FAQs for Volunteers | KEEN Greater DC

FAQs for Volunteers

What kind of time commitment is required to be a KEEN volunteer?
One of the things that makes KEEN unique is that it does not ask its volunteers to make a specific long-term time commitment. Volunteers simply sign up and come when they can. We do ask that large groups of volunteers coordinate a specific day for their organization to come to KEEN.  KEEN sessions vary in length, so time commitments at individual sessions range from 90 minutes to 3.5 hours.

How can I register to volunteer?
Sign up here

Who can volunteer?
Anyone who is 15 years old or older who is mature, responsible and interested in helping young people with disabilities and who has registered with KEEN and attends our orientation can volunteer. Orientation is held immediately before each KEEN session. KEEN’s volunteers come from all walks of life: they are working adults volunteering on their own or as part of corporate and community groups, college or high school students, retirees and “empty nesters,” and families with teenagers volunteering together. 

How old should I be to volunteer?
Anyone age 15 or older with three references can be a KEEN volunteer. Younger teens—those who are 13 or 14 with a special background or experience level should email [email protected] to inquire about special opportunities.

Is there a training session for volunteers?
All first-time volunteers are required to provide three references and attend orientation and training prior to their first session. New volunteer training and orientation is offered prior to every KEEN session, and is about 30 minutes long.

Can I earn community service hours?
Yes, but 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.

What is the Coaches Committee?
The Coaches Committee is the backbone of KEEN. The Committee runs, plans and administers KEEN's programs, trains new volunteers and generally executes the direction set by the Board of Directors. Coaches Committee members are always thinking of new programs and approaches to help KEEN grow and serve more young people with disabilities. Volunteers who want to make a significant contribution to KEEN may join this committee.

I do not have any prior experience working with people with disabilities, is that okay? 
Yes!  KEEN will provide the training you need to have a fun and rewarding experience.  To learn more about the range of disabilities of the young people served by KEEN programs please visit the following links: