You can make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families! Volunteering with ISDD is a chance to give back with the skills you have or take advantage of opportunities to learn new ones. Our current volunteer opportunities are listed below.
How to become a volunteer
Click below to fill out the Volunteer Interest Google Form
Questions or issues? Call 470-310-3458 or email if you have any questions or need additional information. Otherwise, someone will be in touch shortly following your submission of the form.
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
Children's Support Group Facilitator
Do you enjoy working with children ages 5-12 and want to further you skills in group work? This opportunity provides a chance to work under a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who will provide supervision. It is a chance to give back to the some of the most vulnerable children and their families in Atlanta. Project GRANDD families are grandparents raising their grandchildren with special needs. The biological parents are unable to care for the children due to a variety of reasons including death, illness, substance addiction, incarceration, etc.
The Children’s Support Group Facilitator is responsible for facilitating a monthly support group for elementary-aged children who are being raised by their grandparents. The Children’s Group Facilitator is responsible for the development and maintenance of the group and ensures that the group meets and maintains the partnerships standards of quality. Time commitment is 2 hours per month beginning in January 2017. Group will be held at the Metropolitan Library Branch in SW Atlanta. Supervision is provided by the Program Director who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
The Children's Group Facilitator will:
a) provide a safe, nurturing and supportive environment for children
b) provide opportunities for children to enhance their self-esteem and practice social skills
c) model effective non-violent problem solving and conflict resolution techniques
d) support children and their grandparents to establish trust and positive interactions with each other
e) support children as they work through difficult emotions such as grief, anger and loss
Desired Skills and Experience
This position requires the following skills: Group Facilitation, Cross-cultural Communication, People Skills, Relationship Building, Child Welfare, Child Care. Experience working with children required. Master’s degree in counseling or social work preferred.
Childcare Volunteer--Children with Special Needs
Make a difference in the lives of children being raised by grandparents. Become a childcare volunteer to supervise children aged 3 to 7 once a month while their grandparents and older siblings participate in a support group. Some of the children have special needs and require one to one attention--so we need lots of volunteers.
Activities include reading stories and supervising quiet play from 6:00pm - 7:45pm on the fourth Monday of the month at the Atlanta-Fulton County Library - Metropolitan Branch at 1332 Metropolitan Parkway Atlanta, GA.
Volunteers must pass a background check to participate in this role.