Community Needs: Food, Shelter, Support

Here's a look at some of the major players in Austin's nonprofit community.

American Red Cross of Central Texas

Always looking for donations, volunteers, and community supporters.

Austin Children's Shelter

Always looking for long-term volunteers older than 18 (bilingualism a plus) as well as special event volunteers, cash donations, or donations via its Sears and Target registries.

Austin Community Foundation

Always looking for donations to its existing funds, as well as philanthropists large and small looking to establish their own charitable funds.

Austin Parks Foundation

Always looking for new members, donations, plus groups to join the Adopt-a-Park program.

Austin Public Library Foundation

Always looking for donations, plus volunteers to serve as library ambassadors, help with Austin Public Library programs, and assist at the Recycled Reads bookstore.

Capital Area Food Bank of Texas

Always looking for food and cash donations, corporate partners and sponsors, volunteers, and community event organizers.

CASA of Travis County

Always looking for volunteers to be trained to help advocate for abused and neglected children in the Child Protective Services system, plus donations, sponsors, and fundraising events.


Always looking for volunteers, fundraising drive organizers, and donations of household items and school supplies to assist youth and families.

Pets America

Always looking for donations, plus volunteers to work with any of its partner agencies, including American Red Cross of Central Texas, Town Lake Animal Center, Williamson County Regional Animal Shel­ter, and the Community Emergency Response Team.

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