Volunteer Opportunities with Kaposia
Enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities by bringing your gentle pet for a visit. This is an opportunity that doesn’t require a great deal of time, but has a big impact! Studies document that holding and caressing an animal provides benefits such as relaxation, lower blood pressure, improved long- and short-term memory, and sensory stimuli. Companion Animals also benefit from the affection they receive, and their owners benefit from truly touching the lives of the people they visit.
The Mentor will interact with and assist individuals with disabilities who are currently employed or seeking employment. A Mentor gives advice, encouragement and feedback regarding job hunting, acclimation to a new job, and long term success.
Enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities by sharing your hobby or talent. This is an opportunity that doesn’t require a great deal of time, but has a huge impact! Be it music, sewing, magic or dancing, recreational activities help people improve basic motor functioning and reasoning abilities, build confidence and socialize more effectively. An excellent “service learning” opportunity for students of art, music, or recreational therapy!
Many folks with disabilities have difficulty reading and responding to letters from loved-ones. A Letter Writing Helper enables individuals with disabilities to stay in touch with family, friends and pen pals by reading letters and cards with them and by helping them to put their own words down in written form.
The Therapy Assistant will help individuals with developmental
disabilities improve their wellness with movement, exercise, relaxation,
and other individualized therapies. The presence of a Therapy Assistant
allows for more participation by very appreciative individuals. An
excellent “service learning” opportunity for various therapy students!
The Sidekick will interact with and assist persons with disabilities. A Sidekick’s presence enhances the experience of an activity for persons with a disability, and increases the number of individuals who can participate. A Sidekick is assigned to spend time with one to three person(s) and assist as necessary with things like: Reading, talking, or listening – Playing cards or board games – Doing arts, crafts and other activities – Attending other volunteer opportunities or recreational events in the community.
Make your lunch break a rewarding experience for yourself and for a person with a disability by being a Lunch Buddy! Lunch Buddies, in addition to helping with simple tasks like passing the salt and pepper, enrich the lives of people with disabilities by engaging in stimulating conversation; whether it’s weather, hobbies or sports. In addition, while physical nourishment is important, when people share a meal together we share much more. We share our time. We slow down, if for just a minute, and show that we have time to take an interest in others, to care for them, and open our hearts.
Being a Pen Pal is an easy way to make a difference in the life of an individual with a disability. This is a “virtual” opportunity that doesn’t require a great deal of time, can be done from your own home, and has high impact! Pen Pals enhance the feeling of connection to the wider world, offer exposure to new ideas, and create opportunity to practice communication skills. Pen Pals also can become wonderful friends.
For general information about Kaposia’s volunteer program contact: