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Volunteer Opportunities

I volunteer for Autism Speaks because:

..." I volunteer with Autism Speaks for my two sons with autism and for all the children like them all over the world.  I volunteer because Autism Speaks gives a voice to those that cannot speak for themselves. Autism Speaks helped give me guidance after my children were diagnosed.  Through my commitment to this cause, I have become part of a growing community of parents and caregivers who know the personal effect of autism on all aspects of our lives.  The only way to change the face of this epidemic is through awareness and research and Autism Speaks is the leading force in both of these fronts.  I am proud of the time that I commit to this organization because I can truly see how Autism Speaks is changing the future for our children."
         - Kelly Pence - Fort Wayne Walk Committee

Do you live in Fort Wayne or Terre Haute?
We are always looking for volunteers to help plan an event or join an existing committee.
 Please contact either fortwayne@autismspeaks.org or terrehaute@autismspeaks.org if you would like to get involved.

Community Leadership Committee Descriptions

  • Family Services Liaison Chair
    • Sub-Committee provides feedback from community stakeholders in an effort to ensure that local community needs are addressed.
  • Community Advocacy Chair 
    • Sub-Committee activates the local grassroots advocacy efforts in accordance with national autism initiatives.
  • Science Ambassador Chair
    • Sub-Committee educates local community about Autism Speaks science initiatives and portfolios.
  • Walk Now for Autism Chair   
    • Planning Committee - help plan and execute the walk.
    • Team Mentoring Committee - mentor new team captains. If you can volunteer to make some calls and answer some questions about how to recruit and motivate teams this committee is for you.
    • Corporate Sponsorship Committee - create list of prospects and help to reach out to potential local sponsors.
    • Walk Kick-Off Dinner Committee - organize events to help us Kick-Off the Indiana Walks in style.
    • Youth Committee - plan mini events and volunteer on Walk Day. Opportunities for involvement are available for all age levels. 
    • Community Outreach Committee - recruit new team captains, get your local stores and schools involved and spread the word about Autism Speaks right in your own backyard.
    • Resource Fair Committee – recruit and build the Community Resource Fair.
    • Publicity Committee - responsible for many of the public relations and marketing aspects of the Walk event, including media relations, media sponsorships and public service announcements. 
    • Walk Day Logistics Committee - help with the nuts and bolts of the walk day and all of the equipment needed for a safe and fun day. Many hands make light work.
    • Food & Refreshments Committee - secure food and beverage donations. Lots of walkers means lots of hungry people on Walk Day.
    • Entertainment Committee - recruit entertainers and develop creative activities for Walk Day. Walk Day is family fun day.