All About Developmental Disabilities has made a significant impact in Georgia for families living with developmental disabilities thanks in large part to our dedicated volunteers.

AADD volunteers further our mission by assisting with events such as the Mother’s Day Luncheon and Annual Picnic, leading workshops, advocating at the Capitol, training law enforcement officials, organizing drives, and providing office assistance.

The agency currently engages over 150 volunteers and will continue to grow and impact more families through tutoring, food distribution and All About Moms support.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring
Many of our participants are parents living with a developmental disability who can no longer help their children with their schoolwork.  The children we serve fall behind in school without the one-on-one help they need.  Many times these students are retained as early as kindergarten because they don’t have the guidance necessary to excel in their studies.

Volunteer tutors are called upon to fill that parent role, helping students with their homework and making sure they are staying on task.  With patience and practice, tutors can make a huge impact in helping students achieve their educational goals.  Currently housed at The Woods at Glenrose Center during after-school hours, tutors spend one hour a week helping students succeed in school.

Recreation Activity Groups
AADD is starting many recreation groups in the north suburbs and Decatur.  If you’d like to play bocce, bingo, go to dances and more with young adults with developmental disabilities, we need your help!  Groups meet on week nights, Friday mornings and Saturdays in Sandy Springs, Roswell, Johns Creek, and Decatur.

Ice Cream Social
What better way for your group to experience fun with a purpose than to enjoy ice cream with children who are living with developmental disabilities. AADD invites civic, faith-based, corporate, school or social groups to host an ice cream social for our young participants. Your group simply provides the ice cream and plans exciting games, and we handle the rest.

Skills and Hobbies Workshops
Do you have a special skill that you’d like to share? Do you have a passion for a certain craft or hobby that could benefit the people we serve? AADD works with community volunteers to provide customized workshops to teach our participants new skills and hobbies. From activities such as gardening, cooking, or arts and crafts to life skills such as money management and self-care, volunteers help plan and lead these engaging workshops to help participants enhance the quality of their lives.

Justice and Developmental Disabilities Training
People with developmental disabilities are three times more likely to be incarcerated for many reasons, including being coerced or bullied into supporting criminal activity and not understanding the questions they are being asked by law enforcement officials or defense attorneys. You can help law enforcement and legal professionals better understand people with developmental disabilities by becoming a Justice and Developmental Disabilities (JDD) trainer.

Volunteer at the Capitol
Do you want to advocate for more supports for people with developmental disabilities? Make your voice heard in Georgia by talking one-on-one with legislators at the Capitol.

Single Event Volunteer Opportunities

Partners in Policymaking
Partners in Policymaking is an innovative leadership training opportunity designed to involve and empower people to become better advocates for individuals with disabilities. Volunteers are needed to help with registration, setting up breakfast and lunch, and clean up. Volunteers are welcome to take part in the training, hearing from many guest speakers on advocacy efforts affecting individuals with developmental disabilities all over the State.

Mother’s Day Luncheon
Mother’s Day is an especially meaningful occasion for us each year. In Georgia, a mother living with a developmental disability can lose custody of her children for that reason alone, and AADD advocates to keep mothers connected with their families. Our annual Mother’s Day Luncheon is an opportunity to honor every mother, especially those living with developmental disabilities. You can make our mothers feel extra special by preparing and serving food, assisting with decorations, and planning activities.

Host Committee: Do you have planning expertise? Would you like to plan and coordinate a special luncheon for mothers living with developmental disabilities? You can make our moms feel special by organizing this annual luncheon.

Annual Picnic
At AADD’s Annual Picnic, we see our vision of community come to life—a community where everyone contributes and participates. Join us for an afternoon of games, barbecue, music, and tons of excitement—including obstacle courses, water balloon toss, horse shoes, and much more! Volunteers assist with planning games, bringing dishes, preparing and serving food, and clean up.

Holiday Adoption Project

  • Steering Committee: Join our Holiday Adopt a Family Steering Committee and bring joy to AADD clients by planning and coordinating this annual initiative.
  • Adopt a Family Donors: Adopt an AADD family for the holidays! Your donations of food, gift cards, clothing, toys, and household essentials will create a memorable holiday celebration that will be remembered for years to come.

For more information on volunteering, please contact Suzie Sloan at (404) 809-2911 or suzie@aadd.org.