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☎ (207) 504-5822

Call now  to participate in Independence Association as a volunteer.  No matter what your interests are, we are always looking for volunteers to participate in the lives of our clients throughout the agency. Call today!

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How can you enjoy using your gifts and talents to help disabled adults? 

Dance and fitness instructor.

The adults with intellectual disabilities at Independence Association are ready to change up their fitness routines. They Commit to BeFit three days a week and would love for you to lead us in some new moves. If you have special expertise with adults who have physical disabilities, we have a place for you, too! Staff are always present to support you. Weekdays 9-3, Topsham.

 

People who love to read aloud.

We need volunteer readers for adults with intellectual disabilities at Independence Association. Staff are always present for support, whether you want help selecting a reading material or need assistance understanding an individual’s speech. Weekdays 9-3, Topsham.

 

Arts and crafts teacher for adults with disabilities.

Do you enjoy showing others how to paint, work with clay, or sew? What about taking photographs and video? Adults with intellectual disabilities at Independence Association are ready to expand their horizons with new creative challenges. Weekdays 9-3, Topsham.

 

Musicians. Perform, lead a drum circle, be your creative self!

The adults with intellectual disabilities at Independence Association will enjoy seeing you make music, and the chance to participate is a bonus. Staff are always present if you have questions or need support. Weekdays 9-3, Topsham.

 

Therapy pet visits wanted!

Adults with intellectual disabilities at Independence Association would enjoy meeting your well-behaved pet. We love animals and know to be gentle. Staff are always present if you have questions or need support. Weekdays 9-3, Topsham.

 

Guest chef.

Every week, adults with intellectual disabilities shop for, prepare and share a midday meal. Once a month or more, they bake goodies to share. Would you like to share your specialty with us? Staff are always present if you have questions or need support. Weekdays, Topsham.

 

Reading and Writing Coaches, Spindleworks.

Adults with intellectual disabilities are working on writing projects at Spindleworks art center and use text-based sources in project research. You can help them read and write! Start immediately. Weekday hours between 9-4, to be scheduled. 7 Lincoln St., Brunswick.

 

Friendly visitors for disabled adults.

Independence Association is home to many older adults with serious disabilities who would enjoy a one-on-one visitor mid-morning or mid-afternoon. You might work a puzzle, chat, share a cup of coffee or play music with a resident at one of our small homes in Brunswick. We want people who smile warmly and speak graciously, even when there’s not a long answer. Staff are always on hand. 

 

Nonprofit Art Studio Seeks Talented Blogger.

The renowned Spindleworks art center for disabled adults needs a writer/photographer to update their blog regularly with photos of art and artist interviews. Weekday hours between 9-4, to be scheduled. 7 Lincoln St., Brunswick. 

 

Special Events Volunteers

We need one-time volunteers for various special events during the year, including these:

May:  Flaggers / race marshals. The Run for Independence is Maine's most ability-inclusive race event. 

September: Cooks, servers, and registration support at our Annual Dinner. More than 250 clients, family members, friends and staff gather in Brunswick.

November: Super-fast runners. We're tired of getting trounced in the Brunswick Downtown Association's annual Bed Race (a mid-November Saturday). We need four "ringers" to move at least one of our two beds into the top ranks!

December: Cookie bakers. Our December Cookie Walk fundraiser sells hundreds of home baked cookies to benefit our Gardiner art studio, SpinOff. 
December: Party platter makers. Our client Christmas party could use your pizzazz to liven up the food tables.