Community Partners is a non-profit organization providing services for adults with a developmental disability, and is the state-designated provider of community mental health and developmental services for Strafford County. Our volunteer program creates opportunities for volunteers from the community and the consumers we serve to establish one-on-one friendships, explore new experiences, enjoy civic and volunteer activities, and learn new skills. The goal of the volunteer program is to help our consumers become more involved in their communities.
When you volunteer at Community Partners, you bring new and creative ideas, your own special skills and experiences, and a genuine concern for the participants in our programs. You can volunteer for a one-time activity or multiple times per month.
Community Connector volunteers are paired with a consumer to spend time as a companion in a one-to-one community-based activity. Volunteers meet with their companion a minimum of 4 times per month to accompany them to a shared activity.
Sample Community Connectors Volunteer Activities
- Volunteer for an organization
- Learn to take the bus
- Take a class
- Engage in a recreational activity
- Enable a consumer to join your club\
Volunteer Instructors share their expertise and knowledge with a group of consumers interested in learning a new skill. Activities can be taught during a one-time class or can take place over a period of weeks.
Special Event Volunteers
Special Event volunteers assist the organization with special events throughout the year; often they are one-time or annual activites.
Sample Special Event Volunteer Activities
- Assist with a consumer outing
- Assist with Special Olympics practices and games
- Volunteer at Red’s Road Race
Sample Volunteer Instructor Activities
- Arts & Crafts
- Nutrition & Wellness
- Exercise (Yoga, Pilates, Walking)
- Reading, Book Club
Why Volunteer for Community Partners?
Volunteering at Community Partners offers you a unique opportunity to provide invaluable support to our consumers, and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that your time has a direct positive influence, and makes a real difference in people’s lives. From simple socialization to conducting a group activity, your hands-on support and involvement helps our consumers maximize their life experiences.
Benefits of Volunteering Include:
- Feel good knowing you are making a difference in your community
- Gain confidence and enhance your leadership skills
- Challenge your mind
- Meet volunteer requirement hours for school or community organization credit
- Have fun!
How Do I Become a Volunteer at Community Partners?
- Contact our Human Resources department at 603-516-9300, or click the ‘Contact Us’ button on the left of this page
- Complete and submit the Volunteer Application Form
- Interview with the Agency Volunteer Coordinator
- Volunteer references & required records check performed
- Volunteer orientation
- Volunteer placement
Note: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to meet the minimum volunteer age requirement.
What About Contributions in lieu of Volunteering?
If you’d like to help Community Partners fulfill its important mission but are unable to volunteer, you are welcome to make a monetary or in-kind contribution to the agency.
Tax deductible contributions help to support Community Partners in many ways. Monetary donations play a vital role in the Agency’s ability to provide essential services and programming to our consumers, such as dental care and art and recreation programs.
Individuals and community service groups can make contributions, and volunteers can organize fundraising activities, with the proceeds benefiting the agency program of their choice.
If you’d like to make a donation online, simply click on the ‘Donate Now!’ button at the top of the page.
In-kind donations such as art supplies, office supplies, books and recreational equipment are always welcome. If you’d like to make an in-kind donation, please contact Pamela Becker Thyng ,Development and Community Relations Coordinator at 603-516-9300.