IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: Valley Village has temporarily suspended volunteer activities due to the COVID-19 outbreak for the safety of our program participants, our staff and our volunteers. We continue to monitor the situation while acting according to CDC, state and local guidelines.
Volunteers aren’t just extra hands, they are new friends.
We have many great volunteer opportunities at Valley Village. You can help people with developmental disabilities by volunteering as field trip assistants, to work on a project, for an event, or in the office with administrative items.
Check out our most recent listings on VolunteerMatch.org. We post our current volunteer needs there. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator by email or phone, (818) 587-9450 x120, if you’d like to volunteer! To get a head start, you can download our volunteer application here.
Make Saturday’s great! A Super Saturday is a once per month opportunity that can take place at a recreation center, church, museum, park, restaurant, movie theater, or other creative venue! This is your opportunity to design the event! Super Saturday hosts work together with our Recreational Therapist and Development Department to put on an event for our Saturday Recreational Program. You supply the fun and we will supply the people.
The Saturday Recreational Program is community-based and capitalizes on all the available opportunities for fun and leisure in the large metropolitan area of Los Angeles. These activities enable our clients to enjoy a vast spectrum of recreational and social experiences. Successful Super Saturday’s have included multiple Super Saturday Parties by Hike It Up, Super Saturday with the University of Washington Alumni, Ice Cream Social by the Emblem Club at the Canoga Park Elk’s Lodge, St Patrick’s Day Dance by Hike It Up and the Knights of Columbus of Canoga Park.
This is a special opportunity to work directly with the men and women we serve through our day and residential programs. Field Trip Assistants will help push a wheelchair or just be a friend to talk to. The trips take place on Saturdays between 9am-3pm (trip hours will vary depending on the weather and location). Valley Village is looking for volunteers who can donate a few hours on Saturdays to join our clients on field trips to events, the beach, museums, malls, parks, and more. You do not need to go every Saturday, however some consistency is needed. These direct-service volunteer opportunities do require certain background and health checks, which we pay for. You’re getting fingerprinted for a great cause!
Valley Village residential homes are available for “adoption” by companies, clubs, and families. Our clients look forward to visits and spending time with their adopted groups! When your organization or group is interested in adopting a house, we match your organization with the right home. Our homes range from 5-12 adults with developmental challenges. Residents of our homes are all men or all women, and in some cases both.
Adopters visit homes to celebrate birthdays and holidays with the clients. We ask that adopters plan 5 to 10 visits annually with the home, depending on the home they adopt. Adopters may choose to celebrate birthdays or holidays or a combination of both. Birthdays can be done as a monthly celebration, combining a couple folks into a single party.
We ask that once an event is scheduled you make every effort to keep the commitment as the clients look forward to it and are disappointed when events are canceled. If you choose to celebrate client birthdays, be certain that each birthday in the home is acknowledged so no client is left out. Adopters often bring a cake or cookies to celebrate with clients. Some bring gifts for the person celebrating (or the holiday), but that’s not necessary. While visiting client homes, volunteers need to be respectful and engage with clients. If your organization chooses to discontinue hosting events, please notify us by email with notice and we will work with you to determine a time frame rather than just ending the commitment.
The key to a successful partnership with the Valley Village Adopt a House program is to remain consistent and maintain the commitment to our clients.
For more information about the Adopt A House program, to schedule a tour or to begin the process of adopting a Valley Village group home, please contact email@example.com.
Valley Village has volunteer opportunities that are great for groups, and all ages. Several times per year, we host large events where we need lots of extra support. And, around the office, the hours are flexible. There’s a volunteer match for everybody!