Volunteers are the heart of Outdoors for All. Each year over 700 volunteers donate their time to join our many recreational activities that benefit people with disabilities. Opportunities include: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cycling, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, weekend excursions, day camps, fundraising events, internships and committees.
Volunteering with Outdoors for All is a great way to contribute something positive to your community and help make a difference in someone’s life. Many employers will provide donations to Outdoors for All for your hours – making your contribution go even further! Please contact us for more information about our matching program.
A typical role will hold the responsibility of working one-to-one with an Outdoors for All participant as an instructor, helping them gain independence during our activities. Volunteers who sign up for a series can register as a full time, committing to the entirety of the series, or as a substitute, indicating their dates of availability during the series ahead of time. One-time volunteers can register on an event-by-event basis. Please check the online registration to see what roles are available and view our current guide here. Please take a look at our Guidelines & Responsibilities document for more information on volunteering.
Before you become a volunteer, some training may be required. The type of training depends on your desired role and can be found on our guides. We highly encourage ALL prospective volunteers to attend a New Volunteer Info Session, held once a month during the Spring and Summer seasons, where we will discuss the foundations of Outdoors for All, roles and responsibilities and hold a short segment on how to work with people with disabilities. To see a schedule for the info session, view or online calendar. You can also see a list of other training and training materials here.
Find out more about program dates, commitment levels, training, age restrictions, qualifications and frequently asked questions. To register for our current activities, visit the online registration or contact our office or staff.
For more information about other ways to get involved, how to share your story with us, and incentives we offer, check out our Volunteer Resource Guide.
Outdoors for All welcomes group volunteers! Whether you have a group of friends, family, coworkers, teammates, etc., Outdoors for All would love to have your group help out with our programs! A terrific way for your group to volunteer is with our Custom Events, which are one-day activities for small and large groups on weekends and weekdays. To set up a Group Volunteer day, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator. They will work with you to find the right date and Custom Event to fit the needs of your group.
Examples of group activities include: Adaptive Skiing/Snowboarding with Wounded Warrior Project, Adaptive Kayaking with Seattle’s Lighthouse for the Blind, Adaptive Cycling with Seattle Children’s Hospital, Rafting with New Horizons School and Snowshoeing with Lifelong Recreation.
Sponsoring a Custom Event: In pursuing our mission, we want to provide affordable recreation opportunities to children and adults with disabilities so that economics are not a barrier to participation. Unfortunately many participant groups may not have much funding to afford Custom Events, even with a scholarship from Outdoors for All. Groups have the opportunity to help sponsor a Custom Event. Sponsoring a Custom Event will give your group members the amazing satisfaction that they not only volunteered, but they made it completely possible for individuals with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors. Additionally, sponsoring a Custom Event allows you and your group the possibility of setting up a Custom Event on a day that meets your needs that may not already be established. Groups who want to volunteer on a specific date that does not align with current volunteer needs have sponsored a Custom Event, therefore allowing Outdoors for All to coordinate the event based on their schedule. You may be eligible to receive a tax-deductible donation receipt for your sponsorship as well. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.
Help us recognize our outstanding volunteers and nominate someone who has gone above and beyond to enrich the lives of children and adults with disabilities. The winner is selected in September but you can still submit a nomination for next year.
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