Volunteer at The Arc

You Can Make A Difference!

Work side by side with our clients and staff in the classroom, out in the community, or at special events. Your support helps people with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disabilities live, learn and enjoy our community. Volunteers can help out individually or as a group.

Volunteer Information

Monday - Friday - 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. **Weekends only available for special events**

Must be 18 years or older to volunteer with our adults

Pass our criminal background check which includes a criminal history, employee misconduct registry and nurse's aid registry

Scroll to view FAQ's and to apply


Direct Care

Classroom Activites (West Ave & Wurzbach) **must be 18 or older**


Movie theater, Aquariums, Zoo, YMCA, Restaurants, Museums, and more!

*Volunteers opting to go on outings agree to furnish their own transportation and entrance/activity fees


Basketball, Beauty, Press, & Cooking


Swimming, Zumba/Dance & Sports instructors

Special Events

Achievers Banquet, Gala, Summer Recreation Resource Fair, and more!

Group Projects

We rely on group volunteers to host events or projects at The Arc.

FAQ's about volunteering with The Arc of San Antonio

How do I become a volunteer? - Volunteers must complete a volunteer application and pass a criminal background check. Once the application is approved, you will be contacted for a tour of the facility and scheduling a start date.

How old do I have to be to volunteer? - Volunteers must be 18 or older to volunteer directly with our participants. We accept volunteers of all ages to participate in facility proejcts and special events.

Do I have to have prior experience to volunteer? - Nope! No prior experience is required to volunteer with us. We do recommend that you are comfortable interacting with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities as you may be asked to volunteer one-on-one with different individuals.

Where are you located and can I volunteer at multiple locations? - We have two facilities, located at 13430 West Ave, SA, TX, 78216 & 6530 Wurzbach Rd, SA, TX, 78240. Volunteers can donate their time at either location. Please be sure to specify which location works best for you on you application.

What are the hours for volunteer? - Volunteers are welcome to come in Monday - Friday between 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. We only allow a max of 3 hours per day, unless approved by a Director at The Arc, to reduce participant distraction from their daily curriculum. To allow direct care staff ample time to prepare, volunteers must notify the Volunteer Manager at least 3 days in advance if they plan to volunteer on a specific day.

What if I need service hours for college credit? - Great! Just be sure to indicate this on your volunteer application. The more information about the school you are attending, the course your hours are required and hours needed, the better understanding we will have to determine if The Arc of San Antonio is the best fit for you to complete these hours.

Do you offer court-ordered community service? - Unfortunately, The Arc of San Antonio does not offer court-ordered community service hours. Volunteers will be required to complete a background check and will not be accepted if convicted of a sexual assult or misconduct due to the safety and well-being of our participants.

What if I am looking for a volunteer project to do with a group, business, or organization? - Awesome! Group volunteer projects are always a good time. We rely on group volunteers to host events or sponsor projects at The Arc. If you are interested in hosting monthly birthday celebrations, staff appreciation luncheons, movie screenings, BINGO days, dances, ice cream or pie socials, cookie decorating parties, pumpkin carving, or any other creative event or idea you might have, we'd love to hear from you! Please contact Berni Kelly at bkelly@arc-sa.org or 210-490-4300 ext. 135 to discuss these ideas further.

What would I be doing as a volunteer? - Vounteers that work directly with our participants assist with multiple tasks, including, but not limited to, classroom activities, helping in the lunch room, fitness/dance activities, playground assistance, swimming pool assitance, and more! If you have an idea for an activity, we'd love to hear it!

I have been a volunteer in the past with the Arc of San Antonio can I bring a friend or a family member with me? All volunteers muct complete an individual application and background check. Once applications are approved they are welcome to begin volunteering with us. Please keep in mind that activities change day-to-day and we cannot guarantee placement of multiple volunteers in the same classroom.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions? - You can contact Berni Kelly at bkelly@arc-sa.org or 210-490-4300 ext. 135.

Getting to know our participants will enrich your life in a fun, interesting, and very unique way. Take the first step and fill out the application below. We look forward to meeting you! 

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