I started volunteering when I was in college. After graduation, I joined my company's Employee Volunteer Network. Although I do not have any family members on the autism spectrum, my close friend is a special education teacher and works with autistic children. Hearing about some of the work that she does on a daily basis inspired me to get involved in my own way. I became involved with the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism as my employer was a sponsor of their Golf Classic. My first volunteer experience with The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation was at the Golf Classic in 2005. I have since volunteered at the Pre-Tournament Party, Flutie Bowl and the 5k Road Race.

Whether it's driving a golf cart around the golf course to distribute beverages to the golfers or getting bowling shoes for the celebrities at the Flutie Bowl, the events make volunteering my time for a great cause both fun and rewarding. The Foundation staff always make the volunteers feel appreciated and it's nice to see Doug and his family at all the events. My personal favorite event is the Flutie Bowl as it is an action-packed event and whether you are bowling or just a spectator, everyone has a great time. I look forward to volunteering for this event every year.

I will continue my involvement with the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism because of the wonderful resources the foundation provides to families affected by autism.

In addition to the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism I also volunteer my time on the committee for the Relay for Life Team benefitting the American Cancer Society.

For more information on volunteering for the Flutie Foundation, please click here or email Lisa Collins.