3710 Cedar St., Austin 78705
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.
7215 Cameron Road, Austin 78765
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.
2218 Pershing Drive, Austin 78723
Any Baby Can provides education, therapy and support to families. Volunteers offer homework help, literacy training and child care.
1121 E. Seventh St., Austin 78702
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.
4902 Grover Ave., Austin 78756
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
ATX Safer Streets advocates for a reduction in impaired driving through improved transportation options. The organization was founded after an accident in which a drunken motorist killed four pedestrians and injured numerous others during the 2014 South by Southwest Music and Media Conference. ATX Safer Streets is seeking volunteers who can do research, distribute fliers and assist at events.
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.
7201 Levander Loop, Austin 78702
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.
810 W. 45th St., Austin 78751
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.
4800 Manor Road, Austin 78723
Austin Habitat for Humanity teams build quality houses for impoverished families. Volunteers assist in construction or do clerical tasks.
55 N. I-35, Ste. 240, Austin 78702
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.
1215 Anderson Lane, Austin 78757
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.
507 Calles St., Ste. 116, Austin 78702
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
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.
2717 Rio Grande St., Austin 78705
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.
800 Guadalupe St., Austin 78701
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.
P.O. Box 13201, Austin 78711
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.
3420 Executive Center Drive, Ste. G-100, Austin 78731
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.
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 many different ways including fundraising events and community opportunities.
4902 Brover Ave. Ste. 201, Austin 78756
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.
501 W. Third St., Austin 78701
512-476-9151, ext. 111
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.
1400 Tillery St., Austin 78721
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
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.
4300 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin 78756
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.
2006 Greenbrook Parkway, Austin 78723
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.
5407 N. I-35, Ste. 400, Austin 78723
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.
900 E. 30th St., Ste. 108, Austin 78705
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.
1800 N. Congress Ave., Austin 78701
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.
314 E. Highland Mall Blvd., Austin 78752
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.
835 N. Pleasant Valley Road, Austin 78702
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.
611 Neches St., Austin 78701
512-479-4610, Ext. 1
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 our community.
2306 Hancock Drive, Austin 78756
The Contemporary Austin reflects the spectrum of contemporary art. 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)
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.
4900 Mueller Blvd., Austin 78723
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. The nonprofit is looking for dog owners who would like to train dogs to become therapy dogs.
2407 S. Congress Ave., Ste. E-401,
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.
3710 Cedar St., Box 3, Austin 78705
Drive a Senior (South Austin, North Central Austin, West Austin) assists older adults in maintaining their quality of life and independence. Volunteers provide transportation, home repairs and companionship to the elderly.
205 E. Monroe St., Austin 78704
1640B E. Second St., Ste. 200, Austin 78702
512-453-2273 (North Central)
2601 Exposition Blvd., Austin 78703
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.
7201 Lavender Loop, Bldg. I, Austin 78702
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.
1600 B. Smith Road, Austin 78721
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
Foundation for the Homeless Inc. mobilizes the resources of the community of faith to alleviate homelessness in the spirit of compassion, hope and love.
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, distributing hygiene products and more. Those interested in volunteering must be 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 math, science and technology through after-school programs and community events.
1400 W. Anderson Lane, Austin 78757
Goodwill Central Texas provides numerous volunteer opportunities including rebuilding computers and tutoring in high school and GED classrooms.
1015 Norwood Park Blvd., Austin 78753
Helping Hand Home for Children provides therapeutic foster care for abused and neglected children. Volunteers read to children or help with homework.
3804 Avenue B, Austin 78751
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.
1640-B E. Second St., Ste. 200, Austin 78702
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. 101, Austin 78757
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.
55 N. I-35, Ste. 215, Austin 78702
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.
3001 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin 78705
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.
3700 S. First St., Austin 78704
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.
2201 E. Sixth St., Austin 78702
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.
2224 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 200,
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.
3227 E. Fifth St., Austin 78702
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
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.
1201 Lavaca St., Austin 78701
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.
7601 Burnet Road, Austin 78757
512-454-0384, ext. 199
Out Youth promotes the well-being and identity affirmation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. Volunteers provide mentoring and participate in activities.
909 E. 49 1/2 St., Austin 78751
PeopleFund creates economic opportunity and financial stability for underserved people by providing access to capital, education and resources to build healthy small businesses. ‘People2People’ volunteers are matched with small-business owners to assist with various aspects of operating the business.
2921 E. 17th St., Bldg. D, Ste. 1, Austin 78702
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.
2909 N. I-35, Austin 78722
512-478-4939, ext. 1701
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.
Administrative office, 201 E. Ben White Blvd., Bldg. B, Austin 78704
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
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.
9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin 78724
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
The Salvation Army volunteers assist in many ways—with holiday events, acting as bell ringers and with other programs.
501 E. Eighth St., Austin 78767
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.
2800 S. I-35, Ste. 170, Austin 78704
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, ext. 10262
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
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.
2921 E. 17th St., Bldg. C, Austin 78702
512-236-0074, ext. 114
Twitter: @sfclocal, @sfcmarkets
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.
2302 Western Trails Blvd., Austin 78745
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.
1317 S. Congress Ave., Austin 78704
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.
7224 Northeast Drive, Austin 78723
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.
Vivere-Austin Surgery Center and Fertility Laboratory is a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center and fully accredited fertility lab serving Austin and the surrounding communities.
2200 Park Bend Drive, Bldg. 3, Ste. 200, Austin
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.
5604 Manor Road, Austin 78723
512-391-2305, ext. 8040
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
This guide is not a comprehensive list of all area organizations that need volunteers. If your organization is not included, email us at [email protected], and we will add it to our online list.