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Volunteer Companion St. Charles

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ORGANIZATION: Institute for Therapy through the Arts

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 21 people are interested

ITA is seeking a total of 1-20 volunteer companions for our Musical Bridges to Memory program in St. Charles, an interactive music research program for family members and individuals experiencing cognitive decline as a result of aging. We would love to welcome you to our team!

Our program could not run without the help of our amazing team of volunteers. Each week you would be paired with an older adult with dementia to participate in the program and fill in when their family member is not able to attend.

The program includes a 30-minute education and discussion group followed by an interactive 45-minute music performance by a quartet of professional musicians, where family members and companions practice connecting with their loved ones using music, instruments, and movement. After the performance, members participate in a 30-minute break-out social group. Covid-19 precautions will be adhered to based off of current CDC recommendations. All volunteers, participants, and staff will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to starting with ITA. Additionally, volunteers must complete a background check.

Volunteer companions will:
* help set up/reset the space for the performance and breakout groups
* interact with their assigned resident during the performance
* act as a "stand-in" for family members not present, and
* attend a training workshop on working with individuals with dementia and music engagement strategies in mid/late May or Early June.

The research program will run from 2PM - 4:30PM on Wednesdays from late May through mid-August 2024.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer caregiver, please contact career@itachicago.org

Learn more about us: www.musicalbridgestomemory.org

Media Coverage: https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/ct-met-music-therapy-alzheimers-northwestern-20180324-story.html , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX2p5VGe4h8

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About Institute for Therapy through the Arts


2130 Green Bay Road, Evanston, IL 60201, US

Mission Statement

Empowering individuals, families and communities to grow and heal through advanced approaches in Creative Arts Therapy, setting the standard for treatment, practice and training within the field.


Founded in 1975, the Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) is one of the few comprehensive community-based arts therapy programs in the United States to offer all four creative arts treatment modalities - Music Therapy , Drama Therapy , Art Therapy , and Dance/Movement Therapy.

ITA is nationally recognized and has distinguished itself in the use of integrated arts approaches to help children, adults and families to improve functioning related to psychological, developmental, physical or cognitive factors.


Arts & Culture
People with Disabilities
Arts & Culture, People with Disabilities, Seniors


Wed May 29, 2024 - Wed Aug 14, 2024
02:00 PM - 04:30 PM


4058 East Main StreetSt. Charles, IL 60174



  • Elder care
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Patient Care
  • Relationship Building
  • Social Work
  • Music Therapy


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training
  • Wednesday, 2-4:30pm, late May - August.
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination and background check.

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