Currently, over 400 active volunteers provide the foundation of the SABAH organization. Thanks to these dedicated individuals, hundreds of Western New Yorkers with special needs are able to participate in athletics.
What do SABAH Volunteers do?
SABAH volunteers provide encouragement, assistance, and friendship for individuals challenged by disability. With a time commitment of just one hour per week, you can assist SABAH athletes either on the ice or by providing off-ice support, such as registration check-in or equipment distribution. Either way, we believe that volunteering with SABAH will be a rewarding experience!
Most of our on-ice volunteers are paired with a SABAH athlete for weekly sessions at one of our five locations. As a volunteer partner, you will provide support and encouragement for an athlete as he/she improves skating skills, coordination, balance, and communication. The majority of our volunteers remain with the same athlete for the entire season, which begins in October and concludes with the season ending Celebration on Ice show in March. We find that athletes challenged by disability are most strengthened and encouraged when they can anticipate the same volunteer partner each week. As a result, we are seeking volunteers that are committed to regular attendance for the season.
Off-Ice and Ice Show Volunteers
SABAH has many off-ice volunteer opportunities! For instance, we need weekly volunteers (October through March) who are committed to supporting SABAH athletes by registering our participants and volunteers, handing out equipment, and assisting our athletes take the ice. For those volunteers who are unable to make a weekly commitment, SABAH has a need for volunteers for our annual events, such as the Celebration on Ice show and the Starlight Night Auction and Gala.