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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

 

Volunteers play an instrumental role in the development and quality of leisure services for all individuals with special needs. SWSRA seeks to utilize volunteer’s talents and expertise to further meet the needs of special individuals in their communities. Volunteers are given opportunities in various recreational programs and special events.

 

An application form below must be filled out and sent to:

SWSRA

Attn: Paula Marr

12521 S. Kostner Ave.

Alsip, IL 60803

Fax: 708-389-6458

Email: pmarr@swsra.com

 

Once an application is received, you will be contacted to discuss upcoming volunteer opportunities.

 

For more information, please contact Paula Marr at 708-389-9423 or email her at pmarr@swsra.com.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

DAY CAMP COUNSELORS - SEASONAL
Looking for individuals 18+ years of age with fun, energetic attitudes to be a seasonal day camp counselor for a therapeutic day camp for individuals with special needs.

Position is from June until early August
7-8 weeks (includes 1 week of training)
Approximately 28-35 hours per week.

PAY RATE:

Minimum wage/hour, depending on qualifications.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Overseeing campsite and individual campers safety, health and activities according  to SWSRA policy

  • Planning weekly recreational activities

  • Assisting campers with personal care needs

  • Providing customer service and representing the agency with great respect and rapport to campers, families and the community

  • Supervise campers in a pool within an arm’s length away


 

PROGRAM AIDE - PART-TIME

FUNCTION:

  • To assist in nurturing, and providing activities for individuals with disabilities in a recreational setting.

  • Program Aides are responsible for the safety and well being of all individuals, including themselves.

  • The Program Aide’s main priority is to provide participants with a safe environment while generating a fun, positive, and nurturing experience.

  • The Aide’s job is a part-time position, lasting a total of 8 weeks/season 4 times/year. 

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Prefer 18 and older, however, must be a minimum of 16 years old.

  • Minimum of 1 year of experience with individuals who have a disability. 

  • Must demonstrate enthusiasm and possess strong communication skills.  Must possess the ability to effectively work in a team atmosphere & communicate effectively with people with disabilities, co-workers, member agency staff & the public. 

  • CPR/First Aid Certification is required. 

  • All SWSRA employees are subject to drug screening.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist properly with gathering, loading, transporting, setting up, clean up and putting away materials.

  • Actively participate and assist in programs, trips, special events, and fundraisers.  

  • Assist with the supervision of participants. 

  • Assist in appropriately managing and documenting behaviors for all participants, following the Agency Code of Conduct policy. Communicate participant’s issues with Program Leader.

  • Close supervision of participants at all times.   

  • Program Aides are required to be in the pool, within arm’s length of participants at the pool for close supervision during swim programs.  

  • Provide excellent customer service to participants and parents.

  • Keep an inventory of First Aid/CPR supplies on you at all times. Be prepared to administer First Aid/CPR on injured participants.

  • All employees are mandated reporters.

  • All other duties as deemed necessary by the supervisor(s).

 

WORKER TRAITS:

  • Must be able to attend/complete all trainings and meetings each season. 

  • Must be present, enthusiastic and energetic every day throughout the season.

  • Must be willing and able to supervise on vehicles, including tie-downs and lift use.

  • Must have the ability to work effectively under stressful situations.

  • Must be able to respond effectively to the individual needs of each participant.

  • Must demonstrate excellent leadership qualities. 

  • Must be dependable and punctual. Must demonstrate a mature and professional quality in terms of dependability, promptness and general interest in the program. 

  • Must exhibit good problem-solving ability and good judgment while keeping with the mission of the Agency.

  • As a SWSRA representative, you must serve as a positive role model at all times.

 

SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Perform all job tasks within the rules and guidelines of the South West Special Recreation’s Safety Program.

  • Participate in all orientation, job instruction, and in-service trainings.

  • Assist with surveying the location of any environment that the participants are going to be utilized prior to the arrival of participants. 

  • Actively support the safety program by obeying and enforcing safety rules and procedures.

  • Responsible for accurately filling out Accident/Incident Reports and submitting to Program Leader.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Support SWSRA Safety Program by ensuring the safety of all participants at all times.

  • Perform work in and outdoors.

  • Work and Communicate effectively with co-workers, staff, supervisors, and parents.

