Volunteering is a fantastic way to learn more about our programs and to be part of the amazing change that happens every day. Whether spending a few hours with us for a specific project or serving in a long term capacity, you will go home with a firsthand connection to our caring staff and promising participants.

Below are specific annual volunteer opportunities, but there are constant needs for individuals or groups to volunteer. To inquire about immediate volunteer opportunities, contact Lee Thrash at (205) 944-3909 or lthrash@unitedability.org.

Annual Volunteer Opportunities

Year Round

Hand In Hand Garden Assistance

If you have a love of gardening and would love to help pass this passion to a newer generation, partner with Hand In Hand to provide guidance and direct assistance for our gardens.

Each Spring, we prepare our 6 raised garden boxes and common growing area for Hand In Hand students to begin planting. Throughout the summer, each classroom tends to their assigned planter to care for and harvest vegetables and herbs. In the Fall, we clear the garden and prepare it for a winter rest period – just in time to stage our Pumpkin Patch in October.

If interested in contributing to the Hand In Hand Early Learning Program with your expertise and/or time, please complete and return the Volunteer Application.


United Ability Day Order Fulfillment

For more information on our United Ability Day t-shirt fundraiser, click here.

Once all our team captains and other supporters have submitted their orders, we need your help to get the shirts and orders ready –

  • Folding and Organizing shirt stock by size
  • Bagging/Boxing orders according to each order form submitted and organizing for easy identification during pick-up
  • Assist staff with locating fulfilled orders, confirming payment, and marking delivery during Pick-up Days

For 3 weeks leading to the event date, we will need volunteers for 2-3 hour shifts during business hours (9a to 5p, Monday – Friday) at our Administration Building (100 Oslo Circle, Birmingham 35211).

If you are interesting in signing up for a shift for any or all of these opportunities, please contact Lee Thrash at lthrash@unitedability.org or (205) 944-3909.


Gone Fishin’

On May 14 and 15, 2018, our LINCPoint Adult Day Program and our Hand In Hand Early Learning Program take participants to enjoy a day outdoors at Oak Mountain State Park.

Volunteers are needed from 8/8:30am until 1pm to:

  • assist with fishing
  • manning arts and crafts tables
  • serving food and drinks.

If you are interested in helping with the Adults’ day on Monday, please contact Janis Braue at jbraue@unitedability.org or (205) 943-5205.

If you are interested in helping with the Children’s day on Tuesday, please contact Kim Braasch at kbraash@unitedability.org or (205) 944-3940.

The 2018 Application Period is now CLOSED. We will begin accepting applications for Summer 2019 in January.

Application Period: Jan-Apr | Service Period: June & July

GIG: Giving is Good Teen Summer Volunteer Program

Responsible teens entering 8th – 12th grades have the opportunity to serve hands-on with our outstanding participants in the LINCPoint Adult Day Program or Hand In Hand Early Learning Program during the summer.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with classroom lessons
  • Participating in Water Play Days with HIH children
  • Overseeing artwork completion with LINCPoint adults

Benefits include:

  • Becoming more comfortable interacting with individuals who are different
  • Learning more about careers working with individuals with disabilities
  • Knowing your summer was spending improving the lives of others

Application and full detail document may be downloaded below.

If you have any questions, please contact Lee Thrash at 205-944-3909 or lthrash@unitedabiity.org.