Volunteer Guide

Ways to get involved and give back to your community

Use our volunteer guide to find ways to serve your local community.

Austin Volunteer GuideAgape Pregnancy Resource Center offers opportunities for families to prepare themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually for the birth of their child. Volunteers assist with the client intake registration process or in the Layette Center. 104 E. Main St., Round Rock – (512)248-8200 www.agapeprc.org

Alzheimer’s Texas seeks to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research and to enhance care and support for individuals, their families and caregivers. Volunteer opportunities vary. 3520 Executive Center Dr, Suite 140, Austin, TX 78731 – (512)241-0420

American Cancer Society hopes to reduce the cancer mortality rate and cancer incidents through early detection, prevention and advocacy. Volunteer opportunities include the Road to Recovery and Reach to Recovery programs, assisting at health fairs, fundraising, office duties and Relay for Life. 2433 Ridgepoint Drive, Ste. B, Austin 78754 – (512)919-1800 www.cancer.org Twitter: @americancancer

American Red Cross of Central Texas ensures disaster planning, preparedness, community disaster education, mitigation and response, as well as assisting military members and their families in times of crisis. Red Cross volunteers perform a variety of services including assisting in disaster relief, casework processing and staffing shelters. 2218 Pershing Drive, Austin 78723 – (512)928-4271www.centex.redcross.org

Annie’s Way is an annual Thanksgiving program at St. Williams Church in Round Rock for homeless and needy families. Volunteers are needed to bring prepared food or cooked turkeys and help with serving and delivering meals to the homebound and homeless. 620 Round Rock West Drive, Round Rock – (512)748-1763

Austin Children’s Shelter provides care and shelter to abused and neglected children. Volunteers help by offering supervision, tutoring and positive interaction or by working in the office or kitchen. 4800 Manor Road, Austin 78723 – (512)499-0090 www.austinchildrenshelter.org
Austin Groups for the Elderly-Elderhaven Williamson County provides care for seniors with special needs. Volunteers help with entertainment, yard work, clerical duties and more. 110 S. Brown St., Round Rock – (512)255-4865 www.ageofaustin.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas pairs volunteers with young people in need of mentoring and positive role models. 1400 Tillery St., Austin 78721 – (512)472-5437 www.bigmentoring.org

Bikes for Goodness Sake Foundation provides bike shop quality bikes to children in need. 12530 Research Blvd., Austin 78759 – (512)680-8659 www.bikesfgs.org

Blue Santa brings some Christmas cheer to families that might not otherwise have gifts and food. The organization was started by the Austin Police Department in 1972 and includes the Texas National Guard, the Austin Fire Department, Austin Parks and Recreation, and Austin Energy. 4101 S. Industrial Drive, Ste. 260, Austin 78744 – (512)220-2583 www.bluesanta.org

Bluebonnet Trails MHMR provides services for mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse. 1009 Georgetown St., Round Rock – (512)255-1720 www.bluebonnetmhmr.org

Boys & Girls Club offers programs and services to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. 8401 Hathaway Drive, Austin – (512)771-4063 www.bgcaustin.org

210 W. 18th St., Georgetown – (512)868-3700 www.bgcgeorgetown.org

Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas – Round Rock is a grass roots, 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. 2300 Round Rock Ave., Round Rock – (512)248-2645 www.bcrc.org

Brown Santa is a community service organization of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and the other organizations and volunteers that staff it. The goal is to provide assistance to families in need in the unincorporated areas of Travis County. 15400 Long Vista Drive, Ste. 101, Austin 78728 – (512)247-2682www.brownsanta.org

Camp Agape Bereavement Camp for Children is a summer camp program designed specifically for children who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The free, Christian-based service offers all the fun of a typical summer camp, along with group-therapy activities to assist the children with their bereavement process. P.O. Box 1484, Marble Falls, 78654 – (830)385-8916 www.campagapetexas.org

Cancer Connection, formerly CanCare Austin, 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. 3710 Cedar St., Ste. 213, Austin 78705 – (512)342-0233 www.thecancerconnection.org

Capital Area Food Bank works to end hunger in the Austin area. Volunteers ensure donated food is suitable for distribution. 8201 S. Congress Ave., Austin 78745 – (512)282-2111 www.austinfoodbank.org

Capital IDEA is a partnership between Austin Interfaith and the Central Texas business community. The group’s goal is to connect dedicated, hard-working job-seekers with employment that will provide good salaries and benefits. 401 W. Anderson Ave., Round Rock – (512)238-6992 www.capitalidea.org

Caritas of Austin seeks to establish a continuum of services for impoverished people to link them with the tools they need to obtain self-sufficiency. Direct service volunteers work to provide life skills training to clients. Indirect service volunteers help with special events, clerical duties and food drives. 611 Neches St., Austin 78701 – (512)479-4610 www.caritasofaustin.org

CASA of Travis County Inc. recruits, screens, trains and supervises volunteers.representation for abused and neglected children to help them reach a safe and permanent home. 6330 E. Hwy. 290, Ste. 350, Austin 78723 – (512)459-2272 www.casatravis.org

