Volunteering at The Woodlands makes a direct impact on our mission to enrich the lives of children and adults with disability and chronic illness. Whether you volunteer as a large or small group, or as an individual, you can make a difference.
Corporate & Group Volunteer Program
Maintaining The Woodlands’ campus and keeping full access throughout the year offers many challenges for our small staff. The Corporate & Group Volunteer Program began in 2002 as a way to find assistance with those needs, while providing local corporations, businesses and organizations with an opportunity for their staff to share their time and energy while helping The Woodlands to accomplish facility related projects. This experience is a fantastic way to not only make a direct impact in the lives of individuals with special needs, but also participate in a great team-building exercise.
Corporate Volunteer activities include:
- Days of Caring through the United Way
- Decorating for the holidays
- Cleaning projects
- Building projects
- Painting projects
- Landscaping projects
- Rum Cake Fundraiser in November and December
- Assist with participant activities
Individual Volunteer Program
You can be a community champion all by yourself! The Woodlands offers many opportunities for you to participate in projects, help with activities and interact with our participants. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, and the personal rewards and experiences are something you will have for the rest of your life.
Individual Volunteer activities include:
- Hands on volunteering with our Weekend Retreat Participants (Fall/Spring)
- Hands on volunteering with our Summer Camp Participants (June-August)
- Assist with land and aquatic activities in the Wellness Center
- Administrative duties
- Rum Cake Fundraiser (November and December)
- Special Events: Golf Classic (Summer) and Butterfly Ball (Fall)
- Greeting guests at events on The Woodlands campus
The mission of the BLOOM program is to create a reverse inclusion wellness and development program for adolescents with and without disabilities focusing on social skills, communication and peer interaction through sports, recreation and nutrition activities. It is designed to promote the inclusion of youth and young adults with disabilities into all aspects of society through recreation and physical activity. The program will focus on physical activity designed to develop the self-determination, empowerment, overall health and leadership for adolescents in transition.
When you apply to be a peer, you will make an impact by:
- Cultivating friendships – Real friendships can be developed with other participants.
- Acquiring social skills – Individuals with disabilities are more likely to develop social skills necessary to develop relationships when participating in inclusive recreation opportunities.
- Improving attitudes – People often develop positive attitudes about diverse individuals as a result of joint participation in some activities.
- Developing life-long skills – Through the presence of appropriate inclusive recreation options, the development of life-long functional recreation skills will be promoted.
- Enhancing image – The image of a person with disabilities is higher with inclusive participation as opposed to segregated participation.
- Increasing understanding – Exposure to inclusive leisure services results in a greater understanding and acceptance of individuals of varying backgrounds and abilities.
Volunteer Immersion Program (VIP)
The Woodlands’ Volunteer Immersion Program (VIP) provides a more immersive volunteer experience for those looking to gain experience and make a difference. VIPs will work alongside Woodlands counselors and healthcare staff to make camp a success! VIPs will work with all ages and a diverse population of individuals with disabilities.
The VIP Program begins on June 21 with an exciting and informative training program. From there, VIPs are scheduled from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 22 through July 17.