Volunteer Stories

We love our volunteers!

Kirsten is one of our regular volunteers, and shared part of her story with us!

As a volunteer over the past two years at OTB, I have truly enjoyed the time I have spent here and the friends I have made here!  The best part about volunteering at OTB for me is the smiles I receive when I enter the building!

My inspiration to volunteer came from an experience I had in sixth grade.  My teacher had recommended me to help care for a girl with Down Syndrome.  I babysat Brooke and her brother for 4 years before I had to move.  At my new high school, I spent one class period a day volunteering in the special needs classroom.

As an adult I always felt drawn to give back to my community in some way and a good friend and I were discussing volunteering together but we needed to find a place.  We found out about OTB and we quickly found ourselves in Kelly Hartman’s office devising a volunteer plan for us.

My friend, Teresa and I have tried to come in once a week or once every other week to “bump” an OTB employee to give the employee a two hour paid break.  This gives us a chance to work hand in hand with the OTB participants!  We love our time in the designated group rooms and enjoy getting to know each participant.  Whether we join in their planned activities, bring our own activity or hang out outside in the sensory garden, it all is time well spent giving and receiving lots of smiles!

I am grateful that OTB exists and I feel happy that I can be here periodically to be a part of this unique setting and program!

Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers are amazing.  We would love for you to be one.

What does volunteering for Outside the Box mean?  For our participants, it means having a new, friendly face helping them achieve their goals.  For our staff, it means having some extra help that is so helpful.  And for our volunteers, it means having a life-changing experience that touches the lives of our participants.

Wondering how you can help?  We want your talents and strengths, whatever they are!  We believe that every volunteer should be valued, supported, and appreciated.  We depend on our volunteers to enhance our services and provide a way for us to reach the broader community.  Our volunteers (and hopefully soon, you!) make a huge difference at OTB!

Ways to Volunteer

Direct Services

Work hand in hand with our participants!  We love our participants at Outside the Box and you will too.  Providing direct services will give you a chance to participate in group activities and build strong and lasting relationships. It is also a wonderful place to fulfill both undergraduate and graduate internship requirements.

Group volunteering

Outside the Box always welcomes groups into our community. Whether you are a corporate business looking to build team camaraderie, or garden club looking for a special project, we have ways that you can help.  Outside the Box has a creative and collaborative philosophy and we are open to all people and ideas.

Special Events

Outside the Box hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. We are always in need of extra hands during these times. The ways in which you can help are endless; from greeting guests to helping out at our annual golf outing!

Behind the Scenes

If working hands-on with people is not for you, Outside the Box has a variety of other ways you can volunteer. We will work with you to tailor your volunteering experience.