  • Assist with daily living skills, which may include toileting, feeding, changing/diapering, transferring and pushing participant in a wheelchair.

  • Assisting with the care of, handling and lifting of equipment.

  • Active participation in and physical set up of activities.

  • Sit, stand, carry and bend.

  • Must be able to swim with participants. 
     

PROGRAM DRIVER - PART-TIME

FUNCTION:

  • The Part-time Driver is responsible for the transportation of individuals with disabilities between their home and/or established pickup points and program sites.

  • Drivers are also responsible for preventative maintenance of the vehicles, including completion of the appropriate paperwork and notifying the Facility and Vehicle Operations Coordinator of any issues.

  • Hours will vary and may range from early in the morning up until midnight, depending on the needs of the program.

  • The Vehicle Driver may be expected to assist with the actual program/trip that they provide transportation for.    


SUPERVISION:

  • Supervised by the Recreation Specialist and Facility and Vehicle Operations Coordinator


RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Drivers responsible for completing a thorough inspection of the vehicle before each use. 

  • Must make sure that the vehicle binder is present and complete appropriate paperwork for each use. 

  • If utilizing a credit card, must leave a credit card and all receipts in the vehicle, unless otherwise indicated by the supervisor.

  • Become knowledgeable of the specific needs of the participants and act accordingly. 

  • Responsible for appropriately managing and documenting behaviors for all participants, following the Agency Code of Conduct policy. Communicate participant or any other relevant issues with the Recreation Specialist.

  • Provide excellent customer service to participants and parents, communicating any changes or updates in a timely manner. 

  • Inventory First Aid/CPR supplies each trip. Notify Vehicle Coordinator if supplies are needed. Be prepared to administer First Aid/CPR on injured participants.

  • Cleanup vehicle after each trip and notify the main office if any personal belongings have been left in the vehicle.

  • All SWSRA employees are mandated reporters.

  • All other duties as deemed necessary by the supervisor(s).


WORKER TRAITS:

  • Must be able to attend/complete all trainings and meetings throughout the season. 

  • Must be willing and able to supervise in vehicles, including tie-downs and lift use.

  • Must have the ability to work and delegate effectively, especially in stressful situations.

  • Must be able to respond effectively to the individual needs of each participant and staff.

  • Must demonstrate excellent driving skills. 

  • Must be dependable, punctual and flexible to accommodate for fluctuation in schedules. 

  • Must demonstrate a mature and professional quality in terms of dependability, promptness and general interest in the program. 

  • Must exhibit good problem-solving ability and good judgment while keeping with the mission of the Agency.

  • As a SWSRA representative, you must serve as a positive role model at all times.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age or older.

  • Prefer previous experience driving oversized vehicles and have worked with individuals who have a disability. 

  • Must demonstrate enthusiasm and possess strong communication skills.  Must possess the ability to effectively work in a team atmosphere & communicate effectively with people with disabilities, co-workers, member agency staff & the public. 

  • CPR/First Aid Certification is required. 

  • All drivers must pass a physical, alcohol and drug screen and are subject to random or probable cause drug screening.


SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ensure that all equipment is in good, properly working condition.

  • Perform all job tasks within the rules and guidelines of the South West Special Recreation’s Safety Program.

  • Participate in all orientation, job instruction, and in-service trainings.

  • Actively support the safety program by obeying and enforcing safety rules and procedures.

  • Responsible for accurately filling out vehicle Accident/Incident Reports and submitting to Executive Director. 


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Paperwork- preparing reports, completing forms and other written duties.

  • Support SWSRA Safety Program by ensuring the safety of all participants at all times.

  • Ability to drive in all conditions.

  • Work and Communicate effectively with co-workers, staff, supervisors, and parents.

  • Transferring and pushing participant in a wheelchair and appropriately securing tie-downs and seatbelts

  • Operate a hydraulic lift electrically and manually.

  • Assisting with the care of, handling and lifting of equipment.

  • Sit, stand, carry and bend.
     

 

Fill the application below and send to:

SWSRA

Attn: Susan Prieboy

12521 S. Kostner Ave.

Alsip, IL 60803

 

Fax: 708-389-6458

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Superintendent of Recreation, Susan Prieboy

708-389-9423

sprieboy@swsra.com

 


 

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