Central Austin Volunteer Guide

Central Austin Volunteer Guide 2015-16Central Austin has many charities and nonprofits that need volunteers throughout the year. There are volunteer opportunities available for any level of time commitment. here is a list of some local charities that are accepting volunteers.

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. Volunteers must apply and be approved.

3710 Cedar St., Austin 78705
Twitter: @austinelderly

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 bowling night, and volunteering at special events, among others.

4902 Grover Ave., Austin 78756
Twitter: @thearcofthecap

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.

4901 Burnet Road, Austin 78756
Twitter: @alathrifthouse

Austin Animal Center shelters about 18,000 animals per year and aims to prevent pet homelessness through a variety of programs. Volunteers help care for shelter animals, assist with adoptions, and aid in prevention and awareness activities.

7201 Levander Loop, Austin 78702
Twitter: @austinanimals

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.

Twitter: @ATXAHH

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
Twitter: @AustinChildGuid

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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. The online calendar shows upcoming events.

507 Calles St., Ste. 116, Austin 78702
Twitter: @austinparksfdn

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 Public Library needs volunteers to shelve books and other materials. Volunteers are also needed for conversational language, marketing and technology programs; archival projects; and clerical duties. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed. The library needs volunteers for all branches.

800 Guadalupe St., Austin 78701
Twitter: @austinpubliclib

Austin State Supported Living Center, formerly Austin State School, provides aid and support to more than 190 residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers visit with residents as well as assist with resident activities and campus improvement projects.

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

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 different ways including fundraising events and community opportunities.

4902 Grover Ave., Ste. 201, Austin 78756
Twitter: @autismATX

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 and ushering.

501 W. Third St., Austin 78701
512-476-9151, ext. 106
Twitter: @balletaustin

Blackland Community Development Corp., or 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.

1902 E. 22nd St., Austin 78722
Twitter: @blacklandcdc

The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas is the exclusive provider and guardian of the community blood supply for approximately 39 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
Twitter: @CentralTXBlood

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. Those interested in volunteering weekly to help with tutoring, homework help, activities such as arts, crafts and music classes can start applying in January.

5407 N. I-35, Ste. 400, Austin 78723
Twitter: @bgcaustin

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. Volunteers are primarily needed to transport patients to and from medical appointments, accompany chemotherapy patients undergoing treatment and assist clients with their daily chores and errands including lawn care.

900 E. 30th St., Ste. 108, Austin 78705
Twitter: @BCRCofTexas

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. Volunteers are primarily needed to transport patients to and from medical appointments, accompany chemotherapy patients undergoing treatment and assist clients with their daily chores and errands including lawn care.

601 E. 15th St., Austin 78701
Twitter: @BCRCofTexas

The Care Communities recruits and trains volunteers to provide emotional and domestic support to those affected by serious illness, including cancer and HIV. Care teams consist of three to six trained volunteers that provide companionship and share the efforts of assistance with daily living tasks (such as light housework, running errands or going to an appointment) for a care partner, who is someone living with a serious illness without a strong support system.

314 E. Highland Mall Blvd., Ste. 495
Austin, TX 78752

Caritas of Austin supports individuals on their journey out of crisis and homelessness toward self-sufficiency through housing, food, education and employment services. Volunteers can serve lunch daily to more than 300 clients in the Community Kitchen, help with special events, provide administrative support to staff or work directly with clients.

611 Neches St., Austin 78701
Twitter: @caritasofaustin

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

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 the community.

2306 Hancock Drive, Austin 78756
Twitter: @ChristiCenter

The Contemporary Austin reflects the spectrum of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions, education and its collection. Volunteers help with visitor relations, education, exhibitions, the art school and clerical tasks. Volunteer guides are trained extensively to give tours to children, school groups and adult groups.

The Contemporary Austin—Laguna Gloria
3809 W. 35th St., Austin 78703
512-458-8191 (Laguna Gloria)

The Contemporary Austin—The Jones Center
700 Congress Ave., Austin 78701
512-453-5312 (The Jones Center)

Twitter: @contemporaryatx

The Council on Recovery, formerly 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 and life skills coaching, which can include topics such as job readiness. All volunteers must undergo a background check and/or drug screening, and must sign a statement of confidentiality.

3420 Executive Center Drive,
Ste. G-100, Austin 78731
Twitter: @councilrecovery

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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 participate in community outreach.

