Central Texas Volunteer Guide

Last updated Nov. 3, 2014

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 with baby supplies.

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. Volunteers assist with and lead engaging activities for participants.

AIDS Services of Austin responds to the HIV and AIDS 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.

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.

American Red Cross of Central Texas serves Austin and the surrounding areas with disaster relief, military support, international social services and CPR and first aid training. Volunteer opportunities include helping families impacted by home fires, connecting military families to their loved ones overseas, office administration support, public affairs and social media and many more.

Annie’s Way is an annual community Thanksgiving program held 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.

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 the warehouse, garage sales and special events. Garage sales are held the first and third weekend of every month.

Any Baby Can provides education, therapy and support to 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 helping clients at the Arc of Arts Studio and assisting at monthly socialization activities such as movie night and volunteering at special events, among others.

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
  • 512-916-6000
  • www.aaacap.org

Assistance League of Austin is an organization of volunteers dedicated to addressing specific needs through nine philanthropic programs, including toy carts at Dell Children's Medical Center, services for the elderly and clothing for Austin-area students. Volunteers must attend two 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.

Austin Animal Center shelters about 18,000 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 Atheists Helping the Homeless is a group of secular volunteers who collect, sort and distribute basic living items to people who are homeless at monthly giveaways. ATXAHH is 100 percent volunteer based. Many of its volunteers also knit or crochet items to be given away at the giveaways—washcloths for the summer and hats and scarves for the winter.

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.

Austin Children’s Services provides residential and non-residential services to children, youth and families. Volunteers help by engaging in recreational activities, tutoring and positive interaction, or by assisting in light office and facility projects.

Austin Dog Alliance is a nonprofit organization providing vocational training for adults with special needs, training PTSD service dogs for veterans and training handler-dog teams for local hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes, schools and libraries. Volunteers assist with programs including summer camps, dog rescue and training and office management. Volunteers also visit hospitals, nursing homes and schools with their dogs.

Austin Habitat for Humanity teams build quality houses for impoverished families. Volunteers assist in construction or do clerical tasks.

The Austin Harmony Project is a nonprofit whose mission is to enrich the lives of adults with developmental disabilities through art, music and community. Volunteers can help with daily art and music sessions and sorting donations at the nonprofit’s thrift store.

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.

Austin LifeCare offers a variety of free services to families experiencing unplanned pregnancies, such as pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, resource and spiritual counseling, education and mentoring. Clients can obtain material assistance through the Earn-While-You-Learn program. Volunteer opportunities include peer counseling, office assistance and client mentoring.

Austin LifeCare Northwest offers a variety of free services to families experiencing unplanned pregnancies, such as pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, resource and spiritual counseling, education and mentoring. Clients can obtain material assistance through the Earn-While-You-Learn program. Volunteer opportunities include peer counseling, office assistance and client mentoring.

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.

Austin Partners In Education provides college and career readiness for AISD students. Volunteers provide tutoring and lead study groups.

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.

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.

Austin Public Library volunteers primarily shelve books. However, the library is seeking Spanish speakers to assist with language programs and individuals with technology skills to help with computer classes and database questions. The library needs volunteers for all branches.

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 assistance with the Badgerdog Creative Writing Program, special events and administrative duties.

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 16 Siamese breeds of 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 aid and support to more than 260 residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers assist with resident activities and campus improvement projects.

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.

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 & Animal Sanctuary is a Hill Country zoo and rescue sanctuary where people can learn about animals up close, spend time outdoors, get exercise and have fun. Volunteers help with office tasks, laundry duties, help clean habitats and help with animal food preparation.

Autism Society of Central Texas 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 including fundraising events and community opportunities.

Bake A Wish is a local network of volunteers who bake cakes for Austin children and adults in need. Volunteers bake and deliver cakes. No formal experience is necessary, but cake bakers must be able to make buttercream frosting, use a pastry bag to pipe a simple border, write legibly on a cake and maintain requirements for food safety. Because the organization works with protective agencies, all volunteers must have a valid driver's license and pass a background check.

Ballet Austin is a company wholly committed to sharing the art of dance, including with 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.

Blackland Community Development Corp. (Blackland CDC) builds, maintains and leases houses to families who earn less than 60 percent of the median family income (MFI) in Austin. The organization also provides transitional housing to nine homeless families and provides them with case management support. Blackland CDC is the only neighborhood-based nonprofit in the U.S. to offer a transitional housing program. Volunteers help the community and families in a variety of ways such as cleaning, painting and gardening.

