1house at a time is dedicated to financial empowerment for low-income families, community-building, and energy conservation education and advocacy. It creates pathways to self-sufficiency for struggling homeowners and informs the public about the benefits, both financial and environmental, of energy efficiency and conservation. Volunteers weatherize and improve the energy efficiency of homes by installing various products.
- 6404 Wilbur Drive, Austin 78757
Agape Pregnancy Resource Center offers opportunities for families to prepare themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually for the birth of their child. Volunteers assist with the client intake registration process or in the center for baby supplies.
- 104 E. Main St., Round Rock
AGE of Central Texas—Adult Day Care Center Austin serves older adults, adults with dementia and family caregivers throughout the Central Texas region through five programs. Volunteers assist with and lead engaging activities for participants.
AGE of Central Texas—Adult Day Care Center Round Rock serves older adults, adults with dementia and family caregivers throughout the Central Texas region through five programs. Volunteers assist with and lead engaging activities for participants.
- 475 Round Rock West Drive, Ste. 120, Round Rock
- Twitter: @austinelderly
AIDS Services of Austin responds to the HIV needs of the Austin area by providing services that enhance the health and well-being of individuals and the community in the face of an evolving epidemic.
Alzheimer’s Association–Capital of Texas Chapter seeks to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, and to enhance care and support for those with the disease, their families and caregivers. Volunteer opportunities vary.
- 3429 Executive Center Drive, Ste. 100, Austin 78731
- Twitter: @capitaltexasalz
American Cancer Society hopes to reduce the cancer mortality rate and cancer incidents through early detection, prevention and advocacy. Volunteer opportunities include the Road to Recovery and Reach to Recovery programs, assisting at health fairs, fundraising, office duties and Relay for Life.
- 2433 Ridgepoint Drive, Ste. B, Austin 78754
- Twitter: @americancancer
American Red Cross of Central Texas ensures disaster planning, preparedness, community disaster education, mitigation and response, as well as assisting military members and their families in times of crisis. Red Cross volunteers perform a variety of services including assisting in disaster relief, casework processing and staffing shelters.
Annie’s Way is an annual Thanksgiving program at St. William’s Church in Round Rock for homeless and needy families. Volunteers are needed to bring prepared food or cooked turkeys as well as help with serving and delivering meals to the homebound and homeless.
- 620 Round Rock West Drive, Round Rock
Annunciation Maternity Home offers assistance to teenagers and women experiencing crisis pregnancy. Volunteer opportunities include mentoring and life skills training for mothers, working at the day care center, providing transportation and administrative support, and helping at special events. Garage sales are held the first and third weekend of every month.
- 3610 Shell Road, Georgetown
Any Baby Can provides education, therapy and support to needy families. Volunteers offer homework help, literacy training and child care.
The Arc of the Capital Area provides individualized services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteer opportunities include coordinating fundraising events, helping clients at the Arc of Arts Studio Gallery and providing office assistance, among others.
- 2818 San Gabriel St., Austin 78705
Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area is a program of the Capital Area Council of Governments. Volunteers provide in-home respite for caregivers of individuals with chronic conditions. This service supports the caregiver’s health and well-being by allowing him or her to rest.
- 6800 Burleson Road, Bldg. 310, Austin 78744
Assistance League of Austin is an organization of volunteers dedicated to addressing specific needs through nine philanthropic programs, including scholarships for Austin Community College students, services for the elderly and sexual assault survivor kits. Volunteers must attend three training sessions before participating.
Assistance League of Georgetown Area is a philanthropic, nonprofit volunteer organization with the mission to help those in need within the community through services such as buying clothes for children, hosting monthly birthday parties at an Alzheimer’s disease unit, tutoring programs and operating The Assistance League Thrift Shop. Volunteers must go through a training program and become a member of the organization.
- 603 W. University Ave., Georgetown
Austin Animal Services shelters about 22,000 animals per year and prevents pet homelessness through a variety of programs. Volunteers help care for shelter animals, assist with adoptions and aid in prevention and awareness activities.
Austin Child Guidance Center works to improve the mental health of children through treatment and emotional skills training. Volunteers play with and evaluate children waiting for appointments.
- 810 W. 45th St., Austin 78751
Austin Children’s Shelter provides care and shelter to abused and neglected children. Volunteers help by engaging in recreational activities, tutoring and positive interaction, or by assisting in light office and facility projects.
Autism Society of Greater Austin is an affiliate of the Autism Society of America with a mission to improve the lives of all affected by autism. Volunteers are used in many different ways and to help with the Autism Awareness Bike Ride each April.
Austin Dog Alliance is a nonprofit organization providing dog-assisted social skills development programs for children with autism spectrum disorders and handler-dog teams to local hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes, schools and libraries. Volunteers assist with programs including summer camps, dog rescue and training and office management.
- 12129 RR 620, Ste. 401, Austin 78750
- Twitter: @ausdogalliance
Austin Habitat for Humanity teams build quality houses for impoverished families. Volunteers assist in construction or do clerical tasks.
