Become a Volunteer

 
If you’d like to volunteer with The IC, please review the Volunteer Application Process, download and complete the Volunteer Application Form, and send the form to volunteer@the-ic.org.

Volunteer Application Process

1. Application: Complete the Volunteer Application.
2. Submission: Submit your Volunteer Application through email.
3. Interview: Volunteer Manager will contact you for a brief interview.
4. Orientation: Attend a basic volunteer orientation.
5. Placement: Volunteer Manager will place you, and you can begin volunteering.

Volunteer Application Form

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Volunteer Opportunities

 

Ongoing Opportunities


Job Title: Advocacy Volunteer

Purpose:  Develop advocacy skills by working with staff and community members to identify, strategize and respond to barriers to independence of people with disabilities, both individually and systemically.

Location:  The Advocacy Volunteer will work out of the Independence Center’s main office at [729 S Tejon St] and at designated outreach sites as needed.

Key Responsibilities: 

  1. Will embrace and share the Independent Living Philosophy with consumers and community.
  2. Support the Advocacy program with identifying barriers to people with disabilities via outreach, data analysis, and monitoring current events.
  3. Become a knowledge expert, via training and staff support, around issues of interest for the volunteer.
  4. Support with meeting planning and facilitation around advocacy issues as they arise.
  5. Be willing to make phone calls, writer letters, and/or speak about identified barriers and issues.

Benefits of Volunteering:

  1. Develop leadership skills and confidence around the advocacy process.
  2. Become a knowledge expert on barriers of interest.
  3. Building connections in the community.
  4. Develop communication skills at your level of comfort and interest, both written and verbal.
  5. Make an impact on social issues and inform the community about the need for inclusion for people with disabilities.

Reports To: Community Organizing Manager

Time Commitment: 1-3 hrs a week

Qualifications:TBD

 


Title: Outreach (Tabling) Volunteer

Purpose:    Attends events as a representative of the Independence Center, effectively communicating our mission, vision, core values, and philosophy to the broader community.

Location:  The Training Volunteer will work out of the Independence Center’s main office at [729 S Tejon St] and at designated outreach sites as needed.

Key Responsibilities: 

  1. Will attend events on an as needed basis.
  2. Communicate the mission, vision, values, and philosophy of the Independence Center.
  3. Hand out branded IC materials.
  4. Ask community members to sign up for newsletter and upcoming events.
  5. Will embrace and share the Independent Living Philosophy with consumers and community.

Benefits of Volunteering:

  1. Develop skills in outreach, strategic communication, and development.

Reports To:  Tim Gore

Time Commitment:  The Outreach Volunteer must table at least two events a month for three months.

Qualifications:  The Outreach Volunteer must be a strong communicator that enjoys interacting with people.

 


Title: Peer Mentor Volunteer

Purpose:  Form an operational relationship with consumers of the Independence Center (IC) to present a good role model and assistance with developing and achieving goals.

Location:  The Training Volunteer will attend training and monthly meetings at the IC’s main office at [729 S Tejon ]. Individual meetings with consumers will be encouraged to meet somewhere in the community other than the IC.

Key Responsibilities: 

  1. Offer information about resources and assistance in locating them.
  2. Help prevent issues that might decrease a consumer’s independence by supporting them in making their own decisions.
  3. Sharing personal experiences in order to demonstrate ways the consumer can succeed in meeting their goals.
  4. Provide emotional support.
  5. Offer assistance in figuring out life issues like transportation, relationships, family matters, and other things that arise.
  6. Will embrace and share the Independent Living Philosophy with consumers and community.

Benefits of Volunteering:

  1. Practice taking risks.
  2. Formation of social support and genuine regard.
  3. Learn how to help others set goals and stay motivated to achieve them.
  4. Help reduce frustration.
  5. Increase in self-confidence and self-efficacy.
  6. Improved communication skills and self-advocacy

Reports To:  Tim Ashley

Time Commitment: A minimum of one hour per week direct communication with a consumer and one hour for mentor group meeting on the last Thursday of the month at the IC.

Qualifications: Must be a person who identifies self with a disability. Must complete 12 hours of training. After completing training, mentor must be familiar with History and Philosophy of Independent living, social movements which led to independent living, the philosophy of the IC, MI communication skills and general knowledge of services at the IC.

 


Title: Program Support Volunteer

Purpose:  The Program Support Volunteer will provide routine office support to a program in the Independent Living Department of the Independence Center.

Location:  The Program Support Volunteer will work out of the Independence Center’s main office at [729 S Tejon St].

Key Responsibilities: 

  1. Preparing consumer intake folders & other documentation.
  2. Scanning documents.
  3. Answering phones and logging calls.
  4. Note taking at meetings.
  5. Provide other necessary office support to program staff.
  6. Will embrace and share the Independent Living Philosophy with consumers and community.

Benefits of Volunteering:

  1. Develop office management skills.
  2. Gain exposure to the nuances of a program at the Independence Center.

Reports To: TBD (Depends on program)

Time Commitment:  Varies (Depends on program request).  The Program Support Volunteer will provide at least 8 hours of program support per month for three months.

Qualifications:  The Program Support Volunteer should have a willingness to learn a variety of office technology such as Microsoft Word, Excel, printers & scanners, et cetera as needed.  Comfort on the phone is a plus.

 


Title: Training Volunteer

Purpose:  The Training Volunteer at the Independence Center will learn and teach Independence Center curriculum such as Disability Etiquette and Service Animal Etiquette.

Location:  The Training Volunteer will work out of the Independence Center’s main office at [729 S Tejon St] and at designated outreach sites as needed.

Key Responsibilities: 

  1. Attends the class they want to train once and co-facilitates the class twice or until comfortable with a staff member.
  2. Facilitates trainings as needed at the Independence Center and in the community.
  3. Distributes brochures and information about the training[s] to community members.
  4. Works with staff facilitators to review evaluations and make improvements to trainings.
  5. Will embrace and share the Independent Living Philosophy with consumers and community.

Benefits of Volunteering:

  1. Training in desired curriculum as well as relevant group facilitation skills, such as attending to learning styles.
  2. Improved public speaking and group facilitation skills.
  3. Opportunity to have a direct role in fostering a community of accessibility and inclusion in which all may thrive.
  4. Increased knowledge of evaluation and training improvement methods.

Reports To:  TBD Sara Stacy? Courtney & Tim A?

Time Commitment: The Training Volunteer will serve on an ongoing as-needed basis, primarily during business hours during the work week.  A commitment to teach their specified training up to 2-4x a month for 3?/6? months is required.

Qualifications:  Potential volunteers need to be comfortable with public speaking.  Experience teaching and/or facilitating groups is helpful.  Knowledge of the Independent Living Philosophy is useful, but not required.

 


Additional Volunteer Roles:

Special Events Volunteer

Internships