Back to school volunteering opportunities

The arrival of August means the end of summer and the start of the school year. To help make sure the school year gets off on the right start we want to share a couple of volunteer opportunities:

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Round Rock ISD school supplies distribution –
RRISD expects to serve over 5,000 students this year and needs your help to do this. Volunteers are needed to help with their school supplies distribution on August 15 from 9-2 and August 16 from 9:15-12:15, 12-3:15 and 3-6:15. To volunteer click here.

The school district also requires that volunteers complete a background check to volunteer for other activities and/or to be a mentor. To learn more click here.

Georgetown ISD mentors/tutors/volunteers –
In order to volunteer as a mentor, tutor or general volunteer with Georgetown ISD you must complete a background check. Click here to access the background check. Make sure to fill yours out early, so you are able to volunteer when school starts.

Pflugerville ISD volunteer opportunities – 
Pflugerville ISD has many volunteer opportunities throughout the year including serving in their MEN (Mentoring, Encouraging, Nurturing) program, parent involvement and helping in their various libraries. To learn more, volunteer and to fill out a background check click here.

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Frontier Days and July 4th Celebration – Volunteers Needed!

Happy Summer Everyone! It’s that time again – volunteers are needed to help with the Frontier Days and July 4th Celebration out at Old Settler’s Park – Can you help? This is a great opportunity for youth and adults!

Here are the details:

Volunteers are needed from 7:30am-12:00pm for Vendor Check-in, from 7:30am-6:30pm for the Information booth, and 12:00pm-6:00pm for Garbage/Litter and Ice Duties. Volunteers will check in at the information booth located near the Lake Creek Pavillion. Water and T-shirts will be available for volunteers. Please dress for hot weather and wear a hat and sunscreen.

Volunteers are also needed for the Parade! Parade volunteers will need to attend a safety meeting July 3rd at 6:00pm at the Baca Center, and then report again at 7:30am on the 4th. If you are interested or need more information, please email us at volrock@volrock.org  For additional details on the celebration events, go to: http://www.roundrocktexas.gov/home/index.asp?page=631

We hope to see you there!

Thank you Elizabeth!

The Volunteer Center would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Elizabeth Leyva for her outstanding service to our community. Elizabeth has been the Program Manager at the Volunteer Center for over 7 years and will be greatly missed! We wish her the best on her new journey and hope to honor all of the amazing work she’s done by our continued efforts to build strong and effective communities through the power of volunteerism!

Group Volunteering

Often times we receive requests from companies or organizations asking for volunteer opportunities that multiple people can do. While, we have connections with organizations in Central Texas that can use multiple volunteers, sometime it can be a challenge to coordinate service projects for large groups.

We recently ran across this great post on coyotecommunications.com on group volunteering that contains great tips and suggestions for group volunteering. So instead of repeating everything they’ve said here, please read their post for more information.

Also, be sure to check our website and Facebook page for volunteer opportunities! We appreciate you!

Earth Day 2013

Happy Earth Day!

Recently, we were sent a story about a mother and daughter who are taking “defective t-shirts” and turning them into reusable shopping bags. The mother went on to say her daughter became very excited about giving back and even learned how to use the sewing machine to make these bags. At the time of their email, the family made 600 bags and distributed them at Austin’s Earth Day Celebration.

While this is one example of thousands, if not millions, of Earth Day celebrations happening throughout the world today what caught our eye the most is the title of the email with this story – ‘Every day should be Earth Day.’

Today, millions of people will be participating in Earth Day- activities from planting gardens, cleaning up parks to riding bikes/walking instead of driving or even taking items and recycling them into something else.

While these activities help make our planet a better place, it’s important to remember that you don’t need a special day to participate in similar activities. With just an hour or so you can volunteer your time to help make the Earth a better place any day of the week.

How are you celebrating Earth Day?

To read more about the story we described click here.

National Family Volunteer Day

National Family Volunteer Day, powered by Disney Friends for Change is less than a week away!

Please join us Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Allen R. Baca Center – Grand Room (301 West Bagdad, Building 2 – Round Rock, 78664) for a day of service with your family.

National Family Volunteer day is a day of service designed to demonstrate the power of families volunteering together. Celebrated annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the Day “kicks off” the holiday season with giving and service.

At our event we will be working on several projects including:

Gratitude Jars for Meals on Wheels
Brighten the day of a homebound senior citizen this holiday season by making a gratitude jar that will be given to them with their Thanksgiving meal through Meals on Wheels. This is a great opportunity to reflect on what you are thankful for and share that message to uplift and encourage others.

Appreciation Cookies for local nonprofits
We have many nonprofit agencies in our community doing so much good work for our friends and neighbors in need. You can join us in saying thank you by decorating cookies that will be taken to 10 nonprofits in Williamson County.

Cause Awareness Bracelets for you and a friend
We all experience challenges in our lives. It’s important we are educated, aware and sensitive to the needs of others. You will have the opportunity to make a symbolic bracelet representing various causes we care about. Make one for yourself and make another as a gift for a friend!

If you would like to participate please RSVP by calling 512-733-7625 or emailing volrock@volrock.org.