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“A KEEN parent once told me that the time I spend with his child is a gift to his child, but the truth is I am the one getting a gift!” – KEEN coach

Become a KEEN Volunteer

 


Volunteers are the backbone of KEEN. We could not exist without their support and dedication. In addition to working with some great kids and young adults with disabilities, KEEN volunteers, or “coaches,” meet a variety of interesting community-minded people. Volunteering for KEEN is fun and offers opportunities for occasional participation, regular involvement, and leadership on our coaches committee. Volunteers don't need any prior experience working with individuals with disabilities – KEEN provides training prior to each session. Coaches don't need to be athletic, either. Our athletes will love you just as you are!

 

Watch the video below to learn what it's like to be a KEEN Volunteer.
To register to become a KEEN Volunteer, click here

KEEN’s programs are structured so that each volunteer is assigned one program participant, or “athlete.” A coach’s job is to help athletes take part in different sports activities and to have a good time. Just before the athletes arrive and the session begins, coaches receive a profile with details about their athlete’s abilities as well as helpful coaching hints for that particular athlete.

 

Who are KEEN's volunteers?

KEEN draws volunteers from 3 main groups:

  • Individuals/Young Professionals
  • Mature, responsible high school students
  • Corporate/University/Community Groups

Young Professionals are the core of KEEN’s volunteer base. KEEN understands the demands on these dedicated coaches, and does not ask them to make a formal commitment of time – they are welcome to show up when they can. But the rewards from interaction with their athlete and the other volunteers make them come back, time and again. 

High school volunteers are welcome and KEEN provides student service hours. Spaces for high school student volunteers are limited and priority is given to those who take responsibility for reserving their own volunteer spaces. To reserve a space, high school students need to register and sign up using the event links posted in the "Sign up for Programs" box.

COMMUNITY SERVICE VOLUNTEERS: If you wish to earn community service hours for the time you spend volunteering at KEEN, you MUST bring a community service form with you when you come to volunteer, and turn it in at the front desk at the beginning of the session. 
Corporate/University Groups are welcome to volunteer at KEEN. Groups wishing to volunteer are asked to contact KEEN’s program manager, Beth Wenger, to reserve a program and a date, at volunteer@keengreaterdc.org.

How can I become a volunteer?
Volunteers need to be mature, responsible, and at least 15 years of age and to provide three references at their first session.

Once you’ve met the age requirement, becoming a volunteer coach for KEEN is easy:

1.) Decide which KEEN program date fits your schedule and register for your selected session online. Registration is available on our home page. (Note to high school students: Please show us you're responsible by taking charge of registering to volunteer on your own.)
2.) Fill out the online volunteer registration form and sign up for one of the upcoming events posted on our homepage. 

3.) Attend Orientation. The New Volunteer Orientation is held prior to each KEEN session.
3.) Wear comfortable clothes.
4.) Show up and have fun! 

 

Photos of KEEN Volunteers in Action.

 

KEEN is seriously committed to maintaining the privacy of our volunteers.

Privacy of Athlete and Volunteer Information Policy.
Volunteer Screening and Monitoring Procedures.