Austin Humane Society is the city’s largest no-kill, nonprofit pet adoption center dedicated to saving Austin’s homeless cats and dogs, educating the community about responsible pet ownership and reducing pet overpopulation. Volunteers help with dog walking, the Cat Adoption Team, the foster care program and more.
AMOA-Arthouse provides rich environments for a wide range of audiences to investigate and experience excellence in modern and contemporary art. The museum accomplishes this through innovative exhibitions, education, interpretive programs and direct access to the creative process. Volunteers help with visitor relations, education, exhibitions, the art school and with clerical tasks.
- AMOA-Arthouse Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St., Austin 78703
- AMOA-Arthouse The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave., Austin 78701
Austin Parks Foundation connects people to resources and partners to develop and improve parks. Volunteers participate in activities including erosion control, mulching, eradicating invasive species and trash pickup. The online calendar shows upcoming events.
- 1301 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin 78703, inside Austin Recreation Center
Austin Partners in Education provides college and career readiness for AISD students. Volunteers provide tutoring and lead study groups.
- 1601 Rio Grande St., Ste. 300A, Austin 78701
Austin Pets Alive is a nonprofit animal rescue group committed to promoting and providing the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of homeless companion animals in Austin. The center is run almost entirely by volunteers.
- 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin 78703
- Twitter: @austinpetsalive
Austin Pregnancy Resource Center helps girls and women with unplanned pregnancies decide their options while giving accurate and factual information in a confidential and welcoming environment. The center offers free tests, sonograms and classes. Volunteer opportunities are listed on the website.
- 2717 Rio Grande St., Austin 78705
- Twitter: @aprc2717
Austin Public Library volunteers shelve books, perform clerical duties and read to children in the Storytime Connection program.
Austin Public Library Friends Foundation supports the Austin Public Library by increasing public awareness of the library and its importance to the community and by raising funds to enhance library collections, programs and facilities. Volunteer opportunities include the Library Program and assisting with special events, newsletter production and office correspondence.
Austin Recovery aims to bring about the in-depth changes that are essential for overcoming addiction. Volunteers help with admissions, teach dance classes, give haircuts and manicures, perform clerical duties as well as life skills coaching, which can include topics such as job readiness and healthy relationships.
Austin Siamese Rescue is a feline rescue organization that rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes cats and kittens from the community that are abandoned or are in danger of being euthanized at local shelters. Volunteers serve as short-term or long-term fosters of cats and kittens until they are adopted.
Austin State Supported Living Center, formerly Austin State School, provides 24-hour, seven-day-a-week services to more than 300 residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers befriend residents and can assist with events.
- 2203 W. 35th St., Austin 78703
Austin Tenants’ Council protects tenants’ rights and educates the community on fair housing. Volunteers are needed who can objectively gather and report information about the availability of housing while posing as a prospective renter or homebuyer.
- 1640-B E. Second St., Ste. 150, Austin 78702
Austin Time Exchange Network enables individuals to exchange services with one another by sharing skills within a network of people in Greater Austin. ATEN’s goal is to serve as a bridge among people from different economic, social and ethnic backgrounds by providing the opportunity for interaction through the exchanging of services.
Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary is a Hill Country zoo where people can learn about the animals up close, spend time outdoors, get exercise and have fun. Volunteers help with office tasks, help zookeepers clean habitats and help with animal food preparation.
Ballet Austin is a company wholly committed to bringing the art of dance to thousands, including those who might not otherwise have the opportunity. Volunteers help with special events, the front desk, education, ushering and will call in the box office.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas pairs volunteers with children in need of mentoring and positive role models. Men and Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed.
The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas is the exclusive provider and guardian of the community blood supply for more than 37 medical facilities in the 10-county service area of Central Texas. Volunteers assist on blood drives, serve refreshments in donor centers, provide office support and transport blood product in the center’s vehicles.
- 4300 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin 78756
Blue Santa brings Christmas cheer to families who might not otherwise have gifts and food. The organization was started by the Austin Police Department in 1972 and includes the Texas National Guard, the Austin Fire Department, Austin Water and Austin Energy.
- 4101 S. Industrial Drive, Ste. 260, Austin 78744
- 512-974-BLUE (2583)
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum needs volunteers to help in a number of areas, all of which help tell the story of Texas. Volunteers work in administrative duties, education, visitor services, special events and work as tour guides.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area—the administrative office offers programs and services to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area—Ann Richards Girls Club offers programs and services to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area—Burnet Middle School offers programs and services to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area—Cook Elementary School offers programs and services to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area—Lanier High School offers programs and services to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area—McBee Elementary School offers programs and services to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area—South Austin offers programs and services to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area—Thurmond Heights offers programs and services to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area—Wooldridge Elementary School offers programs and services to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Georgetown—Stonehaven Unit offers programs and activities to help children build character, achieve academic success and maintain healthy lifestyles. Volunteers serve as homework helpers, club buddies, program facilitators or board members. A volunteer application and background check must be completed.
