Volunteer for Children and Youth in Austin, TX

Volunteer opportunities to help children and youth in Austin and its surrounding areas

Texas Youth Helpline

About Texas Youth Helpline “The Texas Youth Helpline provides prevention services to youths, parents, siblings, and other family members who are in need of a caring voice and sympathetic ear. Trained volunteers are on call to provide guidance on youth-related concerns, referral information, or simply listen. The helpline receives thousands of calls each year, and the helpline’sContinue reading “Texas Youth Helpline”

Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties

About OWBC “Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties is committed to helping our communities thrive. Our mission, to eliminate poverty and promote self-reliance and self-sufficiency by combating its causes, is as relevant today as it was when we opened our doors more than a half-century ago.” https://www.owbc-tx.org/ Volunteer Opportunities Meals on Wheels: Provide consistent andContinue reading “Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties”


About STARRY “STARRY nurtures children, strengthens families, and restores hope through counseling, family support services, foster care, and adoption. We provide high quality services that have a lasting impact on Texas families. Although we have two very separate programs, Counseling and Foster Care, we are tied together in our mission to increase the amount ofContinue reading “STARRY”

The SAFE Alliance

About SAFE “The SAFE Alliance exists to stop abuse for everyone by serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence. We are dedicated to ending violence through prevention, advocacy, and comprehensive services for individuals, families, and communities that have been affected by abuse.” https://www.safeaustin.org/ Volunteer Opportunities Offer your professional skillsContinue reading “The SAFE Alliance”

Hope Alliance

About Hope Alliance “[We] assist those whose lives have been affected by family and sexual violence by providing services, safety, and developing partnerships that lead to hope, healing, and prevention. Providing hope to future generations through prevention, Hope Alliance is a leader in saving and transforming lives affected by family and sexual violence.” https://www.hopealliancetx.org/about/ VolunteerContinue reading “Hope Alliance”

Girls Empowerment Network

About GEN “Originally called The Ophelia Project, the Girls Empowerment Network was created in 1996 by 12 concerned mothers raising adolescent girls in Austin, Texas. These mothers met after reading Reviving Ophelia, a book by Dr. Mary Pipher, to address an increasing trend among middle school aged girls – a systematic decline and sometimes permanentContinue reading “Girls Empowerment Network”

Easterseals Central Texas

About Easterseals “Easterseals serves 1.4 million children and adults with disabilities and their families, offering a wide range of services at 74 affiliates nationwide. We change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day, helping our clients build the skills and access the resources theyContinue reading “Easterseals Central Texas”

The Center for Child Protection

About CCP “The Center for Child Protection is a nationally accredited children’s advocacy center and the only non-profit in Travis County involved in the investigation of crimes against children. For more than 30 years, the Center has been the first stop for children in Travis County who are suspected victims of sexual abuse, physical abuseContinue reading “The Center for Child Protection”

Any Baby Can

About Any Baby Can “Any Baby Can partners with families to overcome obstacles and achieve well-being. With programs that meet clients where they are – at home, work or school – Any Baby Can helps build stability, develop skills and navigate systems so children and families reach their full potential.” https://anybabycan.org/about/who-we-are/ Volunteer Opportunities Ongoing volunteeringContinue reading “Any Baby Can”

Dell Children's Medical Center

About DCMC “Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation works with our generous philanthropic community and their passion to invest in the future of our children’s health in Central Texas through Dell Children’s Medical Center. Through philanthropy, the Central Texas community helped build this outstanding regional facility. Our goal is to help make it one of theContinue reading “Dell Children's Medical Center”

Integral Care

About Integral Care “We support adults and children living with mental illness, substance use disorder and intellectual and developmental disabilities in Travis County. Our services include a 24-hour helpline for anyone who needs immediate support, ongoing counseling to improve mental health, drug and alcohol treatment to help  with recovery, and housing to regain health and independence. Integral Care helps provide a strong foundationContinue reading “Integral Care”

El Buen Samaritano

About El Buen “For 30 years, El Buen has been building healthy, resilient and vibrant communities by addressing the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of families. We do this by offering coordinated medical, literacy, food stability and spiritual support services to promote healthy behaviors for the family. Unlike other healthcare settings, El Buen provides allContinue reading “El Buen Samaritano”

Jeremiah Program Austin

About Jeremiah “Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for transforming families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. Jeremiah prepares determined single mothers to excel in the workforce, readies their children to succeed in school, and reduces generational dependence on public assistance.” https://jeremiahprogram.org/about-us/ Volunteer Opportunities Evening Childcare Cook forContinue reading “Jeremiah Program Austin”

