Upcoming Events
20
oct

Inclucity 2016

5:00 - 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening of interactive exhibits and displays as we explore the big question of "what will it take?" to break down the barriers experienced in our communities and create a truly inclusive Northwest.

 

1
nov

Career Day 2016

12:30 - 3:30 pm

Participants of this inaugural event will build confidence around the interview process and gain the skills necessary to successfully transition into their first job. 



Volunteer

You can make a difference by donating the gift of time. 

PROVAIL has volunteer opportunities to match almost any interest. Whether you want to help out at events, do administrative tasks, or work hands-on with our clients and participants, there are always ways that you can impact someone's life. We also offer internships to students for college credit.

If you have other interests or ideas on how you can help out, we'd love to hear from you! Please contact the PROVAIL Development Department at supportingchoices@provail.org or 206.826.1060

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Special Events

  • Golf Classic & Gala

PROVAIL Board & Committees

  • Board of Directors
  • Luncheon Committee
  • Golf Classic & Gala Committee

Working Directly with Clients

  • Artistry Incorporated
  • Career Day Fall 2016
  • Community Living Program
  • Employment
  • AT & Therapy Clinic

Administrative

  • Clerical Support
  • Pro-Bono Consulting

Special Events

GOLF CLASSIC & GALA

Join us for the Golf Classic, held Monday May 1st, 2017 at Sahalee Golf and Country Club! We need volunteers 8:30am-12:30pm and 12:30pm-4:30pm to assist with registration and check-in, on-course support -- drink carts, hole-in-one tournament, putting contest, raffle sales, and clean up. Lunch will be provided.

We are also looking for volunteers to support our Gala & Auction Saturday, May 28th, 2017 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue 3:00pm-10:30pm. Gala volunteer duties include setup, registration & greeting guests, silent auction support-- set-up, managing bids, closing auction lots, wine toss, raffle sales, auction checkout, and clean up. Dinner will be provided.

Click HERE to learn more about either of these fun events! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jillian Whitehill at jillianw@provail.org or 206-826-1033. 

PROVAIL Board & Committees

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PROVAIL seeks motivated, energetic, and committed individuals from diverse backgrounds to join our Board of Directors. If you believe that every one of us has the right to pursue the life we choose to live – now is the time to join PROVAIL in tackling big goals to support people with disabilities to fulfill their life choices. Learn more about the Board of Directors.

LUNCHEON COMMITTEE

The PROVAIL Luncheon is more of a PROVAIL Family Reunion. This is the best time of the year for the PROVAIL Family to come together to see the amazing work being done by PROVAIL and the support of the community to ensure our success. We celebrate those who support our work and share our hopes for the coming year. The Luncheon Committee is a vital part of helping this event grow. Learn more about the Luncheon Committee.

GOLF CLASSIC & GALA COMMITTEE

The PROVAIL Golf Classic & Gala is hosted by the Pacific Northwest Insurance Council (PNWIC). The PNWIC and Gala Committee are instrumental to the success of PROVAIL's largest fundraising event. Having raised almost $2 million since its inception, this event is the highlight of the PROVAIL calendar. The 2015 Golf Classic & Gala is bound to be the best yet – as we're trying something new. Learn more about the Golf Classic & Gala Committee.

Working Directly with Clients

Note: Volunteer application and background check is required for any direct-client interactions.

ARTISTRY INCORPORATED

The Art Program is almost entirely run by volunteers. From working directly with artist in painting, poetry, and dance classes to a range of internship opportunities – it is the volunteers that make this program possible. Learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Art Program.

CAREER DAY FALL 2016

Interested in supporting local students with disabilities? Look no further! We have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.  Join PROVAIL in our very first Career Day in an effort to provide resources for high-school students as they approach graduation and begin the job-seeking process.

PROVAIL’s Career Day will provide a number of presentations and practical workshops that allow students to practice skills that are essential to obtaining their first job. Students will learn about proper interview dress and etiquette, practice one-on-one mock interviews, complete skill-based working assessments, and more! Career Day participants will build confidence around the interview process and gain the skills necessary to successfully transition into their first job. This unique volunteer opportunity allows you to have a direct impact on the lives of our participants as you gain experience working one-on-one with youth with disabilities.

When: Tuesday November 1st, 2016 | 11:00am-4:00pm

Where: Highland Community Center, 14224 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue, WA 98007

Volunteer Tasks Include:

  • Event set-up
  • Facilitate check-in and registration
  • Conduct practice interviews
  • Be a group leader and help participants rotate from one workshop to the next
  • Review resumes and provide feedback (i.e. formatting, grammar, and language)
  • Provide feedback during practical skills workshop (i.e. handshakes, eye-contact, and introductions)
  • Event clean-up

Interested volunteers should reach out to Amanda at amandal@provail.org or 206.826.1060 by Friday, October 21st with any questions. Learn more about Career Day

COMMUNITY LIVING PROGRAM

Our Community Living Program houses over 60 adults in 19 community based residences in the Greater Seattle area. Volunteer opportunities range in location from Ballard to Shoreline to the Eastside.

We offer a variety of options to choose from:

Reader: Read aloud to a client - Come prepared with reading materials but also be open if a client already has something selected. This could be a learning experience, a social interaction, or simple enjoyment.

