Volunteer

Volunteers are the hands and feet of our organization, helping to add to our community of celebration daily!

Each year, to keep our mission moving, ESP relies on:

yearly volunteers

volunteer hours

ESP's mission wouldn't be possible without our many dedicated and energetic volunteers! We would love the support of you, your family, or your business! Here's how to get involved:

Our afternoon volunteers work one on one with a participant through a 12-week commitment in our afternoon programs.  Volunteers support their buddy in classes like bowling, swimming, art, music, and more! 

Our camp volunteers are paired with 1 to 2 campers for a week of day camp, assisting them in their activities and helping to create the camp experience! Camp is our largest and most fun program of the year, and volunteers are expected to commit Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4 pm for a week of camp! 

Our work day volunteers support ESP by keeping our properties beautiful. This is a perfect opportunity for professionals looking for a day of service with their colleagues. Opportunities in the past have included Parade Float decorating, Hooray beautification, garden planting at ESP, and more! 

Our event volunteers help support our families through monthly dinners and seasonal activities, our campers through weekend enrichment activities, and our overall mission through fundraising events. 

While our programming volunteers are often high school and college students, age 14+ looking to make a significant commitment by working directly with our participants, there are always opportunities to support ESP through special events and work days!

Meet Our Volunteer Coordinator

Our Volunteer Coordinator, Matt, is dedicated to creating opportunities for community members to engage with our mission and creating safe and engaging support for our participants. Email him at matt@extraspecialpeople.com

Volunteer in Training

 Though standard program volunteers are age 14+, we have opportunities for our young volunteers to get involved and start engaging with our community! Here are the different opportunities:

Step 1: Young Leader Training Program

Volunteers age 8-13
In this program, Young Leaders will learn about ability awareness, how to advocate for others, and leadership skills.

Step 2: VIT

Volunteers age 8-11
Young volunteers can start volunteering at fundraising events and programs by helping set-up, hanging our with our participants, and helping to facilitate programs.

Volunteers age 12-13
These VITs can start working with a participant by being paired with a counselor and their buddy. They'll begin to assist the counselor if approved to do so!