Service Opportunities


If you know of a community organization, school or agency serving persons with disabilities that has a specific need that can be addressed by Teachers in Action, post the opportunity here with details and appropriate contact information. 

Please include the location/city of the opportunity in the title of your post so that others can easily scan for a project near them.

UCP of Central Florida is our lead community partner, with 7 locations in the Orlando area, but Teachers in Action participants also serve many other organizations throughout Central Florida! We include a brief list of popular service sites here (indexed to the left, and posted in full below) to show you some of the service-learning opportunities that are available from semester to semester. 

ANY organization that serves children, youth or adults with intellectual, physical, or emotional-behavioral disabilities/disorders is a potential service site. Some of the community partners that we've identified and posted here have specific applications, screening procedures, and points-of-contact. Be sure to read all available information before contacting a site, and plan ahead to meet their requirements. 

Helpful Tool:  If you choose to organize a service activity of your own that involves many volunteers, you may want to manage your event using a free organizing tool like VolunteerSpot.com. This free site allows you to schedule activities, invite volunteers, create a sign-up sheet, and send out reminders and confirmations. It can be used to help you manage almost any event involving volunteers. It's an easy way to organize your event, track volunteers, and communicate with everyone involved.


Altamonte Springs- Recreation

posted Aug 31, 2012, 11:05 AM by Rebecca Hines   [ updated Aug 31, 2012, 11:06 AM ]

Looking for a place to support existing programs?  Altamonte Springs offers recreation activities for persons with disabilities ages 13-up, and they are always looking for support.  Check this link and explore volunteer opportunities.

Orlando- Tutoring

posted Aug 28, 2012, 10:46 AM by Rebecca Hines

Please read a local request and respond if you are interested:
My name is Michelle Rodriguez and I am a former graduate from the Education department at UCF. I am currently working at McCoy elementary through a YMCA grant program. We are working very closely with the school to provide tutoring for children who are not at grade level. I am in need of some tutors please. I understand that some of your students might need service learning hours so I wanted to pass along this information. Please have them contact me. I am looking for plenty of help with grades K-5th. If you have any questions let me know. Thank you!
 
Michelle Rodriguez
Program Director
5225 S. Semoran blvd.
Orlando, FL 32822
mirodriguez@cfymca.org

Deltona- Discovery Elementary Puppets, Performance, or Arts & Literacy

posted Aug 21, 2012, 7:01 AM by Rebecca Hines   [ updated Aug 21, 2012, 7:02 AM ]

Discovery Elementary in Deltona is interested in having art, technology, puppet, or other types of club activities integrating into literacy lessons for students with disabilities.  Art supplies and puppet theatres are available for use with these activities.  Contact Dr. Hines before Sept. 15 at rebecca.hines@ucf.edu to arrange a meeting with the principal and plan an activity.

Orlando- UCP Bailes Elementary Art & Music Integration

posted Jul 26, 2012, 6:57 PM by Rebecca Hines   [ updated Aug 20, 2012, 8:30 AM by Alisa Barrios ]

UCP's Bailes campus is a charter school that includes arts integration as a specific learning opportunity.  With only one part-time art/music teacher, they have a need for others to lead activities in the arts to supplement the teachers' curriculum.  Materials are available on-site to support the activities.  Check the Orlando- UCP of Central Florida: East Orange/Bailes Campus post for more information on working with UCP Bailes.

Daytona- UCP WORC

posted Jun 12, 2012, 6:16 PM by Shawn Eigenbrode   [ updated Aug 21, 2012, 6:59 AM by Sharonda.Elliott@ucf.edu ]

UCP WORC hosts regular weekly events for adults with disabilities, Please see the list of opportunities needed at UCP WORC by clicking on the PDF attachment below.  Also, a volunteer DJ is needed for monthly events. Interested? For details and other possible volunteer opportunities, open "IDEAS FOR STUDENTS..." ATTACHMENT.  TO GET STARTED PLEASE OPEN THE "GETTING STARTED" ATTACHMENT  (see below) FOR CONTACT INFORMATION AND FORMS. 