Texas Book Festival

About Texas Book Festival “The Texas Book Festival (TBF) began with a simple purpose: to bring authors and readers together in a celebration of literature and literacy. Founded in 1995 by Laura Bush (a former librarian and then First Lady of Texas), Mary Margaret Farabee, and a dedicated group of volunteers, the TBF set outContinue reading “Texas Book Festival”

Austin Partners in Education

About APIE “Focusing on Austin ISD’s schools located in under-resourced communities and serving predominantly economically disadvantaged students, Austin Partners in Education delivers innovative, volunteer-driven academic and mentoring programs. APIE’s 1,550 volunteers work with students at pivotal junctures in their education, providing a vital extension of academic and social/emotional support to students. Through the flagship Classroom CoachingContinue reading “Austin Partners in Education”

Creative Action

About Creative Action “We believe all Central Texas youth should have access to high-quality, arts-based programming that equips them with critical life skills, which is why we provide safe and supportive learning environments at 85+ schools and community settings throughout our community.” https://creativeaction.org/ Volunteer Opportunities Special events After-school programs: Assist Teaching Artists in the classroomContinue reading “Creative Action”

Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) Austin

About JDRF “JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.” http://skillpointalliance.org/about-us/who-we-are/ Volunteer Opportunities Volunteer at a chapter Work an event Donate your leadership Family outreach Volunteer Requirements JDRF does not list volunteer requirements onContinue reading “Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) Austin”

Westlake and Eanes Science and Technology Association

About WESTA “WESTA’s mission statement is to support STEM learning for Eanes and Westlake students seeking to further their STEM education, with the primary focus upon hands on, project-based learning through robotics curricula including competition robotics.” https://westaaustin.org/westa/ Volunteer Opportunities WESTA Board Fundraising Representative: Help develop and execute fundraising strategies for WESTA. WESTA Board First LegoContinue reading “Westlake and Eanes Science and Technology Association”

Colin’s Hope

About Colin’s Hope “Colin’s Hope was formed in 2008 after four-year-old Colin Holst tragically drowned in a public pool, with lifeguards on duty and family members present. Our mission is to raise water safety awareness to prevent children from drowning. Drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death for children under 5 and a leadingContinue reading “Colin’s Hope”

Kids in a New Groove

About KING “Kids in a New Groove’s (KING) mission is to provide Central Texas children living in foster care with a committed one-on-one mentoring relationship through free, weekly, private music instruction. Since 2009, KING has empowered over 700 youth with music mentorship. Children in foster care are a highly vulnerable and underserved population. Having undergoneContinue reading “Kids in a New Groove”

Breakthrough Central Texas

About Breakthrough “Breakthrough Central Texas creates a path to and through college for students who will become the first in their families to earn a college degree.” http://breakthroughctx.org/ Volunteer Opportunities Academic coaches After-school tutors High school or college application coaches Projects and special events Administrative volunteers Volunteer Requirements Submit a volunteer application. Attend a volunteerContinue reading “Breakthrough Central Texas”

Sickle Cell Association of Texas Marc Thomas Foundation

About SCA Texas “We envision a world in which all people affected by sickle cell disease and trait are provided holistic care throughout their lifespan.” https://www.sicklecelltx.org/ Volunteer Opportunities In-office help Yearly events and health fairs Camp Cell-A-Bration (for children) counselors and volunteer medical professionals (LVN, RN, RT, MT, MDs, and others) who enjoy working withContinue reading “Sickle Cell Association of Texas Marc Thomas Foundation”

American Youthworks

About AYW “The mission of American YouthWorks is to provide young people with opportunities to build careers, strengthen communities, and improve the environment through education, on-the-job training, and service to others.” http://americanyouthworks.org/ Volunteer Opportunities Tutor a student one-on-one Join for one-day volunteer activities Be a career speaker Be a mentor Help with maintenance and repairsContinue reading “American Youthworks”


About Latinitas “We are a non-profit 501c(3) organization focused on empowering girls to innovate through media and technology. We offer a variety of opportunities for girls to discover their voice, develop media and technology skills and build a solid foundation for their future.” https://latinitasmagazine.org/about-us/ Volunteer Opportunities Become an instructor, curriculum assistant, or guest speaker Become aContinue reading “Latinitas”

