Men and women with developmental disabilities have two types of relationships, those with family members and those with paid caregivers.  If it weren’t for JARC volunteers, they would rarely have the opportunity to form a real and lasting relationship with others.  You can provide them with an enhanced opportunity to have social relationships with adults who are not caregivers.  This is especially important for adults whose parents are aging and who are facing the loss of family members that they have relied upon for companionship. By fulfilling a need that takes special understanding, patience and love, you may experience the rewards of a new friendship.


JARC offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and we are confident that there is an opportunity to fit the interests and schedule of just about everyone.  We offer weekday, weeknight and weekend opportunities to take place either in our Living and Learning Center, Group Homes or Apartments.

Personal Mentors

Role: Many of our residents do not have families who live in the area.  Work with residents who would thrive under one-on-one attention.  Mentors commit to spending time with the residents to act as a personal role model and help them achieve their full potential.

Walking Buddy

Role: Energetic volunteers are needed to encourage our residents to walk, walk, walk!

Activities Leader

Role: Volunteers are needed to facilitate an activity for our residents.  This could be anything from art dance, music, an adapted fitness class, or a book club.  Share your talents and skills. Suggestions are always welcome!

Be a Friend

Role: Our residents truly enjoy visitors.  Join them any evening to play cards, enjoy a variety of games, or read books and magazines.  You can also assist them on one of our many community outings to museums, art exhibits, sporting events and other places of interest.  We could even use your help with assisting apartment residents learn how to cook.

Committee Involvement

New members are invited to assist in planning our annual gala and golf tournament.  JARC is in the process of forming several committees including a Young Leadership Group and a, Development Committee. We invite new volunteers to get involved. 


Friday Morning Garden Club

Join us at our “Urban Farm”, and partner with our clients in therapeutic garden related activities.  This project will involve clients in a nutrition program – “GROW + COOK + EAT”. It will enable them to learn life skills through horticulture and take pride in growing and nurturing their own plants and vegetables.

For more information  or to schedule a tour of our facility contact Ilona Kagan, Volunteer and Donor Relations Coordinator at or 561-558-2562.