Looking to expand their volunteer base, Key Opportunities will host a volunteer training Tuesday, April 23 from noon to 2 p.m. at their Hillsdale Street center.
Key Opportunities is an organization committed to providing programs and employment for those in the local community with developmental disabilities.
“The day will give people an overview of Key Opportunities and our programming,” Georgia Mason, program manager at Key Opportunities. “We will also talk about the very important aspects of safety, and working with people with developmental disabilities.”
One current program helps participants create wooden pallet signs, which they then are able to sell.
“It is so rewarding to see how some of folks who are perceived by others to have limitations, when given creative outlets, can do great things,” Mason said.
Other programs include summer outing trips, as well as employment opportunities, which allow for participants to earn an income at local businesses.
“We work with students in school districts and with employers who match employees,” Mason said. “We own multiple businesses, and also work on job skills.”
Key Opportunities’ mission is to “educate, empower, and employ,” according to its tagline, which allows them to play a valuable role in its participants’ lives.
“Places don’t always hire folks with developmental disabilities, but we’re here for those who do want to,” Mason said.
With no current volunteers, Mason said she is hoping to expand what Key Opportunities is able to offer with more help.
“We are open and flexible,” Mason said. “We will make sure that the needs of the agency are met, but also the needs of volunteers.”
Brooke Lewis-Stiverson, employment coordinator for Key Opportunities, said that volunteers will be able to use their own personal talents to help the program’s participants.
“It will be an opportunity to assist the community in a helpful way,” she said.
Helping participants find employment has made her experience with Key Opportunities “extremely positive,” Lewis-Stiverson said. “I have found my work to be very fulfilling, just being able to watch and assist people meet their goals and assist their dreams.”
Those interested in attending the volunteer session can RSVP to 517- 437- 4469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We need an extra set of hands,” Mason said. “We would be thrilled to have members of the community, and from the college. There is something for everyone.”