Catholic Charities of Central Texas Volunteers work in a wide variety of programs that serve the needs of at-risk communities. Volunteers work in several capacities, including the food pantry and mentoring programs. 1817 E. Sixth St., Austin 78702 – (512)651-6100 www.ccctx.org

Celebration of Love works with area school districts and volunteers to give food and gifts to those in need. It also includes the Foreman-Phillips Reaching Out Center, which hosts a food pantry that is open every Friday from 2-5 p.m. Fresh Food for Families is the second Monday of every month from 2-4 p.m. and the Healthy Options Program for the Elderly occurs monthly on the third Thursday from 2-4 p.m. 15630 Vision Drive, Pflugerville – (512)251-4800 www.celebrationoflove.org

Central Texas SPCA is a no-kill shelter that provides care for homeless animals. Volunteers assist with direct animal care, fundraisers and adoption. 909 S. Bagdad Road, Leander – (512)260-7722 www.centraltexasspca.org

Children at Heart Ministries provides specialized services and resources for ministries that care for children and families, including STARRY and Texas Baptist Children’s Home in Round Rock. 1301 N. Mays St., Round Rock – (512)255-3668 www.childrenatheartministries.org

College Forward provides college access and college persistence services to motivated, economically disadvantaged students in order to facilitate their transition to college. Volunteer roles are adapted to fit individual knowledge, skills and preferences. P.O. Box 142308, Austin 78714 – (512)452-4800 www.collegeforward.org

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 take part in fundraising and community outreach. 4900 Mueller Blvd., Austin 78723 – (512)324-0161 www.dellchildrens.net

Easter Seals Central Texas, originally chartered as the Texas Society for Crippled Children, has been providing services to children and adults with disabilities and their caregivers since 1937. Volunteers help with special events, clerical duties, camp and the gala committee. 1611 Headway Circle, Bldg. 2, Austin 78754 – (512)478-2581 www.centraltx.easterseals.com

Faith in Action Caregivers assists older adults in maintaining quality of life and independence. Volunteers provide transportation, home repairs and companionship to the elderly. 16500 Yellowsage, Pflugerville – (512)538-1152 2498 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock – (512)310-1060 www.fiacaregivers.org

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 – (512)453-6570 www.foundationhomeless.org

Goodwill Industries of Central Texas employs people with disabilities. Volunteers work in retail locations performing stocking and customer service duties. 2120 N. Mays St., Round Rock – (512)388-2911 1015 Norwood Park Blvd., Austin 78753 – (512)637-7100 www.austingoodwill.org

Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County teams build quality houses for impoverished families. Volunteers assist in construction and clerical tasks. 701 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown – (512)863-4344 www.williamsonhabitat.org

Hands on Central Texas, a program of United Way Capital Area, strengthens communities though meaningful volunteer action. The organization provides more than 400 volunteer opportunities and projects including Days of Service and Volunteer Leadership. 2000 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin 78702 – (512)472-6267www.handsoncentraltexas.org

Heart House Austin 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. Volunteers work with children, serve on a committee or assist the Heart House staff. 815 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin 78748 – (512)292-9400 7224 Northeast Drive, Austin 78723 – (512)929-8187www.hearthouse.org

Hill Country Community Ministries is a nonprofit corporation that provides food, clothing and financial assistance for people in crisis or poverty in southwest Williamson and northwest Travis counties. 1005 Lacy Drive, Leander – (512)259-0360 ext. 205 www.hccm.org

Humane Society of Williamson County is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1979. Its missions are to provide innovative programs and services to eliminate pet overpopulation and to improve the lives of pets and people in Williamson County. The minimum volunteer age is 8 years old. 10930 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander – (512)260-3602 www.hswc.net

LifeSteps works to eliminate substance abuse in Williamson County through prevention, intervention, counseling, education and family services. Volunteers help with clerical duties. 2109 N. Mays St., Round Rock – (512)246-9881 www.lifestepscouncil.org

Lighthouse Hospice Volunteers may provide end-of-life companionship for patients and their families or perform administrative tasks. 2913 Williams Drive, Ste. 320, Georgetown – (512)868-0505 www.lighthouse-hospice.com

Literacy Council of Williamson County improves adult literacy in the county. Volunteers tutor adults and help them earn their GED. 2411 Williams Drive, Ste. 1, Georgetown – (512)869-0497 www.literacycouncil-wc.org

Lone Star Circle of Care provides primary health care for uninsured patients in Central Texas. Volunteers help with administrative tasks and act as patient advocates. 1500 W. University Ave., Ste. 103, Georgetown – (512)686-0207 ext. 10128 or 10170 www.lscctx.org

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. 2224 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 200, Austin 78746 – (512)329-9474 www.cstx.wish.org

MEDICO provides medical, eye and dental services to remote areas of Central America where there is little or no basic health care. 2955 Dawn Drive, Ste. D, Georgetown – (512)930-1893 www.medico.org

Peoples Community Clinic was founded in 1970 and is a nonprofit, primary healthcare facility whose purpose is 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. IH 35, Austin 78722 – (512)708-3108 www.austinpcc.org

