As the summer approaches and residents take time off from school and work, many look at volunteering as a way to give back to the community. From helping families in need to caring for animals, the organizations in this guide offer volunteer opportunities.
Austin Humane Society is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter that operates programs to save Austin’s homeless cats and dogs, engages the community about pet ownership, serves animals and people in times of crisis, and prevents future homelessness through spaying and neutering. Volunteer opportunities range from walking dogs to socializing cats, assisting in the clinic, photographing animals, fostering pets, and helping with fundraising and events.
124 W. Anderson Lane, Austin
Emancipet is a nonprofit that works to make veterinary care affordable and accessible to all pet owners and manages a national network of clinics. Volunteers can greet clients in clinics and support the organization’s event, marketing and customer service teams. Clinic locations are in East Austin, Central Austin, Pflugerville and mobile units throughout Austin.
1030 Norwood Park Blvd., Ste. 316, Austin
Any Baby Can provides education, therapy and support to families. Volunteers, encouraged to apply through Any Baby Can’s website, offer homework help, clerical duties, donation pickups, child care and a variety of other services.
6207 Sheridan Ave., Austin
Assistance League of Austin is a nonprofit volunteer organization that offers a variety of philanthropic programs, including a toy cart providing gifts to children at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Other programs include providing new clothing, toiletries and school supplies to children from Austin ISD schools and area shelters. Volunteers must attend an orientation and training session.
4901 Burnet Road, Austin
CASA of Travis County educates volunteers to serve as court-appointed special advocates for those in the child welfare system. Volunteers spend time with these children; communicate regularly with family, caregivers, teachers and therapists; participate in case meetings; determine the children’s best interests; and present information and opinions to a judge in court.
7600 Chevy Chase Drive, Ste. 200, Austin
International Student Exchange seeks volunteer host families for international high school students in the upcoming school year. Interested volunteers must pass a criminal background check as well as a home inspection, according to the nonprofit organization. International Student Exchange offers training resources, such as brochures, blogs and videos, for interested families.
Austin Creative Reuse fosters conservation and reuse through creativity, education and community building. Donations of art, craft and other useful materials are accepted anytime the center is open. Volunteers are needed weekly to help weigh, sort and price merchandise at the center.
6406 N. I-35, Ste. 1801, Austin
Goodwill Central Texas is dedicated to empowering people to work through education and job training, retail stores, business services and community partnerships. Volunteers can assist at six separate stores in the Northwest Austin area. Additional opportunities include helping the organization’s tutoring program, offering professional expertise and disassembling computers.
1015 Norwood Park Blvd., Austin
Knowbility is a nonprofit organization supporting the independence of children and adults with disabilities by promoting the use of and improving the availability of accessible information technology. Volunteers help with special events.
1033 La Posada Drive, Ste. 307, Austin
Refugee Services of Texas Austin is a social service agency dedicated to supporting refugees, immigrants and other displaced persons in their new communities by providing resources, referrals, education and guidance. Volunteers help with donations, transportation and mentorship.
500 E. St. Johns Ave., Ste. 1.280, Austin
The Salvation Army is a Christian ministry that provides services to anyone, regardless of religion or beliefs. Volunteers can provide gifts to children living in shelters and assist with events such as the annual luncheon in May and the celebrity golf tournament in November. Interested residents can also apply to become an emergency disaster services volunteer with the organization through the Salvation Army website.
4700 Manor Road, Austin
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 and can choose to help out at competitions or fundraisers, become a coach, be a Fan in the Stands or help out in the office. Volunteers are also encouraged to come the day of an event to provide assistance.
1804 Rutherford Lane, Austin
We Are Blood is the exclusive provider and guardian of the community blood supply for approximately 40 medical facilities in the 10-county service area of Central Texas. Volunteers can assist with blood drives across the Central Texas area, serve refreshments in donor centers, provide office support and transport blood products using the center’s vehicles.
4300 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin
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. To volunteer, fill out an application on the website.
10633 Lake Creek Parkway, Austin
Austin Parks Foundation connects people to resources and partners to develop and improve parks. Volunteers participate in activities, including erosion control, mulching, tree planting, eradicating invasive species and trash pickup.
1023 Springdale Road, Ste. 4B, Austin
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.
11000 N. MoPac, Ste. 100, Austin
Helping the Homeless
Austin Humanists at Work collects and distributes personal care items once a month in Central Austin to people experiencing homelessness and of limited means. Volunteers help with donation pickups and fundraising drives and knit hats, scarves and washcloths.
11900 Metric Blvd., Ste. J172, Austin
Hill Country Community Ministries is a nonprofit that provides food and clothing for people in crisis or poverty in southwest Williamson and northwest Travis counties. Volunteers help in the food pantry and clothes closet, pick up food at retail stores and serve as caseworkers. HCCM’s thrift store is slated to open in January, and volunteers will be needed. Volunteers are needed to sort food during the holidays.
1005 Lacy Drive, Leander
This list is not comprehensive.