Our mission The mission of AACORN is to provide life enrichment opportunities and residential options for adults with developmental disabilities in a supportive inclusive community.
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At AACORN Farm: For some with autism a connection with animals can help with social connections

At AACORN Farm: For some with autism a connection with animals can help with social connections

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Ways to help


Mentor an individual with autism to expand his or her social skills and network of friends.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Skill Building

Share expertise in gardening, animal care, arts and crafts, and recreational activities by working with individuals in our skill-building program.
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Virtual, Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends


Help with a designated event, like our annual Gala fundraiser.
  • Occasional
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends


Work in various areas on the farm such as gardening, building improvements, fence mending, animal care (not specifically with the participants).
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
Items we need


Here is a list of items we are in need of:
  • Four Wheeler
  • Fencing and Fencing Posts
  • Residential Seed Money
  • Corn Crib with Garage Building
  • New Greenhouse
  • New Pick-up Truck
  • Riding Lawn Mower
  • File Sharing Platform
  • Web Hosting Platform
  • Emergency Generator
  • Air Compressor
  • Microscope
  • In-Kind Donations
How you help Volunteers are integral to our organization. You can contribute in many ways.
About us In 2011, parents of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) formed AACORN Farm, Inc, now known as AACORN. The group dreamed of appropriate housing, meaningful work and therapeutic activities for adults with ASD in Southwest Michigan. AACORN stands for Adult Agricultural Community Options for Residential Needs, and a residential option is planned. Driven by the need to serve adults no longer in the school system, a program was the first focus.
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