Acting as basketball referee or teaching dance or other skills are just a few of the ways to support the multifaceted work of Seguin Services, a nonprofit organization that helps adults and children with disabilities become a more integral part of their communities.
“Our greatest need is for individuals that have an ability with computers or … specific skills (in) graphic art, fitness, dance … arts and crafts,” says Kelley Currier of Romeoville, coordinator of community relations and special events for Seguin.
Programs that would benefit from volunteers generally are offered between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays.
Currier says time commitments are flexible, but notes that people willing to volunteer an hour a week for six weeks would allow Seguin to develop a class. Helping out at bingo or other games during the afternoon is another option.
“We also are looking for groups that are interested in doing a larger scale project: going to one of our homes and doing some landscaping work or cleaning up the yards,” Currier says, citing homes in Burbank and Bridgeview as two locations where help is needed.
Whom it helps
Based in Cicero, Seguin now serves 600 individuals in 45 communities in DuPage and Cook counties. Programs include community employment, residential homes, and life skills and enrichment classes to help adults live more independently. It provides daily services to about 400 adults and 200 children.
How to help
Currier says especially sought-after are people who could act as referees at Special Olympics basketball games, which run from November to February, meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays in Cicero.
Seguin also welcomes fundraising ideas and setup assistance for special events, as well as volunteers who would like to procure auction items for benefits, or help assemble gift baskets and golf goodie bags. To find out the full range of volunteer options, visit the website, which offers an online application.