Paws 4 Autism is 100% Volunteer Driven

Yes, I absolutely LOVE helping the kids we serve and am honored to be a part of their progress. However it is those moments when I see the light of HOPE return to their parents’ eyes that is truly my biggest paycheck!
— Terri Wible - Executive Director

Our programs, puppies, social skills training, field trips and events ALL depend on the volunteers that drive, inspire and work to make them unique!  if you, your family, friends, church, or business is interested in volunteering, please email

We work to make the volunteer opportunity match YOUR skills and availability!


Puppy Partner Glenda at work with Franklyn while Cooper & Kozmo come for a visit.

Puppy Partner Glenda at work with Franklyn while Cooper & Kozmo come for a visit.

Paws 4 Autism always needs puppy partners. The more puppy partners we have, the more autism service dogs we can place with the people who need them. Our puppy partners are very special people, and we depend on them to help get our babies off on the right paw.

As a Puppy Partner you bring one of our service dog candidate pups into your home and care for him. Puppies are rotated through Partner homes every 6-8 weeks. This helps them gain as much socialization and exposure to new environments as possible. During the dog’s time with you, we pay for food, veterinary care, equipment, and training. There are few things in this world more heart-warming than handing your pup’s leash over to its new partner and knowing that you’ve given an autistic youth and their family a level of independence they didn’t have before. Where else can one person have such a direct, profound, positive impact on another person’s life?

To learn more about what's expected of our Puppy Raisers, refer to the FAQ page.

By welcoming one of these amazing dogs into your family for several weeks, you will play a vital role in making someone else’s life whole again. What a tremendous gift you can give!


Our events are hard work, however it is the volunteer committees that make them FUN!!! Whether it is for the Funny Bunny 5k, Dog-Gone Egg Hunt for Autism, Fireworks Tent or Sandy Paws Volleyball Tournament we are sure to find an event that fits your availability and skills.  Please email in you are interested.


The Board will support the work of PAWS 4 AUTISM and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by PAWS 4 AUTISM’s Executive Director, the Board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the ED as s/he develops and implements PAWS 4 AUTISM’s strategic plan 
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by PAWS 4 AUTISM for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings 
  • Approving PAWS 4 AUTISM’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities 
  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the CEO 
  • Assisting the CEO and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members 
  • Partnering with the CEO and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out 
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments 
  • Representing PAWS 4 AUTISM to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization 
  • Ensuring PAWS 4 AUTISM’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities PAWS 4 AUTISM serves


PAWS 4 AUTISM Board Members will consider PAWS 4 AUTISM a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that PAWS 4 AUTISM can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, PAWS 4 AUTISM expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution (or securing of Donor/Sponsor) that is commensurate with their capacity.

Board Terms/Participation

PAWS 4 AUTISM’s Board Members will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment. Board meetings will be held quarterly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings.


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about PAWS 4 AUTISM’s mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector 
  • A commitment to and understanding of PAWS 4 AUTISM’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience 
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals 
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of PAWS 4 AUTISM’s beneficiaries

Service on PAWS 4 AUTISM’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.