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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C. 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 (2pm to 7pm)

  • Assemble kits for festival
  • Unload truck

Saturday Volunteering

  • Morning (10am to 3pm)
    • Registration and Merchandise tent set up
    • Tiki fire pit set up
    • Make kits is needed

  • Afternoon (3pm to 8pm)
    • Registration tent: check pre-registered customers, take payments for new customers and provide kits
    • Merchandise sales
    • Trash pick-up

  • Evening (6pm to 11pm)
    • Pack up registration and other equipment
    • Trash pick-up

Sunday Morning (9am to 1pm)

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



WHEN:   August 25 - 27, 2017
LOCATION:  Lake Erie Speedway - North East PA


WHEN:  August 26, 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
1. Friday Volunteering 1 8/25/2017 8/25/2017
2. Saturday Morning 1 8/26/2017 8/26/2017
3. Saturday Afternoon 0 8/26/2017 8/26/2017
4. Saturday Evening 1 8/26/2017 8/26/2017
5. Sunday Morning 1 8/27/2017 8/27/2017

D. AXA Advisors Golf Tournament

Autism Society NWPA is pleased to partner with AXA Advisors for their Fourth Annual Charity Golf Tournament.  100% of proceeds from the Golf Scramble will benefit the Autism Society NWPA.

Volunteers are needed to help:


  • Set up Themed Basket Auction
  • Sell Auction Tickets


  • Assist with Team photos
  • Marshmallow Longest Drive


  • Selling Auction tickets
  • Drawing tickets/handing out auction baskets

AXA Advisors Golf Tournament Information:

WHAT:     Fourth Annual Golf Tournament

WHEN:    Saturday, September 9, 2017

11:00am  Registration/Lunch

12:30pm   Shotgun Start

Dinner served following the conclusion of golf



Activity Shifts Start End
1. Set Up 0 9/9/2017 9/9/2017
2. During Golf Tournament 0 9/9/2017 9/9/2017
3. Themed Basket Auction/Clean Up 0 9/9/2017 9/9/2017

E. Purse Bingo Party

Activity Shifts Start End
1. Set up night before. (Tues., Sept. 19th, 2017) 1 9/19/2017 9/19/2017
3. Selling tips 0 9/20/2017 9/21/2017
4. Clean up - Putting chairs away, garbage out. 1 9/20/2017 9/20/2017

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

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

WHEN:   Saturday, October 21, 2017
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 20 6:00pm to 8:00pm Unload supplies and set up 
Saturday, October 21 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
1. Set Up | Friday 1 10/20/2017 10/20/2017
2. Set Up | Saturday 1 10/21/2017 10/21/2017
3. Greeters/Ushers 1 10/21/2017 10/21/2017
3. Registration/Check-In 1 10/21/2017 10/21/2017
4. Information/Merchandise Table 1 10/21/2017 10/21/2017
6. Mid-Morning: clean up coffee snacks, set up tables for lunch service and condiments. 1 10/21/2017 10/21/2017
7. Lunch Service/Clean Up 1 10/21/2017 10/21/2017
8. Clean Up of Event 1 10/21/2017 10/21/2017

J. Holiday Party - Sunday December 3, 2017

As a member of Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania you are cordially invited to attend the

Members Appreciation Holiday Party

expERIEnce Children’s Museum - 420 French Street, Erie

Parking is available across the street in the Erie Insurance Parking lot.

Sunday, December 4th
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Santa will be visiting our party.

If you would like your child to receive a gift from Santa,
please bring a small wrapped $10 gift with your child’s FIRST & LAST name on it.

Desserts (including gluten/casein-free) and light refreshments will be served.

We will be offering autism merchandise for sale at the party.  Autism Awareness merchandise make great teacher gifts.  
Cash, check or credit card are accepted.


Activity Shifts Start End
A. Greeter - (5:15pm to 6:30pm) 1 12/3/2017 12/3/2017
B. Registration/Check-in - (5:15pm to 6:30pm) 1 12/3/2017 12/3/2017
C. Food Volunteer - (5:00pm to 8:00pm) 1 12/3/2017 12/3/2017
D. Roaming Greeter - (5:15pm to 7:30pm) 1 12/3/2017 12/3/2017
E. Merchandise Sales - (5:15 to 8:00PM) 1 12/3/2017 12/3/2017
F. Arts & Crafts Table - (5:15 pm to 7:30 pm) 1 12/3/2017 12/3/2017
G. Assistant to Santa (A.K.A. Elf) - (5:45 pm to 7:30 pm) 1 12/3/2017 12/3/2017

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
Walk Committee (subcommittee of Development) 1
Webinar Programming (Subcommittee of Education & Awareness) 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.