Links for Volunteer Opportunities:
Austin Chinese Culture Fest → The Austin Chinese Culture Festival is back, in person, this May 7th, where hundreds of volunteers will be needed for various tasks to make it successful and all are welcome to serve. All volunteers will get a $10 voucher for free food. If you plan on volunteering at this event, let your officer know that you will be turning your hours in on May 8th. The link to sign-up is below!
Old/Unused Phone Drive → Donate an unused phone to an organization that configures them to be used for free by victims of domestic violence and recycles broken ones from going to landfills. Any cellular device will work. LASA collected 33 phones and Westlake collected 29 in a week, which we can surely beat. The collection box will be outside of Ms. Volshteyn’s room (306) starting on Tuesday, April 19, and will run to May 1st. (1 phone = 1 hour) max 3 hrs. More info - https://securethecall.org/what-we-do/
Mid-Season Tournament Concessions → Working at the concession stand this upcoming Saturday/Sunday at Murchison MS, where no spots are currently filled! Please sign up where you can help!
Jester Easter Egg Hunt and Petting Zoo → Jester Neighborhood needs your help with their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Petting Zoo! This event takes place on Saturday, April 9th, at the Jester Club at 7809 Jester Blvd. Volunteers will help hide eggs, set up various stations for kids, and participate with them in doing the activities. They will also help with clean-up! The link to sign-up is below!
Davis Carnival, DolphinFest → Please sign-up below for a time slot. Please know you could be placed in any of the following: running booths, restocking prizes, food and anything else that comes up.
Murchison Carnival, MatFest → Murchison is having its annual MatFest on Friday, April 8 at Murchison Middle School. Use the SignUpGenius below to sign up to volunteer at the many different events around the carnival.
Club Opportunity → Paper Bridges at Anderson
Be a part of a global initiative helping orphans and other vulnerable children by writing letters, supporting their education, and more. Go to the Instagram page @paperbridges.lcanderson for information on how to join and service opportunities!
1.Notes for a Nursing Home → The residents at Windsor Nursing and Rehabilitation
Center of Duval here in Austin are not allowed outside visitors - even their own family - during this precautionary period of infection potential. Please, if you are able to sign up and promise to write a letter or note or card and send it to one of these 213 humans without visits - it would help them to feel so special and "seen". Scroll down to get to the available slots.
2.Color A Smile → Color A Smile is a nonprofit organization that distributes cheerful
drawings to Senior Citizens, Our Troops Overseas, and anyone in need of a smile. All you have to do is print some coloring pages and send them to the address provided. More details at the link below. If you need stamps, they sell them at places like H-E-B, Office Depot, or stamps.com
3.Donate Blood → If you are eligible (17 years old and 110 lbs), you can still donate blood for NHS credit. As the pandemic stretches further, more hospitals are in need of blood yet less and less people are stepping up to donate. This is a great way to help the community! Donating blood counts as 2 NHS hours. **Note: This does require going out into the community, so it is important to check with your parents first. The “We Are Blood” homepage has information about donating during the Shelter in Place that you should check out.
We Are Blood (more of a local option): https://weareblood.org/
American Red Cross (great option also): https://www.redcrossblood.org/
4. Smithsonian → The Smithsonian Digital Volunteer program engages the public in
making its collections more accessible. Digital volunteers transcribe historic documents and collection records to facilitate research and preserve these valuable assets for future generations. At the link below, click “Get Started Now” in orange font.
5. Bookshare → Bookshare offers thousands of books to people with reading disabilities.
As an online volunteer you can either scan books to be added to the collection or edit books that have been scanned.
6. GenerationOn → At the link below, you can find various at-home volunteering projects.
You can filter it by age group and budget
7. Translators Without Borders → Do you know another language? Translators Without
Borders recruits volunteers who want to translate texts into different languages for NGOs and nonprofits.
8. Amnesty Decoders → Amnesty Decoders is an innovative platform for volunteers
around the world to use their computers or phones to help our researchers sift through pictures, information and documents. Join a global network of digital volunteers helping us research and expose human rights violations. Scroll to the bottom at the link below to register.
9. Cards for Soldiers → Cards for Soldiers is a non-profit with the mission to send handmade, blank cards and signed Christmas, Thank You, and Get Well Cards to deployed units or service members overseas for the soldiers to use to write to family and friends.
10. Donate to COVID-19 Relief → There are so many organizations that need help during this time. If you are able, it would be a huge help! We can’t fit every organization here, but a few of them are listed below. Any donation you make equates to 1 hour for NHS (that’s the maximum).
https://secure.feedingamerica.org/site/Donation2?28371.donation=form1&df_id= 28371&mfc_pref=T&s_onsite_promo=covid_lp&s_src=W203DIRCT&s_onsite_ promo=lightbox&s_channel=no_channel&s_subsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fee dingamerica.org%2F&_ga=2.263238732.1151641549.1585104416-363391975.1 585104416
Mobile Loaves and Fishes:
Red Cross (click on the button on the left-hand menu):
Central Texas Food Bank:
11. Volunteer at Home →Read to a younger sibling. Spend some quality Face Time with
homebound relatives. Help your parents out with some chores. It all helps.
12. Alzheimer’s Texas → Write thank you letters for donors of Alzheimer’s Texas. Alzheimer’s Texas* provides information, referrals, and a variety of support programs for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their family members, caregivers and professionals. Alzheimer's Texas* has proudly served Central Texas since 1982.
13. Volunteer with Bookspring to promote reading at home →