From animal assistance to community building: A 2021-22 volunteer guide for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto

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Help out your community in a number of ways throughout the year by volunteering with local nonprofit groups in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto. Volunteer opportunities included in this guide range from helping animals to improving the environment. This list is noncomprehensive.

EMPOWER CHILDREN

Backpack Friends

The nonprofit provides low-cost, nutritionally dense foods for children on free and reduced meal programs so they have access to food on the weekends.

Sample activities: Volunteers help stock, count, sort and prep food bags and bins as well as drive food deliveries to their respective locations.

3217 Hawks Swoop Trail, Pflugerville

512-965-3052

www.backpackfriends.com

Volunteer requirements:

Application: N

Background check: N

Orientation: Y

Under age 18 allowed: Y

Children at Heart Ministries

The organization specializes in providing support and resources for ministries that care for children and families in crisis.

Sample activities: Volunteer opportunities include providing meals and maintenance to assisting with special events.

1301 N. Mays St., Round Rock

512-246-4244

www.cahm.org

Volunteer requirements:

Application: N

Background check: N

Orientation: Y

Under age 18 allowed: Y

Footprints Children’s Grief Ministries

The program assists children ages 6-18 and their families who are experiencing loss due to death or divorce.

Sample activities: Volunteers are needed for an upcoming after-school program that will begin in early 2022.

402A W. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste. 335, Round Rock

512-705-5194

www.fpcgm.org

Volunteer requirements:

Application: Y

Background check: Y

Orientation: Y

Under age 18 allowed: Y

Hope Alliance

The nonprofit provides a range of services and counseling for victims of family and sexual violence.

Sample activities: Volunteers answer crisis calls and assist with the organization’s programs.

1011 Gattis School Road, Ste. 110, Round Rock

512-255-1212

www.hopealliancetx.org

Volunteer requirements:

Application: Y

Background check: Y

Orientation: Y

Under age 18 allowed: Y*

*only if accompanied by parents and only at their offices.

Hutto Family YMCA

The organization offers a fitness center, child watch center and children’s gym, an indoor aquatics center, and a full-size gymnasium for basketball and volleyball.

Sample activities: Volunteers provide a variety of assistance in activities and programs garnered toward building stronger families and communities, including coaching youth sports programs.

200 Alliance Blvd., Hutto

512-846-2360

www.ymcagwc.org/locations/hutto

Volunteer requirements:

Application: Y

Background check: Y

Orientation: *Volunteer coaches only

Under age 18 allowed: *Y

*With the presence of a parent or guardian

LifeSteps

The organization works to improve community health and safety by creating programs aimed at preventing substance use disorders as well as offering education and intervention to support long-term recovery.

Sample activities: Volunteers provide assistance with clerical duties and at community events.

2021 N. Mays St., Ste. 500, Round Rock

512-246-9880

www.lifestepscouncil.org

Volunteer requirements:

Application: Y

Background check: Y

Orientation: Y

Under age 18 allowed: *Y

*In some cases, with parent supervision

Pflugerville Education Foundation

Independent from Pflugerville ISD, the foundation provides funding, district grants and facilitates educational initiatives to meet the needs of the school district’s academic plans and programs.

Sample activities: Volunteers can sign up to help with the foundation’s annual gala, or donate through a number of avenues.

P.O. Box 773, Pflugerville

512-594-0375

www.thepfoundation.org

Volunteer requirements:

Application: Y

Background check: Y

Orientation: N

Under age 18 allowed: Y *Depending on the event

Starry

The nonprofit offers shelter, foster care and family counseling to abused and neglected children.

Sample activities: Volunteers participate in providing meals and child care programs following training. Respite care and foster parents are also needed.

1300 N. Mays St., Round Rock

512-388-8290

www.starry.org

Volunteer requirements:

Application: Y

Background check: Y

Orientation: Y

Under age 18 allowed: *Y

*For some events, with parent supervision

Texas Baptist Children’s Home

The home offers temporary housing and resources for unaccompanied children and single-parent families. TBCH aims to provide a stable environment for children and parents as they work toward independent living.

Sample activities: Volunteers donate time through actions such as coordinating a food drive or painting walls in a cottage.

1101 N. Mays St., Round Rock

512-255-3682

www.tbch.org

Volunteer requirements:

Application: Y

Background check: Y

Orientation: N

Under age 18 allowed: *Y

*For some events, with parent supervision.

CARE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Keep Hutto Beautiful Foundation

The nonprofit provides education and resources and helps facilitate green initiatives to help create a more environmentally engaged community.