FITNESS WITH FRIENDS Field Day -- Choose Your Location!

posted May 22, 2012, 3:32 PM by Shawn Eigenbrode   [ updated Aug 21, 2012, 7:07 AM by Sharonda.Elliott@ucf.edu ]

Looking for an event you can bring to any community?

Many students have held Fitness with Friends days at schools and agencies that serve students with disabilities.  Usually it is a one-day event, but planning counts toward service hours so you can accomplish all 15 hours with a single event.  Ideally you will try to include students or adults with disabilities in helping to plan the activity, but this is nor required.  You do want to make sure you are familiar with the population for whom you are planning the event, so spend time at the agency or school to be sure you are planning appropriately for the needs of the audience.

Sample past Field Days include: SEE "HOW TO GUIDE" ATTACHED BELOW.


The UCP East Orange/Bailes Campus is one of seven locations for UCP of Central Florida. The East Orange/Bailes Campus is an OCPS elementary charter school that practices full inclusion for students with and without disabilities, and is always willing to host Fitness with Friends activities..

For service-learning opportunities at the East Orange/Bailes school, visit the following wiki and read all instructions: http://bailesvolunteers.wikispaces.com/

You may want to print the plan below if you are looking for a ready-made activity! 

Check the Orlando- UCP of Central Florida: East Orange/Bailes Campus post for more information on working with UCP Bailes.  This is a popular and busy location. Plan ahead, follow instructions, and be prepared to choose another service site in case this location is full.

LOCATION:
UCP East Orange/Bailes Campus
12702 Science Drive
Orlando, FL 32826
(located near the Village at Science Drive Apartments, on the UCF Shuttle Route #5)

Winter Park- Easter Seals Florida: "Day Break" Adult Day Services

posted Jan 26, 2012, 7:11 PM by Shawn Eigenbrode   [ updated Sep 23, 2012, 3:00 PM ]

Day Break is an adult day care program offered by Easter Seals Florida at the Elinor & T. William Miller, Jr. Center serving adults over 18 years of age, with disabilities and/or special needs, as well as older adults and adults with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related disorders. Other conditions may include stroke recovery, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and mental illness.

Day Break is open Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 5:30pm, to allow family members and caregivers to continue working in the community knowing their loved one is in a safe, stimulating environment during the day.

What do clients do at Day Break?
Participants enjoy educational and social activities that focus on five areas: Cognition, Gross Motor Skills, Fine Motor Skills, Socialization and Health & Wellness. Daily activities may include current events discussions, arts and craft projects, poetry, cultural events, gardening, outdoor walks and simple exercises, music therapy, intergenerational activities, dancing, pet therapy and health education.

Day Break welcomes volunteers at the Miller Center to interact with clients and to assist with playing bingo, reading stories, karaoke, creating arts & crafts with clients, and leading activity sessions (i.e. fitness, current events, baking, life skills, etc…).

IMPORTANT:  ALL volunteers will be required to complete and sign an Easter Seals volunteer packet before beginning their service-learning hours; the packet covers general volunteer information, dress code policy, privacy requirements, etc.  Also, in order to volunteer more than 20 hours in a single month, you must submit to a screening/background check by Easter Seals. Volunteering fewer than 20 hours per month does not require screening. 

CONTACT:
Kristin Kane, Activity Director
Day Break at Easter Seals Florida, Inc.
2010 Mizell Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32792
Phone: (407) 629-4565 ext. 12107
Email: kkane@fl.easterseals.com

http://fl.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=FLDR_DayBreak
http://fl.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=FLDR_CFVolunteering#daybreak2

UCP of Central Florida: other campuses -- multiple locations

posted Jan 26, 2012, 7:09 AM by Shawn Eigenbrode   [ updated Aug 29, 2012, 6:59 PM by Sharonda.Elliott@ucf.edu ]

Various service-learning opportunities are available through Teachers in Action's lead partner, UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) of Central Florida, which operates six charter schools throughout the region, serving elementary, middle and high school students.

