VOLUNTEER

Volunteers are the backbone DREAM!  

Over 100 volunteers generously donate their time to our programs and events throughout the year.  Due to growing program demand, we are always in need of help!

No previous adaptive sports experience is necessary! 

Volunteers receive special training to learn about the individuals we serve and about adaptive equipment we use to ensure a successful experience for everyone involved.

Volunteer Perks

  • Help others have access to the sport you love!
  • The time you commit to DREAM is open and flexible based on your schedule.
  • Meet a terrific group of individuals to learn from and recreate with.
  • Trainings provided for instruction, disability awareness, equipment use, and skill improvement.
  • Access to pro-deals based on # of days you volunteer for all programs.

DREAM Adaptive Recreation strives to safeguard our sport environments from misconduct, including athlete physical and sexual abuse.

Volunteers with our programs must complete Sport Protection Training (new 2020) and submit a Background Screening.  Once you complete the volunteer registration process we will contact you with further details.  To learn more, click here.

We appreciate your commitment to building a safe space for our volunteer team and athletes to push limits in the great outdoors.

Knowledge is power!

All volunteer instructors must read our handbook prior to joining our team:  DREAM Adaptive Handbook

The below resources are presented as a guide to expand your knowledge on disability awareness and to provide sport-specific training.

Disability Awareness – People First Language

United Spinal Association – Disability Etiquette

First Aid for Seizures – General seizure first aid

Concussion Information – Concussion Training


Please click on the following link to be taken to the Sport-Specific training handbooks & resources.

Sport-Specific Volunteer Resources
Expand each section below to learn more and sign-up to volunteer:

Qualifications & Training

  • Potential volunteer instructors should be comfortable skiing or riding on intermediate (blue) terrain.
  • Must have their own equipment, including helmet.
  • You do not have to be an expert to learn to teach basic ski and snowboarding skills.  Training provided!

Through a combination of clinics and shadowing (assisting an experienced instructor during a lesson), volunteers develop teaching skills that allow them to move from a shadow position to teaching lessons on their own. The time it takes to move from a shadow to an instructor depends on the person. The great thing about your training at DREAM is that you can progress at a pace that you are comfortable with, and that is compatible with your schedule. The more you are here the quicker you will gain skills and feel comfortable teaching.


Returning Volunteers

If you are a returning volunteer (within the last year), you already have an account in our *new* system.   YAY!

However, you must:

Create User Name & Password. This account will save you from filling out all your general info each season.  On the Sign-In screen, go to “I forgot my log-in name / password” and follow the prompts to set up a username and password.  Go to Sign-In Screen HERE.  If you already have a log-in, please sign in!

Once Logged-In, there are TWO important steps:

1. Update ALL missing profile/account information. This should be done annually or when something changes.  To do this, go to the drop-down navigation on the right side of the page that asks, What would you like to do? and select “Update My Profile.”  Complete all fields labeled “All Users” and “Volunteers.”  Scroll all the way to the bottom and hit the submit button.

2. Complete the “Volunteer Registration:  Winter Alpine Ski/Board.   The form can be found in the drop-down navigation on the right side of the page that asks, What would you like to do?  This form registers you for the 2019/2020 winter season and allows you to sign up for trainings.


New Volunteers

Thank you so much for your interest in joining our team!  Please follow the steps below:

1. Read Volunteer Resources

Those wishing to volunteer should read the volunteer handbook & manual prior to filling out an application to ensure that volunteering is a good fit for them. We also encourage everyone to take a look at the handouts on disability etiquette and people first language, as they are a great resource for anyone.

2. Create a User Account and Update your Profile
  • Click on the following link and go to “Create Account” on the right side (in red font).   Create Account HERE!
  • *DON’T MISS THIS STEP!* Log-in to your newly created account and go to the right hand navigation drop down and select “Update My Profile.  Please complete all info that pertains to “All Users” or Volunteers.  This info will be stored in your account and you can update it when necessary.
3. Complete a Winter Volunteer Registration & Sign Up for Trainings
  • Once you’ve Updated Your Profile, go back to the navigation drop-down on the right and selectVolunteer Registration: Winter Alpine Ski/Board.  This process will ask you program specific questions.  You’ll sign up for training here as well.

