Make a Difference as a Jubilee Volunteer!

Volunteers are a vital part of the Jubilee family. Seeking volunteers willing to share their time and skills with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

People we support tell us they want help to brush up on their reading skills, study for a high school equivalency exam (GED), learn to swim, and so much more! Join us for game nights or arts and crafts at our Kensington community hub.

Finding Friendship Through Volunteering

As shared by Ben Apt. Featured right to left in photo with Steve Brent.

I was looking to do something meaningful when I moved to D.C. after law school. A friend connected me with Jubilee about volunteer opportunities.

Jubilee told me they might have a good opportunity for me to connect with someone who shared my love of the outdoors. That’s how I met Steve. I liked that they worked to make a match they thought would last. And they were right.

Steve and I have been in each other’s lives for more than a decade now. Our friendship grew naturally as we went on bike rides, to the county fair, and bowling. The D.C. auto show and horse show are annual highlights for us.

At this point, our families know each other, and Steve’s parents and siblings are so welcoming to me and my wife. When I first met Steve’s parents, they said to me, ‘you seem like a person who is going to stick.’ And I guess I’ve stuck.

The most moving part of our relationship for me is the long phone calls we have. Especially during the pandemic, they were a lifeline. We talk about everything. Worries, achievements, and everything in between. It’s been a real joy seeing Steve grow and mature in his personal and professional relationships over the years.

It’s my privilege to be his friend.

Learn how your friendship can make a difference to a person supported by Jubilee. Contact Britni Rose at brose@jubileemd.org.

Help make the world a more welcoming and inclusive place by volunteering with Jubilee. Jubilee welcomes volunteers from high school students to seniors. SSL hours offered for students. Group project ideas from scouts, religious, and service organizations welcome. Read more volunteer stories on the Meet Our Family webpage.

Contact Britni Rose at brose@jubileemd.org to learn more about all volunteer opportunities with Jubilee.