Call for Volunteers!
We are seeking volunteers for the Museum’s upcoming Sensory Inclusive Trick-or-Treat event!
Sensory Inclusive Trick-or-Treating at the B&O Railroad Museum
Saturday, October 28, 2023
4pm-6pm (volunteers arrive at 3:30)
We are looking for 10 volunteers to help hand out candy at various stations around the Museum.
What we’re looking for:
We are looking for positive & welcoming volunteers who like to get into the Halloween spirit, who enjoy interacting with children, and have great interpersonal skills. Costumes are encouraged—kid-friendly and not super gory, please!
Some common questions about Sensory Inclusive & Neurodivergency
People who identify as Neurodivergent may have a variety of disabilities that impact how they process the world around them. Neurodivergence can refer to challenges related to communication, sensory processing, mood, mental health, etc. Keep in mind Neurodivergence is about processing challenges not behavior.
Sensory inclusive events are designed to anticipate the needs of disabled and Neurodivergent participants in order to fully support them. These events do not exclude those without disabilities, instead they foster inclusion and acceptance of differences. For our Sensory Inclusive trick-or-treat we will provide allergy safe candy (disabled kiddos often struggle with more allergies), limit sensory triggers (which include bright lights and sudden noises), and provide a contained and safe environment (for our friends who have elopement behaviors). These are just a few examples of how events can be structured around support needs, the goal is to build in supports rather than tacking them on afterwards when the need inevitably arises.
More Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers assist in every department of the Museum and we regularly recruit volunteers for a wide variety of assignments, ranging from the Archives to Train Conductors.
Interested in volunteering but not able to make a long-term commitment? We still need you!
We love our youth volunteers and are looking for motivated, positive, responsible individuals aged 16+ to help us at the museum.