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, facilitating peer support groups, advocating at the Capitol, training law enforcement officials, organizing drives and providing office assistance.
The agency currently engages over 100 volunteers and will continue to grow and impact more families through tutoring, food distribution and All About Moms support.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
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.
Food Distribution Program
Our Outreach program participants live in deep, persistent poverty and cannot afford the basic life necessities such as food. The small amount that they do have is not adequate enough to feed their families. AADD helps provide food assistance as a supplement for individuals and families once their Georgia EBT/SNAP benefits run out. Our Food Distribution Program allows our participants to benefit from a delivery service as most, if not all, are unable to drive.
Since 1981, AADD has had a solid relationship with the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) which allows a guaranteed and seamless food distribution process. Volunteers are needed to help sort and package the pre-selected food into bags at ACFB and then transport the food to the AADD pantry.
All About Moms Support
Mothers of children with a developmental disability face many challenges with the day-to-day household responsibilities – most especially during the holidays. AADD understands just how hard moms work for their family. As part of the All About Moms campaign, our volunteer efforts include childcare support during December and into to the New Year. We want to give Moms a break and allow them the time needed to get their holiday shopping done. Volunteers offer short-term assistance for a few hours for moms to put some much-needed balance into their lives.
Bocce Ball Activity Group
Through the Family Support Center, AADD offers Bocce Ball Activity Groups for young adults age 20 to 30 with and without developmental disabilities in the North Fulton area.
Bocce, the oldest sport in human history, is an Italian game which has gained popularity in the United States over the last few decades. It can be appreciated by so many – most especially by young adults with a developmental disability facing transition after high school. Young adults with developmental disabilities often face terrible isolation during this phase of their life and bocce can help bridge the gap. This social sport helps individuals deal with self-esteem issues, interaction and communication. Whether to be better prepared in a working environment, within their family unit or in social settings, bocce is one activity that can remove the isolation often faced by these individuals.
Bocce Ball Volunteers are needed to help in the following ways:
- Logistics and Registration—volunteers are needed to set up and break down the bocce portable courts, handle registration and coordinate safety boundaries for our players. We also need volunteers to act as parent liaisons.
- Bocce Ball Players (Young Adults Ages 20 to 30)—come play bocce and foster a climate of acceptance for all. We are looking for volunteers the same age range as our players and offer a peer group perhaps not known before.
Peer Support Groups Facilitator
Do you have excellent mediation and problem-solving skills? You can facilitate support groups and provide a network of help for people living with or impacted by developmental disabilities. AADD hosts monthly peer support groups that meet in our Family Support Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings.
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.
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.
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.
For more information on volunteering, please contact Suzie Sloan at (404) 809-2911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Adopt a Family Drive
- 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.