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Become a Volunteer

“A KEEN parent once told me that the time I spend with his child is a gift to his child, but the truth is I am the one getting a gift!” – KEEN coach


Current Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed to assist youth in our Sports, Swim, and Sings programs. KEEN volunteers are paired one-on-one with a youth with a disability and participate in a variety of recreational activities. Volunteers don't need any prior experience working with individuals with disabilities – KEEN provides training prior to each session. Volunteers don't need to be athletic, either. Our athletes will love you just as you are! Additional information on current volunteer opportunities can be found here.

Opportunities are available for individuals or group to get involved with KEEN for occasional participation, regular involvement, or leadership on our coaches committee. We have a really flexible volunteer policy - no regular or minimum commitment is necessary. Volunteers simply attend sessions as their schedules allow. Contact KEEN St. Louis Volunteer and Program Manager, Kristen Kremer, at kpeters@keenstlouis.org with any questions.

How to Become a KEEN Volunteer

  1. Complete the new volunteer application. Volunteers must provide contact information for three references.

  2. Once the application has been approved, log into the online registration system and select the date of the session you would like to attend.

  3. Attend new volunteer orientation, available before each session. Check with the Volunteer and Program Manager to confirm orientation times for each program.

  4. Wear comfortable clothes.

  5. Show up and have fun!

Who are KEEN's volunteers?

KEEN draws volunteers from 3 main groups: Community Individuals, Students, and Corporate/University/Community Groups.

Individuals from St. Louis and surrounding areas are the core of KEEN’s volunteer base. KEEN understands the demands on these dedicated coaches, and does not ask them to make a formal commitment of time – they are welcome to show up when they can. But the rewards from interaction with their athlete and the other volunteers make them want to come back, time and again.

High School volunteers over the age of 14 years old are welcome and KEEN provides student service hours. KEEN St. Louis allows for a limited number of volunteers who are aged 10-13 years old if accompanied by a parent.

Corporate/University/Community Groups - Groups wishing to volunteer are asked to contact KEEN's Volunteer and Program Manager at kpeters@keenstlouis.org.

 

Watch the video below to learn what it's like to be a KEEN volunteer.

 

KEEN is seriously committed to maintaining the privacy of our volunteers.
Privacy of Athlete and Volunteer Information Policy.
Volunteer Screening and Monitoring Procedures.