Girls on the Run

About Girls on the Run “We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.” https://www.gotraustin.org/ Volunteer Opportunities Coach a team Volunteer at the Girls on the Run 5K: Course attendants,Continue reading “Girls on the Run”

Amala Foundation

About the Amala Foundation “The Amala Foundation inspires people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with themselves and others, grow as individuals, and serve as conscious leaders in their communities.” https://amalafoundation.org/ Volunteer Opportunities The Amala Foundation does not have specific volunteer opportunities listed on their website, but the accept volunteers. Volunteer Requirements The AmalaContinue reading “Amala Foundation”


About LifeWorks “​LifeWorks is a fearless advocate for youth and families seeking their path to self-sufficiency. We are committed to innovative problem solving, shared accountability and a relentless focus on achieving real, sustainable and measurable results for the clients we serve.” https://www.lifeworksaustin.org/what-we-do Volunteer Opportunities Help with a scheduled group volunteer project Attend a Faces of LifeWorksContinue reading “LifeWorks”

Hoofbeats Academy

About Hoofbeats Academy “​Hoofbeats Academy is the ‘able stable’ and a ‘MOUNTessori’ classroom. The stable is an enriched environment with horsemanship materials for differently abled students to freely explore. The goal is for all to ‘get stable’ by providing for diverse needs.” https://www.hoofbeatsacademy.org/ Volunteer Opportunities Assist with the lesson program Facility maintenance Fundraising Event supportContinue reading “Hoofbeats Academy”

Texas Kids Read

About Texas Kids Read “​Texas Kids Read gives free books to kids in Title 1 elementary schools in Austin.  We are currently working with Pleasant Hill, Ortega,  Odom and Langford Elementary Schools. Between these four schools they have approximately 1,600 students.” https://txkidsread.org/about/ Volunteer Opportunities Book Sorting: Sort donated books by grade and genre. Book Cleaning: Remove price tags, cover up writingsContinue reading “Texas Kids Read”

Bliss Kid Yoga

About BKY “​Bliss Kid Yoga is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit dedicated to nurturing community health and wellness by providing both free and affordable yoga and mindfulness programs for children, families and educators. Bliss Kid Yoga specializes in programs for sensitive populations including children and families who are survivors of abuse, children with exceptionalities, English languageContinue reading “Bliss Kid Yoga”

Austin Bat Cave

About Austin Bat Cave “​We bring local artists and teachers together to offer free after-school tutoring, in-school support, and creative writing workshops for students from every community in Austin.” https://austinbatcave.org/ Volunteer Opportunities Help with Summer Camps Help with Writing Workshops Volunteer Requirements Austin Bat Cave does not list volunteer requirements on their website. To applyContinue reading “Austin Bat Cave”

YMCA of Austin

About YMCA of Austin “Every day we work to ensure kids have a safe place to go and food to eat, that older adults have a place to socialize, stay active and combat isolation and loneliness, that everyone in our community has access to a place where they can connect and stay healthy.” https://www.austinymca.org/ Volunteer Opportunities JoinContinue reading “YMCA of Austin”

The Salvation Army Austin

About The Salvation Army “The Salvation Army’s USA National brand promise is ‘Doing the Most Good’. We are best known for the Red Kettles and Angel Tree programs at Christmas, Family Stores and Family Store Donations and Pick-Up Scheduling information, and perhaps our work during times of disaster. However, what many people do not realize is that the very motivation for ‘Doing the MostContinue reading “The Salvation Army Austin”

Helping Hand Home

About the Home “Helping Hand Home is the oldest continuously operating residential childcare agency in Travis County and a priceless resource kept strong and viable through community support. Helping Hand Home for Children provides a safe haven for children healing from physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect or abandonment.“ http://helpinghandhome.org/who-we-are/ Volunteer Opportunities Homework Helpers BedtimeContinue reading “Helping Hand Home”


About Girlstart “Through its comprehensive programming, Girlstart provides a year-round, intensive suite of STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] education programs for K-12 girls. Girlstart’s core programs foster STEM skills development, an understanding of the importance of STEM as a way to solve the world’s major problems, as well as an interest in STEM electives,Continue reading “Girlstart”

Foundation Communities

About Foundation Communities “Foundation Communities is a local, homegrown nonprofit. We provide affordable, attractive homes and free on-site support services for thousands of families with kids, as well as veterans, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. We offer an innovative, proven model that empowers our residents and neighbors to achieve educational success, financial stability, and healthierContinue reading “Foundation Communities”

