Austin Volunteer Guide

Are you itching to help out around Austin and volunteer your time, but don't know where to start? If you can't donate money, your time is always appreciated. Here are some organizations that need help, broken down by interest...


Austin Animal Center
Many opportunities exist for citizens to help Austin Animal Center.  Depending on your interest, skill set, availability and reason for wanting to help, there is a place for you – whether at AAC, at home, in the community, or with one of our Partner Agencies.

Austin Dog Alliance
Austin Dog Alliance is a volunteer driven organization.  Our wonderful volunteers are out in the community with their therapy dog partners, rescuing dogs from shelters for placement as service dogs and working to run our office and maintain our ranch.

Austin Humane Society
You could volunteer anywhere. But you’re an animal lover, and “anywhere” isn’t good enough. Here, you can have a lot of fun and help save a lot of lives. We’re always looking for passionate people like you to volunteer at the Austin Humane Society.

Austin Pets Alive!
Our organization could not exist without volunteers. As a private, nonprofit organization, we rely on the assistance of caring and hard-working volunteers in all of our programs. Volunteer opportunities are constantly changing as we grow and develop new programs. Below is a listing of current opportunities, but you will get more details and learn about the latest needs and options when you attend orientation.

Animal Trustees of Austin
For over 21 years, Animal Trustees of Austin has provided safe, compassionate, and affordable veterinary treatment for animals in our community regardless of their owner’s income. The dedication and commitment of its staff, donors, and volunteers has made Animal Trustees exactly the sort of place that animals and the people who love them feel fortunate to find.

Guide Dogs of Texas
Guide Dogs of Texas is a 501c3 Non Profit. We provide Guide Dogs to visually impaired and Blind Texans. We are the only school in the state of Texas so have a very large area to cover! Each of our dogs is specially bred, raised and trained. None of this would be possible without our amazing staff, board of directors, donors and volunteers. We are always looking for new volunteers to join our team and would love the help of your site to be able to spread the word!


Food Banks

Capital Area Food Bank of Texas
Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Food Bank. They bring our mission to life. Our volunteers ensure only the safest food leaves our warehouse, keep mobile food pantry lines running smoothly and share our mission at community events throughout the year. Join the 17,000 volunteers who gave a bit of their time last year to make a difference in someone else’s life.

Celebration of Love
Celebration of Love is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Central Texas individuals and families in need.  Through our campaigns to fight hunger, respond to emergency disaster situations with food and water, and provide support for our U.S. veterans, soldiers and their families through our Soldiers of America program, Celebration of Love works year around to help those in need and those who keep our country safe.

Bake A Wish
We deliver free birthday cakes to neglected/abused/abandoned children and also the elderly/disabled that would not otherwise receive a birthday cake.  It’s more than just cake we deliver, though; it’s the message that someone cares.


Domestic Violence

SafePlace volunteers are essential in every aspect of our mission to end sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change.

Texas Advocacy Project
Volunteering at Texas Advocacy Project is a rewarding opportunity to give back to the community and learn a lot in the process. The attorneys and staff who work here are always willing to teach and are genuinely committed to finding solutions to domestic violence. As a hotline volunteer, I enjoy having one-on-one contact with the people the Project serves because I hear the relief in their voices that someone is here to help. This is a wonderful organization with great people who strive to make a difference in women's lives.



Central Texas Trail Tamers
We are the Central Texas Trail Tamers...a group of ready  volunteers from the general public throughout Texas and beyond who donate our time and effort to build and repair natural surface trails, including those that are ADA accessible.

Austin Parks Foundation
Annually, APF volunteers contribute thousands of volunteer hours to help maintain and improve our city's parks. This includes our three big workdays: It's My Park Day, National Trails Day, National Public Lands Day.We also offer annual volunteer opportunities on Martin Luther King Junior Day and Earth Day.

Keep Austin Beautiful
Keep Austin Beautiful provides resources and education to engage citizens in building more beautiful communities. It is a nonprofit service organization governed by a volunteer board of directors and was established by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce in 1985 to preserve Austin’s quality of life. Their vision is for Austin to be it's cleanest and best city that it can be.



