What Is It?
A non-profit organization that provides educational services to children and young adults with autism. Services include a year-round day school, a smaller day program for young adults, and three residential group homes.
Help with activities such as games, crafts, and celebrations; assist with special events; help spruce up grounds or facilities; or collect needed items.
Minimum Age to Volunteer
There is no specific minimum age, but all volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (a parent, or their teacher/adult volunteer if they are on a class field trip).
Suitable for Groups of Volunteers?
Avondale House will provide all training needed.
SOCIAL INTERACTION VOLUNTEER
Help with sports and games, crafts, cooking, celebrations, and other activities. The agency also welcomes volunteers’ ideas about other ways to become involved.
HELP WITH SPECIAL EVENTS
Help with annual fundraising events, such as the annual luncheon and the festive Halloween Boo-lathon, as well as the Autism Speaks Walk Resource Fair.
COLLECT NEEDED SUPPLIES
Avondale serves clients all year and needs a steady supply of basic materials. “You can make an important contribution to our kids and adults; donate the supplies and learning tools they need to succeed.”
A list of dozens of needed items is here. These items include: band-aids, board games, colored pencils, dryer sheets, glue sticks, peanut butter, scissors, toothbrushes, and hand weights.
LANDSCAPING AND OTHER IMPROVEMENTS
Help keep the grounds and outdoor facilities looking great through planting, painting, and other projects.
The volunteer application information is here.
Houston, Texas 77025
Houston, Texas 77025
What Makes a House a Home? Video (May 2020) (6 minutes 50 seconds)
Avondale House Video (6 minutes 9 seconds) (2014):
Examples of past Scout projects
Eagle: Henry C. (Troop 55) painted a basketball court and resurfaced a playground. (2017)
Gold Award: Lindsey H. created a curriculum with the help of Avondale House teachers to educate children with autism about social behavior and life skills; wrote puppet shows for the students to help them better understand the lessons; and assembled a puppet theater outfitted with curtains and puppets and donated it to Avondale House. (2018)
Eagle: Pramit D. organized a school supply drive by using fliers, social media posts, and collection bags, and by approaching local stores for donations. (2018)
Eagle: James P. (Troop 222) built a 10 x 10 raised garden bed and filled it with soil and gravel, creating a garden bed for school and adult program to plant and grow vegetables. (2020)
Eagle: Michael P. (Troop 688) coordinated the removal and then reconstruction of a large playground. (2014)