Thank you for your interest in the Els for Autism® Volunteer Program!
We are excited that you are interested in becoming a volunteer. Volunteers are an essential part of our programs, events, and all our endeavors designed to transform the lives of people with autism and those who care for them. Whether you need community service hours, you are looking for a group teambuilding activity, you are retired and looking for something fulfilling to do, or you have a specialized skill you would like to share, we have a large variety of volunteer options. Let us help matchmake you into your dream volunteer position. The first step is to contact:
Active volunteers please log your hours here.
Our Executive Director says:
“Our volunteers are incredible contributors, they make a positive and measurable impact.” Dr. Marlene Sotelo, Executive Director, Els for Autism
Our Volunteers say:
“There is not just one reason why I volunteer. My mother was a professional volunteer and I am following in her footsteps – it’s in my DNA. I also volunteer as a Guardian Ad Litem and as a mentor to an 11 year old boy. Giving back and helping people brings joy to the world. I have a great rapport with the Els for Autism Adult Day Program clients, and it is a wonderful thing when they tell me they’ve missed me when I am not there.” Keith Kleinick, Sea of Possibilities, Microbusiness Volunteer
“I come in once a week and help with the Sea of Possibilities art program. I think it’s a fantastic program where everybody gets to play a part in creating beautiful pieces to sell. I love seeing all the different, wonderful things they make, and to see everyone enjoying their time.” Lucy Uhler, Sea of Possibilities Microbusiness Volunteer
“I chose to volunteer at the Els Center of Excellence® so that I could get out of my comfort zone and work on expanding my skill set as a person. But most importantly because I love helping others. What that grew into is a real passion for the Center and a deep respect for all those involved in it.” Davis Dickinson, College Freshman, Golf and Summer Camp Volunteer
“The reason I volunteer is simple. My son benefits from the Center of Excellence. It’s a big deal for all the children, young adults and adults that receive services and I want to make it the best place possible to help everyone achieve their goals. It’s all about the clients.” Wende Banks-Henderson, Mother of a Participant in the Adult Day Program
“I volunteered for the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of persons with Autism and their caregivers. Everyone knows Els – it’s a beautiful organization and the work they do is amazing.” Claire Kelderman, Clinician and Recent College Graduate