Volunteering is simply the best way to give back, and there are so many ways to get involved with the community in Austin! This comprehensive list has a little bit of everything, depending on where your give back passions lie - whether that be mentoring kids, cleaning up local parks, donating old items, or feeding the homeless. We got you covered! 

Updated April 2024


Photo Courtesy of Austin Angels

Offering many programs for foster families with consistent support - through giving, relationship building and mentorship. Get involved through the Love Box Program, Dare to Dream Program, or just simply donate to the cause. During the Holidays, help AA reach their goal to provide each family (225 total) with a Holiday Basket! 


Photo Courtesy of Austin Pets Alive

Austin Pets Alive! rescues the pets from the Austin city shelter who are at risk of euthanasia or death due to medical or behavioral reasons. Adopt, foster, volunteer or donate! 


Photo Courtesy of Caritas of Austin

Support their mission to end homelessness in Austin. Providing housing, food, education, and employment. Mainly known for The ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot (which has raised more than $4.2 million since 1991), there are several other ways to support this cause! Donate to the “Wish List”, make a donation, host a food drive, or volunteer - serve lunch in the community kitchen, work with clients directly or help facilitate deliveries and pickups!


Photo Courtesy of Inside Books Project

Inside Books Project is an Austin-based community service volunteer organization that sends free books and educational materials to prisoners in Texas. As the only books-to-prisoners program in Texas, they work to promote reading, literacy and education among incarcerated individuals, as well as, educating the general public on these issues. Volunteer, donate funds or donate books! 


Photo Courtesy of Keep Austin Beautiful 

Their mission: to inspire and educate all Austinites to volunteer together, beautify green spaces, clean waterways, and reduce waste every day. Their  End of Year Giving Campaign has begun! Donate Today! Or Volunteer the 2nd Saturday of each month “Love Where You Live Day”!


Photo Courtesy of Mobile Loaves & Fishes

Mobile Loaves & Fishes has served the Austin community since 1998! Founded in Austin, Texas, the organization serves its homeless neighbors through three core programs: Truck Ministry, Community First! Village and Community Works! Volunteer or donate to any of these programs to help end homelessness! 


Photo Courtesy of Partnerships for Children

Participate all year round by donating to the Rainbow Room, where children and case workers can get access to toiletries, clothes and far more. Or donate to the Holiday Wishes Program; sponsor a child, donate money, or host a gift drive to ensure every child has a gift this Holiday season! 


Photo Courtesy of Out Youth

Out Youth offers youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities a place where they are loved, acknowledged, and accepted for exactly who they are. Donate to the Q&T Closets, volunteer at any events, or donate today!


Photo Courtesy of Marine Toys for Tots

Bring the Joy of Christmas to Less Fortunate Children! Donate a toy or just simply donate! For all details on where to drop off in your area , please visit the TOT website here


Photo Courtesy of SAFE Alliance

To stop abuse for everyone! Volunteer now with their Holiday Gift-Giving Program - they are seeking individuals and groups to help receive, organize, and distribute donated gifts starting December 2nd. Continue the work post holiday with their offsite volunteer projects, attend an event, or donate!