Thank you for your interest in becoming a Volunteer. GiGi’s Playhouse is a volunteer-run organization and we rely on the skill and dedication of volunteers of various levels of expertise to keep our organization and our programs vibrant, educational, fun and free. Since the first Playhouse opened in 2003, GiGi’s Playhouse programs have always been free for our families. Parents, family members, clinicians, and individuals who believe in the GiGi’s Playhouse mission act as volunteers in GiGi’s Playhouse programs, events, administrative offices, and on our Board. If you are interested in donating your time and talent, let us know!
Types of Volunteer Opportunities
Our Board of Directors is made up of community leaders who are devoted to making GiGi's Playhouse Denver a better place. We are always looking for people in our community who can bring connections to the Playhouse and want to support our mission of changing the way the world views Down syndrome. Commitment is 2 years, with a minimum of 5 hours per month. All board members must either serve in an executive role (President, Vice-President, Treasurer or Secretary) or as a general board member and they must also serve as an advisor to a committee.
Commitment: Varied - These can be either 1x week, 1x month, or on an as-needed basis.
Volunteer Liaison: The Volunteer Liaison has an integral role in keeping in contact with all of our volunteers and making sure that they have the support that they need in order to be successful in their roles. The Volunteer Liaison will also serve as a backup to the Volunteer Coordinator and provide support at Volunteer Orientations, plan Volunteer Appreciation Events and gather stories about the impact of volunteering from the volunteers as well as from the families.
Program Leader: The Program Leader plays 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.
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 program leader.
Program Volunteers: This person will assist the program lead, and the number of volunteers depends on the size and type of program. Program volunteers just need a general knowledge of Down syndrome (which you can gain at the volunteer orientation)!
Literacy Tutors: This is an exciting opportunity to help those with Down syndrome learn to read or do math skills! The time commitment per week is 1 hour plus prep time. We ask our tutors to commit to one session (12 weeks). You will work directly with the family of the child you are tutoring to determine when you will meet for your session each week. Click here (https://gigisplayhouse.org/denver/one-on-one-literacy-tutoring/) for more information
Commitment: Varied-These can either be 1x week, 1x month or on an as needed basis.
Clean Team: Come in once a month on a Saturday afternoon to clean toys, organize and decorate. This is a great opportunity for youth groups, businesses etc.
Computer/Tech/Media: Hook up the copier/printer, come in as needed for computer assistance, and organize/label Wii and X-box games/set up informational slide show on television.
Handyman: touch up painting, fix broken toys, fix trim around stage, replace smoke detectors, etc.
Marketing/PR: contacting media for events, help write press releases, create flyers and brochures for GiGi’s Playhouse Denver, help manage social media and other communications.
Writers: for blog, grant writers, etc.
Fundraisers: Research and meet with individuals/organizations who would like to sponsor or donate to GiGi’s Playhouse Denver.
Commitment: Varied, 1x a week during event planning a few months before event
5k-Spring, Social Gathering-Summer, Gala-Winter 2023. Other events throughout the year
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.
Decorations: Research and secure rentals needed for the event
Food and Beverage: Research and secure food and beverage donations
Day of Volunteers: Helping with registration