Become a Match A Friend!

Autism Unites is seeking candidates to become Match A Friends for some amazing young men & women with autism.

Match A Friends are paired to a young adults with autism based on compatible personalities and common interests. We anticipate a wide spectrum of interests for our students so we will be seeking candidates with a wide variety of skills and talents.  The top qualities of our Match A Friends is their upbeat, positive personalities, kind hearts, and caring natures.

The Match A Friend role is a great fit for a college student that is living or attending school in the West Los Angeles area. Autism Unites will be launching a residential program in downtown Santa Monica & in Culver City. We’ll currently searching for live-in Match A Friend candidates that will reside with our students and receive room & board and stipends in exchange for providing one-on-one supports in home, vocational, and community-based settings.  We are launching several employment programs including a professional tour guide training program based in historic downtown Culver City and a 4 week career-connection workshop, and will need Match A Friends for every student enrolled in our program.

Match A Friends provide side by side support to facilitate problem solving, stress management, and positive social connections in authentic residential, vocational, and community-based settings. The trust developed between the pair creates a space where both feel safe, supported, and accepted. Within this nurturing environment, both the Match A Friend and young adult are motivated to become productive citizens of their communities.

If you are interested in a unique opportunity to be a positive influence in the life of a young adult with autism, please send an email to with answers to the following questions:

What interests you about this opportunity?

Do you have experience with individuals with autism? If so, what was your relationship to the individual?

What are your past volunteer experiences?

What are your personal and professional goals for the next 5 to 10 years?

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to connecting with you!



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