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.

The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.
— Ivan Scheier
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Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Pack the Zach 2014

Pack the Zach 2014

Comite Latino

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.

Ink Dots Gymboree Program

Ink Dots Gymboree Program

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-ChairPlans and leads education programs.
  • VolunteersWith DSACT Operations Manager, recruits, engages and trains DSACT volunteers.
  • Williamson/HaysProvides social programs in Williamson and/or Hays Counties.
  • CommunicationsProduces a quarterly newsletter.
  • GrantsOversees grant writing efforts by a contract grant writer.
  • Adult ServicesAssembles and distributes information of interest to families of adults with Down syndrome, assesses their needs, provides workshops on relevant topics.
  • Healthcare Co-ChairContacts 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.

Social & Recreational Programs

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.

 

Recreational Programs

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.

Communication Workshop 2014

Communication Workshop 2014