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- Remote opportunity - Great for all ages - Great for all skills - Great for groups and individuals
COVID has impacted both our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and residents in ways we could have never imagined. Staff are diligently working around the clock to keep residents safe, some of whom are our community’s most vulnerable, and are working hard to help individuals learn and grow with limited resources. CRi has over 500 staff supporting over 300 residents within our group homes and 600 more within the community. Please consider sending some love to our residents and front line workers to let them know that, though apart, we are still one community.
- In-person outdoor opportunity - Great for 12yo and up - Great for musicians, thespians, dancers - Great for groups
If you are a thespian looking for an outlet to stretch your acting skills and a place to practice complete with audience, then this is the project for you!
While COVID still restricts interaction, we have some group homes that have large sliding glass doors that open up to spacious patios where you and your troop/cast can host a 20-30 minute play, improv, musical, or choreographed dance for residents and staff! To follow CDC guidelines, the doors will be closed, but the audience will be able to see and interact with the actors through the glass – like an in-person YouTube Video.
CRi has group homes throughout Northern Virginia that would love to experience your talent.
- In-person outdoor opportunity - Great for 12yo and up - Great for all skills - Great for individuals and groups
CRi’s Recreation Therapy team puts together a calendar of activities that with different focus areas such as gross or fine motor skills, multisensory, or stress management. The activities seem like games, but really they are designed to help individuals practice control of their bodies and exercise their brains when it comes to everyday activities like doing laundry or emptying the dishwasher. A few examples of the projects are one minute movement exercise, tossing bean bags into buckets, or blowing bubbles.
Volunteers would be an extra pair of hands to walk individuals through the projects – like a teacher’s assistant to staff. They would be able to provide residents with more one on one attention and offer an extra level of fun and companionship as they go through the project.
- Remote opportunity - Great for 12 year olds and up - Parental supervision required - Carpentry skills helpful but not required - Great for groups and individuals
Corn hole, a fun summer game, is a great activity that is not only fun but helps engage many physical and mental faculties for individuals with mental health needs and developmental disabilities. Indoor mini-corn hole boards can be used inside during the cold months or outdoors during the Summer.
- Remote opportunity - Great for 7 year olds and up. Parental supervision required - All skill levels. - Great for groups and individuals
Bean bags are a versatile sensory tool that can be used by staff to help entertain residents who have been homebound during COVID. Bean bags can be a tool to help individuals work on their coping skills, communication, and understanding, all the while getting active. Help provide developmental tools to residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities during COVID. Bean bags can be sewn or glued depending on your skill level.
- In-person outdoor opportunity - Great for all ages - Great for all skills - Great for small groups and individuals
While COVID still restricts interaction, a 15-30 minute visit from a friendly face could make all the difference. We call it a “Window Wave”, where volunteers can visit residents in person and offer a warm smile through a window – an in-person Zoom. Volunteers can draw signs to communicate with residents, play games like tic tac toe on the glass with washable markers, read a picture book, put on a stick figure play, make funny faces, host a dance party, or anything that comes to mind!
CRi has group homes throughout Northern Virginia and Richmond that would love some love.
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