Northwest Austin Volunteer Guide

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
512-451-4611 •

Alzheimer’s Association—Capital of Texas Chapter seeks to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease by advancing research, and to enhance care and support for those with the disease, their families and caregivers. Volunteer opportunities vary.
3520 Executive Center Drive, Ste. 140, Austin 78731
512-241-0420 •

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
512-476-7044 •

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
512-458-3716 •

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
512-978-0533 •

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
512-451-2242 •

Austin Children’s Shelter provides residential and nonresidential 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
512-499-0090 •

Austin Humane Society is the city’s largest no-kill, nonprofit pet adoption center dedicated to saving Austin’s homeless cats and dogs, educating the community about responsible pet ownership and reducing pet overpopulation. Volunteers help with dog walking, the Cat Adoption Team, the foster care program and more.
124 W. Anderson Lane, Austin 78752
512-646-7387 •

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
512-477-1566 •

Austin Partners In Education provides college- and career-readiness activities for Austin Independent School District students. Volunteers provide tutoring and lead study groups.
8000 Centre Park Drive, Ste. 220, Austin 78754
512-637-0900 •

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[email protected]

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
512-542-0076 •

The Austin Time Exchange Network is a person-to-person social service organization in which community members exchange help and expertise, using time as a complimentary currency. Orientations and potlucks are offered twice monthly in North and South Austin.
512-276-5220[email protected]

Bake A Wish is a local network of volunteers who bake cakes for Austin children and adults in need. Volunteers bake and deliver cakes. No formal experience is necessary, but cake bakers must be able to make buttercream frosting, use a pastry bag to pipe a simple border, write legibly on a cake and maintain requirements for food safety. Because the organization works with protective agencies, all volunteers must have a valid driver’s license and pass a background check.
P.O. Box 300491, Austin 78709[email protected]

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
512-472-5437 •

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area 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.
Burnet Middle School, 8401 Hathaway Drive, Austin 78757
Cook Elementary School, 1511 Cripple Creek Drive, Austin 78758
Lanier High School, 1202 W. Payton Gin Road, Austin 78758
McBee Elementary School, 1001 W. Braker Lane, Austin 78758
512-444-7199 •

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
512-524-2560 •

Brown Santa is a community service nonprofit organization of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. Many sponsors and volunteers help each year to make the Brown Santa drive successful. The goal is to provide assistance to families in need in the unincorporated areas of Travis County. Volunteers help sort and wrap gifts and food for holiday meals at the warehouse at 9101 Wall St., Austin 78728.
P.O. Box 207, Austin 78767
512-247-2682 •

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

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
512-417-3881 •

Coming of Age Austin works with residents age 50 and older on quality-of-life initiatives through volunteering, education, advocacy and partnerships with other groups. Volunteers are typically Coming of Age members who join the organization through various programs to perform multiple types of civic-minded duties.
P.O. Box 1748, Austin 78767
512-854-5875 •

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
512-697-8537 •

Drive a Senior—Northwest, 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 for the elderly.
10633 Lake Creek Parkway, Austin 78750
512-250-5021 • [email protected]

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 78754
512-615-6800 •

The Foster Angels of Central Texas Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of children in foster care, ensuring that each child has his or her basic needs met, and provide life-enriching and life-enhancing experiences whenever possible. The foundation serves 30 counties. Volunteers can participate in seasonal programs such as assembling gift boxes, school backpacks and Christmas gifts.
P.O. Box 152575, Austin 78715
512-732-2329 •

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
512-453-6570 •

Girlstart volunteers 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
512-916-4775 •

Hospice Austin has provided compassionate medical, emotional and spiritual care for terminally ill people and their loved ones in Central Texas for the past 35 years. Regardless of ability to pay, it offers extensive services, including expert pain and symptom management, an inpatient facility, and volunteer and bereavement services in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. Volunteers visit or read with patients, run errands, and provide a calm and compassionate presence for families.
4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Ste. 100, Austin 78759
512-342-4700 •

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
512-533-9555 •

Junior Achievement of Central Texas, or JA, volunteers serve as role models while teaching K-12 students about entrepreneurship, financial literacy and career readiness using JA’s proven curriculum used by 10 million students annually throughout the world.
P.O. Box 684571, Austin 78768
512-710-5437 •

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March of Dimes—Austin is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. It works to fund research to understand the causes of these issues, help mothers have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies, and support families by providing comfort when their baby needs help to survive and thrive. Volunteers for various positions are needed for the annual March For Babies event.
9430 Research Blvd., Bldg. 2, Ste. 250, Austin 78759
512-477-3221 •[email protected]

Miracle League at Town & Country is a league for special-needs children that allows them to play baseball on a specially constructed field. Volunteers work in concessions, help the children play and provide coaching.
13300 Morris Road, Austin 78729
512-335-7434 •

P.A.W.S. of Austin aims to prevent cruelty to all animals by promoting humane standards through education and example, providing care and shelter for homeless animals, aiding in the reduction of domestic animal overpopulation, and aiding in the enforcement of laws, including the investigation of animal cruelty and abuse.
13315 Broadmeade Ave., Austin 78729

Partners in Parenting (PIP) was founded in 2014 and provides neighborhood-based programs to help parents of newborns and infants to create tight-knit communities. PIP's groups enable families to meet the challenges of parenting through mutual support and shared information.  Volunteers facilitate groups of new parents in their journey to create a village and gain confidence and knowledge as parents.
3701 Gable Drive, Austin 78759
512-740-1419 •

RRISD Partners in Education Foundation generates and distributes resources to Round Rock ISD. Volunteers distribute school supplies, mentor students, and serve on scholarship and grant committees.
595 Round Rock West Drive, Ste. 404, Round Rock 78681
512-464-5600 •

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
512-267-7233 •

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
512-634-5921 •

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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 at competitions or fundraisers, become a coach, be a Fan in the Stands or help in the office. Volunteers are also encouraged to come the day of an event to provide assistance.
1804 Rutherford Lane, Austin 78754
512-835-9873 •

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
512-476-5377 •

Texas Juvenile Justice Department has volunteer opportunities to work with adjudicated youth in Austin. Volunteers are needed for mentoring youth on parole and for administrative internships in the central office.
P.O. Box 12757, Austin 78711
512-490-7090 •

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.
512-382-8611 •

YMCA of Austin 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.
North Austin Branch, 1000 W. Rundberg Lane, Austin 78758
Northwest Family Branch, 5807 McNeil Drive, Austin 78729

This guide is not a comprehensive list of all area organizations that need volunteers.