Volunteer with Us!

Event Volunteer Opportunities in Milwaukee:

Our incredible, generous volunteers are the reason we are able to do what we do! We have many opportunities to volunteer for one-time events, and they are some of the most FUN volunteer experiences you'll have! Learn more about what being an Event Volunteer entails.

Sign up to join us at our upcoming events by clicking the link on the date(s) you can volunteer.

June 25-29 - Bike Camp at Nicolet High School
Saturday, July 14 - Down Home BBQ at the DSAW office in West Allis
Wednesday, August 15 - 22nd Annual DSAW Golf Outing
Sunday, September 23 - 22nd Annual DSAW Statewide Awareness Walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo

Recurring Opportunities in Milwaukee:

We have several recurring volunteer positions available at our state headquarters! Click on the volunteer position to read a description of the role.

Digital Literacy Tutor
Cooking Volunteer
Office Assistant
Tutor
Tween Club/Club DSAW

If you are interested in becoming a long-term volunteer with DSAW, please complete the following steps. 

  1. Fill out our volunteer application and background check (there is a spot to upload the background check form in the application). 
  2. Watch the Volunteer Orientation webinar (coming soon!)
  3. DSAW will contact you to coordinate logistics!

 

Opportunities Around The State:

To sign up/learn more, email us.

Awareness Walk Volunteers
Stay tuned for information about registering for each DSAW chapter's Awareness Walk!

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 info@dsaw.org.

Event Planning Committees (all chapters)
Our chapters are always looking for individuals who love to plan special events. For more information, email info@dsaw.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 info@dsaw.org.

Other recurring programming around the state (see our events page for more information).


FAQ's

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. Please see the top of this page for current volunteer opportunities and sign up information.

Q: How do I sign up to be a recurring, long-term volunteer with DSAW?

A: If you are interested in becoming a long-term volunteer with DSAW, please complete the following steps. 

  1. Fill out our volunteer application and background check (there is a spot to upload the background check form in the application). 
  2. Watch the Volunteer Orientation webinar (coming soon!)
  3. DSAW will contact you to coordinate logistics!

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 info@dsaw.org.