- “People don’t want to volunteer in today’s economy ”
- “No one in our country volunteers, I think it is something only accepted in other countries ”
- “It is probably easy for people to get volunteers if they have a young child but not so much with my adult child ”
- “My child’s behaviors are too intense for other people ”
- “I think people won’t take me seriously because I am not an expert on autism, so why bother getting volunteers ”
- “No one does anything for free ”
- “I have countless number of people to choose from. As a matter of fact, there are millions of people of all ages, and as close as my neighbors, wanting to help children.”
- “People want a way to express their compassion, because it supports their good feeling and self worth. My program is a perfect vessel for the expression of a person’s desire to help and to grow their own happiness.”
- “Believing is receiving.”
- In 2011-2012, the number of volunteers reached its highest level in five years, as 64.3 million Americans volunteered through an organization.
- Americans volunteered a total of almost 8 billion hours,
- A majority of Americans assisted their neighbors in some way.
- Americans overwhelmingly volunteered in schools or with other youth organizations, working to advance the lives of young people.
- Nearly three out of five volunteers aged 25-54 are parents to children who are under 18. These parents volunteered well above the national average, focusing on helping fill local needs while also serving as role models—showing their children that community involvement is a critical choice and habit that can improve lives.
For those of you who do not live in the United States, the volunteerism movement does not stop at our borders. A simple search leads to several not for profit organizations who have websites to support connecting people. We searched Nigeria, Brazil, Slovenia, Australia, Kenya, Iraq, etc. Regardless of the country, there were several organizations whose mission is to support people reaching people who are in need. Volunteerism is a worldwide phenomenon!
- the more they are loved
- the more flexible they can become
- the creative energy your child is exposed to expands their interactive experience
- the more you prepare them for the outside world full many different kinds of people
- Post Flyers which include a photo of you and your child playing. State in your own words that you are looking for someone who wants to play and help your child grow, no previous experience needed because you will train them. Make sure to have the Autism Treatment Center of America® website www.autismtreatmentcenter.org listed.
- Get an interview with your local radio, television, and newspaper. Tell them you want them to do a feel-good piece on your Son-Rise Program and make certain to mention you are looking for volunteers.
- Contact local colleges and ask if they give credits to their students for volunteering. Regardless if they offer credit or not, ask if you can make a presentation and post flyers in various departments.
- If you are computer savvy, create a simple web site or page that gives people who are interested a visual experience of your child. Post fun pictures of your child playing with another person, and videos and testimonials on your program. In this powerful digital age, many parents create amazing sites for their child’s program. You can search them on the web to get an idea.
Have fun sharing your journey with others! By, Susan Humphries
CONNECT WITH EVERYONE: Contact everyone you can think of: friends, family, and neighbors. Tell them you are on an exciting journey to love and guide your child using The Son-Rise Program®. Brainstorm with them ways to reach people. WORD OF MOUTH is very POWERFUL.
BE PREPARED: Make sure you are ready to receive and share information and to follow through with your search for volunteers. If people say they are interested, give them your contact information and get theirs. One parent created a business card with a picture of her child playing, her email address, and the Autism Treatment Center of America® website www.autismtreatmentcenter.org. You can find affordable custom business cards online. Give them to your family and friends to pass out.