United Ability is a place of enormous opportunity. Children are encouraged to play, learn, and grow in an inclusive environment, while families find encouragement and a dependable helping hand for the future. Adults come to a welcoming place to spend time with their friends, and most are afforded the chance to work for the very first time.

We are committed to providing quality services to our community, and volunteers are needed to expand our vision. From taking a field trip with our adult day program to sewing blankets for our children, every hand makes a difference in the lives of our program participants. We invite you to join us in our mission to connect people with disabilities to their communities and empower individuals to live full and meaningful lives.

If you are interested in current volunteer opportunities, please contact Lee Thrash at (205) 944-3909 or lthrash@unitedability.org

Thank you for volunteering with United Ability! We appreciate you.

“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead 

GIG: Giving is Good is a summer volunteer program at United Ability where you have the opportunity to work with our staff and enjoy interacting with the amazing individuals in our programs. We will play ALOT, but most importantly we will learn about those living with disabilities and how to be advocates for them in school, at work and in life.

An FAQ with full details and application requirements are linked below for download.

Applications must be received by May 3, 2017.

Applications can be mailed or dropped off to our Administration building:
Attn: Lee Thrash – 100 Oslo Circle, Birmingham, AL 35211.

All GIG volunteers are required to attend one orientation session.


  • Monitor the children at play and in the classroom
  • Assist with mobility
  • Partner with children in classroom activities/projects
  • Partner during arts and crafts
  • Organize classroom/toys/gym/library
  • Monitor children during water days
  • Read to/assist with reading activities
  • Teachers assistants
  • Occupational Therapists assistants

The majority of our volunteer positions will be with our Hand in Hand Early Learning Program with children living with and without disabilities age 12 months to 5 years old, but other opportunities can be found with our Adult Program, if preferred.

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

Directions to United Ability
2017 GIG Application Packet and FAQ