Volunteers Needed!!

Guelph Services for the Autistic is looking for volunteers to assist adults with autism in a wide variety of domains including: 

  • Providing friendship and accompaniment in leisure activities (i.e. sports activities at the Athletic Centre)
  • Shared volunteer experiences on campus (i.e. dog walking, Library, collating, or working with plants at the Arboretum)
  • Shared recreational activities on-campus and in the community (such as swimming, fitness, squash, badminton) 
  • Support in non-credit or credit courses

If you have any other ideas or areas of interest that you would like to pursue your ideas are very welcome!

Assisting individuals with autism has special interest for students who may plan future careers in:

  • Nutrition/ Dietetics
  • Mental Health
  • Counselling/Family Therapy
  • SpeechLanguage Pathology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Music or Art Therapy
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Advocacy

But students in other fields also find volunteering with people with autism to be most interesting and personally rewarding. GSA also provides letters of reference attesting to volunteer service.

Time commitment is flexible, but we ask that you be a consistent presence in the individual’s life. Students will play a vital role as friends for individuals with autism, through building community awareness and helping to decrease barriers to people with disabilities.

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Stacey Johnson or Elizabeth Bloomfield 

Check the Ontario Adult Autism Research and Support Network’s website for more information and opportunities for volunteering at  OAARSN  Click on the Communications button on the main page, then on Volunteering. Or click directly on:

Why Volunteer? - Catherine Ferguson's account of volunteering
Andrew's message - Why volunteers matter, by Andrew who has autism
Volunteer Application form 
Objectives of Volunteering with GSA