High School and College Students may earn community service hours by volunteering with ATOU.

The ATOU team of volunteers travels to schools across ten counties, bringing our hands-on disability-awareness program to students. The core program, a three hour presentation is powerful, and provides an opportunity for students to experience what it might be like to have a disability or to feel different.

Volunteers are essential to ATOU. As part of each school program, we have 3-5 volunteer speakers and 4-8 volunteer activity instructors.

Volunteer Opportunities Available:

Activity Instructors: Volunteers assist students with program activities. ATOU volunteers interact with students and guide them through activities at each station. Many help with loading and set-up of presentation equipment.

Program Speakers: Individuals with disabilities share their personal stories and answer students’ questions. Speakers introduce new perspectives and provide insight through their honest stories and willingness to engage.

Drivers for Speakers with disabilities:Some of our volunteer speakers have transportation needs and volunteers sometimes help transport speakers to and from workshops.

Special event and Strategic Planning VolunteersThese are volunteers who help with outreach, fundraising events, information tables at fairs, conventions and other community events.

Professionals:Members of our local community who offer their professional services pro bono, to assist ATOU with graphic arts, accounting, legal services, technical support, catering, partnering, and other programmatic assistance.

Office AssistanceThis includes data-entry, research, outreach, collating and packing school enrichment materials, communications and fundraising help and acting as a buddy at ATOU monthly Youth F.O.R.C.E activities.

A Touch of Understanding is always looking for committed volunteers to assist with weekly presentations and other events during the year. Our volunteers form the heart of A Touch of Understanding and we always welcome new people. If you are looking for a meaningful and fun way to give back to your community, please call to explore volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Coordinator

See school schedule below:

Plan to join us for a presentation!  Check the Event Calendar to see when our presentations are.

Earn a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Students may earn this award through 50 hours of volunteer service with ATOU. Adults require 100 hours to be granted this award. See below for details.

The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

To date, the President’s Council has partnered with more than 80 Leadership Organizations and more than 28,000 Certifying Organizations to bestow more than 1.5 million awards to the Nation’s deserving volunteers.