Pflugerville ISD Volunteers can help mentor, read to students, act as guest speakers and participate in after-school programs. 1401 W. Pecan St., Pflugerville – (512)594-0090 www.pflugervilleisd.net

Project Linus-Williamson and Travis County Chapter provides handmade blankets for children going through a difficult time in their lives. 110 Ridgewood Drive, Georgetown – (512)930-4792 www.projectlinus.org

Ronald McDonald House of Austin provides housing and support for families of critically ill children. Volunteers prepare meals and perform administrative duties. 1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd., Austin 78723 – (512)472-9844 www.rmhc-austin.org

Round Rock Area Serving Center is a nonprofit social services agency and food pantry that serves the Round Rock, Hutto and Wells Branch areas by providing financial assistance for rent, utilities, transportation, temporary lodging and prescriptions. See our story on this nonprofit. 1099 E. Main St., Round Rock – (512)244-2431 www.servingcenter.org

Round Rock Circle of Friends raises funds for the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Volunteers help with fundraising. 4900 Mueller Blvd., Austin 78723 – (512)324-0170 www.childrensaustin.org

Sierra Club strives to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives. P.O. Box 4581, Austin 78765 Email: cbyrd4@austin.rr.com www.texas.sierraclub.org/austin

St. Vincent De Paul is a church-based, all-volunteer serving center and thrift store for the needy. Volunteers work in the thrift store. 1601 S. IH 35, Ste. 205, Round Rock – (512)238-6737 www.svdpusa.org

STARRY provides shelter and foster care to abused and neglected children, as well as family counseling. Volunteers maintain facilities and care for children, and they can also help in the mentoring program those partners with the Round Rock ISD. 1300 N. Mays St., Round Rock – (512)246-4259 www.starryonline.org

Texas Advocacy Project provides free legal services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout Texas. Volunteers help with hotline screening, administrative assistant tasks and more. P.O. Box 833, Austin 78767 – (512)476-5377 www.texasadvocacyproject.org

Texas Youth Commission Volunteers serve as mentors, tutors and advocates to youthful offenders and help them develop living and academic skills and a positive self-esteem. P.O. Box 4260, Austin 78751 – (512)424-6090 Email: tammy.vega@tyc.state.tx.us www.tyc.state.tx.us

The Arc of the Capital Area provides individualized services to people with intellectual and mental developmental disabilities. Volunteers befriend these people and become someone they can count on and share their lives with. 2818 San Gabriel, Austin 78705 – (512)476-7044 www.arcofthecapitalarea.org

The Salvation Army Volunteers work in a wide variety of programs that assist the needy, including social services, character building activities and collecting donations. 501 E. Eighth St., Austin 78767 – (512)476-1111 www.salvationarmyaustin.org

The Volunteer Center is the central clearinghouse for volunteerism in Williamson County. The center coordinates with local nonprofit organizations to place volunteers where they are best suited. 1099 E. Main St., Round Rock – (512)733-7625 www.volrock.org

United Way of Williamson County helps local nonprofits and community programs. 1111 N. IH 35, Ste. 220, Round Rock – (512)255-6799 www.unitedway-wc.org

Walnut Creek Youth Sports focuses on assisting youth in the Austin Area to play sports or take part in extra-curricular activities. We strive to make every child a better person, through working on leadership, sportsmanship, community activism and awareness, volunteering, mentoring, tutoring and sharing. Our organization welcomes volunteers into our program. Walnut Creek Neighborhood, Austin, Texaswalnutcreekyouthsports@yahoo.com www.neighborhoodsports.us

Williamson County Brown Santa provides assistance to families in Williamson County living outside the geographical city limits of any town or city within the county not providing a similar program. Brown Santa purchases toys, books and other items needed to make Christmas brighter for children. Volunteers help with special events and box up gifts. Wolf Ranch Town Center, 1019 W. University Ave., Ste. 700 Georgetown – (512)943-1400 www.wilcobrownsanta.com

Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center (WCCAC) is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to abused children, non-offensive family members and the professionals dedicated to the intervention, investigation, prosecution and treatment options related to child abuse cases. Volunteers are needed to greet families. 1811 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown = (512)943-3701 www.wilcocac.org

Williamson County Crisis Center Hope Alliance provides services and counseling to victims of sexual assault and violence. Volunteers answer crisis calls and assist in a variety of programs. 1011 Gattis School Road, Ste. 106, Round Rock – (512)255-1212 www.hopealliancetx.org

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra travels throughout the county performing free concerts. Volunteers are needed to assist at performances, and musicians can go to the website to look for open positions. 1007 Green Meadow Drive, Round Rock – (512)789-5073 www.williamsoncountysymphonyorchestra.org

The Wright House Wellness Center gives care and compassion to Central Texans living with or at risk of chronic illness by providing resources for support, education and empowerment. They offer holistic services. 8101 Cameron Road, Ste. 105, Austin 78754 -(512)236-8901 www.thewrighthouse.org

This guide is not meant to be a comprehensive listing of all area organizations that need volunteers. If your organization is not on this list, or you have an organization to recommend, please e-mail us at aig@aigtexas.net

Thank you for your help in our community!