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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.

Service Support Volunteer Opportunities

Children and Youth

  • Assist in Milestones Preschool for kids between the ages of 2-5. You 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 – 5:30pm.
  • 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. Hours available are Monday – Friday, 2:30 – 5:00pm.


  • 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 – 5:00pm.

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 – 5:00pm or remotely, depending on the needs.

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 – 6:00pm or weekends. Specific annual events include:

To volunteer at Abilities United, contact (650) 494-0550 or submit a request for more information. You can also email the volunteer application to

Learn more about our volunteer opportunities in detail on VolunteerMatch.