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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

MISSION

AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. It creates a culture that's smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies: funding scientific research, educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention, advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention, and supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Suicide prevention starts with everyday heroes like you. You can walk in one of the Out of the Darkness Walks, volunteer, become an advocate, and bring prevention to your school or workplace.

BIG EVENT

Each year, suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. Yet suicide prevention doesn't receive anywhere near the funding as other leading causes of death. It's up to Walkers like us to make a difference. Together we can change the conversation about mental health and put a stop to this tragic loss of life.

As AFSP's signature fundraising series, the Out of the Darkness walks bring together friends, family, and supporters in more than 400 communities nationwide. Campus Walks engage young adults in AFSP's mission and programs with 5K walks each spring at colleges and high schools across the country. AFSP's flagship fundraising event, the Overnight, is a challenging endurance walk from dusk to dawn that rotates cities each year.

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SLEW Cancer Wellness Center

MISSION

Incorporated in February 2003, SLEW Cancer Wellness Center (SLEW) is a nonprofit agency helping uninsured, underinsured, and low-income women with all types of cancer. SLEW provides free emotional and physical support to meet the needs of disadvantaged women, providing survivorship and aftercare services at no cost for those who qualifiy. Services are provided at a single location so those who are unable to go from agency to agency can access the care they need. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are various ways to contribute to SLEW, including making a monetary donation, donating in-kind iterms (like food for group meals), organizing or sponsoring a benefit event or program, or volunteering your time. For more information about getting involved with SLEW, head here or call 210-654-7900.

BIG EVENT

SLEW's annual Faith, Strength and Courage Luncheon features a guest speaker, raffle prizes, and more, with funds benefitting SLEW's services for uninsured, underinsured, and low-income women.

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The Saddle Light Center

MISSION

The Saddle Light Center is a nonprofit organization that offers professional equine therapy to the disabled population in the San Antonio area to improve self-esteem and quality of life. The center's mission is to provide professional equestrian therapy for children, teenagers, and adults with neurological, orthopedic, learning, emotional, or other disabilities.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Saddle Light Center seeks volunteers to help with weekday therapy sessions and horse care on the weekends. For more information, go here.

BIG EVENT

EquestFest is Saddle Light Ranch's annual family-friendly festival benefiting The Saddle Light Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship. Activities include pony rides, a petting zoo, a silent auction, raffle, food, and "lots of horsey stuff." All funds raised go towards Saddle Light Ranch's horses and equestrian programs. 

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ABODE

MISSION

ABODE's mission is to offer compassionate interfaith and spiritual care in a contemplative community so those who are dying leave this world with dignity and grace.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are the heartbeat of ABODE. Working three- or four-hour shifts once or several times a week, volunteers prepare meals; clean, organize, and wash guests' clothes; participate in rituals; help with scrapbooks; sing and read to guests; answer the phone; help in the yard; help with special events; and more. If you're interested in volunteering, call 210-967-9891 to schedule an interview.

BIG EVENT

ABODE host its Luminarias at ABODE event every winter. Attendees will will the ABODE grounds with candles to honor the memory of loved ones. The event is a fundraiser. Those attending are asked to donate $20 per candle. To buy a candle or learn more about the event see here

Voices for Children of San Antonio

MISSION

Voices for Children of San Antonio expands the community's capacity to respond to current and emerging needs of children through purposeful and strategic advocacy that improves programs, practices, and policy.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Ways to help include: volunteer at early childhood training events with registration, spread the word about Voices and its mission, and attend community events.

BIG EVENT

Badges, Bags & Bling! is a fabulous evening of fun, food, and fundraising. Local law enforcement, SAFD, and more model donated merchandise (jewelry, handbags) to raise funds to help the most vulnerable children in need. Congress on Children in September lets you spend a day with Voices for Children and multiple community partner agencies learning information on the current needs of the community with special presenters, a legislative panel discussion, and a local presenter discussing the emerging needs of the community.

Wreaths Across America (WAA)

MISSION

Wreaths Across America (WAA) is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. WAA's mission — Remember, Honor, Teach — is carried out in part by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington, as well as at veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states.

Since its founding, the organization has expanded to include nearly 2,000 local fundraising groups in all 50 states, representing more than 1,600 participating locations, in addition to Arlington National Cemetery.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

When you sponsor a wreath for a veteran grave, you remember their lives and service. Join WAA for wreath placements on December 14, 2019, at 11 am CST to coincide with wreath placement at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, including the national cemeteries at DFW, Houston, and San Antonio and Texas State Cemetery-Austin and 108 other WAA-Texas locations.

Children at Risk

MISSION

Children at Risk is a research and advocacy nonprofit leading the way in improving the quality of life for Texas' children. Children at Risk considers the whole child by tracking issues in children's health, safety, education, and economic security. Committed to action beyond the data, Children at Risk drives evidence-based change by speaking out on behalf of children.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Please call 713-869-7740 or email info@childrenatrisk.org for volunteer and donation opportunities.

BIG EVENT

Annual events include the Accolades Luncheon in October, the Children at Risk Golf Classic in May, and the Spring Party in March.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

MISSION

The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family's ability to pay.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The regional fundraising offices in Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Houston put on hundreds of fundraising events, such as galas, golf tournaments, and walks and marathons, throughout the year in those cities and surrounding areas. If you are interested in supporting St. Jude, there are several committee openings and event day volunteer opportunities.

MEMBERSHIP

The St. Jude Young Professionals of Dallas are a dedicated group of Young Professionals in the community dedicated to raising funds and awareness to support the mission of St. Jude. You can become involved by joining the leadership board and serving the mission of St. Jude by helping plan upcoming events while creating networking opportunities and happy hours for like-minded young professionals.

The membership fee is $50 annually per person, which includes quarterly happy hours, networking events, and first opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for signature events.

BIG EVENT

St. Jude hosts several events, including:

  • The St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, a national event happens in more than 60 cities on the same day
  • The Rock n Roll Series, a half marathon and marathon in San Antonio and Dallas
  • The Houston Marathon, where St. Jude Heroes register to Run for a Reason and raise money for St. Jude while earning free race entry and other incentives
  • Friends of St. Jude Crawfish Boil, with all-you-can-eat crawfish and live music
  • St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway in Waco and San Antonio, where a $100 ticket enters participants for a chance to win a house with an estimated value of $575,000, or other great prizes
  • The St. Jude Spring Fling Cornhole Tournament at Four Corners Brewery on May 18, 2019.
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Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy

MISSION

The Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy supports all aspects of the park, from planning activities to fundraising. This community-based organization is focused on working towards excellence in the development of the park and committed to creating a 311-acre natural area park complete with a nature center, dog parks, play areas and walking, hiking and biking trails.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Whether you like working with kids or digging in the dirt, your help is needed as a volunteer at Phil Hardberger Park. For more information and to fill out a volunteer form, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

Phil Hardberger Park offers various memberships, from the "Bluesteam" level, which includes a decal, park map, e-newsletter, and invitations to members-only events, to the "Heritage Circle" membership, which includes a guided park tour and special gift. For more information and to join as a member, head here.

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Morningside Ministries

MISSION

Morningside Ministries is the area’s oldest and largest not-for-profit, faith-based organization providing a full continuum of care for seniors in multiple retirement communities. Since 1961, Morningside Ministries has provided affordable retirement living for seniors in a comfortable, caring environment. The mission of Morningside Ministries is to enhance the dignity and quality of life of older adults, their families, and caregivers with compassionate care.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are made up of people who donate time from a couple of hours a week to a couple of hours a day. For more information, head here.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

MISSION

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization inspired by Gospel values, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Join SVdP in fighting hunger and homelessness by donating your time, skills, and dollars as your schedule and budget allow. Contact Cynthia Jasso, essential services volunteer coordinator, at 210-212-2939 to create a tailored plan of contribution just for you.

Lemonade Day

MISSION

Lemonade Day's mission is to help prepare youth for life through fun, proactive, and experiential programs infused with life skills, character education, and entrepreneurship. The foremost objective is to help today's youth become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers, and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow. They want to build self-esteem and new mindsets that can propel youth to success they likely would not have pursued otherwise.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Become a volunteer mentor, donor, or corporate sponsor. Visit the website for more information.

Earn-A-Bike

MISSION

The mission of Earn-A-Bike is to prevent obesity-related diseases and inspire healthy life habits through community programs, youth development, and seasonal programs

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer tasks include fixing up adult and kid bikes, sorting parts, organizing and cleaning the Earn-A-Bike shop, and more. If you are interested in volunteering to learn, earn a bike, or generally contribute, simply show up during open hours and talk to a shop coordinator to get started. If you have a specialized talent or skill you would like to contribute to the Earn-A-Bike Co-op, email info@earnabikecoop.org.

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Silver & Black Give Back

MISSION

As the nonprofit partner of Spurs Sports & Entertainment, Silver & Black Give Back strives to inspire and invest in the youth of the San Antonio area to be civically minded leaders through service, sports, and grants.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

One-hundred percent of an online donation to Silver & Black Give Back will be used to empower youth in the San Antonio area. Additionally, Silver & Black Give Back's auctions, held throughout the year, give you the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia and exclusive fan experiences that support youth programs. 

BIG EVENT

Three high-dollar donor events are held yearly and include Topgolf with the Team; Spurs Family Fantasy; and Snapshot with the Spurs, where you are included in the full team photo. More accessible donor appreciation events include Go Spurs Bingo and a bowling event.

 

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San Antonio AIDS Foundation

MISSION

The San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) was founded in 1986 by Robert Edwards (also known as “Papa Bear”), a local bar owner who responded to the medical and social crisis at a time when most were afraid to acknowledge the AIDS epidemic. SAAF grew from a volunteer grassroots effort into the oldest and most comprehensive professionally managed organization that provides services for those affected by HIV/AIDS in Bexar County and 11 surrounding South Texas counties.

Since its founding, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation has been providing compassionate care to low-income San Antonians living with HIV and AIDS. The organization provides resource and benefit assistance, mental health screening and counseling, medical care, housing, and a year-round hot meal program.