UCP Campuses: click here for addresses

  • Downtown Orlando / Holloway
  • Downtown Orlando / Transitional Learning Academy (middle & high school)
  • East Orange / Bailes   <--- See separate posting for this campus
  • Kissimmee / Osceola
  • Pine Hills
  • Lake Mary / Seminole
  • Winter Garden / West Orange

Opportunities vary by campus and season. In prior semesters, opportunities have included:

  • Art Buddies -- assist students one-on-one during their art integration experiences.
  • Day Camp -- assist students during after-school, in-service, or summer activities. 
  • General Classroom Assistance -- be assigned to inclusive classrooms needing general assistance or to students with disabilities needing one-on-one attention.
  • Lunch Buddies (West Orange campus) -- provide K-3 assistance and help guide directed activities during lunch-time and recess, generally 11:30AM-1:30PM, Monday thru Friday.
  • Phys. Ed. Buddies -- make a difference and get a little exercise at the same time as a PE Buddy for K-3 students.
  • Tech Buddies -- inclusive K-3 classrooms need for volunteers to work one-on-one with students and help them set up a homepage for their computing experiences.
  • ask what is needed at the campus closest to you!

Interested? All students must complete a Student Service-Learning packet click on the "Getting Started Guide" (attached below) and submit required paperwork  to Terrie Wynter, Volunteer Manager at twynter@ucpcfl.org or call (407) 852-3369. Be sure to indicate your project and desired location on your application!

Questions about placement and specific campus opportunities should also be directed to Ms. Wynter.

Orlando- UCP of Central Florida: East Orange/Bailes Campus

posted Jan 23, 2012, 7:22 AM by Shawn Eigenbrode   [ updated Aug 29, 2012, 6:51 PM by Sharonda.Elliott@ucf.edu ]

The UCP East Orange/Bailes Campus is one of seven locations for UCP of Central Florida. The East Orange/Bailes Campus is an OCPS elementary charter school that practices full inclusion for students with and without disabilities, and is always willing to host Fitness with Friends activities..

For service-learning opportunities at the East Orange/Bailes school, visit the following wiki and read all instructions: http://bailesvolunteers.wikispaces.com/

All students must complete a Student Service-Learning packet click on the "Getting Started Guide" (attached below) and submit required paperwork  to Terrie Wynter, Volunteer Manager at twynter@ucpcfl.org or call (407) 852-3369. Be sure to indicate your project and desired location on your application!

Questions about placement and campus opportunities should also be directed to Ms. Wynter.

Melbourne/Palm Bay- Space Coast Early Intervention Center

posted Jan 20, 2012, 6:29 PM by Shawn Eigenbrode   [ updated Aug 20, 2012, 8:32 AM by Alisa Barrios ]

Space Coast Early Intervention Center (SCEIC) welcomes Teachers in Action service-learners to assist in our inclusive classrooms of children with and without disabilities ranging from ages of 13 months to 7 years old. Student Volunteers are asked to commit to volunteering in 4 hour increments, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Monday, Thursday, and Friday or 2:00 PM-6:00PM Monday-Friday. Volunteer hours may also be completed by helping with our Saturday evening RESPITE program.

Students who are interested in this volunteer opportunity should submit a Volunteer Application found at this link; https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=314663928

Once your Volunteer Application is received you will be contacted about attending a volunteer orientation and to schedule your initial volunteer experience. Your email address will be your login ID once you are accepted as a volunteer. Please do not use a “Knights.UCF.edu” email address as that system will not accept email/replies from SCEIC servers. To learn more about SCEIC please visit: http://www.sceic.com/.

Interested? Have questions?
Contact Mrs. Candace Gross, email cgross@sceic.com (Again, please do not use “Knights.UCF.edu” email address as that system will not accept email/replies from SCEIC servers), or Ph: 321-729-6858 ext 206 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.

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