Homeless Outreach

Foundation for the Homeless, Inc.
Volunteers play a significant role in all the programs of Foundation for the Homeless. Our volunteer base is diverse and experienced in many areas. These volunteers are from local congregations, schools and colleges, community groups, and the private sector. They are people who for one reason or another want to share their time, hope, and compassion.

Front Steps
 We welcome volunteers who are passionate about helping Front Steps restore hope to the homeless in Austin by dedicating their time, energy, and skills. If you feel a call to help those less fortunate and want to raise awareness about homelessness and poverty, then Front Steps may be the right place for you.

Mobile Loaves & Fishes Downtown Alliance of Churches
More than 17,000 volunteers truly love their neighbor and serve daily in many ways using their time and talents. These include: Make Ready Teams, Delivering Meals, Garden Prep, Harvesting, Canning, Maintenance, RV, Renovation, Befrienders


Elder Care

AGE of Central Texas—Adult Day Care Center Austin & Round Rock
Volunteers enhance the lives of the older adults and caregivers that we serve, help our operations to run at their best, and sustain the culture of service and goodwill that AGE has been part of since 1986.

Drive A Senior
Our organization depends on volunteer workers so our capacity to drive and visit with seniors is limited to how many volunteers we have. Our volunteers come from churches, civic organizations, early retirees who are paying it forward, parents who are teaching their children to respect elderly citizens and anyone who has a bit of time to help a senior neighbor.

Family Eldercare
Become a Guardian Advocate to brighten the life of a senior or an adult with a disability. Guardian Advocates make short, regular visits to a client to provide companionship and a higher quality of life by advocating for the person's needs. Guardian Advocates help ensure that our clients are enjoying the best possible quality of life.  They report directly to an assigned Guardianship Program staff member to share their observations on clients’ well being.



Austin Diaper Bank
Austin Diaper Bank is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing diapers to Austin families in need to strengthen the community as a whole. Central Texans young and old need a clean, reliable supply of diapers for a healthy and comfortable quality of life. We've taken in over 300,000 diapers since June 2013.

Little Helping Hands
Operating since June 2009, Little Helping Hands is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that facilitates family volunteering by creating and organizing monthly volunteer opportunities suitable for children as young as 3 years of age.

Dance International
Our mission is to create a center that unites people of all ages and cultures through the teaching and sharing of art, dance, Mind-Body practices, and  music.

Children's Heart Foundation - Texas
The Children's Heart Foundation needs volunteers for the annual Congenital Heart Defect Walk on March 7th. The Congenital Heart Walk is a national fundraising event series benefitting the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) and The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF). We walk to honor and remember the millions who have been impacted by congenital heart disease (CHD).


We Are Blood

We Are Blood volunteers are essential to our mission. Whether they are taking care of blood donors in our canteen, transporting lifesaving blood to hospitals, or educating the community about the importance of blood donation; volunteers make it possible for us to provide and protect the community blood supply, to inspire Central Texans to save lives locally, and to always treat everyone we serve as family.

Foundations Communities
Foundation Communities provides first class, affordable homes and free onsite support services for thousands of working families with children, as well as veterans, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. Foundation Communities offers an innovative, proven model that empowers our residents and neighbors to achieve educational success, financial stability, and healthier lifestyles. Nearly 2,000 volunteers breathe life into our mission every day by sharing their invaluable time, energy, skills and passion with our residents and neighbors. At Foundation Communities, there’s a volunteer opportunity for everyone.

Life Works  
Life Works believes in the transformational power of acceptance. As an Austin nonprofit focused on helping youth and young adults, they work every year with thousands of young men and women who’ve endured circumstances that are unimaginable. From abuse and neglect to abandonment and violence, these youth in need are helped by Life Works and their volunteers.

Seton Network of Hospitals
When you become a Seton volunteer, you’re not joining just any group; you’re becoming part of a family – the Seton family. Our volunteers become part of a team focused on person-centered care. They offer a helping hand and a kind word during what can be a time of stress and uncertainty for our patients and families.   Our volunteers often say they receive so much more than they give.  Adult volunteers serve in both clinical and non-clinical areas of the hospital.  Become a volunteer at Seton and help us bring HUMANCARE to healthcare!



Check back for more organizations to be added soon. Thank you for donating your time to the Austin community!


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