Volunteer Roles

Our caring and supportive volunteers are the key to the success of Life Town. By role-playing the various positions within Life Town, volunteers allow the students who visit to practice everyday functions and interactions in a safe and controlled environment as they make the transition from classroom lessons to the real world experience.

Volunteer hours are Mon to Fri from 9.30am-12pm at LifeTown. Volunteer opportunities are only available during the school year, September through May. We welcome individuals, groups and team building for companies. Please contact Sarah Ryan at 614-939-0765 or sarah@lifetowncolumbus.org if interested.

Banker

Students will enhance their financial literacy by learning how to deposit and withdraw funds. Each student receives $12 and uses their money to purchase goods and services in the LifeTown village.

Volunteers act as the bank tellers, counting out the money with the students in the beginning of their visit, and assisting the students to deposit any left over money they have into their “Savings Account.”

Animal Handler

At the Pet Place, students use their senses to explore and learn how to be gentle and care for animal. They also learn about where animals live and what they eat during our daily Pet Talks.

Animals in our Pet Place include rabbits, guinea pigs, fish, parakeets, a turtle, a bearded dragon lizard and a ball python.

Volunteers in the Pet Place MUST be comfortable handling animals, especially the snake, as they are responsible for taking the animals out of their enclosures and putting them back.

Deli Clerk

At the Deli, students learn how to order, count and make change and practice their best restaurant manners.

As a volunteer, you will prepare soft pretzels and help serve the students light snacks such as fruit, chips and granola bars.

Snow Cone Maker

The LifeTown Park is also home to the Snow Cone machine where the students can enjoy a nice cool snow cone.

The volunteers will operate the snow cone machines and prepare snow cones for the students.

Librarian

Students can check out a book or magazine from the library using their LifeTown Library card. They can use the library computers and iPads to play kid-friendly games.

Volunteers act as the librarians, helping the students fill out library card applications, find books and monitor their use on the computers and iPads. Volunteers will also hold story times for the students throughout their two-hour session.

Movie Theater Attendant

Students can visit the theater to watch a short film. The students have to budget their money for movie tickets, popcorn or other snacks.

Volunteers will operate a register, make popcorn, assist the students with using their money and restock the concession stand.

Traffic Officer

Students can relax in the LifeTown Park and enjoy a snack from the Deli or a Snow Cone. Students can rent a bike for a short ride and practice pedestrian and bike safety in a controlled environment with realistic traffic lights under the guidance of a Safety Officer.

The Safety Officer controls the traffic lights, monitors that pedestrians are walking on the “sidewalk,” monitors bike speed and makes sure everyone is abiding by the traffic laws. The Safety Officer also helps the students safely cross the street and can distribute tickets if bikes go through red lights, are driving recklessly or if a pedestrian jay walks.

Stylist/Manicurist

Students learn about personal hygiene, grooming and how to make and keep an appointment for a hair style or mini-manicure.

Volunteers in the Salon will paint nails, give hand and head massages and do simple styles on the students’ hair. Volunteers will not be cutting, dying or using hot tools.

Cashier

Students can work on budgeting their money by purchasing a variety of items from The Marketplace.

Volunteers act as the cashier, helping the students pick out a gift and chose the correct change.

Bike Rental

The LifeTown Park is home to the bike rentals where students can take a ride around our indoor track.

Volunteers help students choose bikes based on their size, teach them how to follow the traffic rules and what the colors or the traffic lights mean.

Art Studio Assistant

The Big Lots! Art Studio is a special arts and crafts workshop. Students can purchase supplies to make a seasonal art project such as sand art, customized canvas gifts, coloring or making a bracelet.

Volunteers in the Art Studio do not need to have an artistic ability. You will assist the students in picking out different projects, helping them with their money and assisting them in handling some of the small supplies.

Receptionist

The Fit for Life Medical Center is a place where the students can practice making appointments and visit our “LifeTown Doctor” or “LifeTown Dentist”, each in their own mock-up medical rooms, equipped with tools, charts and doctor attire.

The Receptionist assists the students in signing up for an appointment and completing their pre-appointment paperwork. The Receptionist also distributes a toothbrush and toothpaste to each student who visits either the Doctor or Dentist.

Dentist

The Dentist office is equipped with a real dental chair, tools and charts. The Dentist discusses good brushing practices and oral hygiene with their students when they have made an appointment. He or she will also explain the tools and equipment in the office.  Volunteers in the Medical Center will not be doing any actual examinations.

Doctor

The Doctor’s office is equipped with an exam table, scale, x-ray light box and other fun tools to show the students.  The Doctor will measure a student’s height and weight and present basic health and nutrition information. Volunteers in the Medical Center will not be doing any actual examinations.

Therapy Dog

Owner brings their own certified therapy or service dog to volunteer at LifeTown where they can interact with the kids and help the students learn responsibility and patience.  Valid certification papers must be provided prior to volunteering.