- 210 W. 18th St., Georgetown
Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas—Austin is a nonprofit organization created by breast cancer survivors. The center exists to serve women with breast cancer, their families and support systems, women who have questions about screening and biopsy, and others in the community who are concerned about breast cancer issues.
Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas—Brackenridge is a nonprofit organization created by breast cancer survivors. The center exists to serve women with breast cancer, their families and support systems, women who have questions about screening and biopsy, and others in the community who are concerned about breast cancer issues.
Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas—Georgetown is a nonprofit organization created by breast cancer survivors. The center exists to serve women with breast cancer, their families and support systems, women who have questions about screening and biopsy, and others in the community who are concerned about breast cancer issues.
Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas—North Austin is a nonprofit organization created by breast cancer survivors. The center exists to serve women with breast cancer, their families and support systems, women who have questions about screening and biopsy, and others in the community who are concerned about breast cancer issues.
Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas—Round Rock is a nonprofit organization created by breast cancer survivors. The center exists to serve women with breast cancer, their families and support systems, women who have questions about screening and biopsy, and others in the community who are concerned about breast cancer issues.
Brown Santa is a community service nonprofit organization of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and the other organizations and volunteers that staff it. The goal is to provide assistance to families in need in the unincorporated areas of Travis County. Volunteers help sort and wrap gifts and food for holiday meals.
- 12371 Technology Blvd., Ste. 300, Austin 78729
Camp Agape Bereavement Camp for Children is a summer camp program designed specifically for children ages 7–12 who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The free, Christian-based service offers all the fun of a typical summer camp along with group therapy activities to assist children with their bereavement process. Volunteer opportunities vary.
- P.O. Box 1484, Marble Falls
Cancer Connection is a growing network of cancer survivors and their family members offering hope and companionship for individuals and families affected by cancer. Volunteers visit cancer patients and their family members at hospitals and oncology centers. They provide refreshments, information and emotional support. All volunteers are cancer survivors or caregiver survivors and are matched with patients accordingly.
- 3710 Cedar St., Box 11, Austin 78705
Capital Area Food Bank of Texas works to end hunger in the Austin area and Central Texas. Volunteers ensure donated food is suitable for distribution.
Capital Idea is an educational partnership between Austin Interfaith and the Central Texas business community that works to link job-seekers with employment. Volunteers are needed to help at the front desk, greet customers and perform general office work.
The Care Communities organizes volunteer care teams to provide practical and emotional support to individuals living with cancer or HIV/AIDS. Volunteer care teams usually consist of three to six members who have been trained by The Care Communities.
- 4315 Guadalupe St., Ste. 303, Austin 78751
- Twitter: @carecommunitytx
The Caring Place uses volunteer efforts to provide for needy families in Georgetown and northern Williamson County. Volunteers work as receptionists, cashiers, caseworkers, as staff in the boutique and more.
- 2000 Railroad St., Georgetown
Caritas of Austin seeks to establish a continuum of services for those experiencing poverty to link them with the tools they need to obtain self-sufficiency. Direct-service volunteers work to provide life skills training to clients. Indirect-service volunteers help with special events, clerical duties, food drives and help serve in the community kitchen.
CASA of Travis County speaks up for children who have been abused or neglected by empowering the community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system.
CASA of Williamson County provides trained, court-appointed volunteers who advocate for the best interest of abused or neglected children on their journey to a safe, permanent home.
Cedar Park Public Library Foundation volunteers mainly with fundraising, but they can assist with other library needs. Volunteers must be 14 or older, and adults must pass a background check.
- 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park
- Twitter: @cedarparkpublib
Celebration of Love works with area school districts and volunteers to give food and gifts to those in need. It also includes the Foreman-Phillips Reaching Out Center, which hosts a food pantry that is open every Friday from 2–5 p.m. Fresh Food for Families is held the second Monday of every month from 2–4 p.m., and the Healthy Options Program for the Elderly occurs monthly on the third Thursday from 2–4 p.m.
- 15630 Vision Drive, Pflugerville
Center for Child Protection advocates for victims of abuse or witnesses to violent crimes. Volunteers help with direct care for children and provide support during fundraising events.
- 8509 FM 969, Bldg. 2, Austin 78724
- Twitter: @traviscoccp
Central Texas SPCA is a no-kill shelter that provides care for homeless animals. Volunteers assist with direct animal care, fundraisers and adoption. Opportunities are also available for children who are accompanied by an adult.
Central Texas Trail Tamers is a group of volunteers who donate labor to lessen the burdens of government for projects that enhance public use and protection of environmentally sensitive parks and preserves.
- P.O. Box 90443, Austin 78709
Charity Craft Volunteer Network and its volunteers create handmade quilts, toys and other items for those in need in the Austin area.
Children at Heart Ministries provides specialized services and resources for ministries that care for children and families in crisis, including Christian nonprofit foster care and adoption services agency STARRY as well as Texas Baptist Children’s Home in Round Rock.
- 1301 N. Mays St., Round Rock
College Forward provides access and completion services to motivated, economically disadvantaged students to help them transition to college.
- 312 W. Murray Ave., Manor
Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in Central Texas. Volunteers provide assistance to patients, families and staff, and take part in fundraising and community outreach.
Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas provides education, support and resources to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, professionals and the community while building public awareness and acceptance of the abilities of individuals with Down syndrome.
- 3710 Cedar St., Box 3, Austin 78705
Easter Seals Central Texas, originally chartered as the Texas Society for Crippled Children, has been providing services to children and adults with disabilities and their caregivers since 1937. Volunteers help with special events, clerical duties, camp and the gala committee as well as several other event committees.
- 1611 Headway Circle, Bldg. 2, Austin 78754
El Buen Samaritano is an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas committed to helping Latino and other families in Central Texas lead healthy, productive and secure lives through high-quality and affordable health care, education and economic stability services.
- 7000 Woodhue Drive, Austin 78745
Emancipe+ is dedicated to preventing animal homelessness and putting an end to euthanasia as a means of population control by providing low-cost or free surgical sterilization of dogs and cats. Volunteers work as ambassadors in the clerical, appointment and clinic areas.
Fairy Godmother Foundation helps underprivileged high school–age girls attend their prom, homecoming or any special evening by giving them dresses, surrounding them with positive role models and encouraging future success. Open year-round. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for volunteer opportunities.
- 10303 Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander
Faith in Action Caregivers—Georgetown assists older adults in maintaining their quality of life and independence. Volunteers provide transportation, home repairs and companionship to the elderly.
- 805 W. University Ave., Ste. 112, Georgetown
Faith in Action Caregivers—North Central Austin assists older adults in maintaining their quality of life and independence. Volunteers provide transportation, home repairs and companionship to the elderly.
- 1640B E. Second St., Ste. 200, Austin 78702
Faith in Action Caregivers—Northeast assists older adults in maintaining their quality of life and independence. Volunteers provide transportation, home repairs and companionship to the elderly.
- 6100 Berkman Drive, Austin 78723
Faith in Action Caregivers—Northwest, serving Northwest Austin, Cedar Park and Leander, assists older adults in maintaining their quality of life and independence. Volunteers provide transportation, home repairs and companionship to the elderly.
- 10633 Lake Creek Parkway, Austin 78750
Faith in Action Caregivers—South Austin assists older adults in maintaining their quality of life and independence. Volunteers provide transportation, home repairs and companionship to the elderly.
- 205 E. Monroe St., Austin 78704
Faith in Action Caregivers—Southwest Austin assists older adults in maintaining their quality of life and independence. Volunteers provide transportation, home repairs and companionship to the elderly.
- 1640B E. Second St. 78702
Faith in Action Caregivers—West Austin assists older adults in maintaining their quality of life and independence. Volunteers provide transportation, home repairs and companionship to the elderly.
- 2601 Exposition Blvd., Austin 78703
Faith in Action Senior Access, serving Round Rock and Pflugerville, assists older adults in maintaining their quality of life and independence. Volunteers provide transportation, home repairs and companionship to the elderly.
- 2498 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
Family Eldercare provides support services to older adults, adults with disabilities and their caregivers in Austin and the surrounding area. Volunteers provide support to those lacking the support of friends and family by assisting with bill paying and visiting regularly. Other volunteers facilitate telephone activities for the Lifetime Connections Without Walls program. Volunteers are always needed and are instrumental in enabling the programs to positively affect the lives of older adults in the community.
- 1700 Rutherford Lane, Austin 78754
- 805 W. University Ave., Ste. 113, Georgetown
- Twitter: @familyeldercare
Family Link is a nonprofit organization devoted to linking children who need homes with foster and adoptive parents in the Central Texas region.
- 13326 N. US 183, Gonzales
Financial Literacy Coalition Central Texas, in collaboration with Texas AgriLife Extension Service, provides affordable and/or free money management education and training to adults and youth in the Central Texas area. FLCCT recruits and trains volunteers to provide this education and training.
- 1600 B. Smith Road, Austin 78721
Foundation Communities is a nonprofit organization providing service-enriched, affordable, quality housing to families and individuals with low incomes. Volunteers are financial coaches who assist clients in creating concrete short-term and long-term financial goals, and provide them with the support and knowledge to reach those goals. People can also volunteer to work in the Community Tax Center by providing tax preparation services.
Foundation for the Homeless Inc. mobilizes the resources of the community of faith to alleviate homelessness in the spirit of compassion, hope and love.
- P.O. Box 28006, Austin 78755
- 512-453-6570, ext.17
Friends of the Cedar Park Public Library is a nonprofit, supportive group of volunteers established in September 1980 to promote the library within the community. Its purpose is to support and strengthen the library’s resources and services to the public.
- 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park
- Twitter: @cedarparkpublib
Friends of the Georgetown Public Library runs the Second Hand Prose used bookstore in the Georgetown Public Library. All funds from the bookstore go toward improvement of the library, such as children’s activities and special programs, as well as toward unfunded projects.
- 402 W. Eighth St., Georgetown
Friends of the Hutto Library helps fund library programs. Volunteers help with fundraising and support the library in various ways.
