donate Abilities United supports children and adults with disabilities, their families and the community, and champions a culture in which all members of society are included and appreciated for their distinctive contributions.

Woodside Priory Student Volunteers
Thank you to Woodside Prior for volunteering with Milestones Preschool and the Adult Day Program during their service week!  See more photos on the Abilities United Facebook.

Wells Fargo Ice Cream Social
Special thanks to Wells Fargo Bank for their ongoing support and annual ice cream social for our participants and staff!

Kiwanis Volunteers at Sheraden Nicholau Celebration
Palo Alto Kiwanis are always willing to give a helping hand!

volunteer jobs

Each year more than 350 people give their time, talent, and energy in support of Abilities United services. Through this generous provision of personal resources, volunteers help to fulfill Abilities United's mission to champion people with developmental and physical disabilities. Previous experience working with people who have developmental or other disabilities is always welcome but not necessary.

We hope you will join us and share your time, talents and energy to make a direct and meaningful impact on the lives of the children and adults Abilities United serves and in our community

If you would like to volunteer at Abilities United please e-mail or call (650) 494-0550. You can also submit the volunteer application form to:

Abilities United
525 East Charleston Road
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Fax: 650-855-9710


Service Support Volunteer Opportunities

Children's Development

Assist in Milestones Preschool for kids between the ages of 2-5. Youl will help set up various areas and keep materials clean for use by the students and also assist the teachers with specific students and small groups.  Students of Early Childhood Development are strongly encouraged to volunteer. Hours available are Monday-Friday between 9:00am-5:30 pm.

Family Support

Actively participate in after-school activities for children and young adults between the ages of 5 and 22. Activities include art projects, games and sports. Monday-Friday, 2:30-5:00 pm.


Assist adult participants in various settings.  These individuals enjoy and benefit greatly from one-to-one or small group interactions. You will join them on walks, provide tutoring, play games, help in the garden or participate in cooking projects.  Patient, energetic volunteers who possess a lively sense of humor and strong people skills tend to thrive in this position. Hours available are Monday-Friday between 10:00am-4:00pm.

Administrative Support Volunteer Opportunities

Administrative Assistant

Help with general office duties in our administration office in Palo Alto. We are always looking for volunteers to enter data, organize materials and file paperwork. Hours available are Monday-Friday between 9:00am-5:00 pm.

Marketing Support

Put your marketing skills to use and help with marketing communications, graphic design, social media, website development,/maintenance, art curation, database maintenance, photography, storytelling or video editing.  Volunteer work can be done on-site Monday-Friday between 9:00am-5:00 pm or remotely, depending on the needs.

Facilities Assistant

Work to ensure the safety and comfort of Abilities United staff and participants by helping out in our Facilities Management department.  Duties may include light carpentry, painting, lifting and safety inspections.Hours available are Monday-Friday between 10:00am-6:00 pm.

Event Support Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer for a day and help raise money for Abilities United services by lending a hand with one or both of our major fundraising events. Responsibilities include set-up and clean-up, registration, parking assistance and other general event duties. Hours available are Monday-Friday between 10:00am-6:00 pm or weekends.


Authors Luncheon

For more information on volunteer opportunities, email the volunteer coordinator.



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