26 ways to volunteer in Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto this holiday season

(Courtesy Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services)
(Courtesy Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services)

(Courtesy Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services)

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'Tis the season of giving in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, and there are plenty of opportunities to end 2019 on a philanthropic note. Here is a noncomprehensive list of area nonprofits you can help support this holiday season.


ANIMAL SERVICES


Northwind Farm specializes in equine-assisted learning activities, using miniature horses as a source of comfort for people with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Programs include grief and bereavement services, eldercare and children visits, and participation at community events. Volunteering interests are divided into subcategories such as horse handlers, fundraising, photography and grooming.

1355 CR 105, Hutto | 512-431-2189 | www.northwindfarm.org


Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services, known as PAWS, works to protect the health and safety of pets and homeless animals in Pflugerville. Volunteers assist with walking dogs, playing with cats, helping with off-site adoption events and taking photos of animals up for adoption, among other tasks.

1600 Waterbrook Drive, Pflugerville | 512-990-6280 | www.pflugervilletx.gov/city-government/animal-welfare-services


Pflugerville Pets Alive is a volunteer and foster-based pet rescue program in Central Texas that aims to find homes for animals, raise money and promote community awareness surrounding animal welfare issues. PPA does not have its own facility. Volunteers assist with PPA events and handle animals included in PPA’s program.

512-900-1772 | www.pflugervillepetsalive.org


COMMUNITY SUPPORT


Celebration of Love is a volunteer-driven organization that provides food and resources for military men and women, along with their families. The nonprofit provides food, bikes and toys to families during the holiday season, oversees the Reaching Out Center Food Pantry in Pflugerville and partners with other organizations to provide for emergency disaster-relief assistance.

15630 Vision Drive, Ste. A, Pflugerville | 512-251-4800 | www.celebrationoflove.org


CHASCO Family YMCA offers an array of programs and services for its members, including child care, youth arts and cooking programs, youth sports, adult exercise classes, and swimming and aquatic programs. Volunteers provide a variety of assistance in activities and programs garnered toward building stronger families and communities, including coaching youth sports programs.


1812 N. Mays St., Round Rock | 512-615-5511 | www.ymcagwc.org/locations/round-rock


Circle of Hope Community Center provides tools and resources to community members by running its food pantry and assisting low-income families with school supplies, clothes and Christmas gifts as well as aiding families transitioning from homelessness to temporary or permanent housing by providing furniture, appliances, hardware and personal items.

2900 W. Pecan St., Pflugerville | 512-692-8001 | www.circleofhopecc.org


Hutto Resource Center provides tools and resources to enhance the well-being of residents within its community as well as promotes independence and financial self-sufficiency. A significant component of the center’s focus is its community food pantry, a volunteer-driven operation that serves between 70-85 families each week.


350 Ed Schmidt Blvd., Hutto | 512-688-0176 | www.huttoresourcecenter.org


Round Rock Area Serving Center serves families in Round Rock and surrounding communities by providing financial assistance for necessities, such as rent, utilities and transportation, among others. RRASC also operates a food pantry, a thrift store and social work case management. Volunteers assist in picking up and sorting through donations, restocking the pantry, unloading trucks and completing data entries.

1099 E. Main St., Round Rock | 512-244-2431 | www.rrasc.org


United Way of Williamson County is a nonprofit aimed at advocating for the health, education and financial literacy of all residents in Williamson County. Volunteer opportunities include mentoring students; volunteering as a preparer, translator or greeter at its free tax center; assisting at special events; and providing services with graphic design, photography, social media and administrative tasks.

1111 N. I-35, Ste. 220, Round Rock | 512-255-6799 | www.unitedway-wc.org


HEALTH SERVICES

Breast Cancer Resource Center has offices in both Austin and Round Rock and provides education and assistance to local women battling breast cancer.

306 E. Main St., Ste. 101, Round Rock | 512-248-2645 | www.bcrc.org

SENIOR RESOURCES

AGE of Central Texas volunteers help provide care and assist in programs for older adults living with dementia and other early memory-loss conditions in the Greater Round Rock community.

475 Round Rock West Drive, Ste. 120, Round Rock | 512-255-4865 | www.ageofcentraltx.org


Meals on Wheels-Round Rock makes and delivers meals to homebound members of the Round Rock community, including those 60 years of age and older. Volunteers assist in delivering meals by car.

