See where to volunteer in New Braunfels in our annual 2021 guide

Volunteers at the food bank can help package food and distribute meals to those in need. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Volunteers at the food bank can help package food and distribute meals to those in need. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

Volunteers at the food bank can help package food and distribute meals to those in need. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

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. Mask and social distancing requirements vary by nonprofit organization.

This list is not comprehensive, and more volunteer opportunities can be found at

Empower Children

1 CASA of Central Texas

Volunteer with Court Appointed Special 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. 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 •

2 Communities in Schools

Partner with Communities in Schools and local schools to help students achieve in school, graduate and be successful throughout their lives. Through the mentorship program, volunteers spend at least 30 minutes each week meeting with a student during school hours and on campus. Volunteers can also help staff process donations at the CIS Thrift Store, which directs proceeds back to the organization. Sample activities: mentoring, sorting donations, assisting customers. 161 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. 830-620-4247 •

3 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 •

4 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 •

5 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. Room Redux operates in locations throughout the country and has regular local opportunities to volunteer.Sample activities: help to redecorate a room, sponsor a room or donate to the wish list. 830-743-8320 •

Care for the environment

6 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. Sample activities: collect trash, document wildlife observed, work with team to clean a designated area. 550 Landa St., New Braunfels. 830-221-4020 •

7 Comal County Conservation Alliance

Educate the community about how to preserve local wildlife habitats, water sources, native species and night skies. Sample activities: join an outreach committee, teach children about conservation methods, raise funds to support preservation efforts. P.O. Box 2804, Canyon Lake. 830-237-3351 •

8 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

9 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 •

Serve seniors

10 Comal County Senior Citizen’s Foundation

Help foster community among New Braunfels’ senior citizens. The Comal County Senior Citizen’s Foundation offers social and physical activities to help seniors stay healthy and independent and operates programs to support the community at large. Sample activities: volunteer in the fitness center, help with Meals on Wheels, serve a senior, act as a kitchen assistant, volunteer at Wurstfest. 655 Landa St., New Braunfels. 830-629-4547 •

11 EdenHill Communities

EdenHill Communities is a nonprofit, faith-based continuing care retirement community that offers a variety of living options and programming for residents. Volunteers can work with residents to provide individual support and care. Sample activities: participate in social, vocational, educational wellness and recreational programs. 631 Lakeview Blvd., New Braunfels. 830-625-6291 •

Help animals

12 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 •

Better the city

13 New Braunfels Public LibraryVolunteer 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 •

Support families

14 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, assist with fundraising events. 830-214-0024 •

Help the community

15 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, join a committee. 1269 Industrial St., New Braunfels. 830-625-7005 •

16 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 for the public. Sample activities: answer the CCCC hotline, advocate for victims, provide activities for children, volunteer in the Comal Thrift Shoppe. 1547 E. Common St., New Braunfels. 830-620-7520 •

Support health and wellness

17 Christus Santa Rosa Hospital

Care for others by volunteering at the Christus Santa Rosa Hospital or outpatient surgery center. Health care experience is not required for all volunteer positions. Sample activities: assist in clerical or clinical setting. 600 N. Union Ave., New Braunfels. 210-704-2000 •

18 Hope Hospice

Care for those in hospice 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 •

19 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 is 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 •
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.


The Producer's Co-op Country Store opened its newly-built and expanded location in March of this year. (Eric Weilbacher/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Sandy Paulson has served as assistant director of finance since 2018. (Courtesy city of New Braunfels)
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