- 205 West St., Hutto
Friends of the Pflugerville Community Library provides funds to enhance library programs, publicizes specific library activities, supports legislation to strengthen libraries and promotes literacy and lifelonglearning.
- P.O. Box 671, Pflugerville
Friends of the Round Rock Public Library is a volunteer, nonprofit corporation whose main purpose is to support the library with funds and materials. The organization donates books and furniture to the library and holds an ongoing book sale to raise funds for the library.
- 216 E. Main St., Round Rock
Front Steps works to end homelessness in Austin. It manages the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, the Recuperative Care Project and a housing program. Volunteers help in the computer lab with administrative tasks and more. Those interested in volunteering must be 18 or older and can fill out an application online.
- 500 E. Seventh St., Austin 78701
Georgetown Animal Shelter provides care for homeless animals. Volunteers assist with direct animal care and adoption.
- 110 W.L. Walden Drive, Georgetown
Georgetown Medical Assist Team is a nonprofit first-responder organization that is registered with the Texas Department of State Health Services. A monthly meeting is held on the first Thursday each month, location pending.
- P.O. Box 1112, Georgetown
Georgetown Partners in Education organizes community resources to benefit students and enrich their educational experience. Volunteers offer mentorship and tutoring to students.
- 2281 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown
The Georgetown Project coordinates community resources to build a healthier environment for children and youth. Volunteers assist in fundraising and youth programs. Bridges to Growth, a program under The Georgetown Project that offers a free lending library, uses volunteers to assist with clerical duties and children’s events.
- 1003 Ash St., Georgetown (The Georgetown Project) 512-943-5198
- 805 W. University Ave. (Bridges to Growth)
Girlstart volunteers work to encourage girls to pursue interests in math, science and technology through after-school programs and community events.
Goodwill Industries of Central Texas employs people with disabilities. Volunteers work in retail locations performing stocking and customer service duties.
- 150 W. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
- 1015 Norwood Park Blvd., Austin 78753
- Twitter: @austingoodwill
Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County teams build quality houses for local low-income families. Volunteers assist in construction and clerical tasks.
- 2108 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown
Helping Hand Home for Children provides therapeutic foster care for abused and neglected children. Volunteers read to children or help with homework.
Helping the Aging, Needy and Disabled Inc. is licensed by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and has provided personal assistance services in clients’ homes for 40 years. Its personal care attendants assist with activities of daily living so clients may continue to maintain their independence at home. Volunteers help the nonprofit with special events, assist case managers and personal care attendants in the support of home maintenance activities, and assist in providing “system navigation” for clients and elderly consumers who contact the agency.
Hill Country Community Ministries is a nonprofit corporation that provides food and clothing for people in crisis or poverty in southwest Williamson and northwest Travis counties.
- 1005 Lacy Drive, Leander
- 512-259-0360, ext. 205
Hope Alliance provides services and counseling to victims of family and sexual violence. Volunteers answer crisis calls and assist in a variety of programs.
- 1011 Gattis School Road, Ste. 106, Round Rock
- 1-800-460-SAFE (7233)
- 512-255-1212 (for Williamson County)
- Twitter: @hopealliance_ed
Hospice Austin has provided compassionate medical, emotional and spiritual care for terminally ill people and their loved ones in Central Texas for the past 30 years. As the only nonprofit community hospice in Austin, it offers extensive services for everyone, including expert pain and symptom management, an inpatient facility, and volunteer and bereavement services in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties.
- 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Ste. 100, Austin 78759
Humane Society of Williamson County is a nonprofit organization founded in 1979. Its missions are to provide innovative programs and services to eliminate pet homelessness, and to improve the lives of pets and people throughout Central Texas. Volunteers help clean kennels and spend time with the animals. The minimum volunteer age is 8 years old.
Just Because Christmas Project is a nonprofit program that was established in 1987 in association with St. William’s Parish of Round Rock. The purpose of this project is to serve underprivileged families who live outside the city limits of Round Rock or those who do not get help from other agencies. Volunteers are needed before Christmas to help sort goods, wrap presents and distribute items to families in need at the annual Just Because Christmas Project at Hernandez Middle School.
- 2800 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 120, Cedar Park
Keep Austin Beautiful provides resources and education to inspire individuals and the Greater Austin communities to work toward greater environmental stewardship. Volunteers work on service projects, including creek and road cleanups.
Knowbility is a nonprofit organization supporting the independence of people with disabilities by promoting the use of and improving the availability of accessible information technology. Volunteers help with special events.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center was founded by former first lady Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes in 1982 to protect and preserve North America’s native plants and natural landscapes. The Wildflower Center offers volunteer opportunities in the garden, festivals, educational programs and the gift store.
LifeSteps works to eliminate substance abuse in Williamson County through prevention, intervention, counseling, education and family services. Volunteers help with clerical duties.
- 2105 N. Mays St., Round Rock
LifeWorks helps individuals, youth and families by providing counseling, education and housing. Volunteers are needed to help with maintenance, tutoring, Project Holiday Help and more.