  • 2005 Salina St., Austin 78722
  • 512-972-5796

The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas is the exclusive provider and guardian of the community blood supply for more than 38 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.

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)
  • www.bluesanta.org

BookSpring provides reading experiences, tools and books to children and their families so they can develop a desire to read and succeed in school and in life. BookSpring is the Austin-area provider of the Reading is Fundamental and Reach Out and Read national programs, and it provides other literacy programs as well. Volunteers encourage reading at area schools, sort and label donated books, deliver books to clinics around Austin and more. Groups of volunteers are encouraged.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area—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—Chalmers Court 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—East 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—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—Small 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—Southwest Key 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—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, orientation and background check must be completed.

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—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 sponsors 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 at the warehouse at 401-C Parker Drive, Austin 78728.

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.

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 experiences of a typical summer camp along with group therapy activities to assist children with their bereavement process. Volunteer opportunities include serving as camp buddies and other functions at camp.

Cancer Connection at Care Communities 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.

Capital Area Food Bank of Texas is the largest hunger-relief charity in Central Texas, serving more than 48,000 people each week. Volunteers are always needed to help prepare food donations for distribution, assist with the mobile food pantry, help out at the St. John's Community Food Center and more. Visit austinfoodbank.org/volunteer for a complete list of volunteer opportunities.

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 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.

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 and help serve in the community kitchen. Indirect-service volunteers help with special events, clerical duties and food drives.

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 work mainly with fundraising, but they can also assist with other library needs. Volunteers must be age 14 or older, and adults must pass a background check.

Celebration of Love works with area school districts and volunteers to give food and gifts to those in need. It also includes the Reaching Out Center, which hosts a food pantry that is open every Friday from 1–3 p.m. Volunteers can assist with the annual event Soldiers of America, which takes place in December.

Center for Child Protection advocates for child victims of abuse or witnesses to violent crimes. Volunteers help with direct care for children and provide support during fundraising events.

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.

Charity Craft Volunteer Network and its volunteers create comfort items for breast cancer patients in the Austin area.

CHASCO Family YMCA volunteers assist in many programs that are geared toward building stronger families and communities.

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. Volunteer opportunities range from providing meals and maintenance to assisting with special events.

The Christi Center offers hope after the death of a loved one by providing support networks, community education and therapeutic activities that are free, ongoing and peer-based. Volunteers help support those who are grieving in our community.

College Forward provides access and completion services to motivated, economically disadvantaged students to help them transition to college.

The Contemporary Austin reflects the spectrum of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions, education and its collection. The museum accomplishes this through 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.

  • The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St., Austin 78703
  • The Contemporary Austin at The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave., Austin 78701
  • 512-458-8191 (Laguna Gloria), 512-453-5312 (The Jones Center)
  • www.thecontemporaryaustin.org
  • Twitter: @contemporaryatx

Conviction Yoga is a project teaching prison inmates a blend of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga with an emphasis on Buddhist and other meditation techniques. The main focus is to provide spiritual rehabilitation and help inmates to find peace of mind and spirit. Conviction Yoga is seeking male and female volunteers to carry the yoga message into Texas prisons.

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 they also take part in fundraising and community outreach.

Divine Canines provides free canine-assisted therapy services to more than 40 sites around Austin and Central Texas, including school reading programs, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and a wounded-warrior project at Fort Hood. We are looking for dog owners who would like to train their dogs to become therapy dogs.

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. Volunteers can help with events such as walks, galas and fun runs. They can also work directly with individuals with Down syndrome.

Drive a Senior, serving Round Rock, Pflugerville and North Austin, assists older adults in maintaining their quality of life and independence. Volunteers provide transportation, home repairs and companionship to the elderly.

Drive a Senior—North Central Austin assists older adults in maintaining their quality of life and independence. Volunteers provide transportation to the elderly.

Drive a Senior—Northeast Austin assists older adults in maintaining their quality of life and independence. Volunteers provide transportation to the elderly.

Drive a Senior—Northwest Austin, 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.

Drive a Senior—South Austin assists older adults in maintaining their quality of life and independence. Volunteers provide transportation, home repairs and companionship to the elderly.

Drive a Senior—Southwest Austin assists older adults in maintaining their quality of life and independence. Volunteers provide transportation, home repairs and companionship to the elderly.

Drive a Senior—West Austin assists older adults in maintaining their quality of life and independence. Volunteers provide transportation, home repairs and companionship to the elderly.

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.

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.