SAAF also provides STD and HIV testing, as well as HIV prevention education to area public schools, colleges, and universities. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

People interested in volunteering to help the San Antonio AIDS Foundation with its mission to prevent the spread of HIV and provide comprehensive services to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS are encouraged to meet with SAFF's volunteer coordinator Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9 am-3 pm or email volunteer@sanantonioaids.org.

MEMBERSHIP

Monthly giving provides a steady and cost-effective source of income to the San Antonio AIDS Foundation and comes with the following benefits: an annual statement to assist in your tax preparation; a designated staff member who can handle any questions you may have; the ability to increase, decrease, or cancel your pledge whenever you wish; income that will provide services to those in need. 

 

BIG EVENT

The WEBB Party, SAAF's signature Fiesta San Antonio fundraising event, is now the foundation’s most visible and important fundraising event of the year, attracting more than 1,000 guests and raising more than $100,000 for the organization. It helps to fund such programs and services as free HIV testing, prevention education in public schools, outpatient clinical care, mental health counseling, transitional housing, and a 365-day-per-year hot meals program reaching approximately 30,000 people a year. 

The party features full-service open bars; tastings by some of San Antonio’s top restaurants; colorful costumes; and a diverse, fun-loving crowd. 

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Meals on Wheels San Antonio

MISSION

The mission of Meals on Wheels (MOW) of San Antonio is to promote the dignity and independence of seniors who are in need of nutritious meals, companionship, and Alzheimer’s care through programs that include home-delivered meals, dietary consultations, and companionship services.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

MOW volunteers deliver much more than a meal. They deliver moments of connection for the seniors they serve and their pets. Meal delivery is also a great opportunity for kids to join in on the volunteering fun. All MOW delivery and AniMeal volunteers must attend a new volunteer orientation prior to delivery. Learn more here.

BIG EVENT

Meals on Wheels of San Antonio's annual Let's Do Lunch luncheon at the Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade brings together over 500 members of the corporate and volunteer community to raise funds and awareness to support MOW's mission of serving seniors with healthy meals and friendly companionship.

Christy's Hope for Battered Women & Children

MISSION

Christy's Hope works to change the lives of women and children who have been victims of domestic violence in the community, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the Battered Women and Children's Shelter of San Antonio.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Head here to learn more about volunteering.

BIG EVENT

Christy's Hope hosts an annual golf tournament at the Hyatt Hill Country. The 2018 gala and golf tournament raised over $500,000 for the San Antonio Battered Women and Children's Shelter.

Daedalian Foundation

MISSION

The Daedalian Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Order of Daedalians. The main purpose of the organization is to inspire young Americans to pursue careers as military aviators, via college scholarships, flying instruction, and other educational opportunities. The group supports students who have demonstrated the desire and potential to become a commissioned military aviator (pilot, navigator, combat systems officer, Naval flight officer, air battle manager, astronaut, RPA pilot, or flight surgeon).

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Daedalian Foundation operates to support military aviation through many programs. Donations help nurture the foundation for all awards, scholarships, and DFT flight programs. 

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Musical Bridges Around the World

MISSION

Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) is a nonprofit performing arts organization with the mission to unite, educate, and inspire through culturally diverse performing and visual arts programming. Musical Bridges programming allows the young, the old, the economically disadvantaged, and those from different cultures and countries to access their own cultural identity through the arts, free of charge. MBAW public programs reach over 80,000 people annually.

MEMBERSHIP

Donors who commit to giving $5,000 annually become "Impresario" members of Musical Bridges Around the World. Benefits include an exclusive dinner with award-winning artists and a private dinner with MBAW's founder. For more information and to learn about additional membership levels, head here.

 

 

BIG EVENT

MBAW's International Music Festival includes six concerts that are free and open to the public: three at the Charline McCombs Empire Theater and three at the San Fernando Cathedral. Additionally, a grand finale concert at the Empire Theater featuring Russian music, dance, food, and drink.

ALS Association Texas Chapter

MISSION

The ALS Association and the Texas chapter operate under a shared mission: To discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

As they pursue treatments and a cure for this disease, your donations enable them to improve the lives of Texans living with ALS. From donating funds to support the mission to hosting local fundraisers to raise awareness in your community, your time and effort can make a huge impact on people with ALS, their families, and their caregivers. Head here to learn more about how you can help.

BIG EVENT

The Walk to Defeat ALS is an annual event held in communities all over Texas and throughout the country. Each local walk is between one and three miles in length. Participants raise money through donations from friends, family, coworkers, or neighbors. You can enter as an individual or as a team; many people create teams to honor or show support for loved ones with ALS.

Head here to see when there will be a walk in your city.

Central Texas Pig Rescue

MISSION

CTPR is a 501c3 organization located in Bastrop, about 30 minutes outside of Austin. In only three years, they've become home to over 250 pigs, all saved from high-risk situations including abuse, neglect, slaughter, and animal testing. They prioritize "last chance" pigs — medical and behavioral special-needs cases with no other options.

They're also home to two goats, five donkeys, two guinea fowl, eight cats, and six chickens. Most people who adopt a mini pig choose to rehome it at some point, and while they cannot take every pig who needs a home, the CTPR Rescue and Rehoming Facebook page has been a huge resource for many people needing to find a new, loving home for their pig.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can donate, volunteer, or adopt.

BIG EVENT

CTPR offers monthly tours so you can visit the pigs in person and learn about what the group does. Private tours and the hosting of small events is also available.

March of Dimes Texas

MISSION

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Every baby deserves the best possible start, but unfortunately not all get one. For 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive. Now they're building on that legacy to level the playing field for all moms and babies, no matter their age, socio-economic background, or demographics. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

More than 3 million volunteers enable the March of Dimes to achieve its goals. Every year, these leaders march more than 5 million miles, speak to tens of thousands of people about the mission, and help raise millions of dollars. From the very earliest days, volunteers have been full partners in the March of Dimes, working to raise funds, heighten awareness, and implement critical programs to help support our mission.

Another way to get involved is to donate here

BIG EVENT

The biggest event that the Dallas chapter of March of Dimes holds is the March for Babies in May. For more information on events in Dallas, click here

People have been walking in the March for Babies since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2.3 billion to benefit all babies. March for Babies San Antonio will have 1-mile and 5K route options, all fully accessible. There's fun for the entire family, including the Super Hero Sprint for children 12 and under. There is no registration fee and no minimum fundraising — every dollar makes a difference.

The Signature Chefs Auction is a high-profile gala that pays tribute to the culinary excellence of San Antonio's prominent chefs, while raising money to improve the health of all moms and babies. Taste the chefs' creations while bidding on the silent auction packages, before taking your seats for the live auction and Fund the Mission.

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Alpha Home

MISSION

The mission of Alpha Home is to offer a pathway of help, hope, and healing through spiritually-based drug and alcohol treatment and support. Alpha Home has the only San Antonio gender-specific residential rehab program dedicated exclusively to treating women. This residential treatment program provides women with intensive and expansive therapeutic drug rehab and alcoholism addiction treatment in a home-like setting that prepares them to remain clean and sober while embracing the benefit of a lifelong 12 Step commitment. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The assistance volunteers give multiplies Alpha Home's ability to provide services to its clients. Individuals, organizations, church groups, and companies are welcome to join in a variety of tasks, including organizing donation drives, grounds maintenance, supervising clients, and answering phones, while Direct Care staff attend mandatory trainings and meetings. For more information, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

Setting up a recurring donation to Alpha Home makes you one of Alpha Home's Angels, a special group of people who reach out each month to provide women and men with a new beginning. 

 

BIG EVENT

Alpha Home's annual Doorways of Hope Luncheon at the Omni San Antonio features a special guest speaker each year and raises funds for Alpha Home's programs.

Better World Sex Ed

MISSION

Better World Sex Ed is a San Antonio-based 501c3 not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to provide comprehensive, medically accurate, and inclusive sex education coaching to parents and the young people in their lives. BWSE provides workshops addressing various sex ed topics with a goal of empowering parents to step confidently into leading the sex education of their children.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Please donate or attend the workshops.

BIG EVENT

Offering different educational events and workshops are offered monthly.

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio

MISSION

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio serves youth through a variety of after-school and summer programs, including homework assistance, technology centers, teen centers, career exploration, job assistance, sports and recreation, art classes, and leadership development. Their mission is to inspire youth, especially those who need it most, to achieve their full potential in a safe, positive, and engaging environment that promotes education, health, and character development. They empower youth today to build a better tomorrow.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can sign up here to become a volunteer for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio, or donate here

MEMBERSHIP

Children must be between 6 and 18 to be a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs. There are many membership options with varying prices. To learn more, click here.

BIG EVENT

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio hosts its Great Futures Annual Gala in February to benefit the club. 

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Family Violence Prevention Services

MISSION

The mission of Family Violence Prevention Services (FVPS) is to break the cycle of violence and to strengthen families by providing the necessary tools for self-sufficiency through the delivery of emergency shelter, transitional housing, education, effective parenting education, and specialized intervention with youth and the elderly. Family Violence Prevention Services has been helping victims of domestic violence in San Antonio since 1977. What began as an emergency shelter for women and children now offers an array of shelter, transitional housing, counseling, and legal services to help individuals and families recover from the effects of domestic violence.

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The FVPS Volunteer Services program offers a minimal monthly commitment, short orientations and trainings, flexible schedules, and a variety of positions with room to grow. FVPS volunteers do it all, from volunteering in direct positions with survivors and their children to indirect positions representing Family Violence Prevention Services in the community. For more information on how to become a volunteer, head here.

 

BIG EVENT

The annual Honoring Mothers Luncheon at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio celebrates the strength and resiliency of women and mothers, while raising funds for FVPS' Battered Women and Children's Center.

Street2Feet

MISSION

Street2Feet is a wellness program whose mission is to promote health in spirit, body, and soul with individuals experiencing homelessness in San Antonio. They use a walking and running 5K training model to introduce exercise as medicine and self-care. The program builds community, goal setting, perseverance, confidence, and holistic health through the joy of an active life style.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Training groups meet Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 7:30 am at Garcia Park. Volunteers are always needed to help with weekly training sessions, including mentors, administrative help, donations, grant writing, and event planning. These volunteer opportunities are available once a week, once a month, or anytime you can offer. For more information, head here or contact Lana Hernandez at street2feetsa@gmail.com.

