Ongoing Volunteer Programs
You can also choose to participate in one of our highly successful ongoing programs:
Hot Wheels Ballroom Dance Program
Do you love to dance? Join our Hot Wheels ballroom dance team! Volunteers are needed to serve as dance partners to high school students with disabilities in our ballroom dance program. Volunteers are paired with a student who uses a wheelchair and attend weekly classes for ballroom dance instruction. Volunteers can expect a very exciting and fulfilling experience as you and your partner advance in skill and friendship every week. Experience is not required, but volunteers must be energetic and able to follow the beat of the music.
Different Strokes Art Program
Join in this innovative art program held weekly at Pillar Elementary School. Each week, volunteers introduce a new technique to the students and help them to create their own masterpiece. Volunteers assist throughout the process, but every choice is made by the student: the colors used, the shapes, the angles made, etc., resulting in an original and unique art piece.
Center for Literacy & Volunteerism
We opened the Center – a library for the 21st century – at our elementary school in Livingston in 2012. The Center combines the cozy comfort of a traditional library with cutting-edge technology to help students with disabilities access and process information. What makes the Center truly unique is that it is run entirely by volunteers. We depend on volunteers to staff the room during all classroom visits and to coordinate activities with teachers and therapists.
Sensory Story Time
This imaginative program brings stories alive for students with disabilities at Pillar Elementary School. Sensory stories are interactive presentations that provide a new way to engage our students. Volunteers present these stories using props designed to help people with disabilities see, hear, feel and smell the story – the softness of a bathrobe, the buzz of a bee, the scent of a pine tree. Stories are short, interactive and focused on feelings and sensations. Training is provided.
We rely on middle school and high school age volunteers to provide peer interaction in Pillar Schools’ afterschool program. The help of volunteers enables students to fully participate in recreational activities and builds new friendships.
Group Home Resident Cooking Partners
Volunteer with a friend to empower group home residents to cook their own meal. Each volunteer shadows a group home resident while they work together to prepare simple recipes using a meal kit.
Opportunities to Volunteer as a Team
Pillar Care Continuum hosts community service days for 40 different schools, companies and community organizations. Pillar Care can host anywhere from 2-25 volunteers in any one site or up to 60 volunteers across multiple sites. Our Volunteer Department will plan a custom volunteer experience for your team any day of the week.
Girl Scout and Boy Scout Projects
Pillar Care Continuum is proud to work with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to coordinate troop community service visits. Many Scouts have also made a lasting impact on Pillar Care through their bronze, silver, and gold awards. We will work with you to develop a project that is uniquely suited to your interests and talents.