August 30, 2017

Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Austin State Supported Living Center!

Whether you are a retired professional looking to fill your time, a college student needing hours for school or someone who works full time, but still wants to give back to your community, we likely have a volunteer role for you!  No experience with individuals with disabilities is required although it is preferred.  We provide training to all volunteers prior to starting.

We welcome both individual volunteers, as well as volunteer groups.  Here are some of the ways you can help:

Volunteer Opportunities for individual volunteers:

 

    • Campus Buddy

 

Campus buddies meet one-on-one with our individuals, providing companionship to the resident and support to the staff.  Volunteers spend time on campus walking, playing games, attending activies together or just hanging out.  Evenings or weekends work best for this role.

    • Music Volunteer

 

Whether you would like to work with our resident community choir or with our Music and Memory program, our residents could use your involvement to help them express themselves through music.

    • Music and Memory volunteers meet with residents ideally during the week around lunch time, or before dinner and help them to listen to music that is specially chosen for them to elicit reactions.
    • Choir volunteers help out at our weekly Thursday afternoon choir rehearshals and at events like local performances and at our yearly Music Festival.
  • Recreation Volunteer

 

 

Residents enjoy music, dancing, movies  and socialization at R.E.C., our multipurpose recreation center. Activities include sing alongs, arts and crafts, movie night, dances, karaoke, exercise groups and more.  Activiies at REC are held throughout the week and on weekends.

  • Human Rights Committee Member

 

 

The Human Rights Committee’s purpose is to ensure individuals’ rights are protected through an impartial review. The HRC is responsible for reviewing programmatic documentation as well as local policies and practices related to protecting rights. The HRC usually meets weekly on Thursday afternoons. The HRC is both a required and valuable team that ensures the rights of the residents are upheld and protected.

Volunteer Opportunities for Groups:

 

We have many different options for schools, churches, companies, friends and families.  Volunteer groups provide campus beautification such as planting flowers and painting inside and out. Groups also help at events and fundraisers and host holiday parties for each of our resident homes.

If you would like to fill out an online application, please visit: https://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/community-engagement/volunteer-hhs

If you would like to contact us to find our more information, please email us at austin.volunteers@dads.state.tx.us

 

*All individual volunteers must complete an online application and orientation and submit to a criminal background check (we cover the cost of this).