Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are critical to the success of 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 corporations and community organizations, all volunteer at SARRC. Please consider any of the following types of opportunities when considering how you or your organization 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
  • Autism CommunityWorks program: In this after-school/weekend program, typically developing teens provide mentorship to teens with autism spectrum disorder
  • Special events: Assist SARRC staff during several annual fundraising events

Grandparents' Volunteerism

Grandparents have become one of SARRC's most dependable group of volunteers. The Grandparents Group helps year-round in a number of different ways including:

  • Registering or meeting and greeting attendees at Special Events
  • Providing daily clerical help with mailings and filing
  • Preparing creative school projects at the Community School
  • Assisting with entrepreneurial projects through SARRC's social enterprise programs

Junior Volunteer Opportunities

Autism CommunityWorks® is a program that helps young people with autism between 13 and 18 years old make the transition to adulthood, higher education, and/or optimum employment. This junior volunteer opportunity enables teen peer mentors to engage with teens with ASD. By doing volunteer work throughout the community, teens with ASD and their peer mentors develop job skills, learn to socialize, and build lasting friendships. View the downloadable flyer.

For more information about becoming a teen Peer Mentor, please contact Carlos Nuño at 602.218.8217 or cnuno@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