A table at Steps for Autism with swag bags. AuSM volunteers are passing them out to attendeesAs a nonprofit organization with need-informed goals, zero state funding, and nominal staff, AuSM relies on community gifts of time, talent, and treasure to fulfill its mission.

Supporting AuSM supports people with autism in Minnesota. We invite you to consider three things as you think about how to engage with AuSM:

TRUST: AuSM has been serving the local autism community for more than 50 years, working with the community to provide resources that directly address needs and help individuals and families thrive. Financial transparency and clear communication are paramount. Your trust is valuable and supports a strong connection.

GENEROSITY: While financial support is important for sustainability, it is not the only way to be generous. Thinking about what you can do to support efforts – who are your connections; how can you reach people and inform; are there dollars available for contribution through employee match programs, regular personal giving, or in connected foundations/trusts; what programs and services are important to you – can help guide your generosity in ways that will bring you the greatest fulfillment.

GRATITUDE: Life is busy. Finding a way to make an impact on causes that are important to you can feel overwhelming. AuSM has a variety of opportunities for connection so you can choose your way to be involved. Offerings of time, talent, and treasure are equally important in fulfilling AuSM’s mission of service, and we are grateful for support in all ways. We also appreciate the gratitude that giving can generate in you. We want you to feel good about giving.

If you would like to donate your time to the Autism Society of Minnesota, we have a variety of ways you can help. Many of AuSM’s volunteer opportunities are connected to acceptance and fundraising events including Steps for Autism in Minnesota, our annual state conference, the AuSM Jigsaw Puzzle Competition, special in-office projects, and more.

If you work for a business or corporation that is seeking employee volunteer opportunities with the Autism Society of Minnesota, please contact us at 651.647.1083 or email info@ausm.org.

If you would like to be added to the list of volunteers we call when we need support, complete the below AuSM Volunteer Interest Form and indicate the areas in which you would like to help.

AuSM Volunteer Interest Form

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Autism Society of Minnesota. AuSM is strong with the support of the Minnesota autism community, and we are grateful for all of our dedicated volunteers who use their compassion, special skills, and knowledge to forward AuSM’s mission. For the safety of the community, those interested in volunteering with AuSM will be required to participate in a background check. It is AuSM’s policy to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability.

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  • Engagement Opportunities: Time, Talent, Treasure

  • Spreading Awareness and Acceptance; Alert for Opportunities; Sharing AuSM Social Media Posts
  • Please indicate those AuSM committees about which you would like more information.
  • Please indicate those events at which you would like to support AuSM.
  • Please select those areas in which you'd be willing to assist AuSM.
  • Please select those areas in which you'd be willing to assist AuSM.
  • Share the special skills and qualifications you have acquired from employment, previous volunteer work, or through other activities, including hobbies or sports. List any specific ways you feel AuSM could benefit from your help.
  • As an AuSM volunteer, I hereby give the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) permission to publish photographs or video of me in any promotional material without incurring any liability to AuSM or any photographer/videographer hired on behalf of AuSM. The materials may include, but are not limited to, newsletters, annual reports, brochures, advertisements, websites, social media sites, training materials, and/or posters.
  • The information I have provided to AuSM is true and complete. I understand that if I am accepted as a volunteer, any false statements, omissions, or other misrepresentations made by me on this application may result in my immediate dismissal.
  • Before volunteers will be allowed to interact with vulnerable children or adults, AuSM must perform a background check. Once we receive your volunteer application form, we will contact you with additional background check information.
  • Please let us know the address, phone number, and e-mail address of your emergency contact.
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