Volunteer with Us
We welcome and appreciate all volunteers!
Our volunteers are passionate, talented individuals and come from all walks of life. As our programs expand, we rely heavily on volunteers willing to dedicate their time and compassion to enhancing the quality of life of people living with dementia and their care partners.
How do I get started?
Complete a Volunteer Form and we will arrange with you to join one of our training sessions. You’ll get an overview of what dementia is and isn’t, a sense of our approach at ARTZ Philadelphia, and some time to learn and gain hands-on experience working with our program participants. After training with us, you can begin volunteering as soon as you feel comfortable.
When do you need volunteers?
When in-person programs are active, “ARTZ on the Road,” “ARTZ @ The Museum,” and “ARTZ in the Making” programs generally take place on weekday mornings and afternoons.
Some special programs, like ARTZ Notes, do take place on the weekend.
Behind The Scenes and Online
There are many opportunities for volunteering with online projects and programs and behind the scenes. Some of this work can be done any time, at your convenience — We are looking for volunteers to help with creating content for our blog and social media accounts, providing support for online programs, assisting program participants, helping out with special events, and more!
What kinds of volunteering opportunities are available?
Volunteer online and behind the scenes with ARTZ Philadelphia staff and Board members to help with online programs, or organize, promote, and communicate about our services. Or, a combination of the two, help out both remotely via your computer and in-person.
Volunteer Face to Face with residents living with dementia in care communities, during hands-on art-making and/or arts-based conversation programs. Make a direct impact on the quality of participants’ daily lives by listening, attending, and engaging.
Volunteer in-person in museums and art centers during “ARTZ @ the Museum.” Connect with program participants person to person, encourage and “echo” their contributions to group conversations.
Check out the Volunteer Roles section below to explore the options further
Where do your programs take place?
Programs take place at partnering day centers, care communities, arts centers, museums, and other cultural centers throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.
We are engaged in community-based projects in Hunting Park and Northwest Philadelphia and hope to expand to other neighborhoods in South and West Philadelphia.
Our online programs take place via Zoom and behind-the-scenes work can often be completed remotely, from wherever you are located.
Please check out our partners page for regularly updated information on partner locations.
Some programs combine both online and in-person events.
Assembling art-making kits for ARTZ Kits
Creating posts for ARTZ Philadelphia's social media
Creating blog posts for our ARTZ Blog
Managing birthday card mailings, sympathy flower deliveries, and other forms of hospitality
Designing promotional flyers for ARTZ events
Calling participants to remind them about upcoming programs
Calling participants after programs to gather feedback about their experience
Assisting with tech support calls and e-mails for virtual programs
Monitoring virtual programs to provide feedback about participants and events
Writing our "Here's What you Missed" newsletter for ARTZ in the Neighborhood
Volunteer Roles in Detail
Want more information about each role? Explore the list below:
ARTZ Kits Helpers – As we relaunch our ARTZ Kits project, we are looking for volunteers to help assemble art-making kits that can be mailed to care communities and people living in their own homes. Learn more here
ARTZ Bloggers – Create blog posts for ARTZ News and Stories and announcements to be posted on the website
Graphic Design Artists – Design promotional flyers for ARTZ events
Phone Call Reminders – Call participants to remind them about upcoming programs and to see if they will need a tech support call to prepare for the program
Newsletter Writers – Help our ARTZ in the Neighborhood participants stay connected by writing our “Here’s What you Missed!” newsletter. Responsibilities include attending ARTZ in the Neighborhood programs, or watching recordings, to create a brief summary of what happened for those who were not able to attend.
Social Media Content Creators – Create posts for ARTZ Philadelphia’s social media
Supply Delivery – Deliver supplies to participants for Café for Care Partners and other programs
Hospitality Volunteers – Make sure our participants feel appreciated by helping manage birthday card mailings, sympathy flower deliveries, and other forms of hospitality on behalf of ARTZ Philadelphia
Tech Support– Help our participants connect with us by assisting with tech support calls and e-mails for ARTZ-Connect and other virtual programs.
Surveys by Phone – Call participants after programs to gather feedback about their experience.
Program Observers – Monitor virtual programs to provide feedback about participants and events
ARTZ Philadelphia Volunteer Application Form
Interested in volunteering with ARTZ Philly?
Fill out the application below and we’ll follow up with more information.