Kayla Miller, Keren Shmaya, Michelle Choi, Emily Talas, Outreach Chanuffkah Party 2015

Reena volunteers play a vibrant role in ensuring that people with differing abilities become as self-sufficient as possible, lead a fulfilling life and have the opportunity to live up to their potential.

There are a variety of areas in which volunteers can be helpful, including direct service, administration and special events.

Direct service volunteers interact with the individuals that Reena supports, either one-on-one or in a group setting, assisting on outings, in our group homes and in a number of program areas.

Administrative volunteers share their computer and office skills working in one of our many departments.

Special event volunteers help to organize and run events to benefit Reena.

Benefits of volunteering

  • Make a difference in the lives of individuals who have a developmental disability
  • Develop skills and gain experience
  • Enjoy a challenging and rewarding assignment
  • Discover hidden talents
  • Gain a sense of accomplishment
  • Develop new friendships

Volunteer Applicant Requirements

  • A commitment of 6 months and 50 hours with the exception of specific time-limited program sessions, activities or events
  • Maturity
  • Dependability/responsibility
  • Understanding/empathy

Volunteer Opportunities

Develop a one-on-one relationship with an individual with a developmental disability, building a rewarding friendship through social and recreational activities

Visit and interact with individuals in a group home setting, chatting, reading stories, playing games or participating in group outings, etc

Day Program Volunteer
Visit with participants and assist staff in one of Reena’s Day Programs

Rec-Buddy Volunteer
Assist in a variety of social recreational programs for children, teens and adults. Programs are held on weekday evenings, Sunday afternoons, during Winter Break and March Break and on weekdays during the summer.

Family Friends
Invite an individual with a developmental disability to share holidays or participate in your special dinner/festivities

A Time to Care
A friendly visiting program in hospital or other care facility for people with developmental disabilities who would welcome a visit and friendly smile

Helping Hands
Assist Reena residents and staff by running errands, grocery shopping and helping with other chores

Administrative Volunteer
Share your administrative skills by working at a Reena office during regular business hours

Special Events
Help organize and execute special events

For more information contact: volunteering@reena.org