Partners and Volunteers

Partners and Volunteers

Partners PhotoVolunteer Job Description

What is a volunteer?
As a full-time volunteer for 2 weeks at PIA, your role is to set an example as someone who is safe, outgoing, and willing to try new activities. We encourage volunteers to get to know as many participants as possible by talking, listening and interacting with the campers. Volunteers participate in all camp activities. Activities include horseback riding, boating, yoga, karate, crafts, group games/ sports, swimming, field trips, wall climbing, zip line, dancing, drumming and more.

Attend Partners in Adventure summer camp program from 9 to 4 Monday – Friday for a complete two week session.
Participate in all aspects of the camp day by being a role model and offering support to participants. Assist camp staff as needed in set up/ clean-up of activities, group management, individual camper support/ friendship, and having fun.
Required: Participate in Disability Awareness Training – a weekend afternoon (approximately 2 hours) before camp begins in June, to learn about interacting with and supporting individuals with disabilities.
*At the end of the summer, each volunteer will receive a formal certificate stating their accomplishment as a “Volunteer” at Partners In Adventure Camp that can be used for Community Service Credit.

One of our goals is to create an atmosphere of integration and inclusion. PIA partners young people with and without disabilities in hopes of fostering life-long appreciation of our differences. Partners, who are non-disabled, make friends with, learn to respect and value differently-abled people. PIA plays an important role in dissolving barriers between disabled and non-disabled young people in a manner that dramatically improves their mutual social awareness.

Statement :
“Having your campers here in our fitness center also greatly benefits us…For our membership to see and experience all types of campers having fun not only reminds them that people of all abilities can pursue fitness but also provides role models for them about how it is “okay” to interact and maybe even become friends with someone who has a disability. I truly believe that the more opportunities that people in our society have to interact with one another regardless of our individual challenges, the richer we all will be for it.”
Sally Dye, PT