Volunteer with the Council

 

Volunteer to help people with disabilities overcome the challenges that they face in New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities is a federally funded agency that supports public policies and initiatives that remove barriers and promote opportunities in all areas of life. We are dedicated to dignity, full rights of citizenship, equal opportunities, and full participation for all New Hampshire citizens with developmental disabilities. The Council carries out its mission through education, advocacy and the funding of innovative projects that make a difference in people's lives.

Are you:

  • An individual with a disability looking to gain work experience?
  • A high school or college student hoping to sharpen your skills?
  • A SCEP member seeking a service opportunity that will prepare you for future employment?
  • A parent or a retired individual searching for a part-time commitment?
  • An individual with a special skill and a desire to put it to good use?
  • A concerned community member looking for meaningful involvement and a way to connect with a whole network of people?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, keep reading! Chances are that volunteering with the NHCDD will be a great opportunity for you.

 

Why volunteer?

Did you know that volunteering and community engagement makes us happier? ΒΌ of the U.S population does. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that about 62.6 million US citizens volunteered their time at least once in 2015; that is about 1 out of every 4 people.

Plus, getting involved with the Council is easy! All you have to do is fill out an application and schedule a meeting with a staff member. Together, we will discuss your skills and interests in order to pair you with a suitable volunteer opportunity. No matter who you are or what your background is, volunteering with the Council could be the perfect way to learn new things and get involved with important work. Volunteers play a critical role in making sure that the Council continues to meet its goals, thereby bettering the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.

For more information about specific legislation and policy iniatives that the Council has been involved in, click here.

The Council seeks volunteers to become involved in everything from advocacy and outreach, to the daily office tasks that are necessary in assuring that the Council runs smoothly. Below you will find a more detailed breakdown of the various areas of involvement that may be available to volunteers.

 

General Volunteer Tasks

Some possible tasks with which you may be able to assist the Council:

  • Data entry

  • General office tasks (making copies, filing papers, etc.)

  • Taking minutes at meetings

  • Event coordination

  • Conference planning

  • Stories for Stepping Stones

  • Distribution of Stepping Stones and RAP Sheet

  • Creating marketing tools

  • Media outreach

  • Blogging

  • Public policy and advocacy

  • Direct Support Professionals (DSP) initiatives

  • Community outreach

  • Mentoring self-advocates

 

Specific Volunteer Roles

Administrative Volunteer

The NH DD Council seeks an Administrative Volunteer to support our small staff by providing assistance with basic office tasks. This volunteer will typically report to the Administrative Assistant for assignments.

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Policy Volunteer

The NH DD Council seeks a Policy Volunteer to support our Policy Director in his work. This volunteer should have an interest in working to help insure that policies are in place to best serve individuals with DD/ID.

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Projects Volunteer

The NH DD Council seeks a Projects Volunteer to support our Project Director in his work. This volunteer should have an interest in event planning and/or print media.

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How to Apply for a Volunteer Position

If you would like to volunteer for the Council, please contact us at 603-271-7039, or send an email to NHCDD.Director@ddc.nh.gov. Please note that you will be asked to fill out a basic application (which you can download here), and to come to the office for an informal interview to discuss your interest in volunteering.