Sample activities: Volunteers help participate in a range of environmentally centered activities, including beautification projects, sustainability and fundraising as well as marketing and outreach initiatives, among others.

P.O. Box 591, Hutto

512-524-6774

www.keephuttobeautiful.org

HELP ANIMALS

Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services

Known as PAWS, the nonprofit works to protect the health and safety of pets and homeless animals in Pflugerville.

Sample activities: Volunteers assist with walking dogs, playing with cats, helping with off-site adoption events and taking photos of animals up for adoption, among other tasks.

1600 Waterbrook Drive, Pflugerville

512-990-6280

www.pflugervilletx.gov/city-government/animal-welfare-services

Pflugerville Pets Alive

The organization is a volunteer and foster-based pet rescue program in Central Texas that aims to find homes for animals, raise money and promote community awareness surrounding animal welfare issues. PPA does not have its own facility.

Sample activities: Volunteers assist with PPA events and handle animals included in PPA’s program.

512-900-1772

www.pflugervillepetsalive.org

Volunteer requirements:

Application: Y

Background check: N

Orientation: Y

Under age 18 allowed: Y

HELP THE COMMUNITY

Celebration of Love

The volunteer-driven organization provides food and resources for military men and women, along with their families.

Sample activities: Volunteers provide food, bikes and toys to families during the holiday season.

15630 Vision Drive, Ste. A, Pflugerville

512-251-4800

www.celebrationoflove.org

Application: Y

Background check: Y

Orientation: N

Under age 18 allowed: Y

CHASCO Family YMCA

The organization offers an array of programs and services for its members, including child care, youth arts and cooking programs, youth sports, adult exercise classes, and swimming and aquatic programs.

Sample activities: Volunteers provide a variety of assistance in activities and programs garnered toward building stronger families and communities, including coaching youth sports programs.

1812 N. Mays St., Round Rock

512-615-5511

www.ymcagwc.org/locations/round-rock

Volunteer requirements:

Application: Y

Background check: Y

Orientation: Y

Under age 18 allowed: Y

Circle of Hope Community Center

The organization provides tools and resources to community members by running its food pantry and assisting low-income families with school supplies, clothes and Christmas gifts as well as aiding families transitioning from homelessness to temporary or permanent housing by providing furniture, appliances, hardware and personal items.

Sample activities: Volunteers help with traffic control, filling boxes with food, placing boxes into cars, sorting donations

2900 W. Pecan St., Pflugerville

512-692-8001

www.circleofhopecc.org

Volunteer requirements:

Application: Y

Background check: N

Orientation: N

Under age 18 allowed: Y

Hutto Resource Center

The center provides tools and resources to enhance the well-being of residents within its community as well as promotes independence and financial self-sufficiency. A significant component of the center’s focus is its community food pantry, a volunteer-driven operation that serves between 70-85 families each week.

Sample activities: Volunteer to help at the center or provide donations.

350 Ed Schmidt Blvd., Hutto

512-688-0176

www.huttoresourcecenter.org

Volunteer requirements:

Application: Y

Background check: Y/N?

Orientation: Y

Under age 18 allowed: Y*

*Under 15 must have parent/guardian present

Round Rock Area Serving Center

The center serves families in Round Rock and surrounding communities by providing financial assistance for necessities, such as rent, utilities and transportation, among others. RRASC also operates a food pantry, a thrift store and social work case management.

Sample activities: Volunteers assist in picking up and sorting through donations, restocking the pantry, unloading trucks and completing data entries.

1099 E. Main St., Round Rock

512-244-2431

www.rrasc.org

Volunteer requirements:

Application: Y

Background check: Y

Orientation: Y

Under age 18 allowed: Y

SUPPORT HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Breast Cancer Resource Center

The center has offices in both Austin and Round Rock and provides education and assistance to local women battling breast cancer.

Sample activities: volunteer opportunities include taking and making calls to clients, delivering vital resources to their doorsteps and volunteering at fundraising events.

306 E. Main St., Ste. 101, Round Rock

512-248-2645

www.bcrc.org

Volunteer requirements:

Application: Y

Background check: N

Orientation: *Y

Under age 18 allowed: N

*Some activities may require some form of orientation

Senior Access

The nonprofit connects volunteer drivers with seniors needing a way to get around and focuses on low-income areas and seniors who cannot afford transportation.

Sample activities: Volunteers assist adults 60 years of age and older by providing transportation, home repairs, yard work and companionship to those in need in the Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto and East Austin communities.

2498 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock

512-310-1060

www.senioraccesstx.org

Volunteer requirements:

Application: Y

Background check: Y

Orientation: Y

Under age 18 allowed: Y


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