Volunteer Opportunities

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! 

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

Until further notice, we are taking appropriate precautions by limiting in-person volunteer opportunities at SARRC, but we have created a number of unique and fun ways you can still be involved virtually in the comfort of your own home! While we miss seeing our friendly, helpful volunteers in person, these opportunities are just as impactful to the client we serve! View ways to become involved virtually »

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:

  • Group volunteer projects: Includes projects like working in the Beneficial Beans Garden
  • 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 

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

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. For more information about SARRC’s PEERS program, please contact a member of our team at hbrayer@autismcenter.org.

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. We are always looking for volunteer teen Peer Mentors ages 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 our Family Resource Team at 602.606.9806.

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.