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To browse current projects near you or sign up to volunteer, check out the volunteer opportunity calendar. This details volunteer opportunities throughout the year, including our Days of Caring that run in the spring and fall and our quarterly Family Volunteer Series. In addition to our events, you can also view and sign up for volunteer opportunities with dozens of other local nonprofit organizations.

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Native Plant Gardening

The grounds around the Snowden House on the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve have been transformed into native plant gardens with over 100 different species by a dedicated group of volunteers. We’re looking for help with weeding, watering, and planting, as well as other work around the preserve tract including invasive plant removal and trail maintenance. We work together for a few hours and then eat our brown-bag lunches on the porch.

Cedar Park, TX

11/21/18 9:00 AM +more

Holiday Wishes

Work in our Holiday Wishes warehouse assisting CPS caseworkers to sort and load gifts to be delivered to children in CPS care.

Austin, TX

12/12/18 10:00 AM

Hospice Volunteer - Visit with Hospice Patients

Resolutions Hospice is looking for kind and caring individuals to visit with hospice patients in nearby facilities or homes. Our patients become isolated and lonely so visiting with a patient for just a short time either once a week or every other week can make a huge difference! No experience is necessary. We provide a brief orientation and a care kit with fun items you can use when visiting with the patients. Volunteering with hospice is VERY flexible! We can work with almost any schedule. If you have a specifc skill you would like to share, ex: music, art, massage, please let us know and we can plug you in. Otherwise just you time and conversation is the biggest gift of all. We are currently looking for volunteers in the following areas: Kyle South Austin Round Rock Bertram Taylor Austin Cedar Park Elgin Bastrop Smithville Want to find out more? Visit our website at www.resolutionshospice.com or contact Stephanie Draeken at 512-751-8164 or sdraeken@myhospice.us

Austin, TX

Through 12/31/18

Become a CASA Volunteer

Speak up for a child who’s been abused or neglected. Volunteer with CASA of Travis County! CASA of Travis County speaks up for children who’ve been abused or neglected by empowering our community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system. When the state steps in to protect a child’s safety, a judge appoints a trained CASA volunteer to make independent and informed recommendations in the child’s best interest. CASA volunteers come from every walk of life and share a commitment to improving children’s lives, a willingness to learn, and an open mind towards life experiences different from their own. Volunteers complete an interview, background checks and a 39-hour intensive training program including courtroom observation. After being sworn in by a judge, volunteers are appointed to a child or family of children and spend an average of 15-20 hours a month advocating for these children for the lifetime of a case (17 months on average). They get to know the child while also gathering information from the child’s family, teachers, doctors, caregivers and anyone else involved in the child’s life in order to make independent and informed recommendations to help the judge decide what’s best for the child. For children who’ve been abused or neglected, CASA means having a home instead of feeling lost, and being a priority instead of feeling invisible. For volunteers, CASA is a life-changing experience that makes our community a better place. To learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer, visit www.casatravis.org/volunteer or call 512.459.2272. You can also RSVP for an upcoming Volunteer Info Session by visiting www.casatravis.org/volunteer/infosession.

Austin, TX

Through 8/16/19

Volunteer for Fun, Kid-Friendly, Family Music Event

Looking for a fun volunteer opportunity? Come play music with kids and families at the library! No prior music experience needed! We are seeking volunteers to help with our all-ages, kids-friendly family fun world music and culture workshops. We are a nonprofit that provides fun and engaging music and culture programs free to children and families in Austin. For the month of November, we are celebrating music and culture from India. As a volunteer, you will help by encouraging audience participation, passing out instruments to audience members, and assisting with crowd management. We also need your help collecting email addresses, gathering audience testimonials, and taking photos. What to expect as a volunteer? A lot of fun, smiles, cheers, and laughter! Seeing the kids and families play music together will brighten your day—this doesn’t feel like “work” at all. And you might just learn something about music in India that you didn’t know before.

Austin, TX

11/17/18 12:00 PM

Open Volunteer Planned Activities

Every Monday morning and Tuesday evening, folks from the community come in to help us roll, sort, test, package and stamp. Bring your passion and your creativity. We’ll be sorting through donations. This could include testing paints, sorting beads or perhaps putting buttons into bags. Stop by for 30 minutes or stay for a few hours. We invite families with children ages 5+ to volunteer together.

Austin, TX

Through 8/26/19

Protect Health Coverage for Thousands

Making History Insure Central Texas is at the forefront of helping families enroll in affordable health coverage and find peace of mind for the future. Lend a Hand With the help of our dedicated volunteer base, services are free to any community member in need. Our caring volunteers work one-on-one with clients to determine their eligibility for benefits, share information about insurance options and guide them through the federal Marketplace application. We expect to serve 6,000+ individuals during the Open Enrollment period (November 1st - December 15th) but we can't do it without you! Build Your Expertise No prior experience is necessary – our comprehensive training process equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary to serve our clients. It includes an online portion and an in-person session. In-person sessions will all take place in October 2018. The online portion can be completed at your convenience. Be Your Own Boss Volunteers have the ability to schedule their own shifts based on flexible hours (including days, evenings and weekends) and multiple locations. The bulk of our volunteer season coincides with the Open Enrollment period but we offer ongoing opportunities throughout the year. If staking a claim in building a stronger, healthier community is up your alley, we’d love to partner with you! To connect and learn more, please contact us at volunteer@foundcom.org.