Austin Independent School District VICTORY Program

About VICTORY “VICTORY [Volunteers in Communities Tutoring Our Responsible Youth] offers free tutoring to students in grades 1–12 at designated branches of the Austin Public Library. Students are matched on a 1:1 basis with volunteers from the greater Austin community.“ https://www.austinisd.org/victory Volunteer Opportunities Become a VICTORY tutor: Student/tutor pairs meet at regularly scheduled sessions inContinue reading “Austin Independent School District VICTORY Program”

Autism Society of Texas

About the Autism Society “The Autism Society of Texas changes lives by connecting families and individuals to community resources and support throughout Texas. Offerings include support meetings; on-line networking opportunities; Sensory Friendly films; and fun family activities.“ http://www.texasautismsociety.org/ Volunteer Opportunities Help with setup and outreach at resource fairs and charity events. Select films and organize theContinue reading “Autism Society of Texas”


About BookSpring “BookSpring builds early literacy in children and families through healthcare, education, and the community. BookSpring is the only Central Texas organization focusing on building literacy skills and the motivation to read through increasing home libraries and reading activities for, with, and by children.“ https://www.bookspring.org/ Volunteer Opportunities In-office book sorting and labeling Book giveawayContinue reading “BookSpring”

Assistance League of Austin

About AL of Austin “Assistance League of Austin is a nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to addressing specific needs through practical and innovative programs. Assistance League of Austin has been serving the Austin community since 1973 as an all-volunteer, member-based, ‘hands-on’ organization.“ https://www.assistanceleague.org/austin/ Volunteer Opportunities Volunteer in the Thrift House Clothe school children through OperationContinue reading “Assistance League of Austin”

Out Youth

About Out Youth “Out Youth serves Central Texas LGBTQIA+ (lesbian/gay/bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning, intersex, and asexual) youth and their allies with programs and services to ensure these promising young people develop into happy, healthy, successful adults.“ https://www.outyouth.org/mission-vision-and-values Volunteer Opportunities Help with events (for individuals) #AustinOutProud Community engagement as an Out Youth representative at eventsContinue reading “Out Youth”

Ruby’s Rainbow

About Ruby’s Rainbow “Ruby’s Rainbow is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization inspired by a little girl named Ruby who was born with an unexpected, 21st chromosome. Finding out she had Down syndrome did not change her family’s expectations for her future, and they vowed to give her every opportunity they could to learn, grow, flourish andContinue reading “Ruby’s Rainbow”

Wholesome Generation

About Wholesome Generation “Engaging children and families in wholistic, sustainable lifelong learning pathways through progressive education, nature experiences, food and community engagement.“ https://wholesomegeneration.org/ Volunteer Opportunities Wholesome Generation does not list specific volunteer opportunities on their website. However, they do mention that they offer volunteer and service opportunities related to Camp SANA, their after-school program, andContinue reading “Wholesome Generation”

Urban Roots

About Urban Roots “Urban Roots cultivates leadership skills through food and farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage, and nourish the community. Urban Roots provides today’s young leaders with paid opportunities to grow food, learn new skills, and make a difference in their community.“ https://urbanrootsatx.org/ Volunteer Opportunities Individual Volunteering: Provide keyContinue reading “Urban Roots”

AVANCE – Austin

About AVANCE “Established in 1973, AVANCE (Uh-vahn-say) is a national, non-profit organization, primarily serving Texas, that meets hard to reach, low-income families where they are. Meaning “advance” or “progress,” AVANCE serves as a trusted guide to assist under-resourced families of young children in overcoming isolation and lack of opportunity.“ http://avanceaustin.org/ Volunteer Opportunities Child Classroom Aide: HelpContinue reading “AVANCE – Austin”

Todos Juntos

About Todos Juntos “Todos Juntos works to improve the future of Central Texas by creating a path to academic and economic success for low-income families through education and related resources.“ http://todosjuntoslc.org/ Volunteer Opportunities Board Volunteers Classroom Volunteers: Help with one-to-one reading and early childhood education snack time, conversational English classes, making over the seasonal bulletinContinue reading “Todos Juntos”

Pollyanna Theatre Company

About Pollyanna “Our mission is to commission and produce original theatre for young audiences that speaks to the needs, dreams, and imaginations of young people and the child that lives inside each of us. Our productions respect the intelligence of children and offer hope to individuals of all ages. Through mainstage productions for children agesContinue reading “Pollyanna Theatre Company”

