15 November 2010

Columbus Community Center

COLUMBUS COMMUNITY CENTER
Meeting Date: 8/9/10

You can also visit Columbus Community Center on The Exchange, the Thayne Center’s online community partner database. You’ll find contact information, projects, directions to the site, and other useful information to get you started!

SUGGESTED ACADEMIC DISIPLINES THAT MIGHT BE A GOOD FIT:

Health, Communication, Social Work, Special Education

COMMUNITY PARTNER OVERVIEW/MISSION:

Vision -The Columbus Community Center believes that every individual with disabilities has the right to develop to his or her full potential. The center does this by supporting each person in recognizing and achieving his or her aspirations and goals.

Mission- The Columbus Community Center supports the growth, development, and independence of persons with disabilities through education, rehabilitation programs, and work opportunities.
The demand for opportunities for individuals with disabilities is strong.

1 in 5 people in the U.S.—or 20 percent of the population—have disabilities. People with disabilities face many obstacles in their daily lives—they have more challenges accessing health care, transportation, education, and the daily social activities that many of us take for granted. The unemployment rate among people with disabilities is 65 percent. This entails a higher poverty rate, isolation from the larger community, and a limited opportunity to develop skills.

The work Columbus Community Center does has far-reaching effects. Participants learn new skills, become more self-sufficient, and enjoy a better quality of life. Most importantly, however, they find dignity and purpose. Families of people with disabilities find peace of mind for themselves and opportunities for their loved ones. Local companies benefit from reliable, cost-effective contract services. The entire community benefits when participants in Columbus’ work programs decrease their dependence on government services.

LOCATION:

3495 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, 84115

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR:

Stephanie Mackey
stephanie.mackay@slcschools.org
801-262-1552 x136

ORIENTATION/TRAINING:

Volunteers will be given an orientation and tour the facilities.

REQUIREMENTS:

Background checks are not required because volunteers are constantly supervised by trained staff. Stephanie cannot accommodate large groups, only groups of 4-8.

TIME COMMITMENTS:

Students can volunteer at the Columbus Community Center from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. It is appreciated if volunteers commit to at least 4 hours.

VOLUNTEER INFO/DUTIES:

International students and students with disabilities are welcome! Stephanie showed us around the center and we were impressed by how much fun the members were having. Members were playing cards, playing with beads, coloring, and reading newspapers. Many of Columbus Community Center’s members participate in vocational work which is paid, and includes jobs like assembling boxes or putting sale stickers on packages for different companies.

Volunteers help plan and facilitate activities such as bowling, arts and crafts, movies, park visits, bingo, and cooking. Volunteers also act as helping hands to staff. Volunteering at the Columbus Community Center provides the volunteer with great experience in the realm of diversity and disabilities.

Start volunteering today! You can visit their website and also check out their information in The Exchange.

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