Being a valued, engaged member of the community is much more than merely being present in the community. It is developing friendships, pursuing dreams, sharing interests and giving back. Community Participation Supports is a vital component of the services we offer. We believe all people deserve the same opportunities and are entitled to the same resources.
Staff encourage people to participate in various volunteer opportunities, exploring new interests, developing meaningful relationships, and increasing skills in every area of their lives. Independence and individual growth are also achieved.
People are making a difference in our community by volunteering throughout York County.
Volunteer sites include: socializing and playing games with residents at nursing homes, as well as helping out in the dining areas; stocking shelves and helping needy residents of York City at various food banks and local charities; cleaning stalls and grooming horses at a horse farm, including clean up and organization at therapeutic stables; helping with planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, weighing/measuring, cleaning and distributing produce to needy families in York through community gardens. People develop new skills and work habits, and meet new people. They are matched with volunteer opportunities based on their interests.
Staff explore new interests with people by giving them the opportunity to try new things. This includes exercise classes, learning about animals and their care, visiting the library, comic book stores, record clubs, social organizations, and many more. During this process, staff pay very close attention to facial expressions, and mannerisms to determine if this opportunity brings enjoyment.
After exploring these opportunities, people begin to regularly go to their places of interest. They socialize with others and many have developed close relationships.
Throughout the past several months, we have seen people progress from fearing the unknown, to developing a true desire to volunteer, or to obtain a job in the community. This has created a sense of purpose and self-worth. They have gained a confidence in themselves and are happy to make their own choices in their lives.