Emancipet 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. Email brittany@austinfairygodmother.org for year-round volunteer opportunities.

Faith in Action Georgetown assists adults age 65 and older in maintaining their quality of life and independence. Volunteers provide transportation, home repairs and companionship to the elderly.

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.

Family Link is a nonprofit organization devoted to linking children who need homes with foster and adoptive parents in the Central Texas region. Family Link also maintains Legacy Ranch, a children and retreat center. Volunteers may help mentor children at Legacy Ranch and help with Family Link events.

Financial Literacy Coalition of 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.

The Foster Angels of Central Texas Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of children in foster care, ensuring that each child has his or her basic needs met, and to provide life-enriching and life-enhancing experiences whenever possible. The foundation serves 30 counties and 5,000 children.

Foundation Communities is a nonprofit organization providing affordable, quality housing to families and individuals with low incomes. Volunteers can work with clients and residents in a variety of ways such as serving meals, providing free tax preparation services, financial coaching, tutoring in the after-school program and more.

Foundation for the Homeless Inc. mobilizes the resources of the community of faith to alleviate homelessness in the spirit of compassion, hope and love.

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. Members may volunteer at the two annual used book sales to provide funding for the library.

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.

Friends of the Pflugerville Library provides funds to enhance library programs, publicizes specific library activities, supports legislation to strengthen libraries and promotes literacy and lifelong learning. Volunteers are needed to assist with programs including the new homebound delivery program, representing the library at PISD schools—particularly at book fairs and Back-to-School Night, as well as help run the book sale room, Buy the Book.

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.

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 clients in the computer lab, distributing hygiene products and more. Those interested in volunteering must be 18 or older and can fill out an application online.

Gentiva Hospice serves Williamson and Burnet counties. Volunteers may provide end-of-life companionship for patients and their families or perform administrative tasks.

Georgetown Animal Shelter provides care for homeless animals. Volunteers assist with direct animal care and adoption.

Georgetown Medical Assist Team, or GMAT, 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 of each month; details may be found on the website. GMAT also teaches American Heart Association first aid, CPR and AED classes.

Georgetown Partners in Education organizes community resources to benefit students and enrich their educational experience, and matches community volunteers with elementary school classrooms to support students' academic and social growth. Volunteers offer mentorship and tutoring to students.

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., Georgetown (Bridges to Growth)
  • 512-864-3008
  • www.georgetownproject.org

Girlstart volunteers work to encourage girls to pursue interests in math, science and technology through after-school programs and community events.

Goodwill Central Texas provides numerous volunteer opportunities including rebuilding computers and tutoring in high school and GED classrooms.

Greyhound Rescue Austin (G.R.A.) is an all-volunteer and nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing Greyhounds in Austin.

Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County teams build quality houses for local low-income families. Volunteers assist in construction, office administration and customer service, and they also handle donations at the ReStore, a thrift store for building materials.

Handcrafts Unlimited offers handmade crafts from artisans age 50 and older living in Williamson County or an adjacent county. Volunteers help operate the store with daily retail activities such as completing sales and greeting visitors. Volunteers can also teach classes and help with monthly inventory or special events.

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 over 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 clients with home maintenance activities and yard work, and assist in home safety and social visits.

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.

Hope Alliance provides services and counseling to victims of family and sexual violence. Volunteers answer crisis calls and assist in a variety of programs.

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. Regardless of ability to pay, it offers extensive services, including expert pain and symptom management, an inpatient facility, and volunteer and bereavement services in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties.

It's Time Texas is a social change nonprofit working to organize and accelerate the movement to make healthy living the norm. Volunteers help unite and mobilize individuals, institutions and organizations to build healthier communities.

The Joyful Horse Project serves as a resource for holistic equine rehabilitation, training and education to improve the quality of life for both horses and people. Its Veterans Equine Therapy Services, or VETS, program is a horsemanship program geared toward retired military veterans that benefits both the veterans and horses. Veterans work with abused or neglected horses in order to rehabilitate each other. Volunteers with the organization can help by donating, providing a foster home for a horse, adopting a horse or attending a horse clinic that supports the program.

Junior Achievement of Central Texas volunteers visit local classrooms to teach children about financial literacy, ranging from simple economic concepts in elementary school to subjects as complex as global supply and demand in high school.

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
  • 512-748-1763
  • www.jbmhope.com

Keep Austin Beautiful provides resources and education to engage citizens in building more beautiful communities. Volunteers work on service projects, including creek and road cleanups.

