Volunteering is an excellent way to become involved in your community. The Conway Human Development Center offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. CHDC is very grateful for all of the wonderful volunteers who give of their time and money in support of the individuals with developmental disabilities who live at CHDC. Whether you are a college student searching for valuable intern experience or would like to volunteer for personal reasons, CHDC will be happy to find the volunteer program for you.
Below are some of the programs available at CHDC. For more information about the following programs, please contact Sally Sellers, Volunteer Coordinator, at (501) 329-6851, extension 319 or email Sally Sellers.
The Volunteer Council is a private, non-profit 501-c-3 organization formed in 1981. The Council is composed of community representatives who want to help meet the special, long-term needs of individuals at CHDC. The primary mission of the Council is to provide resources for these needs, with the goal of improving the quality of life for residents at the center. The secondary purpose of the council is to increase community awareness of the needs and the abilities of CHDC individuals; council members help further this awareness in their day-to-day lives with information provided at meetings.
The Council adopts center projects not funded by the Arkansas State Legislature or by federal funds, but which have the endorsement of the center, superintendent and state boards and agencies that govern center operations. The Council organizes two annual fundraisers, recruits new members, and, when possible, informs the community about CHDC.
The volunteer Council meets the third Thursday of each month (unless otherwise announced) at noon. Meetings are held on campus at the Visitation Center, which was funded by Volunteer Council efforts. Lunch is provided and meetings seldom last more than one hour. Besides discussing council business, informative programs are conducted about innovative projects and services provided to residents which increase job skills or community interaction.
If you are interested in supporting CHDC's mission of service to individuals with developmental disabilities and would like to do so by joining the Council, please call Sally Sellers, Volunteer Coordinator at (501) 329-6851, extension 319, or email Sally Sellers
CHDC offers a variety of internship programs to students. Interns may fulfill course requirements as deemed appropriate by their university, and staff are very willing to accommodate class schedules. Programs available include: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Nursing, Speech Pathology, and Dietetics. Other areas may be available. These programs allow students to acquire valuable field experience, as well as to gain the knowledge of working with the developmentally disabled population.
To apply for a CHDC internship, please download and complete a volunteer application (below) and mail to CHDC Volunteer Services / 150 E. Siebenmorgen Rd. / Conway, AR / 72032, or call Sally Sellers at at (501) 329-6851, extension 319, or email Sally Sellers Once the volunteer application has been received and processed, a brief volunteer orientation will be scheduled and intern hours will be arranged.
Just Friends Program
The Just Friends program is designed to provide loving companionship to one selected client at CHDC. This wonderful program is highly beneficial and fulfilling to both clients and volunteers. Just Friends may interact with clients in a variety of ways depending on the individuals' abilities and interests. A minimum of one hour per week is desired, unless special circumstances warrant a variation. This program is very flexible in terms of time commitment. If you are interested in volunteering to be a Just Friend to a person with developmental disability, please download and complete a volunteer application (below) and mail to CHDC Volunteer Services / 150 E. Siebenmorgen Rd. / Conway, AR / 72032, or call Sally Sellers at at (501) 329-6851, extension 319, or email Sally Sellers .Once the volunteer application has been received and processed, a brief volunteer orientation will be scheduled and visiting hours will be arranged.
CHDC Volunteer Council accepts numerous donations. Monetary donations are deposited into the Volunteer Council general use fund, which is designated for the special needs of CHDC individuals. Corporations, organizations, and individuals are welcome to make donations for general use or to support specific events, projects, or areas. .Clothing donations are distributed by our on-site clothing room to individuals on campus. Other donations (i.e. holiday gifts, equipment, etc) are accepted and distributed where needed on campus.
To make a donation to the CHDC Volunteer Council, please call Sally Sellers, Volunteer Coordinator, at (501) 329-6851, extension 319 or email Sally Sellers .Monetary donations may be mailed to CHDC Volunteer Services / 150 E. Siebenmorgen Rd. / Conway, AR / 72032. Please state any specified use other than general client needs. Donations are tax-deductible for those who itemize their tax returns and donation receipts are available.
Church organizations, civic groups, businesses, schools, etc., are welcome and encouraged to volunteer at CHDC. Groups may work with clients, provide services to CHDC, or contribute monetary donations. If your group is interested in volunteering at CHDC, please contact Sally Sellers, Volunteer Coordinator, at (501) 329-6851, extension 319 or email Sally Sellers
Community individuals often find a variety of ways to give to CHDC. Other on-site volunteerism includes physical education, residential living unit, or recreation programs. To participate in one of these programs, please download and complete the Volunteer Application and mail to the above-specified address.
If you have another project you would like to offer at CHDC, please call Sally Sellers (501) 329-6851, extension 319, or email Sally Sellers
Please feel free to contact the CHDC Volunteer Services office with any questions about volunteering or donations.