VolunteerismOne of the primary missions of Greater Waltham Arc is to provide community inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmentally disabilities. Often, this means taking participants from the building and out into the community. But just as often, it means volunteers coming to us and bringing the community into GWArc.
WHAT YOU BRING
Your skills, talents, and interests in GWArc individuals are gifts to us, and are greatly appreciated by everyone at GWArc. Your time is one of the most valuable resources you may donate to us.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
If you are to work directly with participants, GWArc provides you orientation and training. This orientation includes an agency overview, safety and confidentiality information, and some basic information about how to work with the individuals with intellectual and developmentally disabilities. You will always have an opportunity to consult with experienced GWArc staff. Volunteers are not left alone with participants. If you are not working directly with the participants, GWArc staff members will get you organized and set for your time with us.
We are happy to have corporate volunteers. Past corporate volunteers have included eGeneration Marketing, UPS, Bank of America, NStar and AstraZeneca. They have joined us for gardening, art, and building maintenance/painting projects. Projects are selected to match the interest of the group and the number of available volunteer hours.
Some of the ways volunteers may help out:
- Cook your favorite recipe with us
- Bring us your musical skills
- Teach us about your culture
- Donate your indoor/outdoor gardening skills
- Help participants complete their daily activities
- Assist at our annual Harvest Breakfast and other community events.
Area educational institutions and other organizations arrange to bring individuals to GWArc or GWArc consumers to them. These arrangements are tailored to meet the needs of consumers as well as the schedule and interests of the groups. Past group volunteer projects have been completed by Gann Academy and McDevitt Middle School. Also, Brandeis University student groups and Bentley University Service Learning Center provide ongoing volunteers to GWArc programs. Please contact us today to arrange an individual, corporate or group volunteer experience. Not sure how you might assist GWArc? Contact us and our Volunteer Coordinator will help you design an opportunity that is just right for you and/or your organization.
- Day Habilitation (56 Chestnut Street, Waltham)
- Community Based Day Supports (CBDS) Program (31 Woodland Road, Waltham)