Do you like helping kids have a great time and encouraging them to reach for their best? Then this would be a wonderful opportunity for you to volunteer with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Caring for Kids Program.
Volunteers are needed to assist kids with physical disabilities at Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm in Homer Glen for an active fun fall outing on Monday, October 10!
We are seeking 25 volunteers so that each child has a dedicated support. You can sign up through this Link: https://doodle.com/poll/rax8q5ckqzfghtcu.
Caring for Kids is a dynamic program for any youth aged 7-17 who has a physical disability. The Caring for Kids program offers year-round adaptive sports, recreation, special events and social activities. The programs are designed to foster a positive quality of life for participants through promoting physical fitness, independence, socialization, activity, and adaptive programming resources. Learn more about Caring for Kids at www.ricsports.org.
TIME OF EVENT: Arrival time is 8:30 am if taking transportation from RIC or 9:30 am if meeting at Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm. Volunteers taking transportation should return to RIC around 4:00pm. Volunteers traveling to Bengston’s on their own will be done around 2:30pm.
ATTENDANCE: Attendance is highly important and affects the youth that you are paired with for these events. The best way to communicate with Ashley on the day of will be to text/call. Ashley’s cell is: 815-252-6022.
TRANSPORTATION: Transportation from The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is available. If you will be taking transportation from RIC, please communicate with Ashley as soon as possible. Spots on transportation are limited and filled on a first come, first serve basis. If taking transportation from RIC, you will meet in the RIC lobby (345 E. Superior St. Chicago, IL 60611) on the West side by the Chase ATM at the times indicated below.
We do ask that you notify Ashley 24 hours in advanced if unable to make it.
And, be sure to wear attire suitable for hay rides and outdoor activities, and the weather. Be sure to pack a sack lunch.
First responsibility is the safety of the youth during the activities.
Become actively involved and participate in all program activities.
If you are placed 1:1 with a child or supervising a small group, you are responsible for those specific youth during that day.
All staff/volunteers will treat all other staff, volunteers, bus drivers and participants with respect.
All staff/volunteers will treat all equipment, facilities and outside staff with care and respect.
Children come first in all activities.
Aid in pushing wheelchairs and walking alongside youth utilizing walkers.
Act as good role models and mentors and offer positive reinforcement.
Make sure someone knows where you are at all times, bathroom, concessions, etc.
Make sure your group stays on schedule and you are where you need to be at certain times.
Join Us! Sign up through this Link: https://doodle.com/poll/rax8q5ckqzfghtcu
- People Skills
- Physical Therapy
- First Aid / CPR
- Youth Services
- Child Development
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 15
- Note time details in description
- Wear appropriate attire and pack a sack lunch.