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!
Individuals on their own or groups of individuals from corporations and community organizations are welcome to 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
- 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
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
CommunityWorks Peer Mentorship Opportunity
CommunityWorks® 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. While working with participants with ASD, Peer Mentors will gain an understanding and acceptance for individuals who may be different from themselves including:
- Experience can be used in a resume and/or college application.
- Fun, meaningful way to get involved within the community.
- Certificate of the volunteer hours completed that can be used for school requirements.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org