BIG EVENT

Street2Feet is pleased to announce that its 10th annual Street2Feet 5K run/walk will take place on February 16, 2019. The tradition continues of featuring a beautiful downtown course and celebration of health and community. This year, the course will highlight San Antonio's newest landmark, the beautiful Frost Bank Tower. Runners and walkers will enjoy signature cheer groups along the course to encourage and support racers, as well as a mariachi serenade. The post-race celebration fair will include a pop-up farmers market, healthy food vendors, and interactive family activities.

KIPP Texas Public Schools

MISSION

KIPP Texas Public Schools is a statewide, nonprofit network of 52 public charter schools across Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, educating over 27,700 students. KIPP Texas believes every child, regardless of economic background, has the right to an exemplary education and a choice-filled life. They do this by fostering a love of learning, character development, college-readiness expectations on the ACT, and the KIPP Through College Program, so students have the support needed to go to and through college and to a career.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Getting involved is simple — reach out to info@kipptexas.org to become an advocate for educationally under-served students, a resource for the KIPP Through College program helping students go to and through college and career, or help understand the value of your donation.

Want to be a part of KIPP Texas? They can share details on how to enroll and career opportunities with KIPP Texas in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

BIG EVENT

KIPP Texas - Houston has an annual dinner in April, while KIPP Texas - Austin has KIPP Night Out in February.

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Let's Go to the Show

MISSION

The mission of Let's Go to the Show is to bring hope and inspiration to abused, neglected and at-risk children by providing free access to the performing arts. They partner with Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA) to provide over 600 tickets for CASA children to attend live performances at the Woodlawn Theatre, Children's Ballet of San Antonio, San Antonio Symphony, Ballet San Antonio, and The Magik Theatre. Two summer theater camp scholarships at the Woodlawn and Magik theaters are also provided. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Some productions can cost as little as $10 a ticket, while other are significantly more expensive. You can donate here.

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VIDES

MISSION

VIDES is a volunteer mission organization that is dedicated to education and development for youth and women in situations of poverty, marginalization, or difficulty, both in the U.S. and worldwide. VIDES provides service opportunities that build leadership skills by emphasizing the value of respect of the human person, striving for social justice, sharing oneself freely, and incorporating Christian spirituality into the rhythm of everyday living.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

VIDE volunteer missioners walk in solidarity with those they serve, and accompany them to create the necessary conditions for a better quality of life in which they can provide for themselves and break the vicious cycle of poverty which surrounds them as they grow in faith.

MEMBERSHIP

Through service and support, VIDES members are collaborators who share their experience, time, talent, and resources to support and carry on the VIDES vision and mission of helping those in need.

Animal Defense League of Texas

MISSION

Chartered in 1934, the Animal Defense League is a nonprofit organization that is a true no-kill shelter for abandoned, abused, or neglected dogs and cats. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for these animals by providing needed medical care, including spaying and neutering. Food, shelter, and safety are also provided, along with compassion and attention.

While maintaining a healthy and loving facility, ADL consistently works to find the best possible home for each resident animal. Supported by contributions and directed by a volunteer board, the League provides programs and services which strengthen the bond between animals and people. Through grassroots advocacy, education, and rescue, the organization is the leading voice for dogs and cats in crisis.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Adopt a pet in need of a home, foster a pet that needs time to get adoption-ready, volunteer your time on either of the two campuses, donate to ADL's programs, drop off item donations, or just become a resource in the animal community and direct people to the various spay/neuter, wellness, and adoption opportunities at the Animal Defense League.

MEMBERSHIP

Adoption fees vary, all of which are available here. The volunteer and Pet Champion programs have a nominal sign-up fee to cover staff time, supplies, and T-shirt costs.

BIG EVENT

ADL's 85th birthday party is set for June 22, 2019. Find out more here.

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Bihl Haus Arts

MISSION

The mission of community-based Bihl Haus Arts — creating community through the arts — is founded on the belief that each person, when given a chance, will achieve significant personal, social, and cultural growth through the arts.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Docents are the public "face" of Bihl Haus. During gallery hours, the docents meet and greet visitors, and at exhibition openings and special events, they sign in guests; host food and beverage tables; and help with setup, breakdown, and clean-up. Docents are active artists in their own right and must be enrolled in at least one GO! Arts class to participate.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

MISSION

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Texas and raise funds for critical MS research.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donate here to help create a world free of multiple sclerosis. You can also volunteer to support fundraising events, help people living with MS, contribute professional skills, and much more. Learn more here

BIG EVENT

Throughout the year, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society hosts walks in different cities in Texas to raise money and awareness about MS.

American Cancer Society

MISSION

Breakthrough research. Free lodging near treatment. A 24/7/365 live helpline. Rides to treatment. This is far from a complete list, but it makes one thing clear: when it comes to cancer, American Cancer Society is the only organization attacking it from every angle.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Become a volunteer, make a tax-deductible donation, or participate in a fundraising event to help save lives. Call 1-800-227-2345 for volunteer opportunities in fundraising, patient programs, advocacy, and other volunteer needs.

BIG EVENT

American Cancer Society puts on several events, including Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the Cattle Barons Ball, Real Men Wear Pink, Holiday Shopping Card, and many other events in communities across the state of Texas.

IssueVoter

MISSION

IssueVoter is a non-partisan online platform and your guide to contacting Congress. Since its founding, IssueVoter has become the first-ever technology platform to provide a 21st-century constituent relationship — at the individual level — in every district in the United States.

Individuals use IssueVoter to get alerts about new bills, send opinions to their rep before Congress votes, and track whether s/he represents them. IssueVoter summarizes bills in plain language, along with what both sides are saying, and is the only platform providing a personalized rep scorecard — helping you keep elected officials accountable and be a more informed voter at the next election.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Become a patron at any level and your tax-deductible contribution goes straight to solving the root causes of civic disengagement, making our democracy work again. Recurring donations are the best way to give steady support.

Show off your support by shopping IssueVoter merchandise. Follow and share @IssueVoter on social media; you can even expose the exact percentage that your representative actually represents your viewpoints.

IssueVoter is looking for people interested in serving as advisors and organizations who want to provide civic engagement for their community. For more details, email founder Maria Yuan at info@issuevoter.org.

BIG EVENT

The organization will be kicking off a series of Community Conversations in 2020. These events bring together individuals who sent opinions on opposite sides of bills to practice active listening and civil discourse.

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Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels

MISSION

Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels' mission is to mobilize the faith community to help low-income families achieve and sustain independence. Family Promise is an interfaith, nonsectarian organization for families with children in transition. The program utilizes a network of local congregations that offer hospitality, providing shelter, meals, and emotional support to families without homes. Because Family Promise utilizes the space and volunteers of local congregations, it is a cost-efficient and effective solution to family homelessness.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

In addition to financial donations, Family Promise relies on volunteers to support Host Congregations; to serve on board committees planning Family Promise activities; to share their skills in social media, information technology, fundraising, event planning, and many other skills. Head here to explore the ways you can become involved.

BIG EVENT

The annual Family Promise Bed Race is a fun-filled afternoon fundraiser featuring teams that design, construct, and race wheeled beds to raise money to end family homelessness. You can participate by creating or supporting a team or becoming a race sponsor.

Lupus Foundation of America Lone Star Chapter

MISSION

The Lone Star Chapter is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support, and advocacy

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Community outreach is the best way to connect with the chapter. Volunteering for event committees, advocacy, or board membership are just a few ways to invest time in the organization. Call its office, email, or follow on social media platforms to get started.

BIG EVENT

There are several events throughout the year, including the Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. in March and the Purple and White Gala in the fall. They host four walks in cities during April and September, and Lupus Awareness Month in May brings educational panels throughout the year.

SA YES

MISSION

SA YES is a local nonprofit founded in 1998 with the simple mission to support Title 1 elementary students and community groups in San Antonio through educational outreach of free school supplies and classroom grants. SA YES has assisted more than 275,000 students since its inception, and continues to be the largest distributor of school supplies in South Texas — it will serve more than 27,000 elementary students in 2018.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The organization relies heavily on volunteers to help with the distribution of over 27,000 school supply kits in August. Along with school supply distribution, SA YES hosts fundraising events throughout the year, with volunteer opportunities in many different areas.

If you are unable to volunteer your time, you can support the mission with a gift to SA YES. Any amount counts and will make a difference. To learn how to become involved, contact Melody Mejia at Melody.Mejia@sayes.org or 210-298-8880.

BIG EVENT

SA YES hosts its Taste of Education Dinner and a Golf Classic each year. Proceeds from both events support the organization's school supply distribution and classroom grants for schools and nonprofits.

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Snack Pak 4 Kids

MISSION

Snack Pak 4 Kids was created to provide weekend food supplements to students, creating food security over the weekend. With the support of partners, donors, and volunteers of all ages, Snack Pak 4 Kids San Antonio works hard to be a learning enhancement tool for kids, solving their weekend hunger issue so they can learn during the school week.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Snack Pak 4 Kids is always looking for volunteer help at the warehouse — view upcoming stocking and packing dates here.

In addition, one day each month, Snack Pak 4 Kid's loads up boxes and delivers them to the schools it serves. A few people are needed to help load up in the morning and/or unload at each location. If you're interested in volunteering and coming along for the ride, contact Snack Pak 4 Kids.

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Culinaria

MISSION

Culinaria was originally established as a way of celebrating local, exceptional chefs and restaurants. Through sponsored culinary events, it serves as one of the leading food-focused nonprofits in the San Antonio area, providing funds for scholarship programs aimed at students pursuing a career in the hospitality or culinary industry.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

As you can imagine, it takes quite a bit of preparation and people to pull off a multi-day festival like Culinaria. They are always looking for some great volunteers — aged 18 and up only — to help pour wine, set-up events, check in attendees, and more. Opportunities are available throughout the year, so grab some friends, family members, and coworkers and sign up.

BIG EVENT

Held annually, Culinaria Festival Week features multiple events over the course of four days. From casual fare to haute cuisine, beer to Champagne, Festival Week truly offers something for everyone.

