DREAM is a volunteer driven and program based organization. We rely heavily on and greatly value each and every volunteer. There are over 100 active volunteers for our winter and summer programs.
DREAM Adaptive Recreation program is only successful because of the volunteers that give their time and hearts to the athletes. Volunteers receive/have special training in adaptive sports and equipment such as water sit-skis, snow bi-skis, snow mono-skis, outriggers and tri-skis to meet the needs and goals of our participants.
If you are interested in volunteering for either the summer or winter program, please contact us at (406) 862-1817 or email@example.com. We provide training free of charge and the rewards from working with the athletes are endless!
2017 Summer Water Sports Volunteers Needed! Click here to sign-up!
Below is a photo of Clay and Chris, our Volunteers of the Year 2015. DREAM recognized them at our annual meeting which is held every fall and gave them some sweet Marmot vests as a small thank you for their dedication to our program. Thanks Clay and Chris!
Thoughts from Randy Carspecken, a valued DREAM Volunteer: “Working with kids and adults in an active & spectacular environment is active & spectacular volunteering. Time spent out-of-doors in the slopes of our winter-wonderland mountain exercising mind and body is healthy for participants and volunteers alike. Relationships that develop with participants can be highly rewarding but naturally not without challenging moments. And having like-minded colleagues who are willing to take the risk of not always predictable work is also predictable rewarding.”
Thank You Randy for your continued dedication to our program and athletes!
I started skiing with DREAM in the 89-90 ski season because they needed people to load sit-skiers on the chair. I didn’t know how to downhill ski, so I would help load a skier and then snow plow back down the hill and help load another one. I learned to ski from DREAM volunteers and tried to keep up with them. Over the years as equipment got better, I had the opportunity to use the gear as it became available to us. Finding a need to help people without muscle control to access the mountain, we started to give bucket rides. I discovered that it gave me great pleasure in seeing the different individuals truly enjoying doing something they couldn’t do on their own – skiing fast and getting out with the other skiers.
Over my 24 years of volunteering I’ve met so many truly wonderful people willing to give their time to help others and some have become good friends. From Randy who has MS and caught more air in the bi-ski than I’ve every done since, to my friend Daniel who wouldn’t quit skiing unless we took away his skis. From the young man that had no arms and no legs that snowboarded the whole mountain with me to the young lady that stretched out her arms to fly as we pointed the bi-ski down Home Again – they all tug at my heart and give me great joy to see them succeed.
Activities will include: Water skiing, sit water skiing, wake boarding, knee boarding,
DREAM Adaptive Recreation received funding from the US Department of Veterans Affairs
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