Volunteer Opportunities at Ability Connection

Volunteering with Ability Connection gives you the opportunity to share your time, talents, and energy with people with disabilities in your community. Our Connection Ambassadors have the opportunity to help people, make new friends, social connections, participate more in the community, and learn job skills and social skills.

To fill our our Volunteer Application, please click here.

Here are the ways the Connection Ambassador’s can help: 

Training Center

At our training centers we utilized our Connection Ambassadors with administrative support by filing, making copies, organizing, and with mailings. There are also opportunities to help with facilities assistance, by helping with janitorial work, handyman services, and grounds cleanup. We encourage Connection Ambassadors to interact with members by teaching a special class on art, music, movement, science, tech, gardening, spelling, Spanish, reading, or any other activity that would enrich the lives of our members. Also Connection Ambassadors can come to the training centers to socialize, play games, or help during meal time.

Group Homes

We have 7 group homes that Connection Ambassadors can go to interact with members by having a cookout, planning a Game Night, reading to members, start and/or maintain a veggie garden. There are also opportunities to help with maintenance in the group homes.

Field Trips

Our members enjoy going on different adventures in the community. Connection Ambassadors are encouraged to integrate members into the community through their activities.

Special Events Support

We have special events throughout the year that we utilize Connection Ambassadors. Our three main events are the Black & White Ball, Vine & Dine Annual Dinner and Golf Tournament.

Connection Companion

One of our Connection Ambassador programs is called Connection Companions. Our Connection Companions are paired up with one of our members to establish an enriching one on one relationship. The goal is to help members that can be socially and physically isolated to develop relationships with people in the community. The Connection Companion would visit the member in their home, set up fun activities in the community, and stay in regular contact with the member. Click here to view members currently looking for a Connection Companion!

To get started, please download and complete the Volunteer Application.

If you have any questions please contact Landon Cole at lcole@kinsta.cloud

Group Volunteer

Ability Connection welcomes and appreciates various groups who come to our training centers and group homes to volunteer with our members. Our Volunteer Coordinator can help brainstorm ideas to engage your group in meaningful ways to help our members.

Here are a few examples how Groups can help:

  • Spending time with our members at Group Homes or Training Centers
  • Game Night or Cookout at Group Homes
  • Assisting with Field Trips
  • Teach a class on art, music, movement, science, tech, gardening, spelling, Spanish, reading, etc, at the Training Centers
  • Painting at Group Homes
  • Maintenance of Group Homes or Training Centers
  • Administrative Support at the Training Centers

To view volunteer job descriptions, please click here.

Download the Ability Connection Volunteer Application Form

To get started please contact Landon Cole:
lcole@kinsta.cloud
214.351.2500 ext 2255

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Position Title:  Instructor/Teacher

Location:  Training Centers on Main Campus in Dallas and Training Center in Dallas

Position Description:  Instructor/Teacher Volunteers share their passion, profession or interests with the members who participate in the training centers at Ability Connections. This is a great opportunity to share your expertise with a group of willing and excited participants. As the Instructor/Trainer you will be responsible for the type, scope and the amount of instruction and participation. Staff and other volunteers will assist the members to participate to the best of their abilities and preferences.

  • Art
  • Crafts
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Cooking
  • Technology; Computer Skills
  • Gardening/Green House
  • Public speaking
  • History
  • Science
  • Theater/Acting
  • Foreign Language

Qualifications: Must be at least 18 years old and have Interest in providing support to people with disabilities. Patience and demonstrated respect for all people.

Benefits of this position:  You will get to know some amazing people, each with their own story, passion and interests.  More importantly, you will have a huge and lasting impact on the lives of people with significant disabilities. Our members truly love to interact with others and will enjoy getting to know you

Hours or Days Needed:  One to two hours a week or every other week (a regular schedule is preferred) depending on time availability of instructor. Instruction would take place between 9:00 and 3:00, Monday through Friday

Reports To:   Training Centers Director

Note: Ability Connection will provide necessary supplies

To apply: Email resume to Lcole@abililtyconnection.org

Position Title:  Group Home Activities Assistant

Location:  Group homes in Dallas, Richardson and Garland

Position Description:  The Residential Assistant works individually or in small groups with members to ensure they gain the most benefit and enjoyment from life in their residence. This includes helping members engage in leisure or formal activities to the best of their ability and preference. This may involve but not be limited to:

  1. Leisure activities with one or more members such as watching movies or sports, reading, playing board or card games.
  2. Assist one or more members to participate in hobbies that interest them
  3. Introduce a new hobby or activity to one or more members
  4. Helping with grilling and barbecuing (food provided) lunches or dinners
  5. Social interactions with members
  6. Enjoying outdoor activities such as gardening
  7. Accompany members on group or individual outings and assist with participation
  8. Other activities deemed needed and appropriate by staff.

Qualifications: Must be at least 18 years old and have Interest in providing support to people with disabilities. Patience and demonstrated respect for all people. Special hobbies or interests a plus

Benefits of this position:  You will get to know some amazing people, each with their own story, passion and interests.  More importantly, you will have a huge and lasting impact on the lives of people with significant disabilities. Our members truly love to interact with others and will enjoy getting to know you

Hours or Days Needed:  Weekends- Mornings, afternoons or evenings depending on the activity and preferences of the residents

Reports To:   Group Home Manager

To apply: Email resume to Lcole@abililtyconnection.org

Position Title: Training Center Assistant

Location:  Headquarters in Dallas and Southlake Training Center

Position Description:  The Training Center Assistant works individually or in small groups with members to ensure they gain the most benefit and enjoyment from participation in the training center. This includes helping members engage in activities or training programs to the best of their ability and preference. This may involve but not be limited to:

  1. Conversations with members to assist with understanding the task or training
  2. Physical assistance to participate in the activity or training
  3. Assisting the member to transition from one activity or training to another
  4. Social interactions with members
  5. Leading individual or small group activities based on program need and schedule ( art, music, reading, cooking, hobbies, independent living skills)
  6. Accompany members on group outings and assist with participation
  7. Other activities deemed needed and appropriate by staff.

Qualifications: Must be at least 18 years old and have Interest in providing support to people with disabilities. Patience and demonstrated respect for all people. Special hobbies or interests a plus

Benefits of this position:  You will get to know some amazing people, each with their own story, passion and interests.  More importantly, you will have a huge and lasting impact on the lives of people with significant disabilities. Our members truly love to interact with others and will enjoy getting to know you

Hours or Days Needed:  Amount of time and days are flexible. Help is neededMonday –Friday, Mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 and Afternoons 1:00 to 3:00

Reports To:   Training Center Coordinator

To apply: Email resume to Lcole@abililtyconnection.org