Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for GLASA!  As a not-for-profit organization that provides year-round sports, clinics, camps and special events for youth, adults and injured military with a primary physical or visual impairment, GLASA relies on the generosity of volunteers to help make the programs and events a success!

Throughout the year, GLASA offers its athletes and participants a variety of programs and special events. Below you will find a listing of programs and special events by season.  Check the calendar for dates, times of programs.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, fill out the Volunteer Profile Form and Waiver  and send it to GLASA’s Program Director & Volunteer Coordinator, Micaela Venus, at [email protected] .


Featured Special Event(s)

11th Annual Twilight 5K Run, Walk and Roll

Date: September 8, 2018
Location: Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60031

GLASA will hold the 11th annual 5K Twilight Run/Walk/Roll and post-party in Lake Forest! The 5K participants will “run, walk, or wheel” on the scenic 5K course through the streets of Lake Forest. Volunteers will be recruited to assist with logistics, first aid, course marshaling, registration and the post-race party.

Click HERE to sign up to volunteer!

Winter-Spring Programs/Events (January – May)

Sled Hockey

On-Ice Volunteers must be at least 14 years old, proficient skaters with a hockey background and have their own skates. Volunteers are needed to help push and/or mentor sled hockey players on ice during practice and/or scrimmage play.

Boccia

Boccia is a Paralympic sport where athletes attempt to throw a ball as close as possible to a white target ball (the jack). At the end of each round the referee measures the distance of the balls closest to the jack and awards points accordingly – one point for each ball that is closer to the jack than the opponent’s closest ball. The team/player with the highest number of points at the end of play is the winner.

Volunteers are needed to assist with set-up prior to the program, assist participants and put equipment away after the program.

Powerlifting

Volunteers must have the strength to spot at least 100 lbs.- volunteers should be comfortable around weightlifting/exercise equipment and able to assist participants once provided instruction (counting reps and sets, changing weights, etc.). Volunteers also must have the strength to spot at least 100lbs.

Goalball

Goalball is a sport played indoors primarily by blind and visually impaired athletes. Participants compete in teams of three and try to throw a basketball-size ball with bells inside over the opponent’s goal line. Teams alternate throwing or rolling the ball from one end of the playing area to the other. Players use the sound of the bell to judge the position and movement of the ball. If all three players miss the ball and it goes past them or over them and then over the back line, it is considered a goal. Games consist of two 12-minute halves. Due to varying levels of sight among players, all players wear vision blocking goggles to ensure equality among players.

Volunteers will be asked to assist in taping off court prior to the program, fielding balls that may go out of bounds, and help removing tape after the program.

Power Soccer

Power Soccer is a competitive team sport for people with disabilities who use power wheelchairs. The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court. Two teams of four players use power chairs equipped with foot guards to attack, defend, and spin-kick a 13-inch soccer ball in an attempt to score goals.

Volunteers will be asked to assist in setting up the equipment prior to the program, fielding balls, and taking down equipment after the program.

Adaptive Yoga

Volunteers should have yoga experience and preferably be adults- volunteers will be asked to assist the instructor with set-up, poses, clean-up as well as other tasks. 

Tennis

Volunteers must have experience with tennis – volunteers will be asked to assist with equipment and participate in matches with athletes. 

Swim Lessons

Volunteers need swim experience for this program – perfect for the swim enthusiast or member of a swim team. Volunteers should be comfortable teaching intermediate swim techniques under the direction of the GLASA swim coach.

Track and Field

Both wheelchair and ambulatory track & field athletes, youth and adult, will be scheduled throughout the program time.  Equipment set-up and warm-up will take place the first half hour of practice. Volunteers will be needed to assist with set-up, clean-up and running drills. 

Wheelchair Basketball

Volunteers will help set up and clean up equipment for the program as well as run drills and play alongside youth athletes under the direction of the GLASA Basketball Coaches.

Summer Programs/Events (June – August)

Great Lakes Games

Date: May 18-20, 2018
Location: Lake Forest High School (May 18 & 19), Woodlands Academy (Archery only, May 18) and Niles West High School (Track, May 20)

This 3-day event will be host to athletes (youths, adults and injured military) with a physical or visual disability from around the world. These amazing athletes will have the opportunity to compete in a variety of adaptive sports: archery, boccia, swim, powerlifting and track and field.  Volunteers will be recruited to fill a variety of needs from logistics, first aid, concessions, and specific sport events.
The online sign up will be available early April.  If you are interested in being emailed when the Online SignUp goes live, please email Micaela at [email protected].

Camp Trek

Dates: June 18-22, 2018
Location: Libertyville, IL

Camp Trek is a week-long adaptive sports camp for children with physical disabilities and visual impairments. Volunteer counselors will explore a variety of adaptive sports with their assigned camper for the week. This camp is perfect for someone aged 14 and older who is personable, outgoing, loves working with children and enjoys sports.

Track and Field

Both wheelchair and ambulatory track & field athletes, youth and adult, will be scheduled throughout the program time.  Equipment set-up and warm-up will take place the first half hour of practice. Volunteers will be needed to assist with set-up, clean-up and running drills.

Adaptive Golf

Volunteers need to have golf experience. They will help with minor set-up and assist athletes with teeing up under the direction of the golf coach.

Powerlifting

Volunteers must have the strength to spot at least 100 lbs.- volunteers should be comfortable around weightlifting/exercise equipment and able to assist participants once provided instruction (counting reps and sets, changing weights, etc.). Volunteers also must have the strength to spot at least 100lbs.

Tennis

Volunteers must have experience with tennis – volunteers will be asked to assist with equipment and participate in matches with athletes. 