4. Complete a Waiver and Media Release Form (once annually)

DSUSA Waiver of Liability & Media Release (two separate forms, labeled #1 Liability Waiver & #2 Media Release)

5.  Complete a Background Screening  
There is a $20 fee to complete this screening.  We appreciate your commitment to creating a safe environment for our participants and volunteers.  **Jr. Volunteers, you do not need to submit a background screening.**
Go to www.ncsisafe.com and click on the Applicant Submission blue button on the upper right side of the page.  A window will pop up asking, “If you’ve been instructed to submit a background check for your organization, please click here” …Click on the link provided.
Then complete three steps:
Step 1: Enter Registration Number: 56674855
Step 2: Enter Your Information as Requested
Step 3: Provide Legal Authorization and Certification
It is important when entering your name, that you use your full legal name as written on your current ID (state driver’s license, passport or state ID with name and DOB). Please also verify that your social security number was typed correctly. Using nicknames or failing to type a correct social security number may delay or invalidate your background check.
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*Keep an eye out for updates via email!
Qualifications & Training
  • Potential volunteer instructors working with the Chet Hope Youth League should be comfortable skiing on classic skis.
  • Instructors working with adaptive sit-ski athletes may prefer skate skis, but classic is acceptable as well.
  • Instructors must have their own equipment, in good working order.
  • You don’t have to be an expert or have previous coaching experience work with our adaptive program.  Training is provided!
Chet Hope Youth League Training

December 21st & 29th (choose 1 to attend):   1-3:30PM @ Whitefish Lake Golf Course

Adaptive Training

January 4th:  9A-12:30P; Intro to teaching all ages w/ Cognitive Diagnoses, standing lessons

January 18th:  9A-2PM;   Intro to teaching all ages w/ Physical Diagnoses – Sit Ski & Guiding for individuals with Low Vision / Blindness


Returning Volunteers

If you are a returning volunteer (within the last year), you already have an account in our *new* system.   YAY!

However, you must:

Create User Name & Password. This account will save you from filling out all your general info each season.  On the Sign-In screen, go to “I forgot my log-in name / password” and follow the prompts to set up a username and password.  Go to Sign-In Screen HERE.  If you already have a log-in, please sign in!

Once Logged-In, there are TWO important steps:

1. Update ALL missing profile/account information. This should be done annually or when something changes.  To do this, go to the drop-down navigation on the right side of the page that asks, What would you like to do? and select “Update My Profile.”  Complete all fields labeled “All Users” and “Volunteers.”  Scroll all the way to the bottom and hit the submit button.

2. Complete the “Volunteer Registration:  Nordic.   The form can be found in the drop-down navigation on the right side of the page that asks, What would you like to do?  This form registers you for the 2020 winter season and allows you to sign up for trainings.


New Volunteers

Thank you so much for your interest in joining our team!  Please follow the steps below:

1. Read Volunteer Resources

Those wishing to volunteer should read the volunteer handbook prior to filling out an application to ensure that volunteering is a good fit for them. We also encourage everyone to take a look at the handouts on disability etiquette and people first language, as they are a great resource for anyone.

2. Create a User Account and Update your Profile
  • Click on the following link and go to “Create Account” on the right side (in red font).   Create Account HERE!
  • *DON’T MISS THIS STEP!* Log-in to your newly created account and go to the right hand navigation drop down and select “Update My Profile.  Please complete all info that pertains to “All Users” or Volunteers.  This info will be stored in your account and you can update it when necessary.
3. Complete a Nordic Volunteer Registration & Sign Up for Trainings
  • Once you’ve Updated Your Profile, go back to the navigation drop-down on the right and selectVolunteer Registration: Nordic.  This process will ask you program specific questions.  You’ll sign up for training here as well.
4. Complete a Waiver and Media Release Form (once annually)

DSUSA Waiver of Liability & Media Release (two separate forms, labeled #1 Liability Waiver & #2 Media Release)

5.  Complete a Background Screening  
There is a $20 fee to complete this screening.  We appreciate your commitment to creating a safe environment for our participants and volunteers.  **Jr. Volunteers, you do not need to submit a background screening.**
Go to www.ncsisafe.com and click on the Applicant Submission blue button on the upper right side of the page.  A window will pop up asking, “If you’ve been instructed to submit a background check for your organization, please click here” …Click on the link provided.
Then complete three steps:
Step 1: Enter Registration Number: 56674855
Step 2: Enter Your Information as Requested
Step 3: Provide Legal Authorization and Certification
It is important when entering your name, that you use your full legal name as written on your current ID (state driver’s license, passport or state ID with name and DOB). Please also verify that your social security number was typed correctly. Using nicknames or failing to type a correct social security number may delay or invalidate your background check.
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*Keep an eye out for updates via email!

We are continuously evaluating the COVID-19 situation and health department recommendations to evolve our programs and safety requirements to ensure you can recreate with DREAM while mitigating the risks.  Please read more about our response here.

