Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are critical to the success of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC). We couldn't accomplish the important work we do in the community without our loyal volunteer force. Whether assisting at an event, helping to facilitate a special project or working on administrative tasks, we rely on our volunteers to achieve SARRC's mission! 

Volunteer Opportunities

Individuals on their own or groups of individuals from companies and community organizations are welcome to volunteer at SARRC. Please consider any of the following types of opportunities when considering how you or your company might best volunteer:

  • Campus improvement projects: Includes activities such as gardening or painting
  • Group volunteer projects: Includes projects like working in the Beneficial Beans Garden
  • Office and staff support: Daily tasks might include database entry, mass mailings or filing
  • Research and vocational departments: Assist with data entry and community projects
  • Special events: Assist SARRC staff during several annual fundraising events
  • Become a SARRC ambassador: Host a tour and/or advocate for SARRC in community capacities 

Teen Mentorship Opportunities

SARRC is always looking for teen mentors to volunteer in either our PEERS Program or CommunityWorks program. Teens gain leadership skills while gaining a better understanding of neurodiversity and of those who may be different from themselves. In addition to being a fun, meaningful way to get involved within the community, you will be a role model by modeling appropriate social behavior and help provide a supportive inclusive environment. As a teen mentor, the experience can be used in a resume, a college application or volunteer hours for school requirements.

PEERS Program: 
PEERS® for Adolescents is a 14-week evidence-based skills intervention for teens with ASD that teaches social skills. SARRC is recruiting for typically developing teenagers (8th to 12th grade) to serve as peer mentors in our PEERS program. Sessions will be held every Tuesday from 4:30–6:30 p.m. from January until the end of April. For more information about SARRC’s PEERS program, please contact a member of our team at 602.218.8184 or ALyon@autismcenter.org.

CommunityWorks: 
This is a supported inclusive clinical program that helps teens explore their interests and abilities in a variety of work environments while learning important skills to enhance their ability to live and work more independently. Each CommunityWorks session is 2.5 hours and happens 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturdays throughout the year. We are always looking for volunteer teen Peer Mentors age 13-18, who will have the opportunity to learn leadership skills through their role as a volunteer mentor.  For more information on program dates or to register as a Peer Mentor please contact Pilar Dowling at 480.603.3283 or PDowling@autismcenter.org.

Working with Children

Agency regulations prevent volunteers from working directly with children in the classroom. We may evaluate other opportunities to work with the children on a case-by-case basis.

Contact our team

If you would like to become a SARRC volunteer, contact Addie Mocca, Community Resource and Volunteer Coordinator at 602.218.8203 or amocca@autismcenter.org