Volunteer Opportunities - Individuals (myLIFE)

We are excited and delighted you are willing to give to others through your time and efforts. How can you help? Volunteers serve as peer support models within planned social/leisure events and activities.

Our adults are engaged in activities across the Emory University campus, and we need volunteers to participate in the activities alongside them. Each week they are looking for ways to connect with people, someone to talk to, laugh with and share fun activities. 

If you want to be that one person, join us as we endeavor to open doors and create a lifestyle that is enjoyable and full of pleasurable opportunities for participants in our Choices for Adults program.


All volunteers are scheduled according to their age (e.g. if you fall within the 18-24 year age range you will volunteer with individuals who are 18-24 years, too). We do this because it is most natural to hang out with people your own age. And we hope you will serve as a peer model to those you are volunteering with each week.

Note: We ask each interested person to volunteer at least 2-3 hours each week. Please let us know which times you have available.


  1. Check out the calendar to view times when each of our groups meet.
  2. Complete the interest & availability form so we know who you are and when you would like to volunteer.
  3. Click on the information and forms tab to access application materials.  Please complete and forward to us via email.

Volunteer Documentation

Thank you for your generosity.  By volunteering with our Adult Program you are touching the lives of many people who need your supportive guidance.  

Each quarter we report information related to the number of volunteers involved in the Adult Program (including the number of hours volunteered, school attendance and programs of study or the various careers of those who volunteer) to the State of Georgia. Please document your time and make note of any/all comments, questions and concerns. 

Interest & Availability

Information & Forms

Getting involved with the Emory Autism Center's myLIFE program is easy. Just follow the steps below:

Schedule a meeting with Toni Thomas to review your educational needs.

Complete and return all forms (see below) 

"Student Agreement Concerning Educational Training Program form" will be completed before/on your first day scheduled as part of the MOU.

Once complete, either drop off when you meet with Ms. Thomas or send to her via email tthoma2@emory.edu


Please do the following:

  • fill in all other information on the page
  • make a copy of your driver's license (the picture MUST BE recognizable - you may have to make your copy lighter)
  • staple the copy of your driver's license and the completed Background Check form together


How do I begin?

New to the program? Please click on the New Volunteers tab and follow all instructions for completing paperwork and volunteer availability. We will be in touch with you once we have reviewed everything. Also, if you have not attended an orientation session, we need for you to sign up for one as soon as possible. If one has passed, you may still begin, but we will sign you up for the next available orientation.  Former volunteer? Please click on the Former Volunteers tab and ensure you have completed the availability form. We will be in touch with you once we have reviewed everything.

When do I start?

During your meeting with Ms. Thomas a schedule will be planned and we will work hard to ensure you begin no later than the second week into our session.  

Who do I contact?

General questions/issues related to your service learning experience should be directed to Toni Thomas, Program Manager, at tthomas2@emory.edu or 404-727-8350.

Who do I report to each week?

Each day there is an educational coordinator in charge of planning and ensuring volunteers, service learning students and fieldwork students are aware of what to do during that time period. Please contact the appropriate staff noted below via text so they will have your contact information in case they need to reach you. 

  • nightLIFE Group - Toni Thomas
  • liveLIFE Group - Danielle Belva
  • collegeLIFE Group - Kelsey Bohlke

What if I am late?

If you are going to be late please contact the appropriate educational coordinator as soon as possible.

What if I cannot make it that week?

Should you need to cancel, please provide notice as soon as you know you will not be able to attend (we prefer at least a week's notice so we may plan for your absence and make any/all necessary adjustments to our schedule).

We understand people get sick and insist you remain at home to care for your personal needs. Please contact us via email if it is more than 24 hours before your activity, or via text if it is less than 24 hours as we may already be involved with the group and not have access to email.

Outside of illnesses we hope you will make every effort to be in attendance on your scheduled day of service.