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Volunteering with Therapeutic Adventures
Far too often, time is commodity that taken for granted. Rest assured, when you share with our adaptive athletes the gift of your time, everyone benefits. Please consider giving: time to share; time to care; time to listen; time to help heal; time to teach; and time to play. The outcome will be that you help to embolden our adaptive athletes with the courage to improve their functional independence, fitness and overall quality of life. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Our wonderful TA volunteers (community professionals and university students) give that gift of time every day. Approaching 4 decades of service, approximately 2500 people have contributed 60,000 volunteer hours. Thank you.
“When individuals look for creative ways to reach out to others, to give of themselves, as well as to share their life experiences and professional expertise, everyone benefits.”
— Mark Andrews, Founder/Executive Director
TA Volunteer Opportunities
Therapeutic Adventures has created a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to meet the needs of every schedule. Some volunteer options require a regular weekly commitment, while others allow for more flexibility. Choose the option that works best for you. We are committed to doing all we can to support and develop our volunteers. TA takes great pride in having volunteers who are professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. Training is the key to success! We give our TA volunteers a reason to be passionate about their service.
Characteristics of our TA Volunteers:
❖ considerate of others
❖ take initiative
❖ strive for excellence
❖ accountable for their actions
❖ have the courage to try new things
❖ work within the scope of their training
❖ make tough decisions
❖ loyal to our cause
Trained community & university student volunteers assist with TA adaptive sports and adaptive outdoor adventures programs, projects, and events in a variety of settings where we offer our services. This can be at the ski resort, the river, the backcountry, the shore, the gym, and out on the road to name a few. Our volunteers support special camps, therapeutic retreats, races, health fairs, and other special events. TA volunteers help prepare for events, help promote our cause, distribute information about our mission, and fulfill a variety of other responsibilities.
Our TA Community Volunteers come to us with diverse interests and expertise. Typically we attract persons from a variety of professions: business, health care (physicians, physical & occupational therapists, rehabilitation specialists, nurses, and counselors), special education, outdoor experiential education and other service professions. We are pleased to have volunteers who wish to share their professional expertise with our organization and the adaptive athletes we serve. So, if you: (1) want to have fun and share your time with some amazing people, (2) want to experience the joy of enriching lives – one smile at a time, and (3) embrace the importance of adaptive sports and adaptive outdoor adventures, please contact us.
Community Volunteers who wish to are not asked to commit to a regular schedule and can commit to an help us with an event when it works with their schedules.
University Student Volunteers
Trained University Student Volunteers assist with adaptive sports and adaptive outdoor adventures programs, projects, and events in the various settings where we offer our services. We currently have community partner relationships with the University of Virginia and James Madison University.
For two decades, Therapeutic Adventures, Inc. has been a community partner organization with Madison House, Student Volunteer Center at the University of Virginia. The Madison House model of service and volunteerism empowers university students to be active participants who make civic engagement a priority.
Over the years, approximately 1,000 of University of Virginia students have made a commitment to provide weekly volunteer service supporting our mission. Therapeutic Adventures could not provide the cost effective, quality services we offer without the support we receive from our university volunteers.
“Madison House student volunteers share a wonderful spirit and enthusiasm for learning that motivates all our clients!”
Over the past decade, Therapeutic Adventures has been working with the James Madison University – Department of Health Sciences – Graduate School of Occupational Therapy. Several students have done clinical internships with TA. We also have a number who have volunteered with our programs receiving a unique opportunity to work with a wide variety of disabled populations.
“We consistently hear from clients and families about how grateful they are for the unselfish service and friendship provided by our university student volunteers.”
For more information about these TA volunteer opportunities, please contact us at 434-981-5834, Email: info@TAonline.org
TA – Fund Raising Volunteer
Are you passionate about our community? Do you value the importance of adaptive sports and adaptive outdoor adventures? Do you have expertise that would strengthen our fundraising efforts?
Therapeutic Adventures relies on volunteers from the community who commit to a variety of service roles. If you are interested in joining our TA Family of fundraising volunteers, please contact us:
Call (434) 981-5834 | Email: info@TAonline.org
We are always grateful for community partners who wish to lend a hand in our fundraising events and campaigns. Please use the form to the right if you would like to get involved as a fundraising volunteer.
“We are grateful for the generous volunteer assistance and donations we receive from individuals, community organizations, and area businesses. This support makes it feasible for us to offset the total expense of providing adaptive sports, adaptive outdoor adventure programs, and other specialty therapeutic services.”
Note: **For TA volunteer opportunities working directly with our adaptive athletes, please see the links at the bottom of this page.
At Therapeutic Adventures, becoming a volunteer is a commitment. For the safety of our adaptive athletes and other clients, we have a thorough application, review, and training process. Adult Volunteers (18 and older)
1. Submit a completed application
2. Include two non-family references (within application)
3. Authorize us to conduct a criminal background check
4. Provide documentation of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and chickenpox immunizations
5. Provide documentation of a clear – TB skin test
6. Appear for a personal interview with a volunteer coordinator
7. Attend a three-hour volunteer training
Acceptance of volunteers is contingent upon meeting the above requirements and the needs of the hospital. Completing an application does not guarantee acceptance into the volunteer program.
If you feel you will be able to meet the above requirements, complete our application.
Please call 434-981-5834 or email Therapeutic Adventures – info@TAonline.org with questions.