KMFA is a nonprofit, listener-supported public radio station whose mission is to uplift, entertain and educate Central Texans by providing the best in classical music and cultural programming. Volunteers are needed to assist with mail-outs and during events.

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.

Ladies of Charity Lake Travis Thrift Shop, part of the Saint Vincent de Paul charities, sells donated clothing, housewares, linens, toys, jewelry, furniture, antiques and one-of-a-kind finds. Volunteers are needed to work in the store, whose profits support charities in the Lake Travis area.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center was founded by former first lady Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes in 1982 to conserve, restore and create healthy landscapes. The Wildflower Center offers volunteer opportunities in the garden, festivals, educational programs, the gift store and the new family garden.

Lifelong Friends Pet Adoptions is a no-kill, privately run animal shelter located in Lago Vista. Dogs and cats looking for forever homes are housed at the shelter. Volunteers are needed to assist with dog and cat caretaking, fundraising, adoption counseling and off-site events.

LifeSteps works to eliminate substance abuse in Williamson County through prevention, intervention, counseling, education and family services. Volunteers help with clerical duties and maintenance.

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.  

Literacy Council of Williamson County improves adult literacy in the county and offers English as a second language courses. Volunteers tutor individuals to improve literacy in various aspects of life and help them earn their GED certificate and citizenship.

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 Circle of Care provides primary health care for uninsured and underserved patients in Central Texas. Volunteers help with administrative tasks and act as patient advocates.

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.

March of Dimes-Austin is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. We work together to fund research to understand the causes of these issues, help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies, and to support families by providing comfort when their baby needs help to survive and thrive. Volunteers for various positions are needed for the annual March For Babies event May 9, 2015.

Meals on Wheels—Georgetown makes and delivers meals to homebound members of the community. Volunteers deliver meals by car.

Meals on Wheels and More—Greater Austin Area makes and delivers nutritious meals to homebound 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 homebound members of the community. Volunteers deliver meals by car.

Meals on Wheels—Round Rock makes and delivers nutritious meals to homebound members of the community. Volunteers deliver meals by car.

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. Medico coordinates local volunteer efforts to pack for trips.

  • 2921 E. 17th St., Bldg. D, Ste. 4, Austin 78702
  • 512-930-1893
  • www.medico.org

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.

National Volunteer Caregiving Network believes that every individual who needs a volunteer caregiver should be satisfied; therefore, they are responsive to individuals, groups and communities whose vision is to help seniors and disabled remain in their homes for as long as possible. NVCN volunteers are needed for administrative tasks, web maintenance and special event staffing.

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. Younger volunteers cannot help with therapeutic riding sessions. Volunteers receive training before starting.

Out Youth promotes the well-being and identity affirmation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. Volunteers provide mentoring and participate in activities.

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.

PeopleFund creates economic opportunity and financial stability for underserved people by providing access to capital, education and resources to build healthy small businesses. Our People2People volunteers are matched with small-business owners to assist with various aspects of operating the business.

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.

Pflugerville ISD volunteers can help mentor, read to students, act as guest speakers and participate in after-school programs.

Pflugerville Lions Club, members do whatever is needed to help the local community such as working with children who need eyeglasses.

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.

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.

Refugee Services of Texas Austin, founded in 1978, is a social service agency dedicated to resettling and providing services to refugees and other displaced persons fleeing persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group and/or political opinion. Volunteers help provide clients with resources, referrals, education and guidance.

  • Austin office: 512-472-9472, ext. 121
  • www.rstx.org
  • austin@rstx.org

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.

Rodeo Austin is a charity dedicated to raising more than $2 million annually for Texas youth. More than 1,500 volunteers work year-round to help advance the mission of Promoting Youth Education, Preserving Western Heritage. Rodeo Austin is proud to host a family-friendly entertainment event every March at the Travis County Expo Center. Volunteers assist with everything from event planning to working with children.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas 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.

Round Rock Housing Authority provides safe, affordable housing to families and individuals in the greater Round Rock area and provides education and training opportunities. Volunteers assist with mentoring/tutoring, provide administrative support and help with beautification projects.

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.

RRISD Partners in Education Foundation generates and distributes resources to Round Rock ISD. Volunteers distribute school supplies, mentor students and serve on scholarship and grant committees.

Run Free Texas offers a 12-week running and walking program for at-risk youth faced with deteriorating family structure, gang and criminal activity, violence in schools, peer pressure, bullying, substance abuse issues and other social challenges. Volunteers act as motivators and talk to juveniles about goal-setting, failure and healthy habits.

