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Volunteering at Valley Village

A Volunteer works with a Valley Village Program Participant and Staff at our Sunland Day Program Garden.

Volunteer activities are resuming at Valley Village! Please contact us at 818.587.9450 and speak to Stephanie Almanza, Development and Volunteer Coordinator, email Stephanie, or look for opportunities on our Volunteer Match page.

Review our Volunteer Handbook to learn more about the important roles volunteers perform and guidelines for being a Valley Village Volunteer.

Follow Valley Village on social media and our blog during Volunteer Week. We will share volunteerism stories with our families, supporters, and the community on FacebookInstagram, Twitter, and our Valley Village Blog.

Our volunteer opportunities include:

  • Field Trip Participants: the heart of our volunteer program; field trip participants are volunteers from the community that provide a supportive presence for our clients by visiting various venues and events across the region with our care providers and clients during Super Saturdays and Community At Large events.
  • Administrative: Volunteers in the administrative role help with the day-to-day operations of the Agency during the Agency’s normal business hours.
  • Special Events: Throughout the year, Valley Village holds various special events that wouldn’t be possible without the help of volunteers. By helping with setup, drawings, auctions, prizes, and clean-up, volunteers ensure the success of events that benefit all of our clients.
  • Nursing: Nursing students currently enrolled in a nursing program that has an agreement in place with Valley Village may choose to hone their skills in our facilities under the supervision of an instructor from their institution. Nursing students fulfill their clinical hours at Valley Village while making a big impact in the lives of our most medically fragile clients.

A Valley Village Volunteer at our 2020 Halloween Trunk or Treat event for Valley Village residents and program participants.

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, if you’d like to volunteer! To get a head start, you can download our volunteer application here.

Long-term and Ongoing Opportunity: Adopt a House

Valley Village is seeking groups and organizations that want to build long-term volunteer commitments to “adopt” our group homes. The Adopt a House program is a great way to give back to your community and people with developmental and intellectual challenges. You and your group can help celebrate special occasions with treats and decorations, enjoy picnics in the park with Valley Village residents, and engage in other fun activities. We recommend beginning with a local park outing to begin your volunteer experience. Volunteers who commit to long-term engagement in the Adopt a House program with residents must complete a background check, which Valley Village conducts and covers.

Valley Village’s residents enjoy spending time with volunteers who visit throughout the year to celebrate birthdays and holidays or engage in games or other activities. Volunteers and residents build lasting relationships and enjoy their time together. While many residents have family members who visit them regularly, some have lost their family or their relatives live far away. They look forward to time with people who care about them.

Valley Village’s Residential Program provides 24-hour residential care for adults with developmental disabilities in the San Fernando Valley. The 18 residences provide family-style, community-based housing where clients live with care providers. The Valley Village Residential Program functions continuously throughout the year. Download the Adopt a House Flyer to share with colleagues and members of your group.

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.

Email Valley Village’s Development and Volunteer Coordinator or call (818) 587-9450 for more information.

A Valley Village Volunteer at our 50th Anniversary event, Solid Gold 70s.

Events, Groups, Office Work

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!