Volunteer with Us!
Opportunities Around The State:
Advisory Board Member Positions (Chippewa Valley, Fox Cities, Green Bay, Kenosha/Racine/Walworth, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Wausau)
We are looking for individuals who are passionate about making a difference in their communities and have professional skills that they can contribute to their local chapter, such as accounting, law, nonprofit management, marketing, etc. For more information, and to receive a board recruitment packet with more information, email email@example.com.
Event Planning Committees (all chapters)
Our chapters are always looking for individuals who love to plan special events. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member Social Planning Committees (all chapters)
Our chapters would love to have help planning regular member socials. These could be mommy & me playdates, parents nights out, a dads group, a family bowling event, or more. All we need are your ideas and time!! For more information, email email@example.com.
Other recurring programming around the state (see our events page for more information).
Q: I've never worked with people with Down syndrome before. What do I need to know?
A: People with Down syndrome are more alike than different! They have feelings, wants, and needs just like everyone else. Many people with Down syndrome experience developmental and speech delays. You may to explain something a couple times or use visuals to aid in understanding. If you do not understand what a self-advocate is saying, ask them to repeat themselves. It's okay! Always avoid using the "r word" and instead use person first language.
Q: What is person first language?
A: People with Down syndrome (and other disabilities) should always be referred to as people first. Instead of a "Down syndrome child," it's "child with Down syndrome." Also avoid "Down's child" and describing the condition as "Down's," as in, "He has Down's.”
Q: What sort of volunteer opportunities are available in Southeastern WI?
A: There are many opportunities to volunteer in the Southeastern WI area. Recurring volunteers are needed on the second Friday of each month for Tween Club, the fourth Friday for Movie Night, and the fourth Saturday for Club DSAW. We also need volunteers for all of our big events: Valentine's Dance, Bike Camp, Family Picnic, Golf Outing, Awareness Walk, Halloween Dance, and Holiday Party.
Q: What do DSAW volunteers do?
A: Volunteers work directly with individuals with Down syndrome and their families. They offer support for DSAW staff and help execute activities and crafts/games. Event volunteers assist with set up, registration, leading activities, serving food, and take down.
Q: Who should I reach out to if I have specific questions?
A: If you have a question, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ready to begin volunteering, or want to discuss your options? Once you've submitted your basic information below, you can expect a phone call or email from us to discuss your volunteer interests and DSAW's matching opportunities. Thank you!