Volunteering with Kids
Lyndsay McLeod, Senior Pro Tips Correspondent
March 18, 2019
Austin has a plethora of wonderful volunteer opportunities that you can participate in with your kids. Volunteering is beneficial to all parties involved, but especially children.
"Studies have shown that volunteering helps you to develop patience, compassion, empathy, leadership, and communication."
And you know what else? Volunteering just makes you feel good!
There’s really nothing better than that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you see your kiddos making a difference in someone else’s life. We’ve put it the legwork for you and compiled a list of the many magnificent opportunities around our beautiful city that will not only enhance your own life but the lives of others as well.
All of these agencies offer you and your family the opportunity to serve and give back to your community. Many of them rely on volunteers to continue their work our community. By getting yourself and your family involved you have the ability to have a positive impact on somebody’s life. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Austin Child Guidance Center:
This agency helps to improve the mental health of children and their families through early intervention, diagnosis, and treatment to help develop the emotional skills to face life’s challenges. Volunteer opportunitiesrange from playing with children as they wait for their appointment to providing special event support.
Click here for more information on the Austin Child Guidance Center.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes:
Mobile Loaves & Fishes volunteers hit the streets 7 nights a week, 365 days a year to provide food, clothing, hygiene products and other life-sustaining items to our homeless neighbors who are struggling to survive. There are several different areas of opportunity to volunteer such as Truck Ministry or their Community First! Village.
Click here for more information on Mobile Loaves & Fishes.
Central Texas Food Bank:
This is a great opportunity to bring the whole family along and help fight food insecurity.
Click here for more information on the Central Texas Food Bank.
Partners in Hope:
Partners in Hope is a Lake Travis ministry that connects people who desire physical, emotional, and spiritual help with people who will help. Unlike ministries that organize a crisis response to a housing emergency, Partners in Hope helps families by working to improve living conditions, walking through a season of life, and empowering them to transform over time.
Click here for more information on Partners in Hope.
This program offers a variety of volunteer options for both young children as well as teens. Several of the opportunities are done alongside their peers without the supervision of a parent or guardian.
Click here for more information on Generation Serve.
Fig Leaf Clothing Program:
Micah 6 of Austin offers street dependent youth a place to come for a snack or meal as well as take advantage of programmatic resources such as jobs club, expressions through art and occasionally guest speakers.
Click here for more information the Fig Leaf Clothing Program.
Micah 6 Youth Center provides a safe environment for youth to relax and enjoy a hot, home cooked meal, something they may not otherwise have access to.
Click here for more information on Sunday Supper.
This is a baseball league for individuals between the ages of 4 and 19 that don’t fit into “regular” recreational leagues. Volunteers are needed for “buddies” and coaches.
Click here for more information on the Miracle League.
STARRY nurtures children, strengthens families, and restores hope through counseling, family support, foster care, and adoption.
Click here for more information on STARRY.
This organization offers individual volunteering or can help organize a group volunteer event. Urban Roots works to provide struggling families with fresh produce grown on their farm.
Click here for more information on Urban Roots.
Meals on Wheels:
Meals on Wheels offers more than just meal delivery service! They have several active programs such as HOPE, a collaboration between Meals on Wheels and the Central Texas Food Bank, PALS, a program providing assistance in caring for the pets of elderly and disabled homebound clients, and Groceries To Go, which provides grocery delivery to clients who can cook for themselves but have no reliable or consistent help with grocery shopping.
Click here for more information on Meals on Wheels.
This program provides assistance to underprivileged children and their families in Travis County and senior residents of local retirement centers in Travis County.
Click here for more information on Brown Santa.