Volunteers are an invaluable part of the operation of The Arc of Palm Beach County. Our volunteers assist us with our fundraising events, program activities and more. A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available, so you are sure to find something that fits your interests and your schedule. If you have a volunteer project in mind that you don’t see here, we’ll be happy to work with you to try to make that happen.
*All Arc volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and are responsible for their own transportation.
Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Band Together to Celebrate Abilities
Join us on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 8:30am-5:30pm for a fun-filled day of community service as we package 70,000 neon bands at the South Florida Fairgrounds!
This event is open to volunteers of all ages-- it's perfect for companies, families, and students that need to get volunteer hours.
These packaged bands will be distributed throughout Palm Beach County during the month of October to highlight the employability of adults with developmental disabilities and celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The Arc’s Career Transition Program (CTP) helps adults with developmental disabilities become more independent by building self-advocates, creating career opportunities, developing strong interpersonal and living skills and enhancing their opportunities to participate in community activities. NDEAM at work… Celebrating Abilities.
*At Band Together, we will also be collecting canned goods for the Arc Pantry Project. This past school year, the Arc Pantry helped over 100 families by providing food during the holidays and summer vacation. Can you help? If you can, bring a can!
For more information, visit https://arcpbc.org/events/public-events/volunteer-events/band-together
Holiday Suite at The Gardens Mall (ages 12+)
November 24-December 24, 2017
The Arc of Palm Beach County signs up volunteers to help offer complimentary gift wrapping services to The Gardens Mall customers. During this time, volunteers can talk about The Arc and the benefit from donations collected. The suite runs from Black Friday to Christmas Eve. Volunteer sign-up will be available online late October/early November.
*All Arc volunteers are responsible for their own transportation.
Are you the type of person who enjoys the satisfaction that comes with working with someone one-on-one in order to help that person create something, participate in an activity or develop a skill that will lead to a better life? If so, this may be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.
Several of The Arc’s programs provide opportunities for direct client interaction. Participation needs vary by program, but some options include working with our clients in the Artisan program, facilitating a weekly book club for adults, assisting at camps or at Friday evening recreation activities, spending time with group home residents during a variety of activities, or assisting with skills training.
A Level II Background Screening is required for these volunteer opportunities.
Does your civic or fraternal group want to do something meaningful for people in need? Are you and your friends interested in giving back to the community? If this sounds like you, a group volunteer project at The Arc may be just the right thing. Below are some ways your group can help at The Arc. If your group has a project in mind, we would love to hear about it!
A unique component to the Career Transition Program is the Artisan Program. This program enables clients to utilize their creative talents to produce unique hand crafted mosaic items. This program allows the participants to sharpen their fine motor skills, understanding of color and balance, communication and social skills. Artisans’ sell their art throughout Palm Beach County in a variety of shops, and art shows such as ArtiGras. As a result of these endeavors, the artist can earn extra income.
The Arc’s Artisan Program has also become a destination for community volunteer groups, looking to make a difference while doing something fun and different.
For groups of 20 or more, we require a $500 donation to help cover the cost of extra staffing and supplies. The Arc can accommodate 30-40 volunteers maximum.
If your group would like to come and volunteer with the Artisan program, please give us 1-3 weeks’ notice so that we can find a time that works for all parties.
For examples of the artwork created through our Artisan program, visit: https://www.facebook.com/TheArcofPalmBeachCounty/ and click on Photos.
Group Home Deep Clean
The Arc of Palm Beach County has 4 group homes in Palm Beach County. For a volunteer group looking for a hands-on activity, coming to one of The Arc’s group homes to do a deep cleaning would be a great fit. This would greatly benefit the residents that call them home.
Do you believe in The Arc’s mission and want to help, but really don’t have the time? It’s easy – you can make a big difference by doing something that you already do.
The Arc’s group homes use many of the same household products that we all do, and frequently need them replenished. You can support The Arc the next time you go shopping by picking up one or two of these items and dropping them off at the agency’s Courim Center in Riviera Beach.
If you prefer to shop online, Amazon Smile makes it easy for you! Order packages through Amazon Smile at https://smile.amazon.com and have them delivered to The Arc. Make sure to choose The Arc of Palm Beach County and .05% of all proceeds will go back to The Arc's mission.
The agency appreciates donations of cleaning supplies (mops and buckets, sponges, paper towels, window cleaners) and household goods and toiletries (toothpaste and toothbrushes, toilet tissue, kitchen towels, dishwashing and laundry detergent, plastic sandwich, storage and trash bags. Gift cards to Target, Walmart, Publix, Lowes and Home Depot so that agency staff can purchase these items are also appreciated.
Donations of gift cards and other items that can be used for fundraising auctions and raffle prizes at these events are also welcome at any time.
Want to get involved but can’t commit to a regular schedule? Enjoy being a part of fun and unique activities? Then this is the volunteer opportunity for you.
The Arc holds a number of special events throughout the year, ranging from gift wrapping to golf outings to galas. Depending on the event, these may take place in an evening or during the day, on a weekday or on a weekend. Something is sure to fit your lifestyle.
Please complete the volunteer application and contact the Advancement Department at 561-842-3213.