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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

1/23/19 9:00 AM +more

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

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

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

2/13/19 9:30 AM +more

Microsoft Access remodel

We utilize Microsoft Access as our main client information database. It was formatted many years ago and has gliches and unnecessary sections. We are looking for someone with coding knowledge who can reconfigure the Access database, as well as teach one of our staff basic housekeeping information so they can maintain the Access database after you have cleaned it up. (Please forgive me if any of this lingo is incorrect. I am not a tech person)

Austin, TX

Through 6/30/20

Winter 2019 Family Volunteer Day

Calling all helping hands: Join us at United Way for Greater Austin for a morning of volunteer projects in support of our 2-1-1 Navigation Center and our community partners. All projects are appropriate for any age volunteer - bring the whole family! Why volunteer as a family? Volunteering together is a great way to spend meaningful time together as a family and teach children the importance of learning about and caring for their community. Adults can make a difference in children’s lives by spending meaningful time creating powerful positive parent-child interactions that affect a child’s ability to learn, grow, and thrive. Also, volunteering is FUN! Breakfast tacos & warm beverages will be on hand for all volunteers! Children 17 and younger must be accompanied by parent(s) - please plan accordingly!

Austin, TX

2/9/19 10:00 AM

Help Kids Succeed at Foundation Communities' After-School Programs

Volunteers are needed for Spring 2019! We have several new volunteer orientations scheduled for January and February. Join us! Foundation Communities is a local non-profit providing first class, affordable homes and support services for thousands of low-income families and individuals, empowering them with the tools they need to succeed. About our Learning Center volunteer program: We have 10 Learning Centers around Austin. Volunteer shifts are generally set up from around 3:30-6:00 pm Monday through Thursday during the fall and spring semester. During the summer, our after school programs turn into day camps, which run from around 10am - 3pm. Learning Center volunteers provide general classroom support, help with homework assistance, and assist with enrichment activities based on the need of the learning center. If you have a specific passion or talent that you would like to share with the students please talk directly with your learning center coordinator; they are always looking for people to lead enrichment activities with the kids. Time Commitment: We ask volunteers to make a commitment to serve a minimum of one shift per week (1-3 hours) for a semester at a time - you choose the day, time, and learning center location that works best for your schedule! Learning Center Locations: Here’s an interactive map of all of our Austin family properties with on site Learning Centers - http://foundcom.org/education/after-school-and-summer-learning-programs/

Austin, TX

Through 5/30/19

ESL Teacher Assistant

Help low-income families get ahead by improving their English! Learning basic English is essential to the success of our residents; without this skill many will find it hard to get a job, pay their bill or even decipher the bus schedule. Foundation Communities’ ESL classes are available for free to anyone in the community ages 18+. You do not need to be bilingual to help! Classes are taught entirely in English to accommodate learners from a variety of language backgrounds. Classes are held Monday through Thursday each week from 9-11 am and 6:30-8:30 pm at our Sierra Vista learning center (South Austin) and Trails at Vintage Creek Learning Center (Northeast Austin), and from 6:30-8:30 pm at our Lakeline Station Learning Center (Northwest Austin). **Volunteers are particularly needed for our morning classes at Vintage Creek in Northeast Austin.** Time Commitment: We ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of one class per week (about 2 hours) per semester (summer, fall and/or spring). ESL Class Locations: Here’s an interactive map of our two ESL class locations - http://foundcom.org/education/esl/

Austin, TX

Through 5/30/19

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

Austin Partners In Education Mentors Needed!

APIE mentors work one-on-one with Austin students during the school day. They help students improve their social and study skills, strengthen their communication skills, and build self-confidence. They inspire children to develop new interests, explore career possibilities, and achieve their personal and academic goals. Mentoring opportunities are available for students in any school and any grade within Austin ISD. APIE mentors should be: positive, caring adults able to commit to an hour a week to meet with student consistently throughout the school year good listeners able to adhere to program requirements non-judgemental and supportive willing to submit to a background check able to participate in online and in-person training APIE Mentors receive: initial training on the role of the mentor introduction to supportive strategies to use with students in building effective mentoring relationships support from a campus-based Mentor Coordinator For more information e-mail Andrea Panter - apanter@austinpartners.org

Austin, TX

Through 5/31/19

Math Classroom Coaching Tutors Needed!

Want to help students with math? Enjoy working with middle school students? Then the Math Classroom Coaching (MCC) program is for you! Help us help students increase their understanding of math AND their confidence in their own ability to solve math problems. Here are some highlights of MCC: Volunteers work with a small group of 3-4 students once a week for 45 minutes. Volunteers pre-select which school and what time works best for their schedule. Lessons are pre-selected and provided to volunteers in advance with answers! APIE staff are on-site with the volunteers. Teachers remain in the classroom, and all students participate. Coaches complete a background check and a 1.5 hour training before working with the students. Volunteer sharing is also available (this is when 2 volunteers sign-up together and volunteer on alternate weeks). The Program runs from October through the first week of May. Sound interesting? Sign up! We’d love to bring you into the classroom. Please contact Andrea Panter at apanter@austinpartners.org with any questions. We hope to have you volunteer with us this year!

Austin, TX

Through 5/9/19

Administrative Aide Intern/Volunteer

Program: Generation YW Position: GenYW Administrative Aide-Intern/Volunteer General description: Under the supervision of the Generation YW Program Manager, this position will serve a supportive role to direct care and management staff, carrying out the goals and policies of the YWCA Generation YW Program by performing responsible, sometimes confidential duties and routine clerical and administrative functions. Work responsibilities: Will work as an active team member to carry out the YWCA mission. Perform clerical duties that include handling confidential data entry, filing, shredding, and related duties. Maintain inventory of office materials and items donated to the program. Assist with data entry and maintenance of participant and program records. Compile data and assist in preparation of timely reports as needed. Assist in coping and preparing office forms and other materials as needed by staff. Ensure that participant folders, lesson plans and other materials are readily available for direct care staff. Learn to assist in the maintenance of a database of community resources to facilitate provision of information and referral linkage for program participants and their families. Contact program participants or partners to confirm meeting dates or related information. Participate in trainings, team meetings, conferences and related activities as needed. Maintain compliance with all applicable policies and procedures of the YWCA and funding entities. Perform other duties as assigned. Hours of work: This is part-time/volunteer position. Hours per day/week may vary. The candidate for this position will most likely work afternoon hours due to nature of programming but this is flexible. Qualifications: Must be willing to strictly adhere to policies and procedures, especially those related to protecting confidentiality of program participants. Must submit to mandatory criminal background check and drug screening. Have a high school diploma or general education degree (GED). Must possess the ability to read, write, follow instructions and use good communication skills. Basic knowledge of office/clerical work or willingness to learn general office procedures. Basic knowledge of computer use and MS software. Sensitivity and ability to work in a setting with people of varying social, economic, cultural backgrounds. Bilingual in English/Spanish with verbal and writing skills and the ability to communicate is desirable, but not mandatory. Must have reliable mode of transportation. Possess ability to multi-task and work in an efficient, professional manner in carrying out duties of the position.

Austin, TX

Through 5/13/19