Disability Studies Student Clubs and Activities

NAMI -- The nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI on Campus allows colleges to become a part of NAMI's mission by providing resources, education, support, and advocacy to those with mental illness. Support fellow students, raise mental health awareness, educate the Ship community, and promote services by joining Shippensburg University's chapter of NAMI on Campus! For more information, please use the following contact: Megan Torbert, mt4668@ship.edu, or Madison Palm, mp3210@ship.edu.  There will also be a general interest meeting on September 7th at 2:00pm in Franklin Science Center 030.

People Involved Equally (PIE) –  a student club with a mission to socialize with adults with developmental disabilities who reside in the community, offering social opportunities, peer support, and assistance in working towards individually-identified goals. Students from all majors and colleges are welcome! This group meets weekly (every Monday from 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm) at Heiges Field House room 230! A semester long commitment is required. Contact President, Emily Hogan, at eh4176@ship.edu

Inclusive Basketball – offers opportunities for everyone and anyone to engage in a fun game of basketball regardless of age or ability. It's a great opportunity to meet people across abilities and have some fun.  People are welcome to come just once or make a longer commitment. Students from all majors and colleges are welcome! Inclusive Basketball is held weekly on Saturdays in Henderson gym from 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. on the following dates: September (8,15, 22, 29), October (6, 20, 27), November (3, 10, 17), and December (1).  If you have any questions please contact Sarah Herman, sh9483@ship.edu or Like the Facebook page: Inclusive Basketball at Shippensburg.

Special Olympics Swimming – trains people with disabilities in swimming. Volunteers can coach, swim as a buddy, and/or offer enthusiastic support. Volunteers do not have to be trained swimmers, but you will need to complete clearances. Special Olympics meets on Thursdays from 6:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. at Heiges Field House, and volunteers are expected to make a steady commitment.  Students from all majors and colleges are welcome! The contact for Special Olympics swim is Jen Flinchbaugh, at jen.flinchbaugh@yahoo.com 

Disability Awareness Club – This group focuses on promoting Disability Awareness and addressing the barriers students with disabilities face on campus. We will let you know when meetings will be held. Please contact the club President, Katelyn Nicholson, kn3463@ship.edu.

Community Activities

Muscular Dystrophy Association: Summer Camp Counselors Needed -- The Muscular Dystrophy Association is again looking for volunteer counselors for our annual summer camp, scheduled this year for June 9-June 15, 2018 at the Variety Club in Worcester, PA. Counselors are paired with campers one-on-one for the entire week, assisting them with daily living activities, and - most importantly – making sure they have a great time during their most anticipated week of the year. Counselors must be at least 16, complete an application and be interviewed prior to being selected to volunteer at camp. All counselors undergo a thorough orientation and are teamed with experienced returning “cabin leaders.” Camp is for many counselors a life-changing experience that keeps them coming back to MDA camp summer after summer. Interested potential counselors can contact Ed Granger at (717) 540-4316 or by email at egranger@mdausa.org for more information or to request an application. Additional information can also be found at the MDA website: http://www.mda.org/clinics/camp/.

AYSO VIP Soccer – This is an inclusive soccer league open to players of all ages and abilities. Volunteers can serve as coaches, refs, buddies, trainers, or just play. This is a new opportunity in Shippensburg. For more information, contact Jerry Carbo at jacarbo@ship.edu

The Arc of Franklin and Fulton Counties--The Arc of Franklin & Fulton Counties works toward the goal of having people with developmental disabilities fully participate in civil, social, educational, health and employment activities in the communities in which they reside, with the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential in every way. Volunteers are essential to maintaining the everyday operations of the Arc. Volunteers are needed to help in the office, by being a board member, assisting with fundraisers and other projects, and also, by hosting or attending a social. Specifically, the Arc would love volunteers to help with their fundraising events and their monthly socials that take place the 3rd Thursday of every month at Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Chambersburg. For more information, contact Lorrie Miller, at 717-264-4390, extension 101. 

Reins of Rhythm Riding and Horsemanship--Reins of Rhythm is a riding and horsemanship program based in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. They are a non-profit organization reaching out to local young people, joining able-bodied, special needs, and disadvantaged youth in a shared love and appreciation for horses as athletes, companions, and therapy partners. This program would love volunteers to help with events. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact info@reinsofrhythm.org and visit the Reins of Rhythm webpage at http://www.reinsofrhythm.org/. In addition to contacting via email, prospective volunteers should visit the program page and fill out a volunteer form. 

Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports--Disabled Sports USA’s mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs. For more information, visit their webpage at http://www.disabledsportsusa.org/chapters/pennsylvania-center-for-adapted-sports/. If you are interested in volunteering for this organization, please contact Jeff McGinnis at pcas@centeronline.com

There are many disability-related agencies in the area that could also use volunteers. See the resources page for a listing.