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5 Ways College Students Can Stay Involved Over Summer

School may be out for summer, but you can still stay involved with our college program, Autism Speaks U! Whether you'll host events, volunteer in the local community or get started on establishing an Autism Speaks U chapter on campus, there's lots to do! Below are five easy ways college students can help make a difference during summer:

1. Help out while getting a tan. Grab a group of friends and host a beach/pool volleyball game. Charge $5 to play, have everyone deck out in blue and donate the proceeds to Autism Speaks!

2. Volunteer at a summer camp. Contact a local center for children with developmental disabilities and help out for a few days a week or all summer long. You’ll have fun and meet some great kids! 

3. Attend a Walk Now for Autism Speaks. These family friendly events are the perfect way to connect with the local autism community. There are 90+ walks across the country. Click here to find one close to you. 

4. Help your neighbors. See if anyone needs any chores done, like painting shutters, walking dogs, mowing the lawn, etc. Tip: ask them to donate $5 to Autism Speaks for each dog walked or $2 for each window cleaned. 

5. Host a lemonade stand. Remember those fun old days? Supply your neighborhood with refreshing beverages and soak up the sun for a good cause. Purchase an Autism Speaks' puzzle piece cookie cutter and sell blue cookies too!

Post pictures of your efforts on our Facebook page or email them to, so we can share them with our online community!




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