Highlights

  • We are limiting group sizes.
  • All registrations will be completed online in advance.  There will be no walk-up registration.  This gives us time to review records and follow up on missing information.  We will not collect any paperwork or payment in person.
  • We are requesting that each participant be accompanied by only one family member, caregiver, or companion at this time.
  • Volunteers, staff, and participants will be asked health screening questions upon arrival.
  • Volunteers and staff who must break the 6′ social distance recommendation with participants for extended periods of time will wear a face mask.  DREAM will provide a mask if you do not have your own.
  • We have a cleaning and sanitation plan for shared equipment, as well as hand sanitizer available.  At most locations, running water and soap is available in the public restrooms.

 

There are many ways to get involved this summer and help to ensure everyone has access to the great outdoors.  We have sport-specific roles as well as general program help, admin. duties, and fundraising roles. 

Visit our summer program pages to learn more about each sport program.  Our calendar of events is also a great place to see what’s shakin’.   Once you’re ready, please go through the registration process below.


Returning Volunteers

If you are a returning volunteer (within the last year), you already have an account in our *new* system.   YAY!   To register, please follow the steps below or watch this video for step-by-step instructions.

1. Log in HERE and update your profile/account information.

  • Once logged in, go to the drop-down navigation on the right side of the page that asks, What would you like to do? and select “Update My Profile.”
  • Complete all fields labeled “All Users” and “Volunteers.”
  • Once you’ve updated your info, scroll all the way to the bottom and hit the submit button.
  • This should be done annually or when something changes.

2. Complete the “Volunteer Registration:  Summer 2020″ form.   The form can be found in the drop-down navigation on the right side of the page that asks, What would you like to do?  This form registers you for the 2020 summer volunteer opportunities, including mandatory training clinics.

3.  Liability Waivers and Media Release.  Please complete the online liability waiver, even if you did so this winter.  The new form includes language about COVID-19.

4. Sport Protection:  Background Screenings & Safe Sport Training.  DREAM is committed the providing the safest environment possible for volunteers, staff, and our participants. In addition to the mandatory background screening every (2) years (cost $20 to the volunteer), we have included mandatory Safe Sport Training (DREAM covers cost), which provides education regarding athlete physical and sexual abuse.    You can read more about our Sports Protection Plan here.  Once you register for the summer volunteer opportunities,  please complete these steps ASAP.


New Volunteers

Thank you so much for your interest in joining our team!  Through a combination of training and shadowing (assisting an experienced instructor during a lesson), volunteers develop teaching skills that allow them to move from a shadow position to teaching lessons on their own. The time it takes to move from a shadow to an instructor depends on the person. The great thing about your training at DREAM is that you can progress at a pace that you are comfortable with, and that is compatible with your schedule. The more you are with us, the quicker you will gain skills and confidence – just like our athletes!

Please follow the steps below and/or watch this How-To Video to complete the registration process:

1. Read Volunteer Resources

Please read the volunteer handbook prior to filling out an application to ensure that volunteering is a good fit for you. We also encourage you to take a look at the links on disability etiquette and people-first language, as they are a great resource.

2. Create a User Account
  • Click on the following link and go to “Create Account” on the right side (in red font).   Create Account HERE!  Complete all info.
3.  Update My Profile

Log-in to your newly created account and go to the right-hand navigation drop down and select “Update My Profile”.  Please complete all info in sections labeled All Users or Volunteers.  This info will be stored in your account and you can update it when necessary.

4. Complete the Summer Volunteer Registration & Sign Up for Training
  • Once you’ve Updated Your Profile, go back to the navigation drop-down on the right and select “Volunteer Registration: Summer 2020″.  This process will ask you program-specific questions.  You’ll sign up for training here as well.
5. Complete a Waiver and Media Release Form 

DSUSA Waiver of Liability & Media Release (two separate forms, labeled #1 Liability Waiver & #2 Media Release)

6.  Sport Protection:  Complete a Background Screening & the Safe Sport Training 

DREAM is committed the providing the safest environment possible for volunteers, staff, and our participants. In addition to the mandatory background screening every (2) years (cost is $20 to the volunteer), we have included mandatory Safe Sport Training (DREAM covers cost), which provides education regarding athlete physical and sexual abuse.    You can read more about our Sports Protection Plan here.  Once you register for the summer volunteer opportunities, DREAM will email you with information on how to complete your background screening & Safe Sport training.


*Please keep an eye out for volunteer updates via email!

We have many non-sport related volunteer roles as well.

  • Administrative tasks
  • Events/Fundraising
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Photography/Videography
  • Sign Language interpreter

Please contact us to learn more:

Office:  (406) 862-1817
Email:  jtickle@dreamadaptive.org

The Joy of Volunteering
By Bob Zahler, 30+ Year Volunteer

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.

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, Bob, and the countless volunteers for your continued dedication to our programs and athletes!