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 assist in many ways—with holiday events, acting as bell ringers and with other programs.

Scott & White Healthcare–Round Rock provides health care services for residents of Williamson County and north Travis County. Volunteers are needed at information desks, in patient care areas, the Emergency Department, environmental services, physical therapy and other areas within the hospital and clinics. Volunteer opportunities fit individual schedules, abilities and interests. 

SCORE, or Service Corps Organization of Retired Executives, pairs entrepreneurs seeking advice on starting a business with mentors who are retired members of various fields in the professional workforce. Volunteers are needed to provide confidential counseling to SCORE clients.

Scottish Rite Theater is an Austin community and children's theater that collaborates with various community groups to produce or host theater events for the whole family. Volunteers assist with box office, ushering and other event production tasks.

Seedling Foundation provides one-on-one mentoring relationships for school children of the incarcerated. Mentors from the community have lunch with children once a week at the child’s school and are highly trained and supported by the Seedling’s Promise Program staff.

Seton Breast Care Center provides support and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Volunteers are needed to help with Breast Care Center Boutique, special events, community outreach and more.

  • 1201 W. 38th St., Austin 78705
  • 512-324-1025 x10262
  • lthibodeaux@seton.org
  • www.seton.net

Special Olympics Texas provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Volunteers do not need any special skills. You can choose to help out at competitions or fundraisers, become a coach, be a Fan in the Stands or help out in the office.

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 children, tutoring and providing meals.

Stonehaven Senior Center is open to ages 50 and older, and volunteers provide companionship and entertainment to residents as well as assist with activities hosted by the center.

  • 1704 Hart St., Georgetown
  • 512-863-5141

Susan G. Komen Austin provides local support, outreach and national 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 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.

Tapestry Dance Company is a professional nonprofit dance organization. Volunteers help with opportunities ranging from light clerical office projects to special events assistance to repairs and maintenance.

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, who also can help Ten Thousand Villages through customer service.

Testicular Cancer Foundation-Austin is a nonprofit organization created by testicular cancer survivors. It provides awareness, education and support of testicular cancer, the most common cancer in males ages 15-35. Volunteers help with light clerical office projects, grant research, special events assistance and more.

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 as well as assist with Handbags for Hope and adopt-a-family campaigns.

Texas Baptist Children's Home provides residential programs for children and single mothers in crisis as well as community-based outreach and prevention programs. Volunteers are needed to provide meals, painting, yardwork and maintenance of the facility among other essential jobs.

Texas Humane Heroes has a mission 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 and assist with administrative duties and event planning. The minimum volunteer age is 8 years old.

Texas Juvenile Justice Department has volunteer opportunities to work with adjudicated youth in Austin. Volunteers are needed for mentoring youth on parole and for administrative internships in the central office.

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, but volunteers can serve throughout Central Texas. Visit the website to register and get more information about the application process.

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.

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 with homework and enrichment activities. Volunteers must complete a background check and volunteer orientation.

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.

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 nearly 10,000 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 four free tax preparation sites—Hutto, Georgetown, Leander and Taylor—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.

Veterans Connection Thrift Store sells donated items with proceeds benefiting the No Longer Homeless Project in support of military veterans. Volunteers assist with unpacking, hanging and sorting items, as well as light furniture moving and helping customers with purchases.

  • 1601 S. I-35, Ste. 330, Round Rock
  • 512-218-1372

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.

Westlake & Eanes Science & Technology Association (WESTA) supports and promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) competition programs (primarily robotics). Currently, WESTA sponsors 12 different Westlake robotics teams for grades 6–12. Volunteer opportunities are available for team mentors, fundraising, marketing, public relations, grant acquisition and more. WESTA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit.

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. Volunteers are needed to assist in Head Start classrooms and deliver meals to homebound seniors.

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, packing boxes, wrapping gifts and more.

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 provide hospitality to families and children, answer phones and give administrative assistance.

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. Search Facebook for the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter for more information.

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.

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. WDP holds a volunteer orientation the first Tuesday of every month at 5604 Manor Road.

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, policy and more.

YMCA of Austin—Northwest Family 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, policy 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, policy 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, policy 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 age 2 and older. Youth participants sit side by side senior citizens in arts and crafts classes. Adult volunteers help lead art classes and other Youth2Seniors activities. Events are held at various Austin-area assisted living facilities; exact locations can be found online.

This guide is not a comprehensive list of all area organizations that need volunteers. If your organization is not included, please email us at listings@impactnews.com, and we will add it to our online list.

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