Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania

Autism Society NWPA relies on volunteers in order to offer events, conference, and activities.  Support the Autism Society NWPA by becoming a volunteer.  Thank you for taking the first step in making the difference in the lives of individuals and families living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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G. Lantern Fest

TLantern Festhank you for taking the first step to volunteer!  Lantern Fest is a three (3) day event and we will need your help to get it "off the ground."  We need volunteers for 5-hour shifts.  Each volunteer will received FREE parking, FREE Admission, and a FREE Lantern.

Please note:  Safety precautions are taken very seriously and will be put into practice by the local fire departments.  All clean up and safety regulations will be in place by all our volunteers.  The lanterns are exclusively sourced, 100% biodegradable, flame retardant with a limited burn time of less than 4 minutes.  They leave a very small footprint on the environment.  This will be a safe and spectacular event for families in our community.  

Friday Volunteering (12pm to 5pm)

  • Assemble kits for festival
  • Unload truck

Saturday Volunteering

  • Morning (9am to2pm)
    • Registration and Merchandise tent set up
    • Merchandise sales
    • Registration Tent: check pre-registered customers, take payments for new customers and provide kits 
    • Trash Pick-up
  • Afternoon (1pm to 6pm)
    • Registration tent: check pre-registered customers, take payments for new customers and provide kits
    • Merchandise sales
    • Trash pick-up

  • Evening (5pm to 10pm)
    • Pack up registration and other equipment
    • Trash pick-up

Sunday Morning (7am to 12pm)

  • Lantern collection: pick up all lanterns launched the night before
  • Trash pick-up



WHEN:   August 24- 26, 2018
LOCATION:  Lake Erie Speedway - North East PA


WHEN:  August 25, 2017
LOCATION:  Lake Erie Speedway - North East PA
Gates open at 4:00pm
Ticket discount of 20% off use promo code: AUTISM20
The promo code also provides a 10% donation to Autism Society NWPA

Activity Shifts Start End
Friday Afternoon Set Up (12pm-5pm) 0 8/24/2018 8/24/2018
Saturday Afternoon (1pm-6pm) 0 8/25/2018 8/25/2018
Saturday Evening (5pm-10pm) 0 8/25/2018 8/25/2018
Saturday Morning-(9am-2pm) 0 8/25/2018 8/25/2018
Sunday Morning (7am-12pm) 1 8/26/2018 8/26/2018

H. Scallywags Pirate FAMILY Fun Cruise | September 9, 2018

e are offering 3 cruise times on September 9th  Limited seating | Register Today!

Scallywag photo

WHEN:  Sunday, September 9, 2018

TIME:   10:30 am to 12:00 pm (The boat will leave the dock promptly at 10:30 am and return at 12:00 pm)

               12:30 pm to 2:00 pm (The boat will leave the dock promptly at 12:30 pm and return at 2:30 pm)

3:00pm to 4:30pm  (The boat will leave the dock promptly at 3:00 pm and return at 4:30 pm)

WHERE:  2 State Street |Erie PA

COST:  $5.00 members; $11 non-members

Join the crew of Scallywags for a fun family adventure. Your adventure begins with dressing as a pirate, hoisting the colors, tattoo and face painting. Once underway, our pirate crew will teach you how to talk, sing and dance like a pirate. They will share the tales of Lake Erie and explain how the evil pirate Peg Legged Pete stole a chest of this fortune. The crew of Scallywags has been searching for Peg Legged Pete to reclaim the lost booty. If you are prepared, we can find him and get the treasure back on board. All guest pirates aboard "Scallywags" that assist with capturing the treasure will share in the booty, so keep your eyes open and be on the lookout for enemy pirates.

Scallywags' 16 water cannons are ready to fire when we enter battle during our journey. We will explore a couple of pirate hangouts, along the way, so be prepared! All crew and pirates should stand ready for battle.  Prepare yourselves for thrills, music, and treasure Aarrgghh.


