Volunteer

VOLUNTEER/DONATION NEEDS DURING THE COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) PANDEMIC

Companies like SEEC need PPE (personal protective equipment) for our staff who are providing 24 hour support to people with disabilities in their homes. Like assisted living and nursing homes, we are not hospitals and therefore lower on the supply chain, yet still need access to supplies to keep our staff safe. Here is how you can help SEEC during these challenging times:

Craft homemade surgical masks for DSPs

Volunteers with some spare time, basic sewing skills, and access to a sewing machine can help by crafting homemade surgical masks. Donations will be laundered and distributed to DSPs working in our community (see donation drop-off details below). Our goal is to be able to provide masks not only to our DSP’s but to every DSP in Maryland!

Here is a tutorial of how to craft the masks:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tBg0Os5FWQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR37NwWS_qZ_ESMTZPRdiYaabodUIk6wWdjBJcjkad7cYMcKHMkhmH5Dpvc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1Jz0d50D74
Other materials or methods can be used to create the masks as well.

Donate essential items for DSPs working in the community

SEEC is assembling bags for DSPs and others working in the community with items to help keep them safe. We are seeking donations of:
• Homemade masks for Maryland DSPs
• Baby wipes & cleaning wipes
• Thermometers
• Disposable latex-free gloves of ALL sizes
• Disposable gowns of ALL sizes
• Safety googles/glasses or face shields
• Paper goods for the homes of people we support – toilet paper, paper towels
• Cleaning supplies for the homes of people we support-Lysol/disinfectant wipes, disinfectant sprays and liquids, etc
• Packaged snacks, treats & gifts for our amazing staff members hard at work during this crises

Donation drop off details:

Donations can be mailed to SEEC or dropped off in the lobby of our corporate offices in Silver Spring between 9am-5pm M-F.
8905 Fairview Rd. #300, Silver Spring MD, 20910.

Thank you for your support to help DSPs stay safe and slow the spread of the virus in our community!

Contact mmichaels@seeconline.org for more info on how you can help.

Facilitate a Virtual Hangout

SEEC staff hosts a daily Virtual Hangout which is a safe space for the people we support to come together for 30 minutes or so a day to discuss or share anything pertaining to the topic of the day. Virtual hangouts are hosted by a staff member on the Zoom video chat platform. Each hangout group consists of no more than 4 attendees (the people we support) in each chat. This is an informal, fun, and incredibly rewarding way to give back to the community during this time. If interested in facilitating a virtual hangout session, please complete the survey below and SEEC staff will contact you as soon as possible.

Sign Up

Virtual Mock Interviews

Sign up for a virtual mock interview with a job seeker. Mock interviews are approximately 30 minute meetings that will take place on the Zoom video chat platform. This is a valuable opportunity for the people we support to practice using technology while learning new interviewing skills from the experience and expertise of the interviewers. Interviewers will receive the candidate’s resume, a list of sample interview questions, and a critique sheet to be submitted following the interview. One-time, weekly, or monthly opportunities available. Sign up in the link below.

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Volunteer Program Vision

To empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live, work, and thrive by maximizing employment opportunities and social capital.

 

Why SEEC?

SEEC provides volunteers with meaningful experiences that may be educational, social, or enriching. Volunteers are strategically matched to volunteer opportunities at SEEC based on their skill set, availability, and interests. In addition to the community benefits of volunteering at SEEC, volunteers may:

  • Receive Disability Awareness training
  • Explore interests with room for growth within the program
  • Broaden social or professional networks
  • Gain opportunities to attend SEEC events, trainings, and meetings
  • Practice professional skills
  • Gain experience in the world of nonprofits and Disability Services
  • Receive Student Service Learning (SSL) Credit
  • Receive formal and informal recognition

 

Opportunities

Skills Instructor

Skills Instructors teach a professional skill, life skill, or hobby to a small group of adults with disabilities. Specific skills could be workplace etiquette, time management, finances, health, technology, cooking, music/art, dance, etc. Other topics may be coordinated as well.

Speaker Series

Volunteers host a job seeker or a small group of job seekers with disabilities at their place of work. Volunteers share the specific job positions, duties, environment, relationships, and finances related to their line of work in an immersive shadowing or job trial experience.

Mentor

Job*, Health, or Financial mentors are matched with an individual or small group of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities needing support in the corresponding area. Mentors meet monthly with the mentee and their Direct Support Staff.
*Includes Mock Interviewers

Agency Support

Agency Support Volunteers work alongside SEEC staff at our administrative offices or during SEEC events. SEEC is looking for volunteer photographers, videographers, translators, and events/fundraising volunteers.

Quality Advisory Council Member

A committee that helps ensure that people receiving supports from SEEC are living lives of their own choosing and working towards their goals and dreams.

Human Rights Standing Committee Member

The Committee ensures that policies, programs and activities of SEEC are consistent with the rights and dignities of the people SEEC supports. This includes promoting innovative, quality support services and viewing complaints of human rights violations and actions taken to correct and/or remedy such violations.

 

How to Become a SEEC Volunteer

Eligibility

SEEC welcomes all who are interested in supporting our mission to apply to volunteer. Volunteers will be matched based on the applicant’s interests, availability, skills, and our current volunteer needs. More information regarding the duties, qualifications, and time requirements of SEEC’s volunteer opportunities can be found here:

All Opportunities

Application Process

All volunteers submit a volunteer application form. The form should be sent to volunteer@seeconline.org alongside a copy of the applicant’s resume. Upon receipt of these documents, the Volunteer Coordinator will review the application and conduct an interview to determine the applicant’s interests, availability, and goodness of fit. All applicants must receive an official acceptance from the Volunteer Coordinator before performing any volunteer activities at SEEC.

Application

Background Check

Some volunteer positions at SEEC require a background check. If required, the Volunteer Coordinator will provide the applicant with instructions on how to complete this process.

Once Accepted

If selected, the applicant will attend volunteer orientation (held once a month) and will be asked to sign SEEC’s volunteer waivers. All program notices can be found in SEEC’s Volunteer Handbook

Handbook

 

Please submit any inquiries to volunteer@seeconline.org