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Volunteers Make it all Possible!

Jacob's Chance believes in the power of volunteerism, and that involving volunteers in our programs promotes disability acceptance and a more inclusive community. Young people can begin to volunteer independently at age 12, and new volunteers will be mentored by more experienced volunteers. Volunteers younger than 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If you're over the age of 18 and new to volunteering with Jacob's Chance, you must have a background check before volunteering. Contact us at programs@jacobschance.org to get started with your background check.

Current Volunteer
Opportunities

Summer Camps

Wave Riders Surf Camp

Summer Tee Off

Summer Bowling Clinics

Annual Summer Dance

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Summer Fun for Everyone Summer Camps
in partnership with

Summer Fun for Everyone is a multiple-week series of summer camps offered by Jacob's Chance for campers ages 8-40 with developmental, intellectual, and/or physical disabilities. Through one week of outdoor camp, one week of culinary arts camp, another week of sports camp, and a fourth week of arts camp, campers participate in a variety of enriching activities that are focused on positive self-image, socialization, and wellness. Jacob's Chance utilizes the buddy system to ensure each camper is able to participate to their maximum potential.

 

We welcome volunteers ages 12+ to work individually or in small groups with campers to provide companionship, provide any assistance they may need, and ensure the campers have successful experiences.

Volunteer for both AM and PM sessions, or choose just one! Volunteers who wish to do both sessions can bring a lunch and stay onsite in between camps. Jacob's Chance ALWAYS welcomes and encourages college-aged and adult volunteers to volunteer for PM sessions especially, so our campers can have peer buddies!

Outdoor Camp
Date: June 24-27th (Monday-Thursday)
Time: 9:30-12pm (campers of all ages)
Location: Dorey Park (2999 Darbytown Road Henrico, VA 23231)

Culinary Arts Camp
Date: July 8-11th (Monday-Thursday)
Times:

9:30-12pm (younger campers)
1:30-4pm (adult campers)
Location: Hope Church RVA (12445 Patterson Ave, Richmond, VA 23238)

Sports Camp
Date: July 15-18th (Monday-Thursday)
Times:

9:30-12pm (younger campers)
1:30-4pm (adult campers)
Location: Tuckahoe Middle School (9000 Three Chopt Rd, Richmond, VA 23229)

Arts Camp
Date: July 22-25th (Monday-Thursday)
Times:

9:30-12pm (younger campers)
1:30-4pm (adult campers)
Location: Tuckahoe Middle School (9000 Three Chopt Rd, Richmond, VA 23229)

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Wave Riders Surf Camp

Wave Riders Surf Camp with Jacob's Chance offers multiple opportunities throughout the summer to give youth and young adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities, with or without physical disabilities the chance to surf with qualified instructors.

As a volunteer, you'll spend time with our participants in the water and on the beach! Jacob's Chance will provide pizzas on the beach. Gluten Free option will be a house salad. Volunteers and surfers are responsible for their own drinks along with snacks.

Dates: Saturday, July 20th OR Saturday, August 17th

Time: 1:00-4:00pm

Volunteer commitment time: 12:30-4:00pm

Location: Croatan Beach, Virginia Beach (920 Vanderbilt Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451)

Annual Summer Tee Off

Join Jacob's Chance and First Tee for an event hosted by the Richmond Flying Squirrels featuring a variety of adaptive golf themed games, activities, and a picnic lunch! 50 participants with disabilities and their families will have the chance to be introduced to a variety of golf themed activities, including running the bases of the Diamond during a game of golf baseball! ​

Volunteers will be paired 1:1 to assist participants throughout the event as needed, providing opportunities for socializing and making sure they have the BEST time! Expect fun, laughs, and special guest appearances!

Date: Friday, June 21st
Event Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Volunteer Commitment Time: 9:30am-1:00pm
Location: The Diamond (3001 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23230)

Ages: Volunteers 12+ are welcome!

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Annual Summer Dance

Saddle up for Jacob's Chance Wild West dance! Swing by for toe-tappin' tunes, themed activities, and a rootin'-tootin' good time! Wild West attire is encouraged but not required! No dinner, just light refreshments. We can't wait to see you there!

Volunteers will be paired 1:1 to assist participants throughout the event as needed, providing opportunities for socializing and making sure they have the BEST time! Expect fun, laughs, and great dance moves!

Date: Saturday, August 3rd
Event Time: 3:00-5:00pm
Volunteer Commitment Time: 2:30-5:00pm
Location: Weinstein JCC (5403 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226)

Ages: Volunteers 12+ are welcome!

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Fall Day Enrichment Programs

Day enrichment programs provide opportunities for young adults with disabilities out of high school to continue learning and growing through offering enrichment experiences within a variety of topics and subjects. Help us create a supportive space for young adults to explore new interests by providing socialization and assistance where needed!

Dates: 10-week programs begin the week of September 9th and run through the week of November 11th

Locations: TBD!


*Fall registration & schedule will be announced in July!*

Fall Athletics

This Fall, help our friends with disabilities have THE BEST time playing sports like Soccer, Tennis, & Flag Football! All ages and abilities are welcome to join us.

Your role is to help the games run smoothly, make sure players feel supported, and help facilitate conversations and fun social interaction!
 

Dates: 
Soccer:
Saturdays, September 7th - October 12th, 9:30-11:45am
Tennis: Sundays, September 8th - October 13th, 5:30-7:30pm

Volunteer commitment time:
Soccer: 9:15-11:45am
Tennis: 5:15-7:30pm

Location: TBD

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Teen & Adult
3G - Guys, Gals, & Games

3G is a weekly social group focused on providing opportunities for socializing, relationship building, and disability acceptance. We come together each week to play card games, board games, build Legos, draw, color, or just hang out!

We have two sections of 3G, one for teens 13 through high school, and one for young adults out of high school through age 40!


Dates: Wednesdays, September 11th - November 13th (10 weeks)
Time: 5-6pm
Location: Belmont Recreation Center
(1600 Hilliard Rd, Richmond, VA 23228)


*Fall registration will be open in July!*

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