Austin, TX

11/15/18 9:00 AM +more

Fresh Food For Families at Turner Roberts Recreation Center

The 2nd Wednesday of every month the Blackland Neighborhood Center staff goes to the Turner Roberts Recreation Center to distribute fresh foods to the community. This is a partnership with the Central Texas Food Bank, We are looking for persons who can assist withsome lifting, distributing fresh fruits and vegetables to our community and maybe get a little dirty in the process. The experience is a challenge, but very rewarding. We invite you as an individual or as part of a small group to come out and help us with the distribution. 7201 Colony Loop Drive, Austin, TX 78722 Event is from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Volunteers are requested to arrive at 9:30 a.m. We provide gloves and plenty of water. Please come out and help us feed Austin!

Austin, TX

12/12/18 9:30 AM +more

Accounting Volunteer

Immediate need for assistance within the Finance Department of Child, Inc. - flexible schedule! Assistance is needed with budgeting (mostly data-entry), but volunteer will also gain hands on experience with a complex accounting information system. The volunteer will be under the direct supervision of our Finance Department Head (CPA). No prior experience necessary, other than nominal computer experience; training will be provided. Total project duration 20-40 hours. *Volunteer may be subject to background screening.

Austin, TX

Through 11/30/18

National Family Volunteer Day 2018

[CHANGE OF VENUE :: Now taking place at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave St, Austin, TX 78702, on the roller skating rink! 10am - 4pm Family Volunteer Day is a national effort held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. It is designed to encourage families to volunteer together, introduce children to volunteering, and strengthen our community. Volunteering is a meaningful and exciting way to spend time as a family. At United Way's Family Volunteer Day, we encourage parents and children to come together and make a difference in our community. Who: Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Young children must be accompanied by an adult. [CHANGE OF VENUE :: Now taking place at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave St, Austin, TX 78702, on the roller skating rink! 10am - 4pm Project Details: Projects may include assembling creative centerpieces and other fun decoration for the upcoming Feast of Sharing meal hosted by HEB. This event will serve more than 12,000 individuals, and the decorations we make will help add to the celebration. [CHANGE OF VENUE :: Now taking place at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave St, Austin, TX 78702, on the roller skating rink! 10am - 4pm

Austin, TX

11/17/18 10:00 AM

Community Tax Centers - Help Hard-working Families in Austin!

Each year, volunteers at the Community Tax Centers put about $35 million in tax refunds back into the pockets of low-income families in our community - refunds they use to buy food, pay outstanding bills, and save for their children's future. In 2019, we expect to see more than 20,000 families. To meet that huge need, we are seeking 600+ active volunteers. Volunteers work directly with clients to provide free tax preparation. There are three roles to choose from - Tax Preparer, Client Liaison (intake specialist), and Spanish/English Translator. No experience is required. We provide training, and on-site staff support is always available. Whether you’re looking to build your skills and experience, make new friends, build your professional network, or to simply contribute your time to the community, this opportunity provides a substantial and meaningful way to volunteer. And if you’re a CPA or Enrolled Agent, you may be eligible for free continuing education credits with no pre-requisite requirements. Sign up now to receive upcoming announcements about training in December and January! Send an email to Jackie.Cuellar@foundcom.org for more information or find our application at http://foundcom.org/volunteer-with-community-tax-centers/.

Austin, TX

Through 1/15/19

Prepare & Deliver Food for Survivors of Sexual Exploitation

SAFE runs a drop-in center where survivors of sexual exploitation can eat, rest, and receive case management and therapy. So that we can allocate more dollars towards helping provide the survivors with more immediate stability, we need volunteers to prepare/purchase and deliver the food, disposable goods (plates, napkins, plasticware, cups), drinks, dessert, and to-go containers. The food can be either homemade or storebought, and it must be delivered hot (we do not have access to an oven) to our rented space in the 78702 zip code at 4:00pm on the day that you choose to deliver. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to a minimum of one night/month for six months, but we can be flexible. We have openings Monday – Thursday. Mondays require snacks for 6, Tuesdays/Wednesdays require a hot meal for 8, and Thursdays require a hot meal for 6. A lot of folks ask about what the survivors like to eat. Since all of them come from chaotic environments, they tend to have relied on fast food and food from convenience stores. Because of this, they typically prefer food that is simple, spicy, and/or fried. The dishes that haven’t been too successful so far have been ones that have stereotypically really healthy ingredients (kale, quinoa, etc.). We also tend to eat a lot of lasagna, so your creativity is appreciated. Think about meals like a taco/nacho bar, spaghetti/meatballs, chili and cornbread, etc. Thank you!

Austin, TX

Through 8/27/19