301 W. Bagdad Ave., Ste. 2, Round Rock | 512-255-4970 | www.mealsonwheels-williamsonburnet.org


Senior Access volunteers assist adults 60 years of age and older by providing transportation, home repairs, yard work and companionship to those in need in the Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto and East Austin communities.

2498 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock | 512-310-1060 | www.senioraccesstx.org


YOUTH/FAMILY SERVICES


Backpack Friends provides low-cost, nutritionally dense foods for children on free and reduced meal programs so they have access to food on the weekends. Volunteers help stock, count, sort and prep food bags and bins as well as drive food deliveries to their respective locations.

3217 Hawks Swoop Trail, Pflugerville | 512-965-3052 | www.backpackfriends.com


Children at Heart Ministries specializes in providing support and resources for ministries that care for children and families in crisis. Volunteer opportunities include providing meals and maintenance to assisting with special events.

1301 N. Mays St., Round Rock | 512-255-3668 | www.cahm.org


Footprints Children’s Grief Ministries is a free program that assists children ages 6-18 and their families who are experiencing loss due to death or divorce. Volunteers are needed for special events and as volunteer facilitators for child and adult classes.


402A W. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste. 335, Round Rock | 512-705-5194 | www.fpcgm.org


Hope Alliance provides a range of services and counseling for victims of family and sexual violence. Volunteers answer crisis calls and assist with the organization’s programs.

1011 Gattis School Road, Ste. 110, Round Rock | 512-255-1212 | www.hopealliancetx.org


Hutto Education Foundation

The Hutto Education Foundation, independent from Hutto ISD, provides funding, scholarships and resources in support of the school district’s educational plans and programs. Volunteers assist at HEF events throughout the year, including its annual gala.

200 College St., Hutto | 512-759-3771, ext. 1009 | www.hipponation.org


Hutto Family YMCA offers a fitness center, child watch center and children's gym, an indoor aquatics center, and a full-size gymnasium for basketball and volleyball. Volunteers provide a variety of assistance in activities and programs garnered toward building stronger families and communities, including coaching youth sports programs.

200 Alliance Blvd., Hutto | 512-846-2360 | www.ymcagwc.org/locations/hutto


Hutto Lutheran Church runs Feeding the 5000, a hot meal program that services members of the Greater Hutto community twice a month. Volunteers can either prepare or help serve breakfast, held on the second and fourth Saturday each month.

402 Church St., Hutto | 512-759-2064 | www.huttolutheranchurch.org


LifeSteps works to improve community health and safety by creating programs aimed at preventing substance use disorders as well as offering education and intervention to support long-term recovery. Volunteers provide assistance with clerical duties and at community events.

2021 N. Mays St., Ste. 500, Round Rock | 512-246-9880 | www.lifestepscouncil.org


Pflugerville Education Foundation, which is independent from Pflugerville ISD, provides funding, district grants and facilitates educational initiatives to meet the needs of the school district’s academic plans and programs.


P.O. Box 773, Pflugerville | 512-594-0375 | www.thepfoundation.org


The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place works to provide a space to empower teenagers during adolescence, offering recreational activities, mentorships, relationship-building opportunities and community engagement. Volunteers assist in fundraising opportunities, recreational activities and tutoring, among other services.

10700 FM 1660, Hutto | 512-642-6342 | www.thesandboxatmadelinesplace.org

Starry offers shelter, foster care and family counseling to abused and neglected children. Volunteers participate in providing meals and child care programs following training. Respite care and foster parents are also needed.

1300 N. Mays St., Round Rock | 512-388-8290 | www.starry.org


Texas Baptist Children’s Home offers temporary housing and resources for unaccompanied children and single-parent families. TBCH aims to provide a stable environment for children and parents as they work toward independent living.

1101 N. Mays St., Round Rock | 512-255-3682 | www.tbch.org



ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES


Keep Hutto Beautiful Foundation is a nonprofit that provides education and resources and helps facilitate green initiatives to help create a more environmentally engaged community. Volunteers help participate in a range of environmentally centered activities, including beautification projects, sustainability and fundraising as well as marketing and outreach initiatives, among others.

P.O. Box 591, Hutto | 512-524-6774 | www.keephuttobeautiful.org

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By Kelsey Thompson

Kelsey Thompson is the reporter for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, where her work focuses on education, city government and community development. Originally from upstate New York, Kelsey relocated to Austin after graduating from Syracuse University in May 2019.


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