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TracysDogs

MISSION

The focus of TracysDogs is its National Rescue and Transport Initiative. Over the last four years, TracysDogs has saved more than 4,100 dogs with pending euthanasia dates by bringing them into the program, providing veterinarian care, socialization, quarantine, nutrition, love, and attention before placing them into loving forever homes. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

A monetary gift to TracysDogs goes directly to the care and well-being of the dogs who enter the program. 

MEMBERSHIP

PetParents membership is available for Tracy'sDogs adopters. Individuals and families that have adopted a dog from Tracy'sDogs can apply for membership; a one-time annual donation of $600 or four annual quarterly recurring donations of $150.00 is required. The donation helps cover the adoption fee and cost of rescue for five dogs that enter the program.

Junior League of San Antonio

MISSION

The Junior League of San Antonio, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Become a member to:

  • Make positive changes in the San Antonio community
  • Expand your circle of influence and connect with inspiring women
  • Meet new people and form lifelong friendships
  • Impact so many lives by giving back effectively and efficiently
  • Do good on a regular, ongoing basis
  • Experience personal growth and leadership development
  • Expand your skill set: speaking, public relations, sales, marketing
  • Participate in a well-run organization

MEMBERSHIP

Steps to joining JLSA:

  • Meet eligibility criteria
  • RSVP and Attend Prospective Member Event (optional)
  • Complete and Submit Application by March 1, 2019
  • Attend New Member Social in April 2019

Membership eligibility criteria:

  • Any woman is invited to join who meets these requirements:
  • You must be at least 23 years of age by March 31, 2019 (no maximum age to join)
  • Reside in Bexar County or its contiguous counties (or will you at the time of admittance)
  • Demonstrate an interest in voluntarism and a commitment to community service
  • Show an interest in developing her potential for voluntary community participation

Head here to apply.

BIG EVENT

The VIVA! SA Race is a family-friendly event that supports the Junior League of San Antonio's work with more than 60 nonprofit organizations. Stay after the race for post-race celebration including, drinks, food, fun, and prizes.

Thrive Youth Center

MISSION

The mission of Thrive Youth Center is to provide a safe and supportive center for homeless LGBTQ youth so they may become productive, skilled, educated, and successful adults with the opportunity to achieve their dreams. In addition to providing safe and secure housing, Thrive Youth Center provides counseling, life skills classes, and other resources to help youth develop self-sufficiency, secure and maintain employment, pursue educational goals, and secure and maintain stable housing. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Thrive Youth Center is currently reorganizing its volunteer opportunities. Stay updated on ways to get involved here. For a list of donations items that Thrive is currently accepting, go here.

BIG EVENT

Thrive Youth Center hosts an annual fundraiser with entertainment, food, silent auction, and trivia competition. Stay tuned for more details about this year's festivities. 

allgo

MISSION

For over 30 years, allgo has worked to create and sustain queer people of color activists, groups, organizations, and allies through artistic expression, promoting wellness, and grassroots organizing. Allgo celebrates and nurtures vibrant queer people of color communities in Texas and beyond by supporting artists and artistic expression; promoting health within a wellness model; and mobilizing and building coalitions among groups marginalized by race/ethnicity, gender/gender identity, and sexual orientation/sexual identity in order to enact change.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Allgo relies heavily on volunteers both in Austin and throughout Texas to build its statewide QPOC movement. Volunteer opportunities include serving on event-planning committees, working events, computer work, DJ services, newsletter writing, designing publicity materials, facilitating workshops and groups, and more. Email allgo@allgo.org for more information.

MEMBERSHIP

Being a member of allgo means that you share in the vision of a just and equitable society that celebrates and nurtures vibrant queer people of color communities and that you commit your time and resources to support allgo. Contact allgo to sign up to become a member, plus make a pledge for either a monthly or annual donation and/or offering a regular in-kind donation and/or regular volunteer work with allgo.

BIG EVENT

Allgo’s annual Statewide Queer People Of Color Activist Summit brings together 25 QPOC activists from across the state to explore and develop strategies for the coming year, to celebrate accomplishments, and to learn self-care. The weekend-long summit is a space for dialogue about building a movement coming from a place of engaging possibilities rather than a place of fighting. Summit activities and workshops allow attendees to safely engage in dialogue, reflection, learning, and sharing experiences. 

Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio

MISSION

Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio is a nonprofit housing organization working in partnership with San Antonio families in need of affordable homes.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To get involved, donate money to the organization (they are self-funding, with 100 percent of donations going directly into the home-building program), volunteer on a home build, volunteer within the facility or store, and sponsor a half or full home-build.

BIG EVENT

The group holds monthly events like Habitour, Coffee Breaks, and F.I.A.T. events. They also hold House Dedications every few months to honor the new homeowners and dedicate their new home to them.

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P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County

MISSION

Since its founding in 2009, P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County has helped improve educational success for children, including kindergarten readiness, early grade reading, and high school completion. In 2018, the group expanded its mission to focus on all youth-serving institutions in Bexar County, not just educational ones, and now has a new mission to "ensure young people across Bexar County are ready for the future."

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are various ways to get involved with P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County, from signing up for the newsletter for updates and information to joining one of the networks. For more information, head here.

UNICEF USA

MISSION

UNICEF USA works to put children first all over the world through fundraising, advocacy, and education for UNICEF’s global mandate here in the United States. They are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes, and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories around the world and has helped save more lives than any other humanitarian organization. With every dollar donated, 88.4 percent goes directly toward helping children all around the globe.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Although its offices are located in Dallas and Houston, UNICEF's engagement and activations cover the entire state of Texas. Students can get involved with UNICEF’s work by joining their local UNICEF club, currently operating in 67 schools in Texas. Participants support campaigns and put on fun events to raise money for UNICEF.

UNICEF USA implemented the original Kids-Helping-Kids program with the iconic Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Kids can support their peers throughout the year with UNICEF Kid Power, which allows kids to get active and save lives by tracking physical activity through the Kid Power band and app. Kids run, jump, and dance to unlock funding from partners which UNICEF uses to deliver lifesaving nutrition to severely malnourished children. The more kids move, the more lives they save. To date, over 10 million packets of lifesaving nourishment have been unlocked saving over 70,000 lives.

UNICEF Next Generation is a group of young leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators who commit their resources, resolve, and enthusiasm toward supporting UNICEF’s lifesaving work. Members study issues that affect children around the world and choose UNICEF projects to support through education, advocacy, skill sharing/remote volunteering, and fundraising. Through their activities, members mobilize their networks and inspire their generations to take action on behalf of the world's most vulnerable children.

BIG EVENT

In Texas, the major events include the UNICEF Gala Dallas and the UNICEF Gala Houston. These events are held annually in the spring. Both are black-tie affairs honoring outstanding humanitarian leaders and celebrating UNICEF’s mission. Head over to their websites to learn how to attend.

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Teach for America San Antonio

MISSION

Teach for America-San Antonio (TFA-SA) is working towards a better tomorrow for San Antonio. Over the past five years, TFA-SA has brought over 500 teachers to work in San Antonio’s inner city. In addition to the many teachers that remain in the classroom, TFA-SA alumni serve on school boards, manage local nonprofits, and lead schools as principals and administrators. In only a few short years, the TFA-SA network has become a force for transformation.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Support the development of Teach For America teachers and school leaders in San Antonio by sponsoring a teacher. Those interested in applying to be part of TFA-SA as teachers can learn more here.

 

Equality Texas Foundation

MISSION

The Equality Texas Foundation works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Texans through education, community organizing, and collaboration.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donate here and volunteer here. You can also pledge to fight back against hate crimes, new laws that grant a license to discriminate, efforts to undermine marriage equality, and blocking access to healthcare here.

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De Novo Foundation

MISSION

De Novo works through local nonprofit partners to provide personalized solutions for the marginalized and homeless to move them from social services to self-sufficiency. De Novo helps marginalized families fulfill their dreams for their future by providing funds for permits, registration, licenses, tools, equipment, basic transportation, and any other service or product that is a barrier to becoming self-sufficient. This money is seen as allowing visions become a reality, taking personal transformation to the next step. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Currently, funds for the marginalized and homeless to move to these “next steps” are very difficult to find in the greater San Antonio area. A donation to De Novo allows the group to provide a springboard for people to improve their lives.

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

MISSION

United Way's mission is to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another. In San Antonio, United Way focuses on helping veterans and military families, as well as improving early care and education for children, helping students succeed in school, and strengthening families. The United Way 2-1-1 Help Line is a critical link for over half-a-million callers a year seeking assistance and referrals to health and human services across the area.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Whether you're interested in mentoring a young person, preparing food bags for clients in a food pantry, or spending an afternoon with a senior, there’s something for every interest and ability. Visit the volunteer recruitment site to find opportunities.

MEMBERSHIP

United Way leadership contributors are leaders in philanthropy whose wholehearted generosity supports the health and human services needs of San Antonio and Bexar County — they are the foundations of the United Way campaign. Leadership giving programs range from the Emerging Leaders Council ($250 or 24 logged hours of volunteer service) to the Briscoe Society ($5,000-$9,999). 

BIG EVENT

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County’s Women United’s annual fundraising luncheon, Power of the Purse, helps to raise money for Women United’s signature cause: the Childcare Scholarship Program, which provides parents who are pursuing economic stability through higher education and/or full-time job training with financial assistance for childcare.

 
Women Veterans of San Antonio

MISSION

The mission of Women Veterans of San Antonio is to serve, honor, and empower women veterans from all eras and branches of service. We accomplish this by providing our women Veterans opportunities to network, socialize, volunteer, and give back to the  community while bringing public awareness to the specific issues of women veterans. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The WVSA supports women veterans experiencing a challenging reintegration into civilian life by providing them with personal, meaningful interaction, and by connecting them to their communities through networking, volunteerism, and social activities. We also aim to educate the public, and our peers, with the realization that "Women Are Veterans Too." 

Learn how to donate feminine hygiene products, volunteer to visit women vets in nursing homes, and more here.  

BIG EVENT

The nonprofit hosts a number of networking events including coffees and brunches, wine tastings, 5Ks, Ladies Nights Out, and more throughout the year.

