Volunteer

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Thank you for your interest in becoming a Volunteer! GiGi’s Playhouse is a 99% volunteer-run organization and we rely on the skill and dedication of volunteers with a broad range of expertise and availability to keep our organization running smoothly and ensure we can always deliver our programs for free. Parents, family members, community 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, please review our needs below and start the volunteer onboarding process!

  1. Fill out the Volunteer Interest Form by clicking on the orange "Volunteer" button below.
  2. Fill out the Confidentiality Form, Ethics Form and Hold Harmless Form and email them to neworleans@gigisplayhouse.org.
  3. RSVP for and attend the next Volunteer Orientation (virtual). Dates can be found on our calendar.

Our volunteer coordinator will then contact you about volunteer opportunities and add you to our Volunteer Facebook group to let you know our upcoming needs.

If you are interested in being a Program Volunteer, you will also do the following:

  1. After volunteer orientation, reach out to neworleans@gigisplayhouse.org to observe one of our in-person programs and take a tour of the playhouse.
  2. Our Program Coordinator will talk to you about which programs you would like to lead or assist.
  3. GiGi's will complete a background check.
  4. You will complete program training (about 3 - 5 hours virtually) prior to the program session.

Program Volunteers

Program Leaders:  Program Leaders play an integral role in facilitating educational and therapeutic skill development activities and connecting with families by leading the GiGi's Signature programs or specialty programs.  It is preferred that Program Leaders have education or experience in therapy (any discipline), special education, social work, music, dance, art, or a related field. GiGi's Playhouse provides program guides, sample lesson plans, and a host of resources to help support program success! Minimum commitment is 1 session (3 - 4 months), with programs occurring weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

Program Assistants: Assisting the Program Leader, these program volunteers help support program execution by preparing set-up, welcoming and engaging with families, facilitating activities, supporting participants’ successes, tracking outcomes, and doing clean-up. Minimum commitment is 1 session (3 - 4 months), with programs occurring weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

Literacy and Math Tutors: This is an exciting one-on-one 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 full session (10 weeks). You will work directly with the family of the child or adult you are tutoring to determine when you will meet for your session each week.

Math Tutoring Coordinator

The Math Tutoring Coordinator works collaboratively with the Program Coordinator and team of Math Tutors to provide a high quality, outcome-driven tutoring experience according to the program model developed by GiGi’s Playhouse, Inc.  The coordinator will participate in monthly National Program conference calls with GiGi’s Playhouse, Inc. and relay information on program development and enhancements to Math Tutor volunteers.

Board and Committee Roles

Board Members Seeking members of the community who are natural leaders, work well in a team environment, can bring connections to the playhouse and who want to support our mission of changing the way the world views Down syndrome!  The board is responsible for ensuring sustainable success of the playhouse.  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 serve on a committee. 

Committee Members:  Looking for a way to contribute in a way that is more hands-on, or in only in one specific area of the Playhouse?  Then a committee role may be for you!  Committee work ranges broadly and we have a role for all kinds of skills, interests and commitment levels. 

Outreach Committee: Build relationships with schools, therapy centers, medical professionals, community organizations, local businesses, etc. to spread the word about GiGi's Playhouse coming to this community! 

Marketing Committee:  Execute communications to families, donors and community members including social media, monthly e-newsletter, periodic blog posts and content updates to website, all using GiGi’s Playhouse’s standardized templates and tools. Also seeks ways to engage with the local media to promote GiGi’s Playhouse coming to our community.  Specialized technology experience not required. 

Development and Fundraising:  Do you have a sales background or just love engaging with people and telling the story of GiGi’s Playhouse? The fundraising committee builds a fundraising execution plan to achieve funding goals from a mixture of events, grants, donations and campaigns.  Identify major donor opportunities, research, write and follow-up on grants, execute donor presentations and ensure proper donor acknowledgements and stewardship. 

Events CommitteesExecute fundraising events.  From logistics and planning to promoting the event and filling the room to securing in-kind donations and sponsorships to making the room beautiful, the events committee knows how to throw a party, engage donors and ensure smooth events for all guests!  An Events Committee will be needed for each major fundraiser.  Commitment varies widely, but is generally short term in nature, with strong emphasis on the 1-2 months in advance of the event. 

Program Committee:  With a lineup of over 50 different potential programs, this committee will help learn about GiGi’s programs, define the initial program lineup, learn about family availability to establish initial program days and times, recruit program volunteers and ensure proper training and rollout of programs as our playhouse opens. 

Finance Committee:  Responsible for ensuring the financial health of the Playhouse. The finance committee helps build budgets, helps ensure the whole board understands the financial health of the organization and establishes the bank relationship.  NOTE:  The national office manages all bookkeeping, reconciling funds, and entering transactions into financial systems. 

Other Volunteer Needs 

You don’t need to be on the board or on a committee to help support our efforts!  There are many ways to help for a day here and there or for a week or two of intense needs.  Here are some examples: 

Facility Volunteers

Are you a handy person? We occasionally need help with minor items: paint touch-ups, light bulb & air filter changes, and minor repairs & installations.  A major plus if you can bring a tall ladder with you!

Event Volunteers

Fundraisers/Sponsorships: Help secure donations for the events by reaching out to organizations in the community, asking for sponsorship and donations  

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 and other activities.  

Silent auction items: Help secure gifts cards, experiences and other goods and services that would make great silent auction or raffle items.