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.

UWATX’s Hands On Central Texas volunteer center is a trusted partner, aligning volunteer human capital, financial resources, in-kind donations, and project management expertise with the needs of our community. We have organized volunteer projects benefiting our local parks and trails, nonprofit agencies, schools, and community centers. When thought leaders and philanthropists help us beautify playgrounds and prepare school supply kits, they are not only seeing an immediate tangible result. They are enrolling in our cause and renewing their dedication to service. In 2016, United Way’s Hands On Central Texas engaged 6,000 volunteers for a total of 21,000 service hours. We partnered with 26 schools, 296 nonprofit agencies and 94 businesses.

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.


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.

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.


United Way for Greater Austin hosts several events each year to raise much-needed funds for our programs. Your generous sponsorship supports initiatives that are vital to making our community a better place to live. Donations support the totality of our work and help to get more kids ready for school, more families stable and self-sufficient and more people connected to the resources they need.

How does your company benefit from becoming a United Way for Greater Austin Corporate Sponsor?

  • Benefit from year-round local visibility.
  • Increase your brand exposure and elevate your corporate identity.
  • Reinforce your company’s reputation as a strong corporate citizen to your customers, employees and residents.
  • Support year-round activities which allow United Way to direct more donor dollars to make a greater impact in the community.
  • Partner with United Way as we work to fight poverty, build a stronger community and impact thousands of lives.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact

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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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