Volunteering options are available only in the Pittsburgh area


Volunteering with Southwinds is fun and rewarding! We rely on our volunteers to support our ongoing efforts to enrich the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in our community. It doesn’t take much to change someone’s life with just a kind word or a hug. Volunteering your time with Southwinds is easy and the end result is priceless. Take the time to get to know some of our individuals and we promise, you’ll be amazed!


The volunteer program at Southwinds is comprised of several options, from working with residents in our homes, to assisting with special events. By sharing your time and talents, you can become a vital link between our residents and the communities in which they live.

You can volunteer in the following ways:

  • Special Friend: Special Friends are needed to share a one-to-one relationship with our residents. Careful matching of volunteer and resident is followed by training and consultation with agency staff.
  • Special Family: Special Families are needed to share a one-to-one relationship with our residents. Careful matching of volunteer and resident is followed by training and consultation with agency staff.
  • Share a Skill or Talent: Volunteers share a skill or special talent with one or more of Southwinds residents. Volunteer commitment can be on an ongoing basis or just to complete a project. Activities could include: holiday crafts, sports, cooking, gardening, needle arts, music, painting, etc.
  • House Projects: A group of individuals from a company/organization or a family can work to complete a house project such as painting or planting. This can include planning a holiday party.
  • Special Events: Special event volunteers serve on the committees that plan and execute Southwinds special projects like the Annual Spring Craft Fair or other public relations and fundraising events.
  • Comparison Shopper: Site Managers often do not have time to do careful comparison shopping for our houses or residents. You can help by using your time and sharing your shopping skills to help us find the best quality items at the most economical price. For more information about any of these volunteer opportunities with Southwinds, Inc., please contact Julie Boyce, Public Relations Specialist at (412) 446-1080 or julieb@southwindsinc.org or to download our volunteer brochure click here.

Everyone needs a special friend in their life!

Touch the life of someone today and apply to be a volunteer: online application After you complete this online application, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to start the application process. You will also need to:

  • Have an in-person interview
  • Go through a background check

If you have been thinking about getting involved NOW is the perfect time! Our individuals like to do the same things as you – watch a movie, go shopping, attend a sporting event, or just hang out!  There is a Southwinds resident waiting to meet you right now. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering time with a charitable organization, get to know Southwinds! View Job Description

Top Ten Reasons to Volunteer at Southwinds, Inc.

  1. To meet new people
  2. To experience new things
  3. To grow as a person
  4. To give back to the community
  5. To feel a sense of accomplishment
  6. To support a worth while cause
  7. To change someone’s life
  8. To enrich the lives of others
  9. To start a new friendship
  10. To have FUN!