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Volunteer with OAR! As a small non-profit, we rely on the dedication of talented volunteers near and far to support autism families everywhere.

We offer a diverse range of service opportunities for volunteers of all ages and abilities. Contribute to our advocacy, education, or fundraising efforts. Engage with your local community or connect with the autism community online. Learn about the different ways you can get involved below!

Volunteer Projects

Do you want to increase autism awareness, understanding, and acceptance in your community? This is the project for you! OAR seeks volunteers who are willing to go out in their community and distribute informational materials and resources about autism. Share them with neighbors, parent groups, first responders, schools, clinicians, and more.

Responsibilities

Choose the OAR autism resources you wish to share with your community (examples include: A Guide to Safety, Curriculum in a Box, Kit for Kids, and Siblings guidebooks). These materials will be shipped to your home where they will be stored and maintained until distribution. Distributed resources to a variety of sites such as schools, youth programs, resource centers, autism parent support groups, police and fire departments, etc. Volunteers must communicate with OAR staff and submit distribution reports in a timely manner.

Ideal candidates are outgoing and comfortable working with people of diverse backgrounds.

Requirements

This is a flexible position that requires minimal travel. Must be 18 years or older.

OAR’s Operation Autism and Hire Autism blogs feature stories, dialogue, resources, and advice that provide an added source of support for autism families.

If you are interested in sharing your experiences with autism with others, apply now! We are always on the lookout for new guest writers to contribute a post, or series of posts to the OAR blog. Self-advocates, siblings, parents, caregivers, educators, and autism professionals are welcome to apply.

Responsibilities

Write 500-750 word blog entries for OAR’s main blog or Hire Autism blog. Entries on OAR’s main blog may be on any topic related to your personal or professional experience with autism, including parenting, education, transition, sibling perspectives, the military, and much more. Hire Autism blog topics are restricted to areas related to adult employment. All topic proposals are subject to OAR approval. Contributors are also required to submit a short author bio and accompanying photo. Contributors may request anonymity via a pseudonym if desired.

Requirements

OAR estimates that blog contributions, including edits, may take anywhere from 2-6 hours per entry. Blog contributors may contribute on a one-time basis, or propose a blog series. Blog series typically contain 4-7 entries. This is a flexible position that requires no travel.

OAR releases a monthly e-newsletter called The OARacle. OAR seeks experienced writers to contribute their expertise, advice, and news reports. Guest writers that demonstrate strong writing skills will be invited to write news reports from the autism community, or share their expert knowledge through the How To section.

Responsibilities

Writers will work closely with OAR editorial staff to identify relevant newsletter topics, write articles, and meet deadlines. OAR will approve the newsletter topic, provide copy editing and newsletter guidelines. Writers typically have 1-2 weeks to submit a rough draft article for review.

Requirements

This is a flexible position that requires no travel.

Youth Education Leaders play an important role in raising awareness and building acceptance among students in K-8 about Autism Spectrum Disorders. OAR seeks volunteers of all ages who demonstrate the leadership skills, communication skills, and initiative to teach the Kit for Kids program in the school setting. OAR staff is willing to work closely with high school students, parents, educators, and others interested in implementing the program school or district-wide.

Responsibilities

  • Identify a local school or organization where you will volunteer and coordinate a time to present the Kit for Kids
  • Review Kit for Kids materials thoroughly before presentation day
  • Use the Kit for Kids lesson materials as outlined in the proposed plan
    • Read the “What’s Up with Nick?” story aloud in a positive and professional manner to children in the general population
    • Facilitate classroom discussion about the story using the lesson plan and script provided
  • Track, record, and submit service hours in a timely manner

Requirements

This is a flexible position that requires little to no travel. Volunteers who are under 18 years old must identify a supervisor. Youth Education Leaders must obtain approval from the organization where the lesson(s) will take place.

The RUN FOR AUTISM, OAR’s signature fundraising activity, is looking for volunteers to support our endurance teams at our featured events. OAR is seeking friendly, outgoing, enthusiastic volunteers for support at the RUN FOR AUTISM during all race weekend activities.

Responsibilities

Volunteers will assist the OAR staff in greeting RUN FOR AUTISM team members who are participating in the race, distributing materials and information about OAR and the RUN program, recruiting new runners for future RUN events, and maintaining EXPO space/Charity Village Tent.

Requirements

Date of events are typically on weekends and location varies depending on the event.

Join the OAR staff and friends for Casino Night! This year’s Casino Night Benefit for the Organization for Autism Research is on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the home of Theresa and Christopher Waddell in Arlington, VA.

The Waddells have two children on the autism spectrum and have been active for years with OAR, the Arlington Special Education PTA, the Autism Society of Northern Virginia, and the broader autism community. Together, they have competed in RUN FOR AUTISM events of all distances in cities such as San Antonio, New York City, and Washington, DC.

Responsibilities

OAR is looking for volunteers to help out at our annual Casino Night! We will need casino games dealers, bartenders, people to sell 50/50 raffle tickets and to help with hors d’oeuvres.