Interested in volunteering? Volunteers are an essential part of our organization! Without volunteers like you, the organization and the programs and services we offer would not exist. Come join us in spreading awareness, educating, and promoting inclusion and acceptance of people with Down syndrome in Central Texas. To Apply to Volunteer for DSACT throughout the year, please submit the DSACT Volunteer Application below. We welcome volunteers in high school and college.
We have several different ways for volunteers to become involved with DSACT. We welcome your interest and hope you will join DSACT as a volunteer to help every person with Down syndrome in Central Texas reach their full potential.
Event Planning and Staffing
We need volunteers to assist planning and staffing our awareness/fundraising events – these are our Pack the Zach cocktail party in March, Buddy Walk in late October, and Share the Passion Gala in December.
We are looking for spanish speaking volunteers to participate in our monthly Comite Latino meetings. Volunteers will participate in activities with the children while the parents attend the informational meeting.
DSACT Board Service
DSACT has opportunities to serve as a member of our Board. We are a hands-on, active Board; each Board member chairs or co-chairs a specific area or function, such as education, medical outreach, fundraising, Comite Latino, etc. Currently, we have the following Board vacancies:
- Secretary - Keeps meeting minutes, organizes documentation, sends birthday greetings to members.
- Member Engagement - Expands DSACT outreach to traditionally underserved groups.
- Education Co-Chair - Plans and leads education programs.
- Volunteers - With DSACT Operations Manager, recruits, engages and trains DSACT volunteers.
- Williamson/Hays - Provides social programs in Williamson and/or Hays Counties.
- Communications - Produces a quarterly newsletter.
- Grants - Oversees grant writing efforts by a contract grant writer.
- Adult Services - Assembles and distributes information of interest to families of adults with Down syndrome, assesses their needs, provides workshops on relevant topics.
- Healthcare Co-Chair - Contacts local hospitals and medical groups to ensure they have appropriate information about Down syndrome for themselves and their patients.
In all the above areas (other than serving as Board secretary), we also need individuals who may not be interested in Board service but who wants to help a Board member in a particular area.
THERAPY, Social, Recreational & Programs
SPEECH THERAPY PROGRAM
DSACT is thrilled to announce the 2015 Speech Therapy Program. The speech program will need volunteers for a few hours, 1-2 times a month on a Saturday to assist in child directed play, preparing the space for instruction, as well as aiding families with challenging behaviors. The program will be conducted at Speak Freely, which is a private practice in south Austin. No experience is required other than the love of children! If you are interested in volunteering during the Saturday sessions, please sign-up by clicking here, SIGN-UP GENIUS
We are also searching for a few volunteers to sew small pillows the size and shape of hot-dog rolls, to be covered in various kinds of fabric (silk, terry cloth, corduroy and cotton). These pillows will be used as sensory "wake-up" exercises to help the participants overcome oral aversions. If you are interested in taking up sewing or want to show off your skills, please contact Suzanne Shepherd by email, firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on this amazing volunteer opportunity. All materials will be provided.
Inkdots & KiDSACT Social Programs
The Inkdots & KiDSACT social gatherings are held one Saturday or Sunday a month in rotating locations throughout the Austin area. Volunteers will assist in set up and tear down of activities, arts and crafts, and general play with the participants.
Teen Group Social Program
Volunteers are invited to attend our teen socials on the 2nd Friday of each month, to socialize, dance and serve as peer models for teens with Down syndrome.
Adult Group Social Program
The adult group social gatherings are generally held once a month in rotating locations throughout the Austin area. Volunteers will assist in the planning and set up and tear down of activities and spend time socializing with our adults with Down syndrome.
Four seasons a year we offer free recreational programs for individuals with Down syndrome of all ages. We welcome volunteers to assist our program instructors. For a complete list of programs, please visit our programs overview. Volunteers are expected to pick programs that match their interest and commit to attending most/all of the dates for that season.
New Parent Outreach
We are looking for parents of children with Down syndrome age 0-10 to be trained and then visit, call or email parents who have just had a baby with Down syndrome (or just received the diagnosis) who call DSACT asking for help and information. This function requires volunteers who can demonstrate a high degree of empathy, emotional sensitivity and supportiveness.
In addition, we are looking for all volunteers who are interested in helping to implement DSACT's New Parent Program. Volunteers will assist in creating new parent packets, babysitting during workshops and meetings, helping find in-kind donors as well as various administrative duties.