Volunteer Opportunities during Coronavirus

Austin Free Net

Austin Free-Net is engaged with the City of Austin partners in Digital Inclusion in making ready 150 work stations and PC’s  for deployment to families in need.  Volunteers will be doing the prep work for the distribution event. Volunteers are needed to sort the units, pre-register and accompany the workstations with their appropriate paperwork and manuals. Volunteers are asked to wear their own gloves and masks while volunteering.

Volunteers are needed on Friday, April 17, 2020 from 12-4 pm at the DeWitty Center, 2209 Rosewood Avenue, Austin, TX 78702.

For more information and to volunteer you can contact Jim Trainer, Volunteer Coordinator at Austin Free Net at james.trainer@austinfree.net  or at 737-238-6784.

Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s Association is currently seeking volunteers and collaborators who want to drive the efforts for health education for the Central Texas aging population. For more information, contact Maxine Vieyra, program director, at mpvieyra@alz.org or call at 512-592-0990 ext. 8546.

Capital City Village

Capital City Village is seeking applicants for immediate volunteer opportunities. Their volunteers help with greatly needed services such as transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, home/yard help, technology/communications assistance, and friendly phone calls / video check-ins.

You can help Austin seniors successfully age in place and stay connected to their community, now more than ever.  For more information about opportunities and online orientation, contact them at 512-524-2709 or info@capitalcityvillage.org.

Central Texas Food Bank

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Food Bank. They bring the mission to life. The volunteers ensure only the safest food leaves the warehouse, keep mobile food pantry lines running smoothly and share the mission at community events throughout the year. Join the 17,000 volunteers who gave a bit of their time last year to make a difference in someone else’s life.

Volunteers are needed in the mobile food pantry, volunteer. For more information visit https://www.centraltexasfoodbank.org/get-involved/volunteer

Drive A Senior West

Drive A Senior West has a free emergency food pantry for any senior who lives in the service area which will be operating out of a location in Tarrytown.  If a senior is in need, they MUST call the office and register with Drive A Senior for temporary services: (512) 472-6339.

Drive A Senior will need healthy volunteers to help in 2-hour shifts. There will only be 2-3 people in one large space at any given time. They are sanitizing rooms 3x a day and ensuring the highest safety standards are being used.

Food donations (very specific) will come in, be sanitized, packaged, and picked up by volunteers to be delivered to seniors. Delivery drivers won’t be getting out of their cars, anyone donating food will not be getting out of their cars. This will be a minimal person-to-person contact system.

They will need food and paper-good donations starting Monday March 23rd. To help, please email westaustin@driveasenior.org.

El Buen Samaritano

El Buen is serving the community by having their food pantry open from Tuesday-Thursday from 9AM-11AM. They are taking extra safety measures to ensure all our volunteers and staff are safe and protected. There are several volunteer opportunities that have little to no client contact such as helping them pre-bag or sort food.

If anyone is interested in volunteering at El Buen, they can sign up and submit their application by following this link: http://cerv.is/m?0244gtCBAy7
You can learn more about the volunteer roles by clicking the above link.

Here are the following steps after you apply:
1. Someone will contact you for a brief over the phone interview to assess for any risks and to get your availability.
2. They will confirm your schedule and role depending on our need.
3. One your first day, they will review safety measures and train you to get started right away!

As for donations, they are accepting food donations to distribute through their food pantry. They accept food donations only on Mondays from 11AM-2PM. Please communicate with Amanda Doenges about your donation drop off to confirm your visit. Her email is adoenges@elbuen.org, please send her an email for any donation drop offs.

Family Eldercare

Lifetime Connections Without Walls is a telephone activities program that provides opportunities for older adults to connect with others in their community and across the country. They offer social and educational sessions, support groups, and friendly conversation, all from the comfort of home.

They use a telephone conference call system to conduct the sessions. The system will call the client for the sessions they register for. All the client has  to do is answer the phone and they will be connected to the session.

They create four program schedules per year (winter, spring, summer, fall). Each quarterly schedule includes about 30 sessions facilitated by volunteers and community partners.

From facilitating sessions to reminding participants about sessions, volunteers are a vital component of Lifetime Connections Without Walls. Best of all, you can volunteer virtually. All you need is a computer, internet connection, and phone.

Contact Family Eldercare at (888) 500-6472lcww@familyeldercare.org to register for Lifetime Connections Without Walls or to volunteer.

Joshua’s Stage

Joshua’s Stage is the premiere enrichment program for children ages 3 to 18 and adults with a wide range of special needs; featuring after-school programs, camps, workshops, performances, and exhibits in theatre arts, improv, dance, photography, and create-a-story.

Joshua’s Stage is seeking volunteers who have experience interacting with individuals with special needs and who have a passion for the arts. 

Volunteers will work one-on-one with participants and in group settings. Volunteers are especially needed on Fridays, beginning on Friday August 21, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at our after-school program at the William’s Community School, 5209 Duval Rd., Austin, TX 78727. Our preference is that volunteers are with our program for at least a semester. 