Conversation Partner: Interact socially with a client by having a conversation. This is an opportunity for a client to practice using a communication device or simply practice communicating with an outside member of the community. This will help develop social skills and help clients gain confidence in their interactions in the community.

Craft or Activity Partner: Participate in arts and crafts with a client or in any activity the client expresses interest in. This can be anything from painting, to scrapbooking to sculpture, and everything in between. The goal is to get the client engaged doing something creative that would bring them enjoyment.

Pet Companion: Bring your very friendly pet over to a client's house where the client can spend some time interacting with it. This activity would be a social interaction, a confidence builder, and would provide something a bit out of the ordinary. (Note: this is not pet therapy).

Home Care Maintenance: Provide regular yard and home maintenance, interior or exterior. This would help keep the client's living environment pleasant year round and improve their quality of life. This opportunity is good for individuals as well as small or large groups. Adopt a house!

Gardening Companion: Help to create or maintain a garden with a client. You should enjoy gardening and have some knowledge that you can contribute to make the garden a success. The goal is to assist clients who are interested in gardening and create enjoyable creative spaces that they can feel proud of.

THERAPY AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY CLINIC

Do you have a knack for working with computers and various software programs? PROVAIL's Therapy and Assistive Technology Clinic needs volunteers who like to be challenged and enjoy bringing people with a wide range of disabilities closer to their dreams of living a full and dignified life.

The clinic works with individuals from childhood through all ages of adulthood using adaptive and assistive technology such as computer software programs, adaptive equipment, including telephones, computers and speech generating devices.

Volunteers may spend time accessing websites for switch-accessible software for literacy and other educational purposes, creating new songs in Switch Ensemble, web research for clinic and client products, computer workstation maintenance, scheduling and assisting clients in our computer groups, work independently on a windows-based computer and a variety of other computer skills.

Volunteer commitment is flexible, from 1-2 hours per week for up to 12 weeks or more, Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.

AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION AND SPEECH THERAPY

Currently Recruiting for:

2016 Fall Augmentative and Alternative Communication Project

PROVAIL is now recruiting staff volunteers for the 2016 Volunteer Fall Project. This project is focused on working with individuals who are non-verbal and use communication devices, known as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Your group will work together to create and complete a project to take place during the fall of 2016, and present findings to PROVAIL. As a team, you will complete a project to provide a needed AAC service to the community. The team will be run by a Volunteer Coordinator, and the team as a whole will be overseen by a speech-language pathologist at PROVAIL.

This volunteer program requires commitment, dedication, and a desire to make a difference for individuals with disabilities. You must be able to be self-directed and work as a team toward a common goal. This opportunity is ideal for students who are studying to become therapists or mental health specialists, or who have a specific interest and background in autism, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, or individuals who are non-verbal. 

Time commitments for staff volunteers are 20-30 hours/month between September 20th and December 15th. All volunteers are required to complete an application and background check. Applications can be sent to daniw@provail.org. Please include some information about yourself and your interest in this volunteer opportunity. Specifically note “2016 Volunteer Fall Project” in your application.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities: 

These volunteer opportunities are available for individuals with backgrounds in psychology or education.

The volunteer will be under direct supervision of a Speech Language Pathologist and will implement what is directed as part of the overall client treatment goal.

Current opportunities are:

  • Programming and development of a communication notebook and a Dynamyte for an adult male with cerebral palsy
  • Page review and reprogramming of a Dynamyte for an adult female with cerebral palsy
  • Therapy material development and clinic device development for Speech Therapy to be used with children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities for therapy and evaluation
  • Programming and development of a Chat PC for a 11 year old boy with speech apraxia
  • Therapy material goal bank development for increasing skills with augmentative communication device users
  • Developing training materials for staff who work in community living programs to improve device implementation
  • Creating videotapes of current adaptive telephone and communication device users
  • Creating communication profiles for nonverbal or dysarthic clients for their community living program
  • Creating back up communication book for an elderly male client with cerebral palsy and recent CVA
  • Creating one page handouts for clients on available devices and clinical process for obtaining communication devices.
  • Cataloging CD ROMS according to skill area and language/cognitive level
  • Assisting in social communication group therapy with adults with developmental disabilities

Administrative

CLERICAL SUPPORT

PROVAIL can always use a hand with general administrative duties. Volunteer roles include activities in Employment Services, Accounting, Reception, Human Resources, Development, and other program administration departments.

Projects could include:

  • Customer Service/ Front Desk
  • Filing/ Scanning
  • Organizing
  • Data Entry
  • Research
  • Bulk Mailing Preparation
  • Other projects as needed

Volunteer shifts occur during business hours between 8:30am and 5:00 pm. 2 to 4.5 hour shifts are preferred. This is a weekly three to six month commitment (minimum).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to organize and work independently
  • Attention to detail
  • Flexibility and ability to think creatively

PRO-BONO CONSULTING

PROVAIL has many projects just waiting to be tackled by smart, dedicated volunteers looking to use their professional skills to give back to the community. If your company would like to join PROVAIL in our belief that every one of us has the right to pursue the life we choose to live - contact supportingchoices@provail.org about our current pro bono project needs.