4900 Mueller Blvd., Austin 78723
Twitter: @dellchildrens

Divine Canines provides free therapy dog services to more than 40 sites throughout Austin and Central Texas, including school reading programs, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and a Wounded Warrior Project at Fort Hood. The organization is looking for dog owners who would like to train their dogs to become therapy dogs.

2407 S. Congress Ave., Ste. E-401, Austin 78704

Drive a Senior-West Austin, a Faith in Action program, has been helping older adults maintain their independence and quality of life for more than 30 years. Volunteers provide transportation, minor home repairs and companionship to seniors in West Austin.

2601 Exposition Blvd., Austin 79703

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 in recreational programs.

3710 Cedar St., Box 3, Ste. 287, Austin 78705

Easter Seals Central Texas, has been providing services to children and adults with disabilities and their caregivers since 1937. Volunteers help with special events and fundraisers, clerical duties, camp and the gala committee as well as several other event committees.

8505 Cross Park Drive, Ste. 120, Austin 78704

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 assist with general office support and customer service.

7201 Lavender Loop, Bldg. I, Austin 78702
512-587-SPAY (7729)
Twitter: @emancipet

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.

3036 S. First St., Austin 78704
Twitter: @foundcom

Foundation for the Homeless Inc. mobilizes the resources of the community of faith to alleviate homelessness in the spirit of compassion, hope and love. Volunteer opportunities include helping to prepare and serve a hot breakfast to the homeless and working poor on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and to assist with transporting clients to transitional shelters.

P.O. Box 28006, Austin 78755

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, distribute hygiene products and more. Those interested in volunteering must be age 18 or older and can fill out an application online.

500 E. Seventh St., Austin 78701

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

1400 W. Anderson Lane, Austin 78757
Twitter: @girlstart

Greyhound Rescue Austin is an all-volunteer and nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing greyhounds in Austin.

2805 W. Fresco Drive, Austin 78731

Helping Hand Home for Children provides residential treatment, therapeutic foster care and adoption services for abused and neglected children. Volunteers read to children, help with homework, or lead and assist games and activities. The organization is accepting volunteer applications through Jan. 15.

3804 Avenue B, Austin 78751
Twitter: @helpinghandhome

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 more than 40 years. Its personal care attendants assist with daily living needs 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.

1640-B E. Second St., Ste. 200, Austin 78702
Twitter: @handcentraltx

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.

911 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 202, Austin 78757
Twitter: @itstime

Keep Austin Beautiful, a nonprofit service organization, has provided resources and education to engage citizens in building more beautiful communities since 1985. Volunteers work on service projects, including creek and road cleanups.

55 N. I-35, Ste. 215, Austin 78702
Twitter: @kab_austin

KMFA Classical 89.5 is a nonprofit, listener-supported public radio station that recognizes that classical music inspires and restores the human spirit. Volunteers are needed to assist with mail-outs, events and projects.

3001 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin 78705
Twitter: @KMFAClassical

LifeWorks helps individuals, youth and families by providing counseling, education and housing. Volunteers are needed to help with maintenance, tutoring and Project Holiday Help. 

3700 S. First St., Austin 78704
Twitter: @lifeworksaustin

LIVESTRONG was founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and cyclist Lance Armstrong. The organization 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.

2201 E. Sixth St., Austin 78702
Twitter: @livestrong

Meals on Wheels and More—Greater Austin Area makes and delivers meals to homebound members of the community, including those age 60 and older. Volunteers deliver meals by car.

3227 E. Fifth St., Austin 78702
Twitter: @mealsonwheels

People’s Community Clinic was founded in 1970 and is a nonprofit, primary health care facility meant to provide high-quality medical care at a sliding fee scale to uninsured and underinsured Central Texans. Volunteers have the opportunity to raise funds, read to children in the reading room and help out at special events.

2909 N. I-35, Austin 78722|
512-478-4939, ext. 1701
Twitter: @austinpcc

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.

1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd., Austin 78723
Twitter: @RMHCCTX

SafePlace’s mission is to lead efforts in ending sexual assault and exploitation and domestic violence through prevention, intervention and advocacy for 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.

P.O. Box 19454, Austin 78760
Twitter: @safeplace_atx

The Salvation Army volunteers assist in many ways—with holiday events, acting as bell ringers, serving meals at shelters and distributing gifts at the Christmas warehouse as part of the Angel Tree program. Volunteers are also needed to assist with the annual luncheon in April, the annual golf tournament in the fall and other fundraising activities.

