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How to give back and volunteer in San Antonio

It’s time to lend a helping hand.

Anyone who helps make San Antonio more beautiful gets a spot on our thankful list. | Photo by @jimenezdinner

Anyone who helps make San Antonio more beautiful gets a spot on our thankful list.

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Maybe you have some extra time on your hands, or maybe you’re just in the giving spirit. All