Volunteer

DSAGSL simply could not provide the programs and services to the nearly 2000 individuals with Down syndrome in the area and their families, without the help of volunteers.  DSAGSL offers several opportunities to volunteer throughout the year including special event support, as well as program help.  Please feel free to browse the list of opportunities we have coming up.  Follow the link for that event and choose an open slot that works for you.

Thank you for your support!

Small Steps Therapy Program

1st Wednesday from 5:30-7:00pm | Jan, March, May | Collinsville Activity Center in Collinsville, IL

2nd Thursday from 5:30-7:00pm | Jan – May | Cape Girardeau Public Library in Cape Girardeau, MO

3rd Thursday from 5:30-7:00pm | Jan – May | DSAGSL Office in Brentwood, MO

Volunteers will help with the gross motor activities and music time activities alongside DSAGSL staff and certified music therapist. This program is for children with Down syndrome ages 3-8 years old.  Volunteer at one or all of the sessions at one or all of the locations!  Just select the location and month on your sign up sheet for the sessions you are able to attend.  Recommended age for volunteers is 15+

Adult Program Volunteers - Rock 21 and Fusion Friday

Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 and Fridays from 9:15-1:15 & 1:30-3:30 at DSAGSL

We are looking for a few key volunteers who can help us with our programming each week.  

Our Fusion Friday Program is Fridays from 9:15-1:15 and hosts around 40 individuals with Down syndrome.  Volunteers would help support arrival and dismissal, lunch time, games and activities, one on one support for participants with higher support needs, and other tasks as they arise.  

We are also looking for volunteers to help with our Rock 21 Music Program.  These volunteers would run the music through bluetooth and keep track of what songs participants play, get music equipment ready for the program and adjust instrument volume as needed, and coach participants based on program goals.  Volunteers can choose from Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 or Fridays from 1:30-3:30.  

Ideally these volunteer would be available to come every week to the office to help.  Please email Andi@dsagsl.org for more information!!

Cardinals Concessions Volunteers

Various Dates & Times Available:

4/19 | 3:45-10:00pm   5/19 | 9:45am-4:00pm   7/13 | 9:45am-4:00pm  

8/17 | 2:45-9:00pm     8/29 | 9:45am-4:00pm

DSAGSL will once again participate in the Cardinals Concession Giveback Program at Busch Stadium. DSA recruits volunteers to work a concession stand during a game or concert, and percentage of sales plus all the tips are donated to the organization! We will need 6-10 volunteers for each date.  Busch Stadium does have some volunteer requirements, so make sure to visit the sign up page to check that you are eligible to participate.

Self-Advocate Anglers

Monday, May 6 from 8:20-11:00 at Persimmon Woods Golf Club

We are looking for volunteers with Down syndrome to fish in the “bass” portion of our annual Birdies & Bass event! Volunteer anglers will be matched with a golfer and fish as a team.  The more fish they catch, the more strokes the golfer gets to take off their final score!  Contact Emily@dsagsl.org for more information and to sign up!

Run for 21 & Step Up for Down Syndrome

Sunday, June 2nd between 7am-2 pm at the Upper Muny Parking Lot in Forest Park

Come help DSAGSL at our largest event of the year when we welcome more than 4,000 people to the park to celebrate!  The day starts with a 5k run and we need volunteers to help out on the course, as well as at the finish line. After the race, the Step Up festival begins with games, activities, crafts, live music, food, and more.  We need more than 100 volunteers to make this event happen, but one thing we can promise is this is a GREAT TIME for all!  Volunteer groups welcome!!

Teen Socials

3 Friday Evenings in 2024 from 5:30-8:00pm at DSAGSL | 2/9, 5/10, 9/13

These inclusive get togethers are for teens 13-17 with Down syndrome.  Volunteers will match up with teens as buddies and play games, do crafts, and have fun together!  This is a great opportunity for high school students to volunteer and build relationships with their peers with Down syndrome!

Circle of Friends

4 Friday Evenings in 2024 from 5:30-8:00pm at DSAGSL | 1/19, 4/12, 8/9, and 11/15

Circle of Friends is an inclusive social opportunity for adults with Down syndrome and their typical peers!  The events include group games, movement and exercise, arts and crafts, and more.  We aim to pair up 1 volunteer to 1-3 people with Down syndrome, to ensure an opportunity where people of all different abilities feel included and can build relationships with one another. 

Helping Hands Volunteer Club

Fourth Thursday of Each Month from 10am-1pm at DSAGSL

The Helping Hands Volutneer Club is for volunteers of all abilities!  Volunteers with Down syndrome and without will work toegether to complete projects like putting together packets and mailings, making cards and gifts for partners and donors, creating decorations for upcoming events, and much more!  Feel free to come to one or many of these volunteer days as your schedule allows.  A great opportunity for corporate groups looking for a service day opportunity!  

Buddy Up Fitness

Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 at Uncharted CrossFit in St. Charles starting April 11

Buddy Up Fitness is a 60-minute, HITT style workout created for individuals with Down syndrome ages 12+ focused on developing core strength, balance, and stability. Athletes individually progress through multiple levels of exercises as their endurance and strength improves. Athletes will spend the hour going through several fitness stations. Volunteers will help athletes at each station and track progress.

This program runs for 8 weeks and volunteers are encouraged to come to all sessions if possible.  Contact stcharlesfitness@buforlife.org with any questions.

Lydia Cox Memorial Bike Camp​

June 16-21 at Epic Empowerment in Chesterfield, MO

The Lydia Cox Memorial Bike Camp is a really special program for individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual/developmental disabilities.  Participants come to a 75 minute session every day for a week to learn how to ride a two-wheeled bike!  Each day they progress through steps and by the end of the week they are up on 2 wheels.  

The camp couldn’t do it without awesome volunteers to walk & run alongside the riders, cheering them on and keeping them safe.  The ideal volunteer commitment would be to mentor one camper during a specific session for all five days; but they can work with you and your schedule.

​Volunteers can work 1 session (75 mins) or more if they are available. Volunteers must be able to run next to the biker during their time slot. 

Visit the Lydia Faith Cox Family Foundation website to learn more and sign up!

Volunteer Orientation

DSAGSL Mission Video

Step Up for Down Syndrome

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