Water Skiing

This program runs seasonally in the summer. Check back later for additional details.

University of Illinois Wheelchair Basketball Camp

Volunteers will help set up and clean up equipment for the program and play along side youth athletes under the direction of the U of I Wheelchair Basketball Coaches.

Fall Programs/Events (September – December)

Twilight Run

Date: September 2018
Location: Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60031

GLASA will hold the 11th annual 5K Twilight Run/Walk/Roll and post-party in Lake Forest! The 5K participants will “run, walk, or wheel” on the scenic 5K course through the streets of Lake Forest. Volunteers will be recruited to assist with logistics, first aid, course marshaling, registration and the post-race party.

Sled Hockey

On-Ice Volunteers must be at least 14 years old, proficient skaters with a hockey background and have their own skates. Volunteers are needed to help push and/or mentor sled hockey players on ice during practice and/or scrimmage play.

Wheelchair Basketball - Prep & JV

Volunteers must have experience with basketball- volunteers will be asked to help run drills, play alongside youth athletes and help load up equipment after the program.

Boccia

Boccia is a Paralympic sport where athletes attempt to throw a ball as close as possible to a white target ball (the jack). At the end of each round the referee measures the distance of the balls closest to the jack and awards points accordingly – one point for each ball that is closer to the jack than the opponent’s closest ball. The team/player with the highest number of points at the end of play is the winner.

Volunteers are needed to assist with set-up prior to the program, assist participants and put equipment away after the program.

Powerlifting

Volunteers must have the strength to spot at least 100 lbs.- volunteers should be comfortable around weightlifting/exercise equipment and able to assist participants once provided instruction (counting reps and sets, changing weights, etc.). Volunteers also must have the strength to spot at least 100lbs.

Goalball

Goalball is a sport played indoors primarily by blind and visually impaired athletes. Participants compete in teams of three and try to throw a basketball-size ball with bells inside over the opponent’s goal line. Teams alternate throwing or rolling the ball from one end of the playing area to the other. Players use the sound of the bell to judge the position and movement of the ball. If all three players miss the ball and it goes past them or over them and then over the back line, it is considered a goal. Games consist of two 12-minute halves. Due to varying levels of sight among players, all players wear vision blocking goggles to ensure equality among players.

Volunteers will be asked to assist in taping off court prior to the program, fielding balls that may go out of bounds, and help removing tape after the program.

Power Soccer

Power Soccer is a competitive team sport for people with disabilities who use power wheelchairs. The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court. Two teams of four players use power chairs equipped with foot guards to attack, defend, and spin-kick a 13-inch soccer ball in an attempt to score goals.

Volunteers will be asked to assist in setting up the equipment prior to the program, fielding balls, and taking down equipment after the program.

Adaptive Yoga

Volunteers should have yoga experience and preferably be adults- volunteers will be asked to assist the instructor with set-up, poses, clean-up as well as other tasks.

Tennis

Volunteers must have experience with tennis – volunteers will be asked to assist with equipment and participate in matches with athletes. 

Swim Lessons

Volunteers need swim experience for this program – perfect for the swim enthusiast or member of a swim team. Volunteers should be comfortable teaching intermediate swim techniques under the direction of the GLASA swim coach.

GLASA Annual Holiday Party

Date: Wednesday, December 20th, 2017                                                  Time6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Lake Forest High School – West Campus, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045

This event will be for all past and current athletes and their families to enjoy.  Volunteers are needed for set-up, assistance with food, activities and clean-up.

Holiday Gift Wrap

Dates:  December 21-24, 2017
Location: Gurnee Mills, Entry E 6112 W. Grand Ave. Gurnee, IL 60031

Volunteers can sign up for 2.5 or 3 hour shifts to wrap gifts for happy shoppers while raising funds for GLASA.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a44aaa62bab9-glasa2

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Administrative Assistance
Volunteer to spend a few hours helping out in our office, with a variety of different tasks.
Marketing Assistance
Help GLASA with various marketing-related projects… like press releases, preparing brochures and posters, online newsletters, etc.
Social Media
Help with GLASA’s use of social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
Fundraising Assistance
Work with GLASA’s development director on various tasks relating to fundraising 
Professional Assistance
Volunteer to provide specialized skills and knowledge you may have, like knowledge of IT systems, H-R, nonprofit management, legal issues, etc. 
Young Professionals Board
GLASA Young Professionals Board is comprised of a group of young professionals, emerging in their careers in and around the Chicago-land area, who are passionate about raising funds and awareness for GLASA.

For further information on Young Professionals activities contact Joe Hrusovsky at [email protected] or Lindsey Faucher at [email protected]

Internship Opportunities

GLASA’s internship programs provides career development opportunities for students majoring in Therapeutic Recreation, Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Adaptive Sports, Sports Psychology, Non-Profit Management, Development, Marketing and more.  Interns can be currently enrolled in a college, be a recent college graduate or be an experienced professional looking to gain exposure to a new career or field.  Intern positions vary from part-time (as little as 10 hours/week) up to full time positions for the entire season.

For Recreation Therapy Internship Opportunities: We currently are taking applications for interns that plan to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam.  The GLASA TR Internship adheres to the guidelines created by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA).  GLASA currently has two staff members that are Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists that will oversee all TR Interns.  If you are interested in our TR Internship program, please send your resume, cover letter and list of references to Micaela Fedyniak (contact listed below). Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

For All Other Internship Opportunities:  Including Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Marketing, Sports Psychology, Non-Profit Management, Development and more.  If interested in an internship program, please email Micaela Fedyniak (contact listed below) and include your major, internship area you are interested in and length of internship desired.

For internship inquires, please contact: Micaela Venus at [email protected] or 847-283-0908