Volunteer guide: 5 ways to give back in Austin
The season of giving is almost upon us, so we found a few volunteer opportunities with local organizations that need your help.
- But, but, but: Don't stop here. There are dozens of other worthy causes in and around Austin.
1. Help out at a local animal shelter
Foster a pet or pitch in at the Austin Animal Center.
Why it matters: Volunteering helps animals at the shelter, which has struggled with capacity, find caring homes.
What to expect: Volunteers care for dogs and cats, greet visitors or help folks find the right furry friend to adopt.
Details: Apply online and pick an orientation date to get started.
- You must commit to volunteering six hours per month. See more requirements, including those for teens.
2. Give back to veterans
Get involved with Make a Vet Sweat.
Why it matters: The local nonprofit sponsors three-month gym memberships for veterans to help them ease the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.
What to expect: Volunteers assist veterans in finding the right workout, negotiate gym arrangements, plan events and drive awareness.
Details: Fill out an online interest form to join the team.
3. Feed the hungry
Sign up for shifts at the Central Texas Food Pantry.
Why it matters: Help fill a table on Thanksgiving and beyond. The food bank says it serves more than 60,000 people across 21 counties every week.
What to expect: Weekday and weekend sessions include preparing food donations for distribution and supporting mobile food pantries.
Details: Register and reserve your spot online.
- Those under 18 years of age need an adult chaperone. Learn more about volunteer requirements.
4. Nurture local students
Become a mentor or math coach with Austin Partners in Education.
Why it matters: Donating your time supports Austin public school students' college and career readiness.
What to expect: Mentors can volunteer at any Austin Independent School District middle or high school, while math classroom coaching is offered at four middle schools.
Details: Programming takes place during the school day. Register online to get involved.
Other needs: Help outside the classroom by giving funds to sustain the organization's work.
5. Support those experiencing homelessness
Volunteer or donate essentials to Caritas of Austin.
Why it matters: The organization provides food, housing services and employment support to people experiencing homelessness.
What to expect: You'll serve lunch, work with clients directly or offer administrative support to staff, among other roles.
Details: Shifts and age requirements vary by job. Learn more and sign up online.
Know a worthy cause? Email us at [email protected], and we may feature your nonprofit in an upcoming newsletter.
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