Citizen Advocates is looking for community members
to join our Board of Directors.
We are looking for board members to join us as we look to grow in 2024.
We are looking for board members that are looking to get involved in a small non-profit and help it grow.
Board members we are looking for are:
*People with disabilities or caregivers
*People that have community connections
*People that like to plan events
*People that that have a passion for inclusion in the community
*People that have a heart to make Washington County a better place
The mission of Citizen Advocates it to promote the value of life-enriching relationships that defend and support people living with disabilities.
The vision of Citizen Advocates is to minimize stigmas that lead to bullying and isolation of people living with disabilities.
Citizen Advocates Impact
Citizen Advocates has been serving Washington County since 1978. The mission today remains close to the same as when it first started, to build relationships between people with and without disabilities. Today we do that through our peer advocacy programs. Our largest program now is our Respite program. Every month we hold a respite program that is unique to Southeast WI. We bring people with disabilities together with peer volunteers for a fun, safe and positive evening. While we have a great time getting to know each other, caregivers are able to take a break, go out to eat, go shopping or take a nap knowing that their child is safe and having fun!
Over the years, our Citizen Advocates school group has served 6 schools and over 200 students a month. We hope with covid winding down, we will be back in the schools in the fall. Our respite group has served over 45 families and 57 youth over the last 5 years. This year we have had 94 youth serve over 329 volunteer hours through our respite program. We have served 21 different families and provided over 399 hours of respite.
Citizen Advocates imagines a space where all people are welcome to come as they are and can be themselves. We imagine a space that can hold our music program and our adult respite group. There would be room for pop-up shops featuring items made by people with disabilities. We want to be a part of the community and build relationships in the community that share what we already know, that people with disabilities are amazing people that bring a lot of value to the community around us. Your support today will bring us closer to getting that space that we envision.
For more information, see the board expectations (below) or contact Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application can be submitted via mail or online to same email address.