As the Holiday Season approaches, many of us are reminded of our good fortunes. We are also reminded that this is a time of great sharing and giving. One of our good fortunes, here in Round Rock and the surrounding areas, are the many opportunities we have to give back to our community.
Listed below are eight area non-profits with seasonal events for which they need volunteers. Most of these events require a volunteer application, which can be completed online. Please check the event date and the date the volunteer application is due, to make sure you apply on time.
Round Rock Area Serving Center
1099 E Main Street
Round Rock, TX
The Round Rock Area Serving Center has three holiday programs where you can donate to:
- On Saturday, November 11, 2017, they will host The Hike for Hunger. This is a food drive and two-mile hike from the Army Recruiting Center to the Serving Center. Participants are bussed back to their cars afterwards.
- Also, families, churches or businesses have the opportunity of adopting a family for Thanksgiving. Folks interested can go to to the Center and select their family.
- Keep Round Rock Warm is a coat distribution drive that runs from November 1st to December 27th. Volunteers are needed to help clients and sort/distribute coats.
More information about these programs, as well as other year round volunteer opportunities, can be found at https://www.rrasc.org/,
Family Volunteer Day
November 18, 2017
The Baca Center, Round Rock
The Volunteer Center hosts a day of service with the whole family! Families will be working together on various projects that benefit Williamson County nonprofits. Activities may include making pet adoption bandanas, leash covers, book marks, a community or holiday art project and more! More details.
Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade
November 18, 2017
The 29th annual parade Giving Parade begins at the State Capitol and travels south down Congress Ave. Benefiting Operation Blue Santa so Bring New, Unwrapped Toys to Donate! At a designated time during the Parade Procession, all units will stop to collect the toys. Santa’s Helpers will line the parade route and help spectators give their toy. All toys will be distributed by the Operation Blue Santa Program to another child just in time for the holidays. More details.
ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot
November 23, 2017
On Thanksgiving Morning, November 23, 2017, runners will participate in the 27th annual Turkey Trot. In addition to the 5k, there is also a one mile walk and a Kids K. Billed as “the largest five mile run in Texas,” the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot has raised over 3.1 million dollars since it began. These funds are given to Caritas of Austin to assist in their mission to “prevent and end homelessness for people in Greater Austin. More information, including the volunteer application can be found at either https://www.caritasofaustin.org/events/turkey-trot/ or http://thundercloud.com/turkey-trot/event-info/.
November 23, 2017
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
This 100% volunteer organization, started in Austin, strives to “feed and clothe the homeless and less fortunate on Thanksgiving Day.” This organization, now in six states, has a goal this year of providing 50,000 meals to homeless people. Locally, there are volunteer opportunities in Cedar Park and Round Rock. On Thanksgiving Day from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, the HEB Center at Cedar Park will serve as the hub for food preparation, packaging and delivery. There are Volunteer Orientations on November 16th and November 19th. More information can be found at http://www.operationturkey.com.
Operation Blue Santa
This organization provides meals and toys on Christmas for families in need. Round Rock and several surrounding towns have an Operation Blue Santa program, generally sponsored by their local police department. In Round Rock, the program is sponsored by the Round Rock Police Department, Fire Department and Parks and Recreation Department. In Taylor, Red Santa, is sponsored by the Taylor Fire Department. Below is contact information for each of the various program.
Round Rock – https://www.roundrocktexas.gov/departments/police/community-programs/round-rock-operation-blue-santa/ or (512)218-6655
Pflugerville – (512) 990-6861 or email [email protected]
Georgetown – https://bluesanta.georgetown.org or (512) 930-3510
Cedar Park – http://www.cedarparktexas.gov/departments/police-department/blue-santa-program or (512) 260-4646
Texas State Guard Toy Drive
Five Below Stores
The Texas State Guard – Young Heroes of the Guard toy drive was started in 2009. The first year, we collected 2,444 toys, and since then, the toy drive has collected more than 100,000 toys. Our mission is to deliver a year’s worth of toys to all the children’s hospitals and women’s shelters in the state of Texas. Donate at your local Five Below store today! More information can be found at https://www.txsgtoydrive.com/
This organization “provides assistance to families in Williamson County living outside the geographical city limits of any town or city within Williamson County that does not provide a similar program.” Information on Brown Santa can be found at https://www.wilco.org/brownsanta.
Texas Baptist Children’s Home
Texas Baptist Children’s Home counts on friends, volunteers, donors, and other supporters to help provide those who are most vulnerable with the support and structure that they need. By volunteering, you are donating your time to help meet a tangible need that directly impacts the lives of the children and families we serve. Whether you are coordinating a food drive or painting walls in a cottage, you are making a difference! For more information about volunteering, please email one of our Volunteer Coordinators Brenda Gilbert (512-246-4244) or Libbie Seaton (512-246-4234). Some volunteer assignments may require background checks, particularly those that will place volunteers in close proximity to children in care. Find out more
Giving back to others with STARRY can be one of the most rewarding things you have ever done. We really appreciate our volunteers who help improve the quality of life for all of the children in care at STARRY. There are many ways you can help by giving your time as a volunteer, helping provide items on our Current Needs list, participating in a special event, or supporting us financially. For more information, please email the Volunteer Office or call 512-246-4283. To donate items, please bring them to the STARRY Volunteer Office located in Cottage 6 and view our campus map below. Some volunteer assignments may require background checks, particularly those that will place volunteers in close proximity to children in care. Find out more
Year Round Volunteer Opportunities
In addition to the non-profits above, there are several who need volunteers year round. Twelve of these are listed below along with contact information. If you don’t see exactly what you are interested in, there are two websites – www.volunteermatch.org and www.volrock.org, that can help you look for other volunteer opportunities in our communities.
Round Rock Serving Center – https://www.rrasc.org
Habitat for Humanity –https://williamsonhabitat.org/
Hope Alliance – https://www.hopealliancetx.org/
Age of Central Texas – http://www.ageofcentraltx.org/
Senior Access (formerly Drive a Senior) – https://driveasenior.org/round-rock/
Round Rock Empty Bowls – http://emptybowlsroundrock.com/
The Caring Place – http://www.caringplacetx.org/
Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter – http://pets.wilco.org/
Texas Humane Heroes – https://humaneheroes.org
Habitat for Humanity – https://williamsonhabitat.org/
Williamson County Museum – http://williamsonmuseum.org/
Good luck finding the right volunteer opportunity for you and your family. Thanks for helping make our communities some of the best in the state. Happy Holidays and Happy Volunteering!