We rely on volunteers to help run the organization at all levels. We currently have over 50 long-term volunteers and many more periodic helpers. Our volunteers are adults with Asperger profiles, parents, grandparents, family members, friends, and professionals. Volunteering on-site at AANE is particularly rewarding and offers the opportunity to connect with other people within the Asperger/Autism community in a supportive, understanding environment. AANE will try to find you a job that matches your availability, skills and interests.

Ready to join our team? To find the volunteer position that is right for you, please complete and submit the volunteer application form below. If you have any questions, please contact Marcia Robinson, Volunteer Coordinator, at (617) 393-3824 ext. 29 or marcia.robinson@aane.org

Volunteer Application Form


Open Position - Grant Distribution Volunteer

AANE is looking for a Grant Distribution Volunteer.  This is a special position distributing cash grants to families and adults on the spectrum in financial need.  Our current long-term volunteer (20 yr) is retiring and we are looking for a replacement who wants a long-term job where you can see the difference you are making, with direct involvement with families and adults in the autism community.  This position can be done remotely or in the office post-COVID. The position would be ideal for a retired or non-working person who has understanding of basic technology and can manage tracking in a database, interact with people, and can make decisions. Email to info@aane.org for information or to apply.

Current Volunteer Needs

  • Marketing and communications
  • Phone calls
  • Database entry
  • Data management
  • Development and fundraising
  • Help with adult social events in Watertown and other locations
  • Organizing family events
  • Internet research
  • Writing and editing
  • Thank-you letters
  • Graphic design
  • Administrative tasks
  • Governance and committee work
  • Act as interviewer for adults with Asperger profiles in practice interviews

We also have placements available for one or two undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate students studying social work, psychology, expressive therapy, development, nonprofit management or public policy.