- Are there volunteer opportunities?
Westport Associates, Inc. accepts a limited number of volunteers each year, most typically high school students completing their requirements for community service. Although no formal application is required, applicants must first meet with the Executive Director to discuss expectations and possible volunteer assignments. Past projects have included; assisting developmentally disabled individuals to swim, learn sign language and participate in their home and community, while under the supervision of their support staff.
Hours of volunteerism will be documented for the school along with completion of any school related evaluation tool. Upon acceptance as a volunteer, all individuals require a CORI check and fingerprinting to determine criminal history as required by our state licensing. To inquire about volunteer positions, please call the main phone number at Westport Associates, Inc.
- How do I place my disabled family member on the waiting list for an opening at Westport Associates?
There is no waiting list at Westport Associates, Inc. All eligible candidates are referred by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. The local Fall River Office is located at 1 Father DeValles Blvd, Unit 3, Fall River, MA 02723 Phone: 508-730-1209
- How does Westport Associates receive its' funding?
Over 90% of the agency funding is secured by contract with the Department of Developmental Services. In addition, individuals pay 75% of the social security disability benefits for their room and board. Lastly, some individuals receive foods stamp benefits and section 8 housing assistance which offset agency costs.
- What are the educational requirements for a position with the agency?
In most cases, a high school diploma or GED is required for all positions. Although, in a limited number of cases, years of experience in the field may be substituted, such as with part time openings.
- Will training be offered?
Required training for all employees include: First Aid and CPR, Medication Administration, Nutrition, Worker Safety, Fire Safety, Human Rights, Positive Behavior Supports, Mandated Reporting and more. All trainings will be arranged and paid for by the agency. Additional non-required training include: sign language, water safety, behavior management, communication, and more.
- What is a typical salary and benefits?
Salary is dependent upon the position worked and the hours of the position. Various positions include 40hr day positions starting at $31,000 to Weekday/Weekend Coordinator from $40,000 to $50,000 and Support Director positions with salary commensurate with experience and years of service.
The agency provides health insurance to all full time employees which is 95% paid by the agency, dental insurance 50% paid by the agency, and a 401K retirement program to which the agency contributes 3% of earnings. Lastly, 40 hrs of sick time are accumulated each year in addition to vacation time, which ranges from 2 to 4 weeks dependent upon years of employment.