501 E. Eighth St., Austin 78701
Twitter: @salarmyaustin

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.

207 W. 18th St., Austin 78701
Twitter: @SRTAustin

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.

5508 Parkcrest Drive, Ste. 203, Austin 78731
Twitter: @komenaustin

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.

4544 S. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. 250, Austin 78704
Twitter: @tapestrydance

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.

4803 Burnet Road, Austin 78756
Twitter: @austinvillages

Texas Advocacy Project provides free legal services to victims of domestic and dating violence and sexual assault and stalking throughout Texas. Volunteers help with administrative tasks as well as assist with Handbags and Backpacks for Hope, adopt-a-family campaigns and the annual Black & White Ball.

P.O. Box 833, Austin 78767
Twitter: @legalhelp4dv

The Texas Youth Hotline provides 24/7 crisis intervention and information and referral to at-risk youth, runaways and parents via phone, text and chat. Volunteers train to become advocates through a combination of classroom training and monitoring sessions. The hotline is in need of new volunteers to work three-hour weekend shifts.


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.

Twitter: @uwatx

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.

1100 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin 78703
Twitter: @tlYMCA



In compliance with Gov. Greg Abbott's July 2 executive order, the University Interscholastic League is requiring the use of facial coverings when practical to do so for all summer activity participants, among other guidelines. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
UIL releases guidelines for conducting summer activities during COVID-19 pandemic

The University Interscholastic League released udpated guidelines for schools conducting summer activities such as sports training and marching band practices on July 8.

From left: Dentists Brandon Hedgecock and Max Kerr operate Sleep Better Austin, a practice treating patients with sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy. (Courtesy Sleep Better Austin)
Sleep Better Austin opens new office on West 38th Street

The medical office offering oral appliance therapy for patients with sleep apnea has three other Austin-area locations.

Enchiladas Y Mas is scheduled to open again at the end of July. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Enchiladas Y Mas set to reopen in North Central Austin

Sisters Eva and Carmen Hernandez bought the business from family members Robert and Mary Martinez, the original owners.

Dell Children's Medical Center sleep lab
Dell Children’s Medical Center doubles size of pediatric sleep program

The newly expanded, six-bed sleep lab at Dell Children’s now has the ability to offer diagnostic sleep studies and therapeutic studies for children with potential sleeping disorders.

An orange virus graphic that reads "Today's coronavirus data updates"
Travis County reports 753 new coronavirus cases July 8

The Austin MSA is still hovering near Stage 5 risk with 67 new hospital admissions in the past day.

Education Austin President Ken Zarifis hosted an online press conference with Austin ISD teachers July 8. (Screenshot courtesy Education Austin)
Austin ISD teachers demand keeping classes online for start of school year

Education Austin says that keeping all classes online is in the best interest of district employees, students and families.

Census worker
2020 census: Bureau prepares nonresponse follow-up field operations

For individuals who have not responded to the 2020 census, one of about 500,000 census takers will visit the their household between Aug. 11-Oct. 31.

Capital Metro celebrated its 35th anniversary serving the Austin area July 1. (Courtesy Capital Metro)
Central Austin business anniversaries: Capital Metro celebrates 35 years and more

Local real estate company Urbanspace is also celebrating 20 years in business.

A new art installation called Parkspace was installed in Austin parks before the Fourth of July weekend. (Courtesy Jen Konrad)
New art installation in Austin parks encourages residents to enjoy outdoors, keep distance

The installation, called Parkspace, features painted squares in city parks, each located 6 feet apart from each other.

Cultivate is a new company from brothers Nathan and Luke Heath that helps local residents get started with an at-home garden. (Courtesy Cultivate)
New service to help residents grow food at home now operating in Austin area

Cultivate was started by two brothers who want to help support more small farms by helping home gardeners get started growing food.

Dr. Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County interim health authority, said in a July 8 news conference that officials are "desperately trying to avoid" both overcrowding hospitals and shutting down the economy with another shelter-in-place order. (Courtesy ATXN)
If new shelter-in-place orders are needed in Austin, local officials hope to have 'productive dialogue' with Gov. Abbott

With area ICU beds at 85% capacity, officials are preparing the Austin Convention Center to accept hospital patients and are calling on health professionals from around the country to assist in Texas.