Volunteers

Thank you to our many volunteers

Volunteering at Eddie's Club
Volunteering with Eddie’s Club is a fun and rewarding experience. The benefits reach much further than the Community Service Hours that our volunteers receive. We track all of our volunteers’ service hours throughout the season and cumulatively from year-to-year. Service hours can be confirmed in the x2volunteer web-based tracking system if your school is a participant. For those students not tracking their hours through this system, we also provide a hardcopy record of service hours at the end of each Eddie’s Club session. Letters of recommendation or confirmation for clubs, colleges, job applications, etc. are available upon request.

Why Volunteer with Us?

With all of the organizations from which to choose, why volunteer with Eddie’s Club? By being a buddy with a special needs friend for a few hours you are making a difference. You will gain an opportunity to experience life from the eyes of a special needs individual and will begin to understand the community’s responsibility to support persons with developmental disabilities. This is a mutually rewarding experience for both you as well as the special needs participant you help. You will also be giving the parents a brief break from the rigors of raising a special needs child.

Training

All of our new and returning volunteers are required to go through our one time, one-hour orientation and informational training at the first session they attend each season. This training, led by an Eddie’s Club staff member, will provide you with ideas on how to support and work one-on-one with the participant to whom you are assigned. This training is intended to help you understand what to expect when interacting as a buddy to a special needs person. In addition, there are always plenty of adult Eddie’s Club staff members available to support YOU throughout the entire session.

Time Involved

Eddie’s Club meets the first Sunday of the month during the months of October through March. Each meeting lasts for two hours and meetings begin at 2:00 p.m. We ask that our returning volunteers arrive between 1:45 – 1:55 p.m. in order to sign-in. All new and returning volunteers are asked to report at 1:00 p.m. for their initial training prior to their first 2:00 p.m. meeting of the season. All volunteers are expected to stay until 4:00 p.m.

Service Hours

You will earn community service hours for your time spent volunteering with us. You can earn additional hours by arriving at 12:30 to help with set up and staying until 4:30 to help shut down and clean up.
Volunteer Contacts, Location & Dates

Volunteer Coordinators:
Jeff & Teresa Salino
jeffsalino@verizon.net
(703) 932-7792

Location

Washington Irving Middle School
8100 Old Keene Mill Road
Springfield, VA

2016-2017 Dates

October 2
November 6
December 4
January 8
February 5
March 5