Becoming a Sidekicks volunteer will change your life. You will have the opportunity to build relationships with children and adults with disabilities and their families. You will discover new things about yourself as you go along the journey. Your horizons will be expanded as you get to know people with different abilities than you. Be prepared for the surprise of how much you learn from the participants! Don’t have any experience working with people with disabilities but interested in learning? We invite you to come observe at one of our events and attend a training session. All volunteers over the age of 18 are required to consent to a background check. Families are welcome and encouraged to volunteer together! Younger children can participate in the activities and older children can help alongside their parents! Volunteer Opportunities: -Children ages 4 and under: children with disabilities along with typically developing siblings -Children ages 4 through 12: children with disabilities along with typically developing siblings -Teens and adults with developmental disabilities -Partners: some participants need extra help during our events. Partners are matched one-on-one with these children and adults. -Snacks -Crafts -Ride the van to assist our friends from Northwoods -Administrative Helpers: assist with mailouts and other administrative tasks at the office and during events Sidekicks is a respite care program designed for children and adults with special needs that is located at the Church at Dahlonega. Typically developing siblings are also welcome to join our events. Our group meets the third Friday evening of each month for a themed activity that includes snacks, crafts, games and lots of fun. Some of our past themes include: Luau, Movie Night, Talent Show, Pool Party, Thanksgiving Banquet and many others. Special events that take place annually include a Prom for teens and adults with disabilities in the spring and Vacation Bible School (VBS) classes in the summer. VBS classes are provided for teens and adults with disabilities and children with disabilities participate in their peer group with additional assistance when needed. All events are free to participants.
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