There is no better way to get involved in the community than by getting out and volunteering. By volunteering with one of the organizations below, you are guaranteed to help make Austin a better place for all. If you have a passion for animals, children, the environment, or combating hunger, check out these volunteering opportunities near you.

By Kristen Schniederjan

Austin Pets Alive

1156 W. Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78703

Austin Pets Alive provides numerous areas for volunteering. If you want to be hands on with the animals, assisting at adoption sites, working as a dog behaviorist, acting as a big brother/big sister, and dog walking are just some of the opportunities available. Marketing animals, office work, and advertising volunteers are also needed. Visit austinpetsalive.org for more information.

Capital Area Food Bank of Texas

8201 S. Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78745

Volunteers at Capital Area Food Bank are critical to operation. Volunteers can help through administrative duties to ensure the food bank runs smoothly.  Warehouse volunteers help prepare food donations for distribution by checking to make sure food is safe and healthy for the families it feeds. Mobile food pantry volunteers help out by being friendly and respectful to clients seeking help. Volunteering as a nutrition educator is also critical as classes teach citizens how to cook and maintain a healthy diet through meal planning. Check out centraltexasfoodbank.org for more information.

Austin Public Library

810 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78701

As Austin Public Library services the community, volunteers have numerous opportunities to contribute. The library offers positions to all individuals who meet qualifications in a variety of interests. Volunteers are currently needed in the following areas: donation book-sorter, special collections/archives, recycled reads, administrative/clerical, computer instructor/coach, and more. Visit library.austintexas.gov for a full list of opportunities.

Austin Parks Foundation

507 Calles Ste. 116, Austin, TX 78702

Austin Parks Foundation provides city-wide volunteer days throughout the year for thousands of volunteers. With over 300 parks and green spaces, there are plenty of opportunities to help maintain and beautify Austin’s parks. Tree planting and care, bush removal, trail repair and maintenance, and litter cleanup are just some of the projects available to volunteers. For more information, visit austinparks.org.

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