Before the ship sets sail, we will need help registering guest and photographers for family photos. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Photographer 1 9/9/2018 9/9/2018
Registration/Check In 0 9/9/2018 9/9/2018

I. Pumpkin Farm - Thursday, October 11, 2018

Join us for some fall fun at Sissions Pumpkin Patch 

Activity Shifts Start End
Registration/Check In 3 10/11/2018 10/11/2018

J. Autism in Our Community Event (A.C.E.) | Saturday, October 27, 2018

Autism in Our Community Event (A.C.E.)

WHEN:   Saturday, October 27, 2018
LOCATION:  Penn State Erie - The Behrend College |Burke Center

It is often difficult for families to navigate the system of services and therapies in our community. The timeliness of any and all information regarding Autism Spectrum Disorders is especially pertinent to many consumers, their families, educators, healthcare professionals, and/or legal professionals with the alarming rise in autism related diagnosis in the last two decades.  Autism in Our Community Event provides information about the goods and services available to families influenced by and managing autism in their lives.  

We depend 100% on volunteers in run the conference in order to keep the admission at a nominal fee to cover lunch and free child care, making the event available to all families living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Date Time Volunteer Assignments
Friday, October 26 5:00pm to 7:00pm Unload supplies and set up 
Saturday, October 27 7:00am to 8:00am Set up for conference
  8:00am to 9:15am Registration/Check-in 
  8:00am to 9:30am Greeters/Ushers 
  9:30am to 11:00am Miscellaneous- clean up coffee/snack area; set up tables for lunch services
  7:30am to 1:30pm Autism Society NWPA Information/Merchandise 
  11:30am to 1:15pm Lunch Service and clean up
  3:00pm to complete Clean up, pack cars, return items to Autism Society NWPA office
Activity Shifts Start End
2. Set Up | Saturday (6) 1 10/27/2018 10/27/2018
3. Greeters (2) 1 10/27/2018 10/27/2018
5. Registration/Check-In (6) 1 10/27/2018 10/27/2018
6. Information/Merchandise Table (2) 5 10/27/2018 10/27/2018
7. Mid-Morning: clean up coffee snacks, set up tables for lunch service and condiments. (2) 1 10/27/2018 10/27/2018
8. Lunch Service/Clean Up (6) 1 10/27/2018 10/27/2018
9. Clean Up of Event (6) 1 10/27/2018 10/27/2018
Child Care Registration/Check-in 1 10/27/2018 10/27/2018
Friday Set Up 1 10/26/2018 10/26/2018

L. Holiday Party - Sunday, December 2, 2018

We offer a Sensory Friendly Holiday Party for our families.  We depend 100% on volunteers to help set up, run, and clean up for the party.

Activity Shifts Start End
B. Registration/Check-in (2) - (5:15pm to 6:30pm) 1 12/2/2018 12/2/2018
C. Food Volunteer (3) - (5:00pm to 8:00pm) 1 12/2/2018 12/2/2018
D. Roaming Greeter (1) - (5:15pm to 7:30pm) 1 12/2/2018 12/2/2018

Z. Join A Committee

Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania is looking for volunteers with interest to serve on our committees.  We NEED your help to provide continued service to our local area.

Do you have talents that you could offer Autism Society NWPA?  Not a lot of spare time? That's okay!  Just a couple hours each month is needed for one of our committees.  Please help us to continue to grow and better serve individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their families.

Questions?  Please contact our Executive Director, Tish Bartlett, at (814) 455-3540 or via email:

Thank you for your consideration!


Activity Shifts Start End
Advocacy (subcommittee of Education & Awareness) 1
Autism in our Community Event (Subcommittee of Education & Awareness) 1
Development Committee 1
Education and Awareness Committee 1
Finance and Budget Committee 1
Friends and Pals (Subcommittee of Recreation & Family Support) 1
Governance Committee 1
Recreation and Family Support Committee 1

Mission Statement

To improve the quality of life across the lifespan for persons on the Autism Spectrum and their families through: advocacy, education, service, support, and research.