LifeWorks—Literacy Program provides instruction for basic literacy and English as a second language to those age 17 and older who read below the fifth-grade level. Trained volunteers tutor ESL adults in basic education.
- 910 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin 78722
Lighthouse Hospice volunteers may provide end-of-life companionship for patients and their families or perform administrative tasks.
- 2913 Williams Drive, Ste. 320, Georgetown
Literacy Council of Williamson County improves adult literacy in the county and offers English as a second language courses. Volunteers tutor adults and help them earn their GED certificate.
- 2411 Williams Drive, Ste. 1, Georgetown
Livestrong was founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and cyclist Lance Armstrong. Livestrong provides practical information and tools people with cancer can use to live life on their own terms and unites people to fight cancer. Livestrong offers both volunteer and internship opportunities.
Lone Star Chapter Sierra Club is an organization that aims to provide education and advocacy for protecting the environment. Volunteers assist with office work, answering phones, monitoring legislation and more.
Lone Star Circle of Care provides primary health care for uninsured patients in Central Texas. Volunteers help with administrative tasks and act as patient advocates.
- 1500 W. University Ave., Ste. 103, Georgetown
- 512-686-0207, ext. 10116
Make a Wish Foundation of Central and South Texas grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers assist in wish-granting, fundraising and event planning. The nonprofit is also looking for Spanish-speaking volunteers.
- 2224 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 200, Austin 78746
- Twitter: @makeawishcstx
Meals on Wheels—Georgetown makes and delivers meals to housebound members of the community. Volunteers deliver meals by bike or by car and help with home repairs, grocery shopping and more.
- Madella Hilliard Neighborhood Center803 W. Eighth St., Georgetown
Meals on Wheels and More—Greater Austin Area makes and delivers nutritious meals to housebound members of the community. Volunteers deliver meals by bike or by car.
Meals on Wheels—Leander, Cedar Park and Liberty Hill makes and delivers nutritious meals to housebound members of the community. Volunteers deliver meals by car.
- Bagdad Activity Center, 351 N. Bagdad Road, Leander
Meals on Wheels—Round Rock makes and delivers nutritious meals to housebound members of the community. Volunteers deliver meals by car.
- Allen Baca Center for Senior & Community Activities,
- 301 W. Bagdad Road, Bldg. 2, Round Rock
Medico provides medical, eye and dental services to remote areas of Central America where there is little or no basic health care. Volunteers go in mission teams. Local volunteers condense medicine in the warehouse.
Miracle League at Town & Country is a league for special-needs children that allows them to play baseball. Volunteers work in concessions, help the children play, provide coaching and more.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes Downtown Alliance of Churches is a social outreach ministry for the homeless and indigent working poor. Its mission is to provide food, clothing and dignity to those in need. It accomplishes this mission by delivering food every night of the week. Volunteers help prepare and deliver meals.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes Lake Hills Church is a social outreach ministry for the homeless and indigent working poor. Its mission is to provide food, clothing and dignity to those in need. It accomplishes this mission by delivering food every night of the week. Volunteers help prepare and deliver meals.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes St. John Neumann Catholic Church is a social outreach ministry for the homeless and indigent working poor. Its mission is to provide food, clothing and dignity to those in need. It accomplishes this mission by delivering food every night of the week. Volunteers help prepare and deliver meals.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes St. Louis Catholic Church is a social outreach ministry for the homeless and indigent working poor. Its mission is to provide food, clothing and dignity to those in need. It accomplishes this mission by delivering food every night of the week. Volunteers help prepare and deliver meals.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes St. Thomas More Catholic Church is a social outreach ministry for the homeless and indigent working poor. Its mission is to provide food, clothing and dignity to those in need. It accomplishes this mission by delivering food every night of the week. Volunteers help prepare and deliver meals.
Open My World Therapeutic Riding Center serves individuals with disabilities using horses for therapy. Volunteers age 15 and older are needed Tue.–Sat. to work directly with the individuals, horses, petting zoo animals or in other capacities.
- 1020 CR 270, Leander
Out Youth promotes the well-being and identity affirmation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. Volunteers provide mentoring and participate in activities.
- 909 E. 49 1/2 St., Austin 78751
P.A.W.S. of Austin (Protection for Animal Welfare Services) prevents cruelty to all animals by promoting humane standards through education and example, providing care and shelter for homeless animals, aiding in the reduction of domestic animal overpopulation, and aiding in the enforcement of laws, including the investigation of animal cruelty and abuse.
- 7202 S. Brook Drive, Austin 78736
People’s Community Clinic was founded in 1970 and is a nonprofit, primary health care facility meant to provide high-quality medical, counseling and health education services at reasonable costs to uninsured and underinsured individuals and families in the Austin area.
- 2909 N. I-35, Austin 78722
Pflugerville ISD volunteers can help mentor, read to students, act as guest speakers and participate in after-school programs.
- 1401 W. Pecan St., Pflugerville
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas is dedicated to helping people make informed, private decisions in matters of sexuality, reproduction and parenthood. Volunteers perform outreach in the community by attending community events.