Forklift Danceworks

About Forklift Danceworks “Founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Allison Orr, award-winning Austin-based Forklift Danceworks presents innovative performance projects with diverse communities. Developed through collaborations with over 20 different communities so far—including sanitation workers, warehouse employees, and retired Negro League Baseball players—our dances show the skilled movement and tell the often unheard stories of theContinue reading “Forklift Danceworks”

Con Mi MADRE (Mothers and Daughters Raising Expectations)

About Con Mi MADRE “Con Mi MADRE is a two-generation organization that empowers young Latinas and their mothers through education and support services that increase preparedness, participation, and success in post-secondary education.  Con Mi MADRE translates to ‘with my mother,’ which exemplifies the unique element of our programming that intentionally engages mothers in their daughter’sContinue reading “Con Mi MADRE (Mothers and Daughters Raising Expectations)”

Marathon Kids

About Marathon Kids “Through running, Marathon Kids has transformed the lives of more than 2.5 million children. We believe that every kid deserves to live a happy, healthy, active life and that any adult can be empowered and trained to become an inspiring coach.“ https://marathonkids.org/ Volunteer Opportunities Coaching: Start your own club and motivate kidsContinue reading “Marathon Kids”

Foster Angels of Central Texas

About Foster Angels “Foster Angels of Central Texas is a designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We offer foster children in Central Texas what they need when they need it most.  That moment of need for children in foster care is not next week or next month. It’s today, right now. Foster Angels provides immediate assistance to fosterContinue reading “Foster Angels of Central Texas”

Fresh Chefs Society

About Fresh Chefs “Fresh Chefs Society teaches young adults in foster care to cook, work in the food industry, and create a life they own and value through food. Fresh Chefs Society began with a simple idea: offer nutritional support to youth in foster care. Growing up in the foster care system in Florida, founderContinue reading “Fresh Chefs Society”

Austin Youth River Watch

About AYRW “Austin Youth River Watch (AYRW) provides multi-year after school and summer programs for high school students. We combine peer mentoring with intensive environmental education, and empower youth through nature-based and experiential service-learning programs in environmental science.” https://www.sosalliance.org/ Volunteer Opportunities Creek cleanups Planting native riparian species Mulching Invasive species removal Outreach activities Building rainContinue reading “Austin Youth River Watch”

Street Youth Ministry

About SYMin “We are a ministry of about seven full and part-time staff members who work with homeless young adults through age 28. We provide all sorts of practical helps like food, clothing, and self-care products, but the most important thing we do is personalized and accepting guidance counseling. With guidance and some extra time,Continue reading “Street Youth Ministry”

Austin Kids Can!

About Austin Kids Can! “We’re Austin Kids Can! We’re a non-profit organization changing the odds for economically disadvantaged children in Austin, Texas. We believe quality education is the key to escaping poverty. To close the gap, we are providing engaging academic after school programs to children in need.“ https://austinkidscan.org/ Volunteer Opportunities Teaching Assistants: Assist teachersContinue reading “Austin Kids Can!”

Casa Marianella

About Casa “Casa Marianella welcomes displaced immigrants and promotes self-sufficiency by providing shelter and support services. In addition to shelter, Casa offers access to legal and medical resources, food, clothing, English classes, and other resources. Casa Marianella started in 1986 as one home for men, women and children, but as Casa has grown, a nearby branch siteContinue reading “Casa Marianella”

The Next-to-New Shop of St. David's Episcopal Church

About the Next-to-New Shop “[The] Next-to-New Shop of St. David’s Episcopal Church [is] a consignment shop and outreach ministry sponsored by St. David’s Parish. Our consignment shop has been operated by volunteers from the central Texas community since 1959. Next-To-New is a tax-exempt corporation pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and operatesContinue reading “The Next-to-New Shop of St. David's Episcopal Church”

Interfaith Action of Central Texas

About iACT “Interfaith Action of Central Texas exists to build healthy relationships between the faith communities of Central Texas. iACT cultivates peace and respect through interfaith dialogue, service and celebration.” http://interfaithtexas.org/about/ Volunteer Opportunities Hands on Housing Raise the Roof: Join a big housing repair event to fix the homes of senior citizens and disable individualsContinue reading “Interfaith Action of Central Texas”

The Trevor Project

About The Trevor Project “Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.” https://www.thetrevorproject.org/about/ Volunteer Opportunities TrevorChat & TrevorText: Receive special training toContinue reading “The Trevor Project”

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