Our History

Able to Serve was founded in 2003 as a 501(c)(3) organization to provide people with disabilities opportunities to actively participate in the community. We began with a donated, used wheelchair accessible van that could transport one person to church, social events, family gatherings, or doctor’s appointments. In 2009, we expanded our services to include continuing education, life skills training, creative arts, social events, and hands-on community service projects.

Today, Able to Serve serves both Wake and Johnston County residents, has 1 wheelchair accessible van, two 15 passenger vans, with a capacity to transport 37 individuals.

We are a proud member of NC Center for Nonprofits, the Garner Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, and the Garner Morning Rotary Club.

Able to Serve is a community funded program. It is through the generosity of people like you that, we are Able to Serve.



Able to Serve was honored to receive the Small Business of the Year Award from the Greater Cleveland Chamber.


Able to Serve was again extremely honored to be presented with the Garner Chamber of Commerce’s Summit Award (Nonprofit Achievement Award).  This annual award recognizes nonprofit organizations that have recognizes nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated excellence by effectively addressing a problem within our community, effectively using available resources to achieve a maximum positive impact.


Able to Serve received the “Best Community Partner” Award presented at the Garner Chamber of Commerce Summit Awards. We would like to thank all who voted online to recognize the amazing partnerships we have in our community.

Board Members

Able to Serve is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that offers ideas and actions that best promote the well-being, maintenance, and growth of the organization. Board members serve as ambassadors for Able to Serve and devote their time, talents, and funds.

Our Board Members are:

Carlton McDaniel, Founder & Executive Director

Mark Berube, Benefit Sponsor Committee –  Retired from Duke Progress

Heather Brock, Benefit Silent Auction Committee – Employed by United Parcel Service

Tammy Butler, Board Secretary, Grounds & Building Committee Chair –  Employed by Hanson Aggregates

Lee Hernan, Program Chair – Wake County Public Schools, High School English Teacher

Henry Howell, Donor Management Committee Chair – Retired from BB&T

Norm Hupp, Board Chair –  Employed by Wealth Management Consultant

Bill Moyer, Board Vice Chair – Donor Stewardship – Financial Adviser with Edward Jones

John Offermann, Vehicle/Facility Accountability Chair – Retired from Donovan Data Systems

Lisa Stanley, Benefit Decoration Committee – Owner of Studio 121 Salon

Diane Wall, Benefit Sponsor Committee – Retired from NC Department of Education

Holly Williams, Benefit Ticket Sales Committee – Marketing Manager at Horizon Forest Products


“Our son, Alex, was born with a rare syndrome that has impacted him physically and intellectually. Early on, we realized Alex would not catch up developmentally to his peers. When Alex came to the end of his high school career, his path was unsure. While other young men his age were heading off to college, we were struggling to find an opportunity for Alex. His options were limited. Alex needed an opportunity to grow academically, socially, and spiritually, with a sense of purpose outside of our home. When we discovered Able to Serve, we found a place for Alex to continue to grow and develop in a loving and safe environment. The staff and volunteers are exceptional, treating the participants with respect and love. Able to Serve is our ‘happy place’. I know that we have found the next step for Alex at Able to Serve.”

Maria, Alex’s mother

“Joseph is a fun-loving man that enjoys music, family, sports and his church.  Due to difficulties at birth, Joseph has lived a life with developmental delays.  Upon graduating from high school, we heard from many sources about the program Able to Serve.  This organization has blessed our family by providing a safe environment with a program that teaches the life skills needed to live day by day.  Joseph is not only “able to serve”, but “willing to serve” because of such a wonderful program.  Our family is truly blessed to be a part of this organization!”

Beth, Joseph’s mom

How Can You Help ?

Give a helping hand to those who need it. Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart.

Become a Volunteer
Become a Volunteer

You’ll experience the fun, friendship, and satisfaction of helping adults with special needs become more independent and use their abilities to serve others.

Make Donation
Make Donation

We need somebody like you to become a monthly donor who helps ensure our program is available for everybody who needs it.

Legacy Giving
Legacy Giving

Leaving a meaningful gift can create a legacy that you and your family will be proud of for generations to come. Because of your Legacy Gift, they are ABLE TO SERVE.

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