Why Inclusive Volunteering Matters

VolunteersVolunteering is an important part of community life for many Americans. People volunteer for many reasons: to build confidence, to make friendships and establish support networks, to learn and develop skills, and to make a difference in the lives of people in their community. These benefits are equally important to all people, yet oftentimes people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) do not have as many opportunities to volunteer as they would like.

The idea around inclusive volunteering is simple: it’s making sure that volunteers of all abilities and backgrounds can serve their communities together. It’s about ensuring that everyone can share their gifts and talents to better their community and reap the many benefits associated with volunteering.

When everyone participates, it’s a win-win!

Inclusive Volunteering: Where to Start

To learn more about how to find and create inclusive opportunities in your community, use the resources on the following pages:

What The Arc Is Doing

The Arc partners with organizations and companies to create and nurture volunteerism across the country. These partnerships include:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service/CNCS

Since 2015, The Arc has been the recipient of a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that leads national Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service activities. Each year, the grant enables chapters of The Arc and other organizations across the country to plan and execute volunteer projects that unite communities in service. To date, MLK Day of Service projects have helped over 54,978 people and given 2,582 volunteers the opportunity to build and strengthen relationships in the community.

Comcast Cares Day

Every April, The Arc partners with ComcastNBCUniversal for Comcast Cares Day. The event is the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort, and a powerful representation of their company’s year-round commitment to community service. Comcast partners with local chapters of The Arc for joint inclusive volunteer projects.