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Batz Foundation

MISSION

The Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation helps prevent medical errors by ensuring patients and families have the knowledge they need to promote a safe hospital experience for their loved ones, and to support innovative advancements in patient safety. The foundation serves men, women, and children of all ages — anyone who plans to receive or has a loved one planning to receive medical treatment.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Contact Laura Batz-Townsend (Laura@LouiseBatz.org) with general questions about how to get involved with the Batz Foundation.

BIG EVENT

The Batz Foundation's annual Bingo de Mayo is a family-friendly evening full of entertainment and bingo at The Witte Museum. Expect a casual dinner and drinks, plenty of kids' activities, raffle prizes, and cash prizes.

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Soldiers' Angels

MISSION

Founded in 2003 by the mother of two American soldiers, Soldiers' Angels is a national nonprofit that provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard; their families; and the growing veteran population. Hundreds of thousands of Angel volunteers assist veterans, as well as wounded and deployed personnel and their families, in a variety of ways.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The organization has 12 different teams. They range from the Angel Baker Team, which bakes homemade treats, to the Sewing and Crafting Team, which sew blankets for veterans, to the Deployed Adoptions Team, which “adopts” a service member. The team opportunities are virtual, so you can bake goodies, sew blankets, or adopt a soldier no matter where you live.

In addition to the virtual teams, Soldiers’ Angels also offers “boots on the ground” opportunities for volunteers within VA hospitals and medical centers. Volunteers and staff coordinate events and activities for veterans at VAs and have the opportunity to participate in patient visits to distribute comfort items.

Learn more about getting involved with Soldiers' Angels programs here.

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Second Chance Cavy Rescue

MISSION

This one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization is dedicated to the rescue, adoption, education, and rehabilitation of abandoned and surrendered guinea pigs in the South Central Texas region. Second Chance Cavy Rescue is not affiliated with the San Antonio Humane Society; instead, it provides a much-needed service for those small animals that don't fall under the Humane Society umbrella of care.

The rescue is also a sanctuary home to non-adoptable guinea pigs and is a center where current guinea pig owners can be educated on ownership, first aid, nutrition, and baths and nail trims/health checks for their own piggies.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Online donations and gifts through the website and Facebook page are always needed, particularly for pellets, hay, and vet bills. Steady, reliable volunteers are the backbone of this organization. The center is open 10-4 pm on all days except Wednesday and Sundays. Saturdays are adoption days at the center and at local Petsmarts.

MEMBERSHIP

Guinea pigs are adopted out in matched, same-sex pairs for $50, with approval of an acceptable habitat.

BIG EVENT

Every Saturday, there are adoption events at either the center itself (1354 Basse Rd., suite 6, inside the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Complex), the 281/Bitters Petsmart, or the 1604/Culebra Petsmart.

HeartGift

MISSION

HeartGift provides lifesaving heart surgery to children from around the world where specialized medical treatment is either scarce or nonexistent. Established in June of 2000, HeartGift began its work in Austin and now has additional service locations in Dallas, Houston, Louisiana, and San Antonio. HeartGift has served over 300 children and families from 34 countries. Participating organizations offer medical diagnosis and care and sometimes travel coordination. All participating physicians and medical partners contribute 100 percent of their professional fees and services, while HeartGift staff and volunteers coordinate travel and temporary housing arrangements, meals, translator services, entertainment, and other needs for the HeartGift child and parent.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are many ways to get involved with HeartGift, including sponsoring a child, serving as a host family, providing an airport welcome or hospital visitation, and more. Head here for a list of opportunities to volunteer with and/or donate to HeartGift.

BIG EVENT

HeartGift San Antonio's annual golf tournament fundraiser, HeartGift Heroes Golf Event, is a unique, nine-hole format held at The Dominion Country Club featuring chef-prepared snacks and speciality beverages throughout the course, plus a wine tasting and special live music performances for non-golfers.

YMCA of Greater San Antonio

MISSION

The YMCA puts Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Regardless of age, ability, faith, gender or income, the Y ensures everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential, including by offering financial assistance through the Open Doors Scholarship Program.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Access to the Y and its programs and services make the San Antonio community stronger. You can volunteer for the Y's Annual Campaign or donate to a fundraising team, making it possible for your neighbors to get the support they need. 

MEMBERSHIP

The Y brings people closer together through programs for the whole family. YMCA membership is open to the entire community — regardless of age, income, or fitness level.

BIG EVENT

Síclovía is a free annual event provided by the YMCA of Greater San Antonio that turns major city streets into a safe place for people to exercise and play. The streets become temporarily car-free for families to run, bike, take exercise classes, and just enjoy the city streets. 

Operation Finally Home

MISSION

Based in New Braunfels, this national organization provide homes and home modifications to America’s military heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values. OFH brings together corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, remodelers, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help these heroes and their families by addressing one of their most pressing needs — a place to call home.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Learn how to donate via cash, check, bequest, or insurance policy here. OFH also takes applications for builders, contractors, and more. Find out more information here.

MEMBERSHIP

Make a monthly donation here

Latched Support

MISSION

Latched Support serves mothers, children, families, and communities in Bexar County with the mission to break through cultural barriers and to bring education and support for breastfeeding during prenatal and postpartum periods. They educate families on the importance, impact, and health benefits of breastfeeding through the first year of the child's life. Their goal is to raise awareness of the benefits to breastfeeding within communities which currently reflect a low percentage of breastfeeding mothers, specifically, African-American and Hispanic communities.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donate here to support breastfeeding families or email hello@latchedsupport.com for volunteer opportunities.

Latched is developing a material assistance program to help clients with free services and items related to pregnancy and child care. Some of the biggest things they are in need of are diapers, baby wipes, new and gently used maternity clothes, new and gently used baby and toddler clothes up to size 5, baby blankets, quilts and bedding, baby shampoo, wash, powder, lotions, baby equipment (strollers, pack-n-plays etc.), new unopened baby cribs, and new unopened car seats.

BIG EVENT

In the summer, they will conduct their annual Material Assistance Drive.

Hebrew Free Loan Association of San Antonio

MISSION

HFLA-SA was created in 1924 to provide interest-free financial assistance to the San Antonio Jewish community. Today, they provide both need and opportunity-based loans for everything from daycare to eldercare, education, healthcare costs, and more.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The group is always looking additional qualified board members and assistance with events. Reach out to info@hfla-sa.org or call 210-736-4352 for more info.

MEMBERSHIP

Sustaining Membership donations help fund the loan activities. Members get perks such as VIP invitations to events and special thank-you events from time to time.

BIG EVENT

HFLA-SA does one major fundraising event each year. Last year was a Casino Night gala, and in the past there has been an annual picnic fundraiser. The 2019 event is currently in the planning process.

disABILITYsa

MISSION

disABILITYsa's mission is to educate, advance, and engage individuals with disabilities by sharing information, creating opportunities, and strengthening the organizations that serve them. disABILITYsa connects people with all types of disabilities and their families to information about local resources, programs, and opportunities that promote independence and inclusion where they live, work, and play.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

disABILITYsa has memberships for individuals, nonprofit disability service organizations, and businesses. You can also engage in the mission of disABILITYsa by joining one of its councils.

MEMBERSHIP

There are membership options with associated fees, but most programs and services are offered at no cost to the participating individual.

BIG EVENT

AccessAbility Fest is a gateway to information, resources, and opportunities for individuals working to overcome barriers caused by physical, cognitive, sensory, and mental health challenges. AccessAbility Fest connects over 4,500 individuals to resources each year and creates opportunities for disability service organizations to collaborate, make referrals, and provide more comprehensive services. This program is held in high-traffic venues to raise awareness about the value, successes, and potential of people with disabilities among the general public.

Fiesta Especial creates inclusive and educational opportunities for individuals with disabilities to engage fully in the culture, diversity, and celebrations of Fiesta. Annually, these community-based instruction and training programs serve more than 2,500 children and adults with disabilities, as well as 1,500 teachers, direct care staff, family members, and companions who accompany them to appearances and celebration events.

The Conversation 360° creates an open and safe platform for an interactive dialog on the issues individuals living with a disability in San Antonio face that create barriers to inclusion, independence, and a superior quality of life. This discussion creates a dialog for improvement, identifying ways in which the San Antonio community can take action toward filling the gaps, creating awareness, advancing public attitudes, and creating a community of inclusion for all citizens.

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The Rape Crisis Center

MISSION

The mission of The Rape Crisis Center is to be a national leader providing excellent care for those impacted by sexual violence through crisis intervention, counseling, and prevention education, with a vision to be recognized as the national leader in ending sexual violence. The Rape Crisis Center provides 24-hour crisis intervention, free and confidential counseling, and a prevention education program that promotes healthy relationships and advances social change.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer opportunities with The Rape Crisis Center range from office support to community outreach and the crisis hotline. Download a volunteer application.

 

BIG EVENT

The Rape Crisis Center's signature annual fundraiser, Partners for Hope, recognizes community partners and highlights the work they do collectively to create a safe, healthy, and more equitable community. At the breakfast event, advocates and ambassadors give testimony through speech, video, and music. Attendees include political leaders, business owners, and local constituents.

San Antonio Humane Society

MISSION

The San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) has served the area for over 60 years. A no-kill shelter, SAHS provides medical care and shelter for furry friends until they find their forever homes. Every year, SAHS is able to help more than 4,000 animals in the Bexar County area. The San Antonio Humane Society's mission is to improve and save the lives of animals by providing care, shelter, and community education. 

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The San Antonio Humane Society is not funded by the larger Humane Society of the United States, so local donations and volunteer work greatly impact the day-to-day operations. 

MEMBERSHIP

The Giving Circle is a special group of donors who have committed to making a significant financial donation to the San Antonio Humane Society. Giving Circle members are invited to various functions throughout the year, where they can see firsthand how their gift is being put to work and benefiting the many dogs and cats that make their way to the SAHS. 

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Brighton Center

MISSION

Throughout San Antonio and Bexar County, Brighton Center provides developmental and educational services to children of all abilities. With a holistic, family-centered approach, the center offers enrichment and development through an inclusive early childhood education program, as well as therapy services, counseling, case management, and special education support and services.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Brighton Center relies on the help of community members to support the organization and the children it serves. By making an unrestricted contribution, you will directly impact the lives of children with disabilities and delays, giving them the opportunities they need to realize their dreams for a life without limits.

