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Volunteer

seedplant“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” – Buddha

Volunteering to assist adults with disabilities to stay or become connected to their community and to be seen as full citizens can be a rewarding endeavor. We all have the right to learn and grow and to take reasonable risks in the pursuit of our dreams. Adults with disabilities are no different; they just may need a little help.

Volunteering with Kokua can be fun and fulfilling. Volunteers are provided agency orientation, appropriate training, ongoing support and our sincerest appreciation.

We currently have several volunteer opportunities:

hummingbird studio

hummingbird studio is an inclusive community artspace where art is accessible to individuals of all abilities. Kokua hosts hummingbird studio at Arbutus Folk School in the heart of downtown Olympia at 610 4th Ave. E (directly across from City Hall). Entrance is located in the alley between Cherry & Chestnut Streets, and pre-registration is required. At hummingbird studio, student artists work independently or with as minimal support as necessary to express their unique creative visions.

Studio Assistants: we always need volunteers to assist adults with disabilities to fully express themselves. Duties: Assisting the instructor(s) with room set-up, clean-up and assisting the artists to participate as fully as possible. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, pass a background check and complete a volunteer orientation.

 

For more information about volunteering to help make the arts accessible for everyone or to pre-register to attend open studio, please contact:

Randi Miller, Community Programs Coordinator
(360) 705-4665 ext. 120
randi@kokuaservices.com

LEAD

doreenLEAD (Literacy & Education for Adults with Disabilities) pairs volunteer tutors with adults with developmental disabilities to help them achieve their educational goals. Goals range from, but are definitely not limited to, academic subjects such as reading, math and science as well as life and career skills such as understanding a bus schedule, using a keyboard and counting money. Subjects studied are learner-driven and tutors are not expected to be experts. Learners and tutors explore topics together and both learn and grow as a result!

LEAD was originally launched by Kokua and The Center for Community Based Learning and Action (CCBLA) at The Evergreen State College in January 2011. Kokua expanded the program to include St. Martin’s University in 2015. In addition to continuing our work with both of those institutions, we hope to expand our reach to the local public libraries and are actively seeking volunteer tutors from the community for the coming LEAD 2017 session.

Tutors will commit to participate from January – June 2017.
The volunteer time commitment is as follows:

  • Initial training* – two 2-hour training sessions in January 2017: Monday, Jan 23rd & Monday, Jan 30th 4:30-6:30pm
  • Additional tutor training sessions* – Winter Roundtable Monday, March 13th 4:30-6:30pm and our Spring Roundtable Monday, May 1st 4:30-6:30pm
  • Weekly tutoring sessions –learners and tutors work together for a minimum of one hour each week. Prep time is required for each session. First week of tutoring is Feb 6th.
  • Weekly communication with program coordinator and written weekly assessments.
  • Two social gatherings for tutors and learners – not mandatory but strongly encouraged to cultivate a sense of community. Year-End Pizza Party: Monday, June 5th 4:30-6:30pm at Kokua
  • Graduation Ceremony* Monday, June 12, 2017 6-8pm.

* Held on The Evergreen State College campus

For more information about becoming a LEAD tutor, please contact:
Randi Miller, Community Programs Coordinator
(360) 705-4665 ext. 120
randi@kokuaservices.com

Board Membership

Volunteer board membership is a great opportunity for individuals who are passionate about Kokua’s mission and who have a track record of business and community leadership. The Kokua Board of Directors is responsible for governance of the agency and has ultimate legal authority for it. We are grateful for our dedicated and vibrant board, and we’re always looking for fresh perspectives. Your accomplishments and experience can help lead Kokua into a bright and exciting future!

Ideal candidates will have many of the following qualifications:

  • Professional leadership experience with accomplishments in business, finance, government, the arts, philanthropy or the nonprofit sector
  • A commitment to and understanding of persons with disabilities
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural ability to cultivate relationships.
  • Skills in facilitating and building consensus among diverse individuals are helpful
  • Personal qualities of integrity, reliability, credibility and a passion for improving the lives of individuals with disabilities

Board members are encouraged to attend Kokua community events as well as to help fundraise, strengthen existing partnerships and create new strategic community alliances. Board members act as ambassadors for Kokua in our community. There are opportunities for board continuing education and networking. The service commitment to Kokua’s board of directors is for a three year term, and the board meets monthly, typically on the first Monday of each month.

For a complete Board of Directors application, please contact:
Sean Bonneprise, Executive Director
(360)705-4665 ext. 105
sean@kokuaservices.com