With the holiday season in full swing, what better time to think about giving back or lending a hand to those less fortunate than yourself? There are many volunteer opportunities in Austin—and not just during the holidays season. Here’s a look at just a few of the great options in the area:
1. Grace Hospice
Homes throughout Austin
Grace Hospice tends to the needs of disabled and ill individuals throughout the Austin community, and they're always looking for dog walkers to exercise the pets of those in hospice care. You must have a driver's license and pass a background check in order to qualify, and the schedule is flexible based on your needs. Call Grace Hospice at 512-300-2100 for more information.
2. Texas Advocacy Project
1-35 and Woodland
If you're looking for a quick, one-time way to give back this holiday season, consider wrapping holiday gifts with the Texas Advocacy Project December 12 to 14. The gifts will be donated to local families in need, and wrapping takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The organization also has an ongoing need for volunteer coordinators and people to help collect clothing and other items for the needy. You can apply or learn more on their website.
3. ASD Climber Foundation
The ASD Climber Foundation works with families who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They're looking for volunteers to help implement social skill programs in these children's homes. No experience is necessary and the organization will train you. You’ll need to commit to volunteering for 2 to 4 hours per week for at least 6 months. Apply on Volunteer Match.
4. Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund
2200 W 35th St
The Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund is looking for volunteers to help at the Austin Gorilla Run on Saturday, January 28 between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. You’ll get to wear either a gorilla or banana suit and help collect registration fees, direct runners, and build obstacles. All proceeds go to benefit the remaining mountain gorillas. Apply to help on the Volunteer Match website.
5. Foundation Communities
Locations throughout Austin
Foundation Communities helps low-income families in Austin prepare their taxes, ensuring they receive all the credits and deductions they’re eligible for. They’re looking for volunteers to help with tax prep between Friday, January 13 and Tuesday, April 18. You don't need to have any tax prep experience as they’ll teach you how to use their specialized, web-based software.
Volunteers are asked to serve an average of three hours per week at one of six sites throughout Austin. You can apply on the organization's website.
How do you give to those in need during the holidays and throughout the year? Tell us about organizations you’ve volunteered with in the comments section below!