The Arc of Texas is the state’s premier nonprofit serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families.
RSVP volunteers will assist The Arc of Texas in expanding services to provide to individuals in Williamson County who have disabilities, particularly those in the county’s rural communities. Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist in the following areas:
- Transportation: Provide transportation to individuals of all ages with disabilities to reduce their social isolation and connect them with the health, financial, safety, food, housing, recreational and other personal or family resources they need to function as independently as they can in Williamson County.
- Companionship: Meet with individuals with disabilities and/or their caretakers in their homes to provide services that reduce their isolation; provide caring, compassionate, social interactions; and connect them to other community services.
- Financial Literacy or Housing Services: Provide individuals with disabilities individual and/or group instruction in the evidence-based Smart Start financial literacy curriculum, specifically developed for this population. They will provide informal financial literacy advice and support to individuals with disabilities that improve their ability to earn and budget money; establish relationships with financial institutions; find and secure employment that pays a living wage; establish long- and short-term housing, transportation and recreational plans; find safe, stable, and healthy housing or improve their current housing conditions.
- Preventing Elder Abuse: Provide elderly individuals with disabilities with regular visits in their places of residence to monitor their health and safety and ensure they are receiving the care and other services they require to maintain optimal mental and physical health and personal safety.
- Supporting Integration: Link individuals with disabilities of all ages with community resources in their neighborhoods, cities, Williamson County and the region to support their full social, emotional, economic, political and recreational engagement in and integration into the community.
- School-Based Mentoring: Meet with K-12 students with disabilities in their schools to provide services that reduce their isolation; provide caring, compassionate social interactions; and connect them with information about and referrals to other community resources.
- Community-Based Mentoring: Meet with K-12 students with disabilities in community locations within Williamson County or contiguous counties to provide services that reduce their isolation; provide caring, compassionate social interactions; and connect them with information about and referrals to other community resources.