- Administrative office, 201 E. Ben White Blvd., Bldg. B, Austin 78704
- Twitter: @ppgreatertx
Project Linus—Williamson/Travis/Hays/Bastrop County Chapter provides handmade blankets for children going through a difficult time in their lives. The nonprofit works with about 40 organizations including police departments, hospitals and children’s shelters.
Project School House helps build educational opportunities in developing countries through various programs such as giving used books to schools. Volunteers help build school and water systems in rural communities in Nicaragua.
- P.O. Box 609, Austin 78767
R.O.C.K. (Ride On Center for Kids) is a nonprofit provider of therapeutic horseback riding and hippotherapy for children and adults with cognitive and physical challenges. There are opportunities to volunteer directly with the students, with the horses, in the office, on committees and for special events.
- 2050 Rock Ride Lane, Georgetown
Ronald McDonald House of Austin provides housing and support for families of critically ill children. Volunteers prepare meals and perform administrative duties. Volunteers are also needed to staff the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in area hospitals.
Round Rock Area Serving Center is a nonprofit social services agency and food pantry that serves the Round Rock, Hutto and Wells Branch areas by providing financial assistance for rent, utilities, transportation, temporary lodging and prescriptions.
Round Rock Circle of Friends raises funds for the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Volunteers help with fundraising. The organization seeks volunteers for all seven of its locations.
- 4900 Mueller Blvd., Austin 78723
Round Rock Family YMCA volunteers assist in many programs that are geared toward building stronger families and communities.
Round Rock Senior Citizens Foundation funds the senior center and other programs for seniors.
- 301 W. Bagdad Road, Bldg. 2, Round Rock
Royal Family Kids Camp serves abused and neglected children ages 7–11. Volunteers serve as camp counselors and staff, and assist with birthday parties, camp registration and welcome home dinners.
- 2700 Northland Drive, Austin 78756
Royal Neighbors of America was founded in 1895 and is a nonprofit insurance organization dedicated to supporting members by providing value-added benefits and opportunities for its members to give back to the community. Volunteers participate in a variety of projects within the community.
- 5910 Courtyard Drive, Ste. 150, Austin 78731
RRISD Partners in Education Foundation generates and distributes resources to Round Rock ISD.
- 595 Round Rock West Drive, Ste. 404, Round Rock
SafePlace seeks to end sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change. Volunteers work directly with families and individuals as well as provide assistance through indirect service in clerical or administrative roles. They accompany survivors to court, answer hotline calls, plan children’s birthday parties, deliver toys to SafePlace for clients for the Holiday Giving Program and more.
The Salvation Army volunteers work in a wide variety of programs that assist the needy, including social services, character-building activities and collecting donations.
Scottish Rite Dyslexia Center of Austin Inc. provides dyslexic individuals with a proven research-based, multisensory approach for learning the basic language skills of reading, writing and spelling through the ongoing charitable commitment of the Scottish Rite Masons.
- 12871 N. US 183, Ste. 105, Austin 78750
Seedling Foundation provides one-on-one mentoring relationships for Austin ISD’s most vulnerable, at-risk students, including children of the incarcerated. Mentors from the community have lunch with their new friends once a week at the child’s school and are highly trained and supported by the Seedling’s Promise Program staff.
- 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd., Ste. 407, Austin 78752
- Twitter: @seed_found
Starry provides shelter and foster care to abused and neglected children, as well as family counseling. Volunteers are actively involved in a variety of projects, including craft projects with kids, tutoring and providing meals.
- 1300 N. Mays St., Round Rock
Stonehaven Senior Center is open to everybody, and volunteers provide companionship and entertainment to residents as well as assist with activities hosted by the center.
- 1704 Hart St., Georgetown
Susan G. Komen for the Cure—Austin Affiliate provides support, outreach and research in the fight against breast cancer. Volunteers are needed to help with Race for the Cure, special events, public policy, public relations, community outreach and more.
Sustainable Food Center is in charge of the SFC Farmers Market and creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. Volunteer opportunities include clerical duties, school garden mentors, chef demos, child care, working in the information booth at the farmers market and more.
- 1106 Clayton Lane, Ste. 480W, Austin 78723
- 512-236-0074, ext. 114
- Twitter: @sfclocal, @sfcmarkets
T. Don Hutto Residential Center is a temporary detention center for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Volunteers perform religious services and Bible studies for various denominations, host recreational and crafting classes, and teach gardening and other various skills. All volunteers must pass a security clearance.
- 1001 Welch St., Taylor
Ten Thousand Villages of Austin provides vital, fair income to people living in developing nations by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America. The organization works with artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. This income helps pay for food, education, health care and housing. The store is run almost entirely by volunteers. Other ways volunteers can help Ten Thousand Villages is through customer service.
- 1317 S. Congress Ave., Austin 78704
- Twitter: @austinvillages
Texas Advocacy Project provides free legal services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout Texas. Volunteers help with hotline screening, administrative assistant tasks and more.
