other check-in/check-out responsibilities.
Additional Volunteer Roles
Event Helpers assist at our various Jill’s House events, from our Links for Little Ones Golf Tournament to our Celebration of Special Children Gala. Event roles may include set-up and tear-down tasks, registration, greeting visitors, helping with auctions, or giving tours.
Administrative Helpers assist the Jill’s House office staff with everything from mailings to data entry, filing to computer work. Organization and attention to detail are key characteristics of an administrative helper. These tasks can be completed at almost any time during our staff’s office hours (Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm).
- Data Entry
- Special Needs
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
- Food Service
- Child Care
Good Match For
Teens People 55+
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 16
- Orientation or Training
- Serve at least 2 shifts/month (about 3 hours each)
- Live in the Northern VA/MD/DC area. Provide proof of negative TB test from within the last month.