Exciting News for National Volunteer Month

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We have some exciting news to kick off April as National Volunteer Month!  VSA Vermont has been selected for one of only 107 NobleCause grants across the United States for our volunteer program. We will be using the grant monies to develop 4 specialized workshops/trainings for our volunteers—with and without disabilities. These NobleCause grants were made possible by an anonymous donor within the GiveWell Community Foundation and organized by Noblehour.com, a volunteer management tool that promotes a culture of civic engagement and charts meaningful, measurable acts of goodness.

Here’s a brief outline of the training sessions we will be offering in the coming year:

  • Creating Accessible and Inclusive Programs and Services for People with Disabilities(2-hour training) – this general workshop would be provided to all of our volunteers, service-learning students, and collaborative partners and would include information about various disabilities, people first language, disability access symbols, communication strategies, accessibility and accommodations, and more.
  • Working as a Sighted Guide and/or Verbal Describer for People with Low Vision or Blindness(2-hour training) – this informative and hands-on, experiential workshop will be for volunteers, service-learning students, and collaborative partners who will be working with people with low vision or blindness at a VSA Vermont event or program. One of our trainers will be an individual with low vision or blindness.
  • Learning about Autism(2-hour training) – this informative workshop will be for volunteers, service-learning students, and collaborative partners who will be working with people identified on the Autism Spectrum at a VSA Vermont event or program.
  • Drumming Instruction for People with Disabilities(1-day/6-hour training) – this highly specialized training is for up to 8 professional/amateur drumming volunteers who wish to work with people with disabilities in VSA Vermont drumming programs.

If you are interested in volunteering with VSA Vermont or in learning more about our training programs, contact Heidi Swevens, Volunteer Coordinator, at heidi@vsavt.org.