Volunteer at We've Got Friends
Why Volunteer at We've Got Friends (WGF)?
WGF Thrives Thanks to Friends Like You
Volunteering alongside teenagers with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) equips you with valuable skills while fostering both verbal and non-verbal communication and supporting their social growth. Joining WGF provides experience in a diverse cognitive environment, expanding your understanding of different needs and abilities.
Our social groups create a space for sharing your interests and passions while connecting with our participants. You might even make some new friends along the way!
WGF can certify volunteer hours for fulfilling community service requirements. If you commit to volunteering at least twice a week for a minimum of four months within the same semester, you can also request a letter of verification.
Please note that volunteers must be at least 12 years of age to participate with We've Got Friends.
Volunteer Responsibilities for In-Person Hangouts
As a We've Got Friends (WGF) in-person volunteer, responsibilities include assisting the Site Host(s) with both setup and cleanup at each hangout attended. Volunteers are expected to arrive 30 minutes before each session to help facilitate setup and stay up to 30 minutes after for breakdown and cleanup.
All in-person hangouts run for 90 minutes, during which time volunteers will be asked to support the Site Host(s) with activities such as games, crafts, and dancing, among others.
Volunteers should consistently model appropriate behavior by demonstrating patience and a general interest in the participants at each hangout.
WGF provides a light meal and refreshments at every in-person hangout, and volunteers will be asked to assist participants by distributing items like pizza, snacks, and drinks.
Volunteer Responsibilities for Virtual Hangouts
Virtual volunteers connect to each hangout via the Zoom link provided in the confirmation email, 15 minutes prior to the start of each session.
All virtual WGF hangouts have a duration of 60 minutes. During this time, the Site Host(s) will organize breakout rooms centered around various themes that participants are interested in, such as Roblox, trivia, and more. The role of a virtual volunteer will involve assisting the Site Host(s) in facilitating these breakout rooms.
Volunteers should be attentive to ensure that everyone gets an opportunity to speak or share, and are encouraged to provide support and facilitate conversations as needed.
Following each group session, there will be a chance for volunteers to share feedback with the Site Host(s) and/or ask any questions they may have.