Caring For Kids Volunteers - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Upcoming Sports and Fitness Events

To learn more about any upcoming event, call 312-238-5001. Dates/events are subject to change. Where available, click for more information.

October

1-2: RIC Bears at Thunderfest Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, Grand Rapids, MI

10: Caring for Kids No School Day Program

10-14: Winter Session Fitness Center Classes Begin

15: Patient and Family Symposium: Annual Keystone Symposium on Parkinson's Disease, Sponsored by Northwestern Medicine Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center

15-16: Hoops4Hope, Deerfield, IL

16: RIC Cycling and Road Racing at the Detroit Free Press Marathon, Detroit, MI

21-23: RIC Blackhawks at the MWSHL, Denver, CO

22: Caring for Kids Halloween Party

See a complete list of SPORTS AND FITNESS EVENTS here...

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Caring for Kids Volunteers Needed

Caring for Kids is always looking for dedicated and caring volunteers to assist with Caring for Kids participants. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old. Volunteers will help with hand over hand assistance, pushing participants’ wheelchairs, keeping participants engaged and safe, and having an encouraging and enthusiastic attitude!

What is Caring for Kids?

Caring for Kids is a community-based, outpatient program for children ages 7-17 with physical disabilities offered through the RIC Adaptive Sports Program. Caring for Kids provides a variety of adaptive non-competitive sports and recreation opportunities to promote physical activity, socialization, and self-confidence for its participants.

Caring for Kids activities include: Therapeutic Horseback riding, Teen Night, scuba diving, yoga, dance, laser tag, cultural activities, and so much more!

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Become actively involved and participate in program activities. 
  • If you are placed 1:1 with a participant or supervising a small group, you are responsible for those specific youth during the acitivity.
  • All volunteers will treat all staff, volunteers, bus drivers, participants, equipment, facilities, and outside staff with respect.
  • Aid in pushing wheelchairs and walking alongside youth utilizing walkers.
  • Act as good role models and mentors and offer positive reinforcement.
  • Make sure someone knows where you are at all times, bathroom, concessions, etc.
  • Volunteers must stay within an arm’s length distance to their assigned participant or group at all times.

If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering please contact Ashley Gruenwald at agruenwald@ric.org or 312-238-5005