Summer is just around the corner and we’re looking for volunteers to help with our summer programs for children and adolescents with disabilities and special needs. If you’re able to offer your time, please contact Tessa Barnard at email@example.com.
The following opportunities are available:
CampAbility is a traditional summer day camp for children with special needs ages 4 to 10 that provides indoor and outdoor activities that explore sensorimotor experiences, expand communication skills, and enhance social skills in a fun and nurturing environment. CampAbility is held at Hilltop Developmental Preschool (1915 E. 86th St., Indianapolis). There are three, two-week sessions beginning June 15th and ending July 23rd. Volunteers will assist camp staff during regular camp days and field trip days. Volunteer shifts are either full day from 8:45 am to 3:00 pm or only during the duration of the field trip, which could include transportation to and from the location. This is an ideal opportunity for students interested in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology or special education due to the heavy focus on activities designed around those principles. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
Camp FUEL is a summer day camp for adolescents ages 11 to 17 with disabilities and special needs who want to enjoy Fun and Unique Experiential Learning activities like skill building and visits from special guests, to field trips and peer mentoring. Camp FUEL is held at Easter Seals Crossroads (4740 Kingsway Dr., Indianapolis). There are two, two-week sessions beginning June 22nd and ending July 16th. Volunteer shifts are all-day from 8:45 am to 3:00 pm. Volunteers will act as peer mentors for camp participants and therefore, must be between the ages of 11 and 17 years old.
iCan Bike, presented in partnership with Rainbow’s End Optimist Club and Indy Parks, is a special needs bike camp for participants over 8 years of age to learn how to ride a conventional bicycle. iCan Bike is held at Perry Park Ice Skating Rink (451 E. Stop 11 Rd., Indianapolis) from June 22nd to June 26th. Volunteers act as “spotters” for the riders by walking/jogging/running alongside the participant and providing physical support and encouragement. We ask that volunteers sign up for the same 75-minute session each day for all five days, that way they have the opportunity to bond with their rider and see the progress they’re able to make throughout the week. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.