Are you searching for ways to make the holidays more meaningful for yourself and your family and friends? Here are 6 Ways to Give Back in Round Rock During the Holidays. It’s always better to give than receive and volunteering is an amazing way to create awareness and understanding in our families and throughout our community.
Volunteers are needed for various tasks throughout Round Rock and anyone can help! You can also make volunteering an annual tradition and after the holidays, make a New Year’s Resolution to continue your volunteer efforts throughout the new year!
6 Ways to Give Back in Round Rock During the Holidays
1. Volunteer at a Food Pantry
The Salvation Army needs volunteers to help sort clothing and organize our food pantry at our Williamson County Service Center located in Georgetown. Days and times are flexible. Contact Rhonda at 512-943-8421. Find out more.
At the Round Rock Area Serving Center you can make an impact on people’s lives in your community! The Serving Center is primarily staffed by volunteers. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including pantry volunteers and merchandise sorters. Volunteers must attend a New Volunteer Orientation held of the first and third Tuesday of every month at 4pm. Volunteers under 18- please bring a parent or guardian! Find out more.
2. Volunteer at an Animal Shelter
The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter has a variety of different volunteer opportunities. To volunteer, contact Misty Valenta. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old. All Volunteers ages 12-15 need to be accompanied by an adult. Find out more.
At Texas Humane Heroes, there are lots of ways to volunteer your time to help homeless dogs and cats in your community find a loving home. Whether you can volunteer every week, every month, or every once in a while, we have a variety of roles where you can fit in. Say you’ll volunteer to help the dogs and cats and we’ll get you started right now! Find out more.
3. Visit a Retirement Home or Assisted Living Facility
Help your kids deliver homemade holiday cookies to a retirement home. Play games, do activities, and read to senior citizens! Do you play the piano or sing? Prepare a craft or activity to share with seniors. Contact any one of the many retirement centers in our area and they would be happy to have you!
University Village Memory Care – For more information, contact Rose Cortez at 512-248-2222
4. Help Families and Children in Need
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
5. At-Home Projects
Make Blanket Buddies – Volunteers are needed to make no-sew fleece blankets and add a stuffed animal to make blanket buddies! These are given to children living in crisis shelters, in the hospital or to other area nonprofit organizations.
Make Greeting Cards – Volunteers can make Greeting Cards for local nonprofits to use and give to their volunteers, clients or staff members.
Make Bookmarks – Volunteers create hand-made bookmarks to benefit youth and patrons who attend local libraries and schools.
Make birthday bags – Volunteers can create birthday bags filled with party items for children living in shelters and crisis centers, or accessing food pantries.
Contact The Volunteer Center (a program of the Round Rock Area Serving Center) for more information on how to get started with these at-home projects!
6. Give away what you don’t need.
The holiday break is great time to go through old toys, clothing, coats, etc. and donate what you no longer need to those who do. Many organizations in our community would gladly accept your gently used items including the Round Rock Area Serving Center, The Salvation Army, Goodwill, Texas Baptist Children’s Home, and more.
For more information about volunteering in our community throughout the year, visit The Volunteer Center (a program of the Round Rock Area Serving Center) online.