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.

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!

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.

Volunteer to help Hurricane Sandy victims

Just over a week ago Hurricane Sandy made landfall leaving many Americans on the east coast in need.

There are many ways to help the east coast recover from this devastating storm. Several national organizations asking for assistance include:

1. The Salvation Army is providing hot meals, water and shelter to the victims from this storm.  To help them in their effort you can donate money on their website.

2. The American Red Cross is collecting blood to serve those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  To donate blood make an appointment at the American Red Cross near you.  The American Red Cross Disaster Relief is also asking for monetary donations, so they can continue to offer shelter, clothing, supplies and food to these victims.

3. The Humane Society is assisting in pet searches and rescues in New York and New Jersey. If you would like to help with their effort to return pets to their owners you can donate to their disaster relief fund.

There are also many local organizations assisting in efforts to get the east coast back on its feet.  To find out how your favorite organization is helping with Hurricane Sandy relief make sure to call them or visit their website.

St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center

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St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center accepts volunteers year round. Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs including tasks in the following areas:

  • Gift shop
  • Information desks
  • Emergency area
  • Food & nutrition
  • Human resources
  • Intensive care unit
  • Imaging/Radiology
  • Medical Records
  • Nursing units
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy/rehabilitation
  • Volunteer services office
Volunteers must commit to a regular volunteer schedule and work at least 100 hours. To become a volunteer you must submit an application to Jan Kendall by fax (512-341-5247) or mail (St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, 2400 Round Rock Avenue, Round Rock, Texas 78681). Once your application is received, the volunteer manager or volunteer representative will contact you for an interview.
For more information contact the Volunteer Services Department at 512-341-5218 or email jan.kendall@stdavids.com.
Note: Teens, ages 15 to 17 are welcome to volunteer, but they must start their volunteer experience at the beginning of the summer.  All 2012 spots are taken, but teens are welcome to submit an application now for next summer.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a national program that provides hot, home-delivered meals, 5 days a week, to people 60 and older who are unable to provide proper nutrition for themselves.

The purpose of the program is to enable people to live independently as long as possible and to relive the loneliness of those who live independently.  In the Williamson County area Meals on Wheels is available in Leander, Round Rock, Taylor, Georgetown, Marble Falls and Burnet.

In order for Meals on Wheels to get hot meals to its client it depends on volunteers.  To become a volunteer you will need to contact Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities at 512-763-1400 to ask about current volunteer opportunities.  As a volunteer you need to be available at least one day a week for about an hour starting at 10 a.m.   Companies are also welcome to volunteer and only four employees a month would be needed to cover one route.

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If you’re wondering how to become a recipient of this program read the qualifying for meals section on the Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities website.