SAFE Alliance

If you are looking for ways to help others with the added bonus of keeping yourself and/or your kids busy during this time of social distancing and staying in place, below are some projects that you can work on from home by ordering supplies online and delivering at a later date. Email Lindsay Contreras at lcontreras@safeaustin.org for more information regarding quantity, delivery, etc.

Make Craft Kits for the Youth and Adults Living in SAFE’s Shelters
These kits would be individual baggies filled with the supplies and instructions needed to create a specific craft – dream catchers, spring-themed crafts, stress balls, etc. Kits could be geared towards adults, toddlers, elementary aged kids, or teenagers.

Make Seasonal/Holiday Decorations
You can help brighten up the Shelters by delivering homemade decorations – door wreaths, seasonal or holiday themed wall decorations, etc.

Deliver Snacks with Positive Affirmations
With limited supplies at grocery stores and online, they would love donations of individual portioned snacks (individual bags of chips, pretzels, fruit snacks, granola bars, etc.). They welcome you to write positive affirmations on colored paper and adhere them to the snacks. They will provide examples of approved language for the affirmations.

In-Kind Donation Superstar
SAFE has seen a decrease in the amount of basic needs donations, and they’re having a difficult time purchasing the quantity they need due to either being out of stock online or due to quantity limits at the stores. Inspired by a former SAFE employee, they invite you to encourage friends to give funds that you take to stores – maybe even multiple stores due to potential limits of what can be purchased – and delivering them to SAFE. Their current greatest needs are disinfecting spray/wipes, toothpaste, razors, baby wipes, diapers sizes 5 & 6, and non-perishable food for babies, kids, and adults. Bins to receive donations are placed outside the warehouse address at 1515 Grove Blvd, and they will be emptied checked Sunday – Friday. Email inkind@safeaustin.org for more information.

Volunteers are a vital link between SAFE and the community, providing support in every aspect of our mission to end sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence. For more information on regular ongoing volunteer opportunities, contact them at SAFEvolunteer@safeaustin.org.

Senior Access

Seniors have been hit the hardest with this virus and have been advised to remain isolated from the general populous, but they still have needs. Shopping is hard to do and many seniors don’t use the internet.

Senior Access is looking for men and women (ages 18+) to volunteer as a Senior Buddy to help provide our seniors with the help they need. You will be given a senior’s name and address and asked to call the senior a couple of times a week to check on them (more if you want) to check on food and medical needs.

As a Senior Buddy, you will gather the list of supplies needed, get payment from the senior for these supplies, and shop for them. They currently do not want you transporting the seniors right now since they are in the high vulnerability category. If you have a senior in the area to add to our list or can be a buddy. 

For more information visit https://www.senioraccesstx.org/

Sunrise Community Church

Sunrise Community Church in south Austin prides itself on being the “weirdest little church in Austin”. They help the local homeless population and are in need of volunteers. 

Sunrise Community Church needs volunteers to help in their Navigation Center. The Homeless Navigation Center serves many people every day and volunteers are a huge part of making sure the program is successful.

Volunteers are needed working in the Cafe serving food and coffee.  This need is needed Mon-Fri from 8:30-1:30.  The volunteer can pick a day or two a week to come in each week and whatever shift they want (either the full shift or the morning(8:30-11:00 or 11:00-1:30).  

Volunteers are needed for cooking food to bring in and donate.  They have food at the Navigation Center that needs to be cooked .  A volunteer can come pick the food up, cook it and bring it back to Sunrise or they can cook food they have at home and bring to Sunrise. Examples of food that can be cooked are Sandwiches, Casseroles, desserts, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, salads. They can serve anything they get!)

Donate financially at http://paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1678194

You can donate by purchasing an item(s) off of their Amazon Wish List:  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1UM9RET0VLYHJ?ref_=wl_share

From time to time, they need volunteers to go pick food up that is being donated. 

Main Phone: (512) 444-4673

Navigation Center: (512) 522-1097

Email: sunrise@sunriseaustin.org

Regarding Cancer


Regarding Cancer volunteers have all personally experienced cancer either as a survivor or by caring for a loved one with cancer.  After successful completion of volunteer training, a volunteer can serve in our Peer-to-Peer Matching Program.  Through this unique service, volunteers are able to provide comfort, support and informational resources to cancer patients and their caregivers.


Regarding Cancer volunteers offer one-on-one emotional support to individuals who are currently experiencing cancer.  They have stood where you are now standing, and faced many of the same unknowns.  Matches are based on a variety of criteria including cancer site, treatments, age and gender.  Support is most often done via telephone although some matches communicate via email while others get together in person.

If you would like to become a volunteer OR be matched with a trained volunteer contact Linda Richards at 512-213-4993 for more information or visit our website at https://www.regardingcancer.org/