Purpose: Enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities by sharing your hobby or talent. This is an opportunity that doesn’t require a great deal of time, but has a huge impact! Be it music, sewing, magic or dancing, recreational activities help people improve basic motor functioning and reasoning abilities, build confidence and socialize more effectively. An excellent "service learning" opportunity for students of art, music, or recreational therapy!
Responsibilities and Duties:
Recreational Assistants, in conversation with Kaposia staff, can share their hobby or talent in whatever way seems most appropriate; performing, demonstrating, leading or explaining. Music is always appreciated around the holidays, but any and all forms of recreation can stimulate interest! Recreational Assistants with experience or interest in recreational or fine-art therapies would be welcome to suggest longer-term projects.
Recreational Assistants are guided by and defer to Kaposia staff regarding medical, emotional or personal care of individuals.
Reports to: Kaposia’s Site Director
Location: Recreational Assistants are welcome at all of Kaposia’s locations; Roseville & Golden Valley.
Time Commitment: Recreational Assistants may arrange visits on a schedule, and for a length of time, that suits them. Kaposia’s sites are open Monday through Friday from approximately 9:00am to 1:00pm.
Qualifications: Dependability, pleasant manner, patience. Recreational therapy, art therapy, or music therapy experience highly preferred, but all hobbyists and entertainers are welcome.
Age Requirement: All ages welcome, but under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Support: Kaposia staff will be present to help facilitate visits. No special training is needed for those simply sharing a hobby or talent. Training for longer term commitments will be provided; including information on vulnerable adult policy, safety & emergency procedures, and data privacy.
Security Checks Required: None. (MN Department of Human Services Background Study would be required only if, at the request of Kaposia staff, the Recreation Assistant becomes a long-term, unsupervised volunteer.)
Dress Code: Casual