BIG EVENT

The Brighton Center's annual Best Night Ever is a dazzling evening at the Witte Museum, which is transformed for the occasion. Guests enjoyed a seated dinner and program that includes local luminaries. But the real stars of the evening are the Brighton Center's children and their families, many of whom join in the festivities.

Classical Music Institute

MISSION

Established as the education program of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, CMI debuted in summer 2016. CMI provides classical music education to Bexar County's youth during a two-week program, as well as year-long outreach and continuing education. This includes: private instruction and group lessons; classes in chamber music, orchestra, ear-training, rhythm training, and music appreciation; salon performances, outreach concerts, and faculty concerts; and a final concert with students at the Edgewood Theater for the Performing Arts. The CMI Chamber Orchestra is a resident company of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Every donation helps empower positive change for area youth. Whether it's funding music education programs or local classical music concerts, your donation makes the difference.

Business leaders know the importance the arts and education play in the economic strength and quality of life within their community. Sponsorship provides an additional outlet for positioning and visibility, as well as opportunities for business development. Learn more about the various levels and benefits available here.

MEMBERSHIP

Memberships begin at $300 and go all the way up to $10,000. Learn more about membership tiers here.

BIG EVENT

Savor the Music is a multi-sensory experience that explores the harmony of cuisine and music. Individual tickets are $300, and your support enables the organization to deliver programming at the highest artistic level, while furthering its innovative and unique music education institute.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

MISSION

For more than a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has provided children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Affiliates adhere to nationally adopted standards for child safety, training, match support, governance, and branding as well as best practices. In-depth child safety workshops provide affiliate staff with the knowledge and tools to put child safety first.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling things you'll ever do — and it's actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do. While girls and boys across the country are waiting to be matched, there are thousands of boys in particular who are ready and waiting to be matched with Big Brothers right now. There are more than twice as many boys on our waiting lists than girls.

You can also make a donation to help fund the careful one-to-one matching and ongoing professional mentoring support unique to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Your gift will help match a child with an adult mentor. Head here to get involved.

MEMBERSHIP

For a few hours, a couple times a month, you can give a Little the invaluable gift of your friendship. Play a board game, make fun crafts, hit the playground together — just as your options are unlimited, so is your Little's potential.

To start the process of becoming a Big, click here.

BIG EVENT

Bowl For Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature fundraiser. Each year, half a million people across America come together to have fun and raise money to support Big Brothers Big Sisters. No bowling expertise is required, only the willingness to share in the heartfelt and sincere thanks for helping the group transform your community.

For general information about Bowl for Kid's Sake, click here. For FAQs about the event, click here.

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Kinetic Kids, Inc

MISSION

Kinetic Kids are children from all walks of life who experience challenges associated with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, autism, Asperger's syndrome, brain tumors, cancers, or other neurological disorders. The organization was established to provide health, recreational, and educational services to children and their families. Kinetic Kids offers unique experiences through physical and creative activities to children with special needs who may otherwise be excluded, and in doing so, fosters courage, self-esteem, pride, and joy.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Kinetic Kids is always looking for additional support to assist the organization and its programs. Volunteer opportunities range from helping with seasonal programs and one-day events to assisting with program flyers and public relations. For more information, head here.

BIG EVENT

The Kinetic Kids EXPO & Super Summer Carnival, specifically for children with special needs and their family members, is a day full of carnival-style games, inflatables, trackless train rides, free food, adaptive activities, sports, and more. 

Third Coast Charities

MISSION

Founded by local business owners Susan and Pieter Kaars-Sypesteyn, Third Coast Charities helps facilitate change through action and builds relationships between the businesses and residents that live and operate in midtown San Antonio. The City of San Antonio is very gracious and offers programs to help assist residents in need, but their funding only goes so far. In the midst of rising costs when a neighbor has to decide between paying a light bill and food on the table, Third Coast Charities can step in where the district office can't.

Through community events, fundraisers, and sponsorship, Third Coast is able to start a dialogue with its neighbors, meet them face-to-face, and let them know that they are not just invested in their own businesses, but in them. Funds raised provide benevolence and physical assistance to neighbors in need: keeping lights on, patching roofs, cooking hot meals, providing basic needs, etc.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Your donation allows Third Coast to connect people and create partnerships around the city. They foster relationships between residents and businesses, seeking the most constructive solutions to better our neighborhood and communities. 

BIG EVENT

El Mardi Gras is the annual fundraising event presented by Third Coast Charities. The 2019 event on February 17 at Paper Tiger will feature locally renowned chef: Pieter Sypesteyn of Third Coast Kitchen restaurant group, Jeff Balfour of Southerleigh, Chris Cullum of Attagirl, Louis Singh of Singhs, plus more. Enjoy local artists, vendors, and live music.

American Lung Association

MISSION

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education, and advocacy. Its work is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer, champion clean air for all, improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families, and create a tobacco-free future.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer, become an advocate, and donate are just a few of the ways to become involved. See the website for more details.

BIG EVENT

The LungForce Walk is held in the spring, while the Fight For Air Climb, which spans 51 stairs and 1,020 steps for those that cannot breathe, is in the fall. Early registration $10.00 thru September 7; $25.00 after - $100.00 Participant Fee 

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Hill Country SPCA

MISSION

The Hill Country SPCA is dedicated to preventing cruelty and neglect of domesticated animals in the Texas Hill Country, reducing the number of homeless and unwanted companion animals, eliminating euthanasia of unwanted animals, fostering responsible pet ownership, and providing shelter and placement services for homeless and unwanted animals.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Hill Country SPCA volunteers help the staff provide the highest quality care possible for the shelter animals. By joining their team of dedicated volunteers, you will help save more lives and find the Hill Country SPCA animals forever homes. Head here for current volunteer opportunities and information about volunteer orientations.

BIG EVENT

The Hill Country SPCA's annual fundraiser, Paddy's Party, is a festive evening at the Texas Rangers Heritage Center Pavilion featuring a three-course seated dinner, music, dancing, and items from around the Hill Country up for auction.

Wounded Warrior Project

MISSION

The WWP mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors who incurred a physical or mental injury, illnesses, or wound, co-incident to military service on or after September 11, 2001. You may also be eligible for the program if you are the family member or caregiver of a Wounded Warrior. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

WWP offers a wide range of opportunities to host a fundraiser or simply participate in one. Whether you're looking to spend time or money helping those who've served us, you can find a way to get involved here

BIG EVENT

Wounded Warrior Project hosts the annual Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner. At this gala, WWP's most passionate supporters are recognized for their service and dedication to WWP's mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The event, which takes place in New York City, fuels the critical support necessary for WWP to offer warriors a range of specialized programs and services — all tailored to each veteran's specific needs — free of charge.  

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Project MEND

MISSION

Project MEND is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals living with disabilities and illness through the refurbishment, reuse, and distribution of medical equipment and other assistive technology. Project MEND has been providing for the home medical equipment and assistive technology needs of persons with disabilities in San Antonio and around Texas for over 25 years.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are needed to help clean, professionally sanitize, and organize donations of medical equipment. Join Project MEND for a few hours of fun and hard work on the second Saturday of the month at the Project MEND Warehouse and leave with a sense of accomplishment. For more information and to RSVP (which is required), head here.

The Children's Shelter

MISSION

The Children's Center has provided a safe haven for child survivors of abuse, neglect, and abandonment in San Antonio and Bexar County since 1901. Today, The Children’s Shelter is a trauma-informed care certified organization that provides a continuum of care through its services. Services include emergency shelter and therapeutic residential treatment for children in crisis and helping children find permanent homes through treatment foster care. The center's Family Strengthening programs teach nurturing parenting skills to vulnerable families and help families overcome crises, while The Children's Center's mental health clinic provides trauma-sensitive therapeutic interventions for children impacted by maltreatment.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Children’s Shelter seeks is committed, caring, and compassionate volunteers to work directly with children. To learn more and take the first step towards volunteering with the Children's Center, complete this volunteer interest form.

BIG EVENT

The Children Center's annual Give a Piece of Your Heart Luncheon, held at the San Antonio Country Club, brings together more than 300 local business and community members to hear how The Children’s Shelter is making an impact with the most vulnerable children and families.  Seats are $150 each and include lunch and donation to The Children’s Shelter.

 
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San Antonio Pets Alive!

MISSION

San Antonio Pets Alive! (SAPA!) focuses on saving the lives of the dogs and cats already on the euthanasia list at the city shelter. In 2012, SAPA! launched its model of pulling animals who were kenneled, awaiting euthanasia, at the city shelter to save their lives. In its seventh-year history, SAPA! has saved the lives of over 40,000 dogs and cats. San Antonio now consistently realizes a save-rate in the 80 percentile; some months hit the 90 percent mark. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are critical to the success of SAPA!, and SAPA! is critical to the success of making San Antonio no-kill. For a schedule of upcoming volunteer orientations, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

Becoming a Guardian of SAPA! means helping save lives by becoming a monthly supporter. Guardian levels range from the "Orphan" level ($35/month) to "Medical" level ($500/month), which includes a lapel pin to identify you as a distinguished supporter. 

Lone Star Justice Alliance

MISSION

The mission of Lone Star Justice Alliance is to redirect youth and young adults out of the Texas justice system and into community-based treatment programs, thus increasing public safety and saving taxpayer dollars.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Interns usually volunteer for a semester at a time, while other volunteers help with coordinating events and donation campaigns.

BIG EVENT

The Second Look Summit brings together families and friends of individuals who are incarcerated, where they share stories and hardships, and talk about what the organization does.

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San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind & Vision Impaired

MISSION

The San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind & Vision Impaired has been serving people who are blind or vision impaired since 1933 by providing rehabilitation services, as well as employment for the blind and vision impaired in its light manufacturing assembly plant.

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Head here for a list of volunteer opportunities, which include helping produce signature events like the Annual Blind Golf Championship, Annual 5K/10K Run/Walk, and Annual Art in the Dark event.

