Give back to our community through service work

At United Way for Greater Austin, we believe that anyone can be a philanthropist, whether it’s through giving monetary donations or giving time. That’s why we run Hands On Central Texas (HOCT)- the largest volunteer network in Central Texas.

Hands On Central Texas works to inspire, equip and mobilize volunteers to create change in our community. Additionally, our Volunteer Project Leader (VPL) program is part of a national training initiative that aims to transform casual volunteers into active community leaders by equipping them with the leadership skills and tools they need to make meaningful and lasting change in their communities. You can learn more and sign up for VPL trainings below.

For Individual Volunteers

To browse current projects near you or sign up to volunteer, individuals should check out the HOCT database. We will update you when volunteer opportunities come up throughout the year, including our Days of Caring that run in the spring and fall. In addition to all United Way for Greater Austin volunteer events, you can also view and sign up for volunteer opportunities with dozens of other local nonprofit organizations.

Need some extra help using the database? Attend a Volunteer Project Leader: Getting Involved workshop.

For Businesses

Hands On Central Texas also coordinates corporate volunteer activities as team-building projects.

Volunteering as a corporate team improves employee morale, builds stronger bonds among coworkers, helps employees understand how your company gives back and fosters pride in your company. Every year, Hands On Central Texas helps hundreds of businesses engage their employees in community-changing volunteerism in a variety of one-time and recurring ways. Depending on your goals for your corporate volunteerism, your budget and your timeframe, HOCT staff can work with you to plan a volunteer event that will be both fun for your employees and impactful for the Austin community.

Contact us today to learn more and find a project that’s right for your team.

Want to hear more about how HOCT engages companies and get ideas for expanding your own corporate volunteer program? Join us for a Volunteer Project Leader: For Companies training.

For Nonprofit Organizations

If your organization is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, government agency, neighborhood association, eldercare facility or public school that accepts volunteers regardless of race, ethnic origin/nationality, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability, our volunteer center can assist you in recruiting volunteers to support your organization.

The Hands On Central Texas volunteer database is a free resource for nonprofits in Central Texas to utilize to recruit volunteers, track service hours and communicate with potential volunteers. To get started using the database, register your organization so potential volunteers can learn about your work and sign up for your organization’s upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Learn best practices for using the database and get fresh ideas on improving your volunteer program by attending a Volunteer Project Leader: For Nonprofits workshop.

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Every day in Austin, we’re working to ensure each child has access to high-quality education, every family has the tools they need to be financially stable, and health and human services are readily available for all.

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