- P.O. Box 833, Austin 78767
Texas Juvenile Justice Department has volunteer opportunities to work with adjudicated youth in Austin. Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles, including becoming members of the Austin Community Resource Council, mentoring, tutoring, skills training, internships and other activities.
- P.O. Box 12757, Austin 78711
Therapy Pet Pals of Texas Inc. provides pet therapy to patients and residents in nursing homes and health care facilities in the Austin area. Volunteers and their dogs or cats must attend qualifying and training classes, held in Austin four times a year. Call to register and to get more information about the application process. The office is open 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Mon. and Wed.–Fri.
- 3930 Bee Cave Road, Ste. C, Austin 78746
Thirst No More is a Christian aid organization whose mission is to transform communities through the power of compassion. Its projects are typically in regions where people have been ravaged by war, tyranny or natural disaster. Thirst No More recruits volunteers of all ages for church projects, disaster relief and humanitarian projects.
- P.O. Box 2290, Cedar Park
Trails at the Park Learning Center is a free, after-school program dedicated to providing a safe haven and academic support to low-income children and encouraging them to become good citizens. After a screening process, volunteers work to assist children academically.
- 815 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin 78748
Trails at Vintage Creek Learning Center is a free, after-school program dedicated to providing a safe haven and academic support to low-income children and encouraging them to become good citizens. After a screening process, volunteers work to assist children academically.
- 7224 Northeast Drive, Austin 78723
Twin Lakes Family YMCA volunteers assist in programs that help build stronger families and communities. Most available volunteer opportunities are for youth coaches and special events.
United Way for Greater Austin works with communities of volunteers that include individuals, businesses and other nonprofit groups. The agency coordinates more than 5,000 volunteers annually to serve the needs of residents in Travis County and 10 surrounding counties. Volunteers may choose from hundreds of opportunities that include working with students, nursing home residents, environmental groups and the homeless, supporting already planned corporate or municipal events and more.
United Way of Williamson County focuses on education, income, health and basic needs. Volunteers are needed for three free tax preparation sites—Taylor, Georgetown and Leander—from January through April. Free training is provided. Volunteers are also needed for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Fall Day of Caring projects.
Villa Esperanza focuses on alleviating the challenges of first-generation college students through scholarships and mentoring. Its focus is in Austin with the hope of achieving a global reach through its work. Volunteers help with event planning, community outreach, fundraising, and developing and implementing mentoring programs.
The Volunteer Center serves as a clearinghouse for volunteerism in Williamson County. The center coordinates with local nonprofit organizations to place volunteers where they are best suited.
- 1099 E. Main St., Round Rock
Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities volunteers work in a wide range of services, including child development programs and Meals on Wheels, that benefit low-income members of the community.
- 604 High Tech Drive, Georgetown
Williamson County Brown Santa provides assistance to families in Williamson County living outside the geographical city limits of any town or city within the county not already providing a similar program. Brown Santa purchases toys, books and other items needed to make Christmas brighter for children. Volunteers help with special events and wrapping gifts.
- Wolf Ranch Town Center, 1019 W. University Ave., Ste. 700, Georgetown
Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to abused children, non-offending family members and the professionals dedicated to the intervention, investigation, prosecution and treatment options related to child abuse cases. Volunteers are needed to welcome families.
- 1811 S.E. Inner Loop, Georgetown
Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter provides care for homeless animals. Volunteers support the staff by socializing animals, assisting with cleaning, fundraising and off-site event help, office work and helping customers.
Williamson County Symphony Orchestra travels throughout the county performing free concerts. Volunteers are needed to assist at performances, and musicians may visit the website to find open positions.
- 1007 Green Meadow Drive, Round Rock
Workers Defense Project is a membership-based organization that empowers low-income workers to ensure fair employment through education, direct services, community organizing and strategic partnerships. Volunteers are needed to assist workers who have not been paid for their work, to help in the office, provide English/Spanish translation and to help support community organizing efforts. Spanish speakers are highly needed.
YMCA of Austin—North Austin Branch puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body. YMCA’s purpose is to enhance the lives of people in the community by providing programs, activities and facilities that develop and maintain opportunities. Volunteers help with special events, coaching, maintenance, mentoring and more.
YMCA of Austin—Northwest Branch puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body. YMCA’s purpose is to enhance the lives of people in the community by providing programs, activities and facilities that develop and maintain opportunities. Volunteers help with special events, coaching, maintenance, mentoring and more.
YMCA of Austin—Southwest Branch puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body. YMCA’s purpose is to enhance the lives of people in the community by providing programs, activities and facilities that develop and maintain opportunities. Volunteers help with special events, coaching, maintenance, mentoring and more.
YMCA of Austin—Town Lake Branch puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body. YMCA’s purpose is to enhance the lives of people in the community by providing programs, activities and facilities that develop and maintain opportunities. Volunteers help with special events, coaching, maintenance, mentoring and more.
Youth2Seniors is a youth-based organization that creates intergenerational programs designed to pair youth and seniors within the community. Volunteer opportunities and programs are available for adults and children ages 2 and older. Events are held at various assisted living facilities; exact locations can be found online.
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