GiGi’s Playhouse, a network of non-profit Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, provides FREE purposeful and therapeutic programming to individuals with Down syndrome of all ages and their families.
Our Mission and Purpose: To change the way the world views Down syndrome and to send a global message of acceptance for all.
Our Vision: To see a world where individuals with Down syndrome are accepted and embraced in their families, schools and communities.
Our Niche: We change lives through consistent delivery of free educational, therapeutic-based and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community, through a replicable playhouse model.
Our Promise: A lifetime commitment to families.
Types of Volunteer Opportunities
Program Leader: The Program Leader and Assistant play an integral role within GiGi’s Playhouse Programs – to facilitate skill development activities and connect with families. It is preferred that the Program Leader has advanced education and/or training in developmental therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavioral therapy, social work, special education, speech-language therapy, music, dance, art or a related field.
Program Assistant: Program Assistants assist the Program Leader in delivering a purposeful program. Duties may include helping greet families, arriving early to set-up, capturing video and/or photographs during the program, participating in the activities and more. Program Assistant volunteers need a general knowledge of Down syndrome (which you can gain at the volunteer orientation).
Host Family: The Host Family attends the assigned program each session to ensure that no family must attend on their own and works in conjunction with the Program Leader.
Literacy and Math Tutors: This is an exciting opportunity to help those with Down syndrome with reading or math skills! The time commitment is 1 hour per week for a ten-week session. We match you with a student based on your availability as well as the student’s, and you can work directly with the family of the child you are tutoring to determine when you will meet for your session each week.
Clean Team: Come in at least once a month to help keep the Playhouse clean as well as to organize and decorate. This is a great opportunity for youth groups, businesses, etc.
IT: Help with our technology needs. Contact us for more information on our current projects.
Facilities: Help with general Playhouse maintenance, repairs, etc.
Fundraising: Research and meet with individuals/organizations who would like to sponsor or donate to GiGi’s Playhouse Canton.
Committee member: Participate in event planning meetings with focus on specific areas of accountability. This could be a team member that helps to plan and organize the details, such as: researching and securing rentals, entertainment, locations, and food or beverage donations for the event.
Chairperson: Oversee the committee and event, some experience with event/people management preferred.
Fundraisers/Sponsorships: Help secure donations for the events by reaching out to organizations in the community, asking for sponsorship and donations.
Marketing/PR: Write Press releases, follow up with media, create flyers, brochures etc.
Day of Volunteers: Helping with registration and various other jobs needed on the day of an event.
Current Committee Opportunities
Events: Coordinate all event logistics and planning for GiGi’s Playhouse Canton while working in various sub-committees by event.
Finance: Prepare annual budget, review budget quarterly, and assist with other financial needs.
Marketing: Help with social media planning, website and newsletter editing, content development, graphic design, blog writing, and media/PR by maintaining local media contacts and writing press releases.
Outreach: Increase awareness about Down syndrome and GiGi’s Playhouse in the community.
Program: Help plan and organize the details of current and future GiGi’s Playhouse Canton programming. Review program needs and determine potential grant opportunities.
Salary Range or Hourly Rate
N/A - Volunteer Opportunity