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Highland Park, Illinois 60035-3899
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Email Us: info@nssed.org

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Volunteering

“ ‘Volunteer’ not only means someone who comes to school during the day, but also anyone who supports school goals and children’s learning in any way, at any place, and at any time.”

~ School, Family and Community Partnerships by J.L. Epstein et al., c 2002

NSSED created a District Partnership Team whose purpose is to write and implement plans for family and community involvement that will help us reach desired outcomes for students, families and NSSED as a whole. (For additional information regarding partnership please refer to our Partnership Program page under Resources.) A cornerstone of all partnership work is an active volunteer program; therefore, the District Partnership Team determined the establishment of an NSSED volunteer program to be its highest priority.

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Our vision is that

NSSED volunteer

activities will cover

the arc of our

students’ lives, from

their time in school

through to adult life.

 

 

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Special Needs Employment Specialist

The function is to offer on-site support to young adults with varying levels of  disabilities enabling them to become active wage earning members of the workforce and community. This would involve being present at the job, working in collaboration with other staff and supervisors to improve employment outcomes.

Training and observations are necessary and will be specific to each case until a level of comfort is reached by all those involved.

Time commitment- flexible

Garden Support

Help keep the weeds and crops in check in our student run garden at Wagner Farm.

Our NSSED students are in charge of planning, planting and tending our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) for our customers.

Time commitment-flexible

 

How do I become a volunteer?

Individuals interested in volunteering with NSSED attend a general orientation session to learn about the district and specific volunteer opportunities. Prospective volunteers fill out an application to indicate their interests, availability, experience and service area preferences. We will discuss open volunteer opportunities with you to help match your qualifications and interests with NSSED’s current needs. In addition to the general orientation, you will receive on the job training from fellow volunteers and your NSSED supervisor. Specific training is offered and required for some volunteer positions.

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We look forward to meeting you!

Click here for a complete list of volunteer opportunities.

Click here to submit a volunteer interest form.


For more information, 
 email:
volunteer@nssed.org

NSSED Volunteer In Partnership Description Table

Over the past several months, teachers, member district and NSSED administrators, parents and community members have been engaged in a process to develop a comprehensive volunteer program to support our students, staff, families and community partners.  We have worked on recruitment, selection and training components of the program.  We have established our mission to be to

Enrich the lives of persons with disabilities and community members by connecting them in educational, vocational and recreational programs throughout their communities.

Volunteer work may be in the classroom, the office or in the community, during after-school programming or even during the summer. It may be an activity, direct support for a teacher or support for an individual student. Volunteer roles may be to serve as mentors, coaches, boosters, monitors, lecturers, chaperones, tutors or leaders. The opportunities for volunteerism within NSSED are not limited exclusively to in school or classroom activities. There are opportunities to assist with NSSED programs and children’s progress in multiple locations and at various times.

Our hope is that in creating an environment that actively supports volunteerism we will increase more opportunities for our students both in our schools and in their broader communities as more individuals get to know our children.

How do I become a volunteer?

Individuals interested in volunteering with NSSED attend a general orientation session to learn about the district and specific volunteer opportunities. Prospective volunteers fill out an application to indicate their interests, availability, experience and service area preferences. We will discuss open volunteer opportunities with you to help match your qualifications and interests with NSSED’s current needs. In addition to the general orientation, you will receive on the job training from fellow volunteers and your NSSED supervisor. Specific training is offered and required for some volunteer positions.

 

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