BIG EVENT

The annual Art in the Dark event, benefitting The San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind & Vision Impaired, is an evening to remember, as the touch, feel, and sense of art is explored. Some of San Antonio's most distinguished local artists donate their art to Art in the Dark. The art is draped, and the artists discuss their pieces and show other works they have designed. Guests can ask questions and touch the art, but no peeking — the idea is to purchase art as a blind person would. 

Texans Can Academies

MISSION

Texans Can Academies provides the highest quality education for all students, especially those who have struggled in a traditional high school setting, in order to ensure their economic independence.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are a multitude of ways to be involved with Texans Can Academies, from donating to help students secure their economic independence to volunteering your time and talents to make a difference in the students' lives.

BIG EVENT

Leading up to each school year, Texans Can Academies hosts its annual Countdown to Class Uniform Drive to raise funds that will benefit students at their 14 campuses across the state of Texas. The open-enrollment public charter high school has campuses located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. The funds from the drive benefit students and their families by providing brand-new clothes that fit properly to wear as the school's uniform of khaki pants and white collared shirts. A $75 donation provides one pair of pants, two shirts, socks, and a belt for one student. 

Each city — Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Fort Worth — has a Cares for Kids Luncheon each year. The luncheon benefits students who seek a second chance and renewed hope of economic independence through a high school education.

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SJRC Texas

MISSION

SJRC Texas, formerly known as St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, cares for children and families who have been affected by trauma, abuse, and neglect, and have been removed from their homes by the Department of Family and Protective Services. It offers a safe haven, help, and hope to begin the journey of healing.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer opportunities at SJRC range from mentoring, tutoring, and special events to organizing the donation room and working on campus beautification projects. To learn more about individual and group volunteer opportunities, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

Becoming a member of SJRC’s Benefactor Circle means being one of SJRC's most loyal individual donors and supporters and helping cover the cost of daily operations, expanding programs, and providing a solid financial base so that SJRC can continue to help children daily. Benefits at the highest level, "Friend of our Future," include being recognized in SJRC's Annual Report and a reserved VIP table for five guests at the Annual Kids Awards Banquet, in which kids of SJRC are recognized for their various accomplishments.

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Friends of the San Antonio Public Library

MISSION

The San Antonio Public Library has always had friends, but the official Friends Group was inaugurated on March 23, 1964. The Friends of the San Antonio Public Library is a nonprofit organization which supports the public library system through volunteer service and cultural and educational activities. Membership in the friends is open to all.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The friends give financial assistance to fund the continuing improvements of library facilities and programs and serve as a conduit through which gifts and memorials go directly to the library. Head here to make a gift to The Friends of the San Antonio Public Library.

MEMBERSHIP

Any individual or family interested in and supportive of the objectives of the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library may become a member upon application and payment of membership dues. Membership benefits include invitations to all programs, announcements for exhibits and events, attendance at book sale previews, and a bi-monthly newsletter. For more information, head here.

BIG EVENT

The Arts and Letters Awards are presented annually by the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library to recognize and celebrate achievements by individuals who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in the arts and letters. Honorees include artists, writers, musicians, educators, community leaders, and entertainers whose dedication and devotion to their chosen fields have served to enrich the cultural and spiritual life of San Antonio. 

Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas

MISSION

EFCST leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are always appreciated, and you can find out more here.

BIG EVENT

The annual Walk To End Epilepsy is held in November in both San Antonio and Austin.

National Math and Science Initiative

MISSION

National Math and Science Initiative believes STEM education is the greatest lever to accessing opportunity, and is unmatched in unlocking student potential.​ Thus, its mission is to advance STEM education to ensure all students, especially those furthest from opportunity, thrive and reach their highest potential as problem-solvers and lif​e-long learners who pursue their passions and tackle the world's toughest challenges​

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can help more students reach their highest potential by donating, or reach out to your school or district administrators to encourage them to bring the program to your schools.

To read more about their impact, click here.

American Liver Foundation

MISSION

ALF's mission is to promote education, advocacy, support services, and research for the prevention, treatment, and cure of liver disease.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

With your generous contribution, you help the American Liver Foundation provide education and support services to the 30 million Americans affected by liver disease and help to fund critical research that one day will make liver disease a thing of the past.

The American Liver Foundation relies on volunteers, not only because the generosity of their presence allows them to maximize resources, but also because they embody the spirit and ideal of what ALF does.

Make a Difference allows you to fundraise your way for the American Liver Foundation. Host a bake sale, bowling night, tag/garage sale, or participate in a local race. Whatever idea you have, the American Liver Foundation will provide you with the tools needed to fundraise and make a difference in the fight against liver disease. Want more information? Email events@liverfoundation.org

BIG EVENT

Liver Life Walk Greater Houston will be held on April 27, 2019. Walkers and teams can register now here. The Liver Life Walk Dallas will be held on September 21, 2019.

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Blueprint Ministries

MISSION

Blueprint Ministries partners with volunteers from across the nation and is committed to making San Antonio substandard inner city homes warmer, safer, and drier. Blueprint provides servant leadership training for youth and adults while restoring homes for elderly, disabled, and low-income residents. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Each spring break and summer, over 900 middle school and high school students participate in one of Blueprint's week-long mission camps. Groups come together from Texas and around the U.S. to serve. These volunteers transform homeowners' lives through their hard work. For more information about the camp, head here.

In addition, Blueprint has various volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

San Antonio Zoo

MISSION

San Antonio Zoo, operated by the San Antonio Zoological Society, is a nonprofit organization committed to securing a future for wildlife. Through its passion and expertise in animal care, conservation, and education, the zoo’s mission is to inspire its community to love, engage with, act for, and protect animals and the places they live. The zoo welcomes more than a million visitors each year and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Zoological Association of America and Humane Certified by American Humane. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer docents help the San Antonio Zoo reach its mission of providing a diverse educational experience to visitors. They are involved in a variety of educational opportunities, including touring school groups, interpreting zoo exhibits, and presenting education animals. 

 

MEMBERSHIP

Zoo membership includes year-round admission to the zoo, Bring-a-Friend Free Days, free or discounted admission to select AZA Zoos and Aquariums nationwide, discounted admission to ticketed events, and early entry during the summer.

Zoomers is a young professionals' membership organization of the San Antonio Zoo dedicated to expanding conservation and awareness of the zoo and inspiring a new generation of zoo supporters. Zoomers offers an intimate view of the zoo through events and private access to its programs.

BIG EVENT

San Antonio Zoo's annual Zoo Ball is a glitzy, themed event held at the zoo, featuring food, drink, a live auction, and an official Zoo Ball After Party hosted by Zoomers.

National Psoriasis Foundation

MISSION

The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Join the thousands of people working for a cure for psoriatic disease. Get involved by participating in fundraising events, attending educational opportunities, championing state and federal advocacy initiatives, or volunteering in your community. Learn more about what is going on in the NPF Central Region here.

BIG EVENT

The National Psoriasis Foundation hosts three signature events in the Central Region each year.

The Team NPF Walk in Houston is held each fall. These walks are a family-friendly celebration of our community's commitment to a cure. Bring old friends and make new ones while you learn about new ways to manage psoriatic disease and enjoy free samples at the finish-line Health Fair. Dance to local bands and hear inspiring stories of people thriving with psoriatic disease. But most importantly, come out and do your part for a cure. To learn more, head here.

Pstamp Out Psoriatic Disease is the signature fundraising event of the National Psoriasis Foundation and is hosted in Austin each spring, and in Houston each summer. Enjoy an evening of food, drinks, bingo games, bidding on silent auction items, and raising a paddle to fund psoriatic disease education, advocacy, and research. To learn more, head here for Houston and here for Austin.

Heroes Sports

MISSION

Not all wounds are visible, and this group provides a positive atmosphere among veterans and service members to ensure they know they are not alone. Heroes Sports wants to be an example for others going through issues transitioning from the combat zone to civilian life and show ways that would assist in their transition.

Founded on October 30, 2015, it is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization for military men and women, both active duty and veteran, that incorporates sports and recreation activities to increase mental/physical health and team building. They are also an organization created to help veterans returning home from combat operation, in hopes that they can assist the veteran to be more involved with society to ensure a smooth transition into civilian life.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Please reach Mika at 210-760-0674 or email at volunteerwithheroessports@gmail.com

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San Antonio Youth Literacy

MISSION

San Antonio Youth Literacy promotes the literacy skills of San Antonio's at-risk youth.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Become a reading buddy to work one-on-one with students in 30-minute sessions and help improve literacy throughout the community. 

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CASA

MISSION

It is the mission of Child Advocates of San Antonio (CASA) to see that all abused and neglected youth have someone in their corner with their best interest in mind. CASA recruits, trains, and supervises court-appointed advocates who provide at-risk children with an adult they can trust. These advocates speak for the child in court and provide them with attentive care and support throughout the case.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

CASA Advocates serve as an emotional support and a familiar face to children who face many traumatic changes in their lives. By visiting the children monthly and gathering information from all the people involved in the case, CASA Advocates act as a fact-finder and report to the judge about the needs of the child during the life of the case. For more information about becoming a CASA Advocate, head here.

BIG EVENT

CASA's annual Gallery of Hope Gala at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts brings together the champions of the cause in a vibrant setting. On display at the gala, the Gallery of Hope exhibit is a visual narrative of the hope and healing CASA provides abused and neglected children. 

San Antonio Food Bank

MISSION

The San Antonio Food Bank strives to maintain the highest standard of efficiency while providing food to those in need. With only a 2 percent overhead, 98 percent of donated resources go to help set the table for 58,000 individuals a week. Through a network of more than 500 partner agencies and its own direct service programs, the food bank distributes millions of pounds of food and groceries a year to combat hunger.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The San Antonio Food Bank’s volunteer opportunities range from sorting room and warehouse to the garden and farm areas and community kitchens.

Food donations are critical to the ongoing mission of collecting and redistributing millions of pounds of food to individuals and families in Southwest Texas. To learn about donating food or starting your own food drive, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

Join the Full Circle Family by signing up to give a recurring monthly gift.

BIG EVENT

Every registration for San Antonio Food Bank's annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run & Walk provides a turkey dinner for a family in need. 

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Therapists Beyond Borders

MISSION

Therapists Beyond Borders is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that partners with communities around the world that have expressed a need for therapy services. They collaborate with partner sites to co-design programs that provide care for individuals with special needs and empower those who care for them. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy volunteers carry out the programs until they can be locally sustained. By using a model that fosters community involvement, they allow individuals to progress beyond borders to reach their own unique potential.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer your time and skills to contribute to the local program-building, as well as carrying out programs internationally, and donate! Contact info@tbbinc.org.

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I Care San Antonio

MISSION

Founded in 1993, I Care San Antonio provides access to compassionate, quality eye care to all. The I Care Vision Center provides direct patient eye care to low-income and homeless individuals. Services include vision screenings; eye exams; and diagnostic testing for glaucoma and other eye diseases. The center also provides eyeglasses, medications, and surgical care.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

I Care Global Missions partners with Medical Ministry International Canada to provide volunteer opportunities abroad. To learn morning about joining an I Care San Antonio mission, head here

Gifts to I Care San Antonio help cover the cost of equipment, glasses, and more.

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Great Hearts Academies

MISSION

Great Hearts Academies is a nonprofit network of public charter schools dedicated to improving education nationwide through classical preparatory K-12 academies. A Great Hearts education prepares students to be more than just proficient test takers but to become great-hearted leaders capable of success throughout their higher education and professional careers. Great Hearts operates 28 charter schools throughout Arizona and Texas, with more schools opening soon. 

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San Antonio Avance

MISSION

AVANCE unlocks America's potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs. AVANCE has been building families and community in San Antonio for over 45 years and strongly believes that parents must be their child’s first and most important teacher. AVANCE's purpose is to develop strong and stable families, ensure healthy children, and promote economic self-sufficiency in families.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You do not need prior experience to volunteer at AVANCE. Opportunities range from clerical support to program personnel and becoming a parent-child education program participant. To volunteer through AVANCE's citywide volunteer partners, head here.

BIG EVENT

AVANCE's signature event is the annual Mother of the Year Luncheon.

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CAMP

MISSION

Children’s Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP) began in 1979 when a group of U.S. Air Force pediatricians along with other health professionals brought 32 children with special needs together for a weekend camp. These campers were not accepted to other camps due to the severity of their medical conditions or disabilities. Today, CAMP’s main purpose remains to help campers reach their maximum potential, and the organization has grown to serve well over 1,000 individuals with special needs every year.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

CAMP offers many volunteer opportunities throughout the school year and summer months. All program volunteer opportunities begin at age 14. In order to be eligible to volunteer for a CAMP program, you must meet basic qualifications. For more information about volunteer opportunities, email Sarah Coulombe at sarah.coulombe@campcamp.org.

Gifts, both large and small, help CAMP achieve its mission to strengthen and inspire individuals with special needs.

BIG EVENT

CAMP's annual Starry Night Gala is dedicated to raising much-needed funds to provide financial assistance for campers who otherwise would be unable to attend CAMP. With a policy of never turning a child away due to the family’s inability to pay the camping fees, CAMP's shortfall between what the families pay and the actual cost of CAMP is $400,000. Funds raised through the gala help to bridge that gap.

Prevent Blindness Texas

MISSION

The mission of Prevent Blindness Texas is to prevent blindness and preserve sight.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are a wide-range of volunteer opportunities available, such as becoming a certified vision screener, assisting at special events, or participating in other ways. Whether you can spare a few hours a week or can make a more significant time commitment, please consider becoming a Prevent Blindness Texas volunteer.

BIG EVENT

The Eyes of March on March 1, 2019, is held at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens and is a unique fine-dining experience with a VIP chef demonstration and a stroll through the gardens.The Eye Stroll for Vision San Antonio is a 5k run and walk that raises money and information about PBT and focuses on the health aspect of what the group does.

SAMMinistries

MISSION

SAMMinistries prevents homelessness in San Antonio through a compassionate, holistic approach that brings self-sufficiency, pride, and dignity to struggling families withnowheree else to turn. SAMMinistries’ Homeless Prevention Services provides rental assistance, utility assistance, and supportive services to individuals and families who are in imminent danger of eviction or are currently homeless.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer opportunties with SAMMinistries range from "homework helper" or library or teen room monitor to prevention services support. To schedule a volunteer opportunity, email volunteer@samm.org or call 210-321-5639.

BIG EVENT

Join SAMMinistries in fall at the Vista at Valero to celebrate 35 years of service to San Antonio with the annual Boots, Bowties, & Bling Gala. The evening begins with a spirited ring toss and cocktail hour, followed by a formal dinner program honoring founders and special friends. Stay around after the gala for music, dancing, and a country carnival.

 
Muscular Dystrophy Association

MISSION

MDA is committed to transforming the lives of people affected by muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases through innovations in science and care. As the largest source of funding for neuromuscular disease research outside of the federal government, MDA has committed more than $1 billion since its inception to accelerate the discovery of therapies and cures. Research they have supported is directly linked to life-changing therapies across multiple neuromuscular diseases.

MDA's MOVR is the first and only data hub that aggregates clinical, genetic, and patient-reported data for multiple neuromuscular diseases to improve health outcomes and accelerate drug development. MDA supports the largest network of multidisciplinary clinics, providing best-in-class care at more than 150 of the nation's top medical institutions.

The resource center serves the community with one-on-one specialized support, and we offer educational conferences, events, and materials for families and healthcare providers. Each year thousands of children and young adults learn vital life skills and gain independence at summer camp and through recreational programs, at no cost to families.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Together with its generous supporters, MDA is fighting to free kids and adults from the harm of muscle-debilitating diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger. They need caring individuals like you to help bring more treatments, the best care, and life-changing support to families today.

Join your community at an MDA event to raise vital funds and awareness to help MDA families live longer and grow stronger. Your involvement enables MDA to fund research breakthroughs across diseases, care for kids and adults from day one, and empower families with services and support.

BIG EVENT

MDA Muscle Walk is a life-changing event that strengthens families and communities. In more than 150 hometowns across America, the Muscle Walk offers at 5K run, walk, or roll as well as a one-mile leisure option designed for participants of all ages and abilities, including a wheelchair and equipment-friendly course. Leading up to the event, participants and teams fundraise to help MDA find research breakthroughs across diseases, care for kids and adults from day one, and empower families with services and support to live longer and grow stronger.

Fiesta Youth

MISSION

Fiesta Youth serves LGBTQ teens, young adults, and their allies in San Antonio. Their mission is to empower youth to build a future where all people are accepted and loved as they are. In providing these services and support, San Antonio's youth may become successful and contributing members of the community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Those wishing to get involved with the Fiesta Youth organization and events can fill out an application here. Opportunities include youth meeting and events volunteers, special events volunteers, and administrative volunteers. Supporters can make monetary donations here. In addition to hosting community events, Fiesta Youth also provides scholarships to local students. 

BIG EVENT

Fiesta Youth hosts many events throughout the year, ranging from fall's Hocus Pocus to DreamWeek and, of course, the signature Fiesta party. Perhaps the most empowering, however, is Fiesta Youth's LGBTQ Teen Prom, a magical night in May where queer San Antonio kids ages 12-18 can celebrate one of youth's ultimate rites of passage. 

American Heart Association

MISSION

The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. It funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies, and provides critical tools and information to save and improve lives.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer opportunities include community events such as health fairs; signature charity events such as Heart Walk, Cotes du Coeur and the Go Red For Women Luncheon; or becoming a You're the Cure grassroots advocate. Call 214-441-4293 for more information.

BIG EVENT

AHA hosts several signature events throughout the year:

  • Local Heart Walks, whose purpose is to encourage a heart-healthy lifestyle.
  • Go Red For Women is a year-long campaign designed to raise awareness and educate women about their risks of heart disease and stroke. The cornerstone of this movement is the Go Red For Women Luncheon, which focuses on heart disease and stroke prevention by promoting healthy lifestyles and raising money to support awareness, education, and research of heart health in women. Because every 80 seconds a woman dies of heart disease, even though 80 percent of those deaths are preventable through simple lifestyle changes, education, and awareness.
  • The Cotes du Coeur event series is a premier fundraising campaign that culminates with an annual fine wine auction and celebrity chef dinner. This black-tie gala event is the largest of its kind, making it the No. 1 fundraising gala in the nation for the American Heart Association. Cotes du Coeur hosts approximately 1,200 business and wine industry leaders, community philanthropists, wine collectors, and physicians. Proceeds from Cotes du Coeur go directly to cardiovascular research and heart health educational programs, both locally and nationwide.
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San Antonio River Walk Association

MISSION

The San Antonio River Walk Association protects and preserves one of the most important tourist destinations in Texas. It also produces the 26 major events that occur on the River Walk each year.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer to help out at any of the special events that occur along the River Walk.

MEMBERSHIP

For only $35 annually, your membership helps promote, protect, and preserve the heart and soul of San Antonio, celebrating its rich history and legacy for generations to come. San Antonio River Walk membership benefits include a 15 percent Shopify store coupon, River Walk pre-sale ticket event information, and an exclusive River Walk HD screensaver image. To join, head here.

BIG EVENT

From the Ford Holiday River Parade to Fiesta!, there are dozens of events to experience along the River Walk. Keep up to date with them here.

Photo courtesy of Texas Public Radio
Texas Public Radio

MISSION

The mission of Texas Public Radio (TPR) is to produce and distribute of non-commercial informational, educational, cultural, and entertainment content for the people of Texas. TPR adheres to the highest standards of responsible journalism; its core values are to contribute to the appreciation of artistic expression, to respect diverse points of view, and to facilitate civil and constructive discourse.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

As a nonprofit, Texas Public Radio relies on its volunteer corps to help meet station goals, staff various events, and assist with general office work. TPR seeks dedicated individuals who share the passion for public radio and community service. If you are interested in becoming part of TPR's volunteer corps, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

Becoming a TPR member allows you to support radio that matters and comes with benefits including thank you gifts, invitations to member-only events, and member prices to special events such as Cinema Tuesdays and Views & Brews.