Here’s a list of 46 nonprofits with volunteer opportunities in South Austin and


The Central Texas Food Bank is one of more than 40 South Austin nonprofits serving the local community and offering volunteer opportunities. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Help out the Southwest Austin and Driipping Springs communities in a number of ways throughout the year by volunteering with local nonprofit groups. Volunteer opportunities included in this guide are subject to change due to COVID-19 safety precautions. This list is noncomprehensive.

Community and family support

Central Texas Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief charity in Central Texas. Volunteers help prepare food donations for distribution, deliver food to mobile food pantries, lend a hand in the kitchen and garden, and provide nutrition education. 6500 Metropolis Drive, Austin. 512-282-2111. www.centraltexasfoodbank.org

Dripping Springs Community Library serves Dripping Springs residents by offering books, enrichment programs, kids camps and meeting spaces. Volunteers work with library staff to sort and shelve books and coordinate events, which are being held virtually. 501 Sportsplex Drive, Dripping Springs. 512-858-7825. www.dscl.org

Foster Village Inc. works to support and serve foster families in the Austin area. Volunteers help sort donations, deliver items to families, fundraise and work during events. 15400 Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs. 512-599-4144. www.fostervillageaustin.org

Goodwill Central Texas is dedicated to transforming generations by empowering people through education, career training and work. Volunteer opportunities include mentorship, tutoring, career guidance, or disassembling computers for resale and recycling. 1015 Norwood Park Blvd., Austin. 512-637-7179. www.goodwillcentraltexas.org

Helping Hands Inc.is a Dripping Springs-based, volunteer-run food bank that is offering curbside service Wednesdays and Thursdays each week during the pandemic. The organization accepts food donations and needs volunteers to help with sorting and distribution. 28708 RR 12, Dripping Springs. 512-820-0476. www.helpinghands-drippingsprings.org

Keep Austin Fed is a food rescue organization that works to reduce hunger and help the environment by providing surplus food to those in need. Volunteers are needed for “food rescue runs”—using their own cars to pick food up from donor businesses and deliver it to designated partner organizations that have charitable feeding operations. 3903 S. Congress Ave., Ste. 40760, Austin. 512-831-3654. www.keepaustinfed.org

Southwest Family YMCA offers athletic programs for youth and adults. Programs promote healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. Volunteers can coach, help with community events and programs, clean and greet at the welcome desk. 6219 Oakclaire Drive, Austin. 512-891-9622. www.austinymca.org

United Way for Greater Austin brings people, ideas and resources together to fight poverty in the local community. United Way mobilizes thousands of volunteers annually, and opportunities range from one-time projects to those requiring more significant time commitments. 2000 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Austin. 512-472-6267. https://volunteer.uwatx.org

We Are Blood is the guardian of the community blood supply for more than 40 medical facilities in Central Texas. Volunteers assist with blood drives, serve refreshments in donor centers, provide office support and transport blood donations using the center’s vehicles. 4300 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-206-1266. www.weareblood.org

Housing support

Austin Habitat for Humanity builds and repairs homes and educates homebuyers. Volunteers work on homes and support ReStore, a discount home improvement store and donation center. 500 W. Ben White Blvd., Austin. 512-472-8788, ext. 100. www.austinhabitat.org

Austin Humanists at Work distributes personal care items to people experiencing homelessness and of limited means. Volunteers help with donation pickups and fundraising drives, and knit hats, scarves and washcloths. Address available upon request. 512-553-2117. www.austinhumanistsatwork.org

Caritas of Austin works to prevent and end homelessness by providing safe places to live, access to healthy food, jobs that pay a reliable living wage and the opportunity to learn life skills. Volunteers can work in the organization’s community kitchen, provide administrative support to staff members or work with clients directly. 611 Neches St., Austin. 512-479-4610. www.caritasofaustin.org

Foundation Communities provides affordable housing to families and individuals with low incomes across the city. Volunteers work with clients and residents in a variety of ways, such as serving meals, providing free tax-preparation services, financial coaching and tutoring. 3000 S. I-35, Ste. 300, Austin. 512-610-7377. www.foundcom.org

LifeWorks is an advocate for youth and families seeking a path to self-sufficiency. The organization’s mission is to make youth homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring. Volunteers host donation drives for items such as socks, toiletries and gift cards. Corporate volunteer opportunities are also available. Sooch Foundation Youth & Family Resource Center, 835 N. Pleasant Valley Road, Austin. 512-735-2400. www.lifeworksaustin.org

Mobile Loaves & Fishes is a social outreach ministry for individuals experiencing homelessness, providing food, clothing and other life-sustaining items every night of the year. Volunteers can serve on a food truck or at the organization’s Community First Village.9301 Hog Eye Road, Ste. 950, Austin. 512-328-7299 www.mlf.org/volunteer

The Salvation Army is Central Texas’ largest provider of emergency shelter for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Volunteer projects include providing crayons, coloring books and movie night baskets for children in shelter. During the holiday season, volunteers sort and distribute gifts at the Christmas warehouse and work as bell ringers at area malls. Donation center: 4216 S. Congress Ave., Austin. 512-605-1410. www.salvationarmyaustin.org

Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center operates out of the Sunrise Community Church, offering individuals experiencing homelessness resources including access to mail, health care, clothing, telephones and services to help with job and housing applications. Volunteers help on the grounds, with opportunities varying during the pandemic. 4430 Menchaca Road, Austin. 512-522-1097. www.sunriseaustin.org/homelessness/navigation-center

Health services

El Buen Samaritano is an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas that helps families lead healthy and productive lives through high-quality, affordable health care and education. Volunteers are needed to help with the food pantry, literacy programs and events. 7000 Woodhue Drive, Austin. 512-439-8900. www.elbuen.org

Livestrong fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. The organization gives patients the resources and support they need to fight cancer head-on. The local organization offers year-round internship and volunteer opportunities.623 W. 38th St., Ste. 300, Austin. 877-236-8820. www.livestrong.org

Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin’s mission is to save babies’ lives by providing prescribed, pasteurized donor human milk. Volunteers opportunities include scrubbing in and processing milk in the lab, labeling life-saving bottles of donor milk and helping with administrative tasks. 5925 Dillard Circle, Austin. 512-494-0800. www.milkbank.org/other-ways-to-support

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas aims to create healthier communities by providing comprehensive reproductive and related health care services, delivering science-based education programs and serving as an advocate for reproductive justice in Texas. Volunteer opportunities include community outreach, event support and ongoing administrative projects in Planned Parenthood’s office. 201 E. Ben White Blvd., Austin. 512-275-0171. www.ppgreatertx.org

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