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Join Our Team

We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to join our team.If you are interested in teaching a class, assisting with an event, or working a Sparrow sale, we would love to have you!

Please email us or click on the link below to get started.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer Instructors:

We are always looking for volunteers who are experts in their respective fields and have a desire to share their talents by leading a class.  Some of our instructors teach one class per semester, while others teach monthly.  We work with your schedule! Examples include:

  • Art Instructor
  • Cooking Instructor
  • Music Instructor
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Reading Instructor
  • Drama Instructor
  • Computer Instructor
  • Gardening Instructor

Classroom & Program Assistants:

We are currently seeking volunteers who have a desire to work with our program participants.

Volunteer Assistants commit to a minimum of two hours per month, self-schedule for the classes/events that fit into their busy lives, and are surrounded by an experienced team of special education professionals, teachers, and parents.

download our volunteer packet to get started

Sparrow University provides weekly classes for participants in the areas of cooking, creative interests, exercise, life skills, music, work skills, and volunteerism.  Class sessions are generally two hours in length. 

Sparrow University classes are taught by volunteer instructors and class assistants are volunteers as well.  Our instructors are experts in their respective fields.  They have a desire to volunteer their time to teach adults with intellectual disabilities.  We maintain a 1:6 volunteer/student ratio for unaccompanied students.

All classroom assistants have completed volunteer training and have background and character reference checks.  (Volunteer instructors are considered “guest speakers” and are not subject to background checks.)

High School student volunteers are not subject to background checks.  However, the students must have two teacher/school administrator recommendations. 

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE SPARROW PROJECT

Always remain flexible

Some days can get very busy and The Sparrow Project staff may need you to help out in several places. Being able to adapt will allow The Sparrow Project to operate smoothly.

assist in a variety of ways. 

For classes such as music and fitness, our volunteers are there to interact with the group.  During art and cooking classes, volunteers are paired with students who may need assistance with fine motor skills and following step-by-step instructions. 

Volunteers are NEVER alone with a student.

Volunteers do not provide medical treatments, administer medication or provide toileting assistance.

Our Programs

Sparrow University

Sparrow University provides weekly classes for participants in the areas of cooking, creative interests, exercise, life skills, music, work skills, and volunteerism.  Class sessions are generally two hours in length. 

Sparrow University classes are taught by volunteer instructors and class assistants are volunteers as well.  Our instructors are experts in their respective fields.  They have a desire to volunteer their time to teach adults with intellectual disabilities.  We maintain a 1:6 volunteer/student ratio for unaccompanied students. 

Sparrow University is not intended to be an adult daycare.  However, unless previously identified under “Conditions of Participation,” students who can participate with minimal assistance are welcome to attend without a companion. 

Because our space is limited and we want to ensure quality standards in our classes, only participants and companion(s) are allowed; no children, please.

Nest

Weekend/evening social fraternity designed to provide a safe place for socialization.

Nest activities vary and depending on the complexity of the event and/or location companions may be required to attend.

Volunteer ratios are the same for Nest as they are for Sparrow University.

Those who participate in Nest events are required to cover the cost of the event (i.e. movie ticket, dinner, etc.) – this applies to caregivers as well.

If a participant needs a companion for Sparrow University, he/she will require a companion for Nest activities as well.

Children are not allowed at Nest activities unless otherwise noted.

Annual Social Events

Held once a year, The Sparrow Project hosts a dinner/dance.  These events are designed for families and all participants must be accompanied.

Note:  Due to liability insurance restrictions, all programs will be “alcohol-free.”  Alcohol will not be served or allowed during program activities.

Our Programs

Sparrow University

Sparrow University provides weekly classes for participants in the areas of cooking, creative interests, exercise, life skills, music, work skills, and volunteerism.  Class sessions are generally two hours in length. 

Sparrow University classes are taught by volunteer instructors and class assistants are volunteers as well.  Our instructors are experts in their respective fields.  They have a desire to volunteer their time to teach adults with intellectual disabilities.  We maintain a 1:6 volunteer/student ratio for unaccompanied students. 

Sparrow University is not intended to be an adult daycare.  However, unless previously identified under “Conditions of Participation,” students who can participate with minimal assistance are welcome to attend without a companion. 

Because our space is limited and we want to ensure quality standards in our classes, only participants and companion(s) are allowed; no children, please.

Nest

Weekend/evening social fraternity designed to provide a safe place for socialization.

Nest activities vary and depending on the complexity of the event and/or location companions may be required to attend.

Volunteer ratios are the same for Nest as they are for Sparrow University.

Those who participate in Nest events are required to cover the cost of the event (i.e. movie ticket, dinner, etc.) – this applies to caregivers as well.

If a participant needs a companion for Sparrow University, he/she will require a companion for Nest activities as well.

Children are not allowed at Nest activities unless otherwise noted.

Annual Social Events

Held once a year, The Sparrow Project hosts a dinner/dance.  These events are designed for families and all participants must be accompanied.

Note:  Due to liability insurance restrictions, all programs will be “alcohol-free.”  Alcohol will not be served or allowed during program activities.