Help out in New Braunfels with the Community Impact 2020 Volunteer Guide

Courtesy Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area.
Courtesy Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area.

Courtesy Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area.

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Courtesy Room Redux.
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Volunteers prepare boxes of food for community members in New Braunfels. (Courtesy New Braunfels Food Bank)
Help out the New Braunfels community throughout the year by volunteering with local nonprofit groups. Volunteer opportunities included in this guide range from feeding the hungry to empowering children. This list is not comprehensive.

A= application; 18= Under 18 allowed; BC= Background Check; O= Orientation

Empower Children


Support relative caregivers, foster families and adoptive families as they adjust and seek to care for and support their children.

Sample activities: mentor a family, become a prayer partner, volunteer at the annual Chosen Half Marathon

351 Main Plaza, New Braunfels • 830-455-0101 •


Connections Individual and Family Services

Strengthen the community by empowering at-risk youth and their families through mentorship and other services.

Sample activities: meal delivery, tutoring, music mentorship, art mentorship, fundraising

1414 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels • 830-629-6571 •


New Braunfels Christian Ministries Kids Club

Be part of a Christ-centered program designed to serve first- through fifth-grade students and their families through education, meals and activities.

Sample activities: team mentoring, reading buddies, kitchen crew, bus drivers

169 S. Hickory Ave., New Braunfels • 830-626-7762 •

(A, 18, BC, O)

Room Redux

Make a difference in the life of a child who has faced abuse by recreating his or her room to make it feel comfortable and safe. Apply online.

Sample activities: help to redecorate a room, sponsor a room or donate to the wish list • 830-743-8320 •

(A, BC)

CASA of Central Texas

Volunteer with Court Appointed Speical Advocates in New Braunfels by advocating for children in the foster care system to ensure they enter safe, stable and permanent homes as quickly as possible. Advocates serve on one case and are able to truly know a child or sibling group.

Sample activities: research case records, interview people involved in a child’s life, monitor the progress of the child and family, advocate in court

1619 E. Common St., Ste. 301, New Braunfels • 830-626-2272 •

(A, BC, O)

Care for the environment

Adopt-a-spot river clean-up

Work with the New Braunfels Watershed Management Division to clean up a section of the river. You and your group will be provided with all necessary supplies and support from city staff.

550 Landa St., New Braunfels • 830-221-4020 •

(A, 18)

Comal County Conservation Alliance

Educate the community about how to preserve local wildlife habitats, water sources, native species and night skies. Join a committee dedicated to a specific method of raising awareness, or volunteer during a conservation event.

Sample activities: join an outreach committee, teach children about conservation methods, raise funds to support preservation efforts

PO Box 2804, Canyon Lake • 830-237-3351


Headwaters at the Comal

Donate your time to help educate the community about nature and the unique ecosystem that exists at the Headwaters at the Comal.

Sample activities: assisting with programming, conducting tours, assisting with special events, greeting visitors

333 E. Klingemann St., New Braunfels • 830-608-8937 •


Feed the hungry

New Braunfels Food Bank

Fight hunger by volunteering with the New Braunfels Food Bank. NBFB offers a variety of time slots, opportunities for children and group-friendly volunteering.

Sample activities: sort donations, work in the client-choice pantry, serve meals, work in the garden and farm area

1620 S. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels • 830-327-6000 •

(A, 18)

Serve seniors

Comal County Senior Citizen’s Foundation

Help foster community among New Braunfels’ senior citizens. Comal County Senior Citizen’s Foundation offers social and physical activities to help seniors stay healthy and independent.

Sample activities: volunteer in the fitness center, help with Meals on Wheels, serve a senior, act as a kitchen assistant

655 Landa St., New Braunfels • 830-629-4547 •

(A, BC)

Help animals

Humane Society of the New Braunfels area

Spend time with animals in need of homes and support the staff that cares for them at the Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area.

Sample activities: socialize with animals, help clean facilities, greet visitors to the shelter

3353 Morningside Drive, New Braunfels • 830-629-5287 •

(A, 18, O)

Better the city

Christus Santa Rosa Hospital

Care for others by volunteering at the Christus Santa Rosa Hospital or outpatient surgery center. Health care experience not required for all volunteer positions.

Sample activities: clerical or clinical settings

600 N. Union Ave., New Braunfels • 210-704-2000 •

(A, 18)

Comal County Habitat for Humanity

Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity to help provide affordable housing to those in need. Serve as an individual or as a group throughout the year.

Sample activities: help construct a home, paint home exteriors, volunteer in the office, serve at the ReStore

1269 Industrial St., New Braunfels • 830-625-7005 •

(A, 18, O)

Crisis Center of Comal County

Serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Comal County. Crisis Center of Comal County provides counseling services, shelter and legal advocacy for victims as well as education about domestic violence for the public.

Sample activities: answer the CCCC hotline, advocate for victims, help with maintenance of the facilities, provide activities for children

1547 E. Common St., New Braunfels • 830-620-7520 •

(A, BC)

Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels

Serve low-income families and families experiencing homelessness through Family Promise, which offers temporary housing, meals, career training and other support.

Sample activities: serve a meal, be a volunteer driver, donate your car, join a committee • 830-214-0024 •

(A, BC, O)

Hope Hospice

Care for those in hospice and their families by offering friendship and emotional support at Hope Hospice.

Sample activities: spend time with a hospice patient, help design and craft Hope Hospice. Foundation events, volunteer with the thrift shop, support families dealing with loss and grief

611 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels • 800-499-7501 •

(A, BC, O)

NBCM Volunteers in Medicine

Help provide free primary medical and dental care to low-income residents of New Braunfels and Comal County who are without health insurance. No medical experience required.

Sample activities: assist a dentist, volunteer your medical experience, help with office work and administrative tasks.

1195 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels • 830-632-5131 •

(A, BC, O)

New Braunfels Public Library

Volunteer at the New Braunfels Public Library and help maintain the library’s collections.

Sample activities: shelve books, check in items, process new materials, volunteer to deliver books to homebound patrons

700 E. Common St., New Braunfels • 830-221-4300

(A, 18, BC)

Make a donation

Some in-person volunteer opportunities may be suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, but many New Braunfels nonprofit organizations are still accepting donations. Here are just a few places where you can donate clothes, food, furniture and more:

Connections Individual and Family Services

Crisis Center of Comal County

Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area

New Braunfels Food Bank

New Braunfels Foster Closet

SOS Food Bank
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.


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