Sensory Friendly Saturdays

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Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources

  • 10 people are interested

IN ORDER TO REGISTER AS A VOLUNTEER FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY YOU MUST EMAIL MARY.OWENS@RALEIGHNC.GOV . YOU WILL NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION AND BACKGROUND CHECK. THIS IS AN ONGOING OPPORTUNITY AND WE ARE HOPING TO RECRUIT A POOL OF QUALIFIED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP US FOR OUR SENSORY FRIENDLY SATURDAYS THAT ARE ONCE A MONTH AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS.

Sensory Friendly Saturdays will offer accessible accommodations for individuals with Sensory Processing Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). We will provide an accepting and inclusive environment, modifications to sound and lighting, noise canceling headsets, and a quiet room. Volunteers will help participants create a masterpiece using a variety of materials and textures under the direction of an art instructor.

This opportunity will be held on the following Saturdays from 1pm - 3pm:

  • 04/20/19 - Laurel Hills Park Community Center
  • 05/11/19 - Sertoma Arts Center
  • June - Date and location TBD
  • 07/13/19 - Sertoma Arts Center
  • 08/10/19 - Sertoma Arts Center
  • 09/14/19 - Sertoma Arts Center
  • 10/12/19 - Sertoma Arts Center
  • 11/09/19 - Sertoma Arts Center
  • 12/14/19 - Sertoma Arts Center

Volunteer Duty Description: Volunteers will help participants with art projects, assist the teacher with set up and clean up, greet families and guide them to where they need to be. We will train volunteers on the day's activities before the participants arrive.

Volunteer Impact: Volunteers will have the opportunity to support members of the community by working with children and families of all abilities in an inclusive environment.

Work Environment: Volunteers will work with families and children with sensory processing challenges. The event will take place indoors. Events can be crowded and noisy, but sometimes the events are quiet as it is advertised as a drop-in program. There will be a restroom on site.

Volunteer Requirements: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Volunteers must have experience working with children who have autism or other sensory processing challenges and must also be very patient. We will teach you about the art projects prior to the event. All volunteers will need to pass a background check before volunteering.

Special Instructions: Sertoma Arts Center will provide all materials. Volunteers should wear clothes they do not mind getting paint on. Volunteers will be working with and around art supplies such as paint, markers and glue. Please wear sturdy closed-toe shoes such as sneakers.

Per department policy, this volunteer opportunity is not to be used towards court-appointed/ suggested community service hours.

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WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple Locations Across the City of RaleighRaleigh, NC 27601

(35.77443,-78.63136)
 

SKILLS

  • Special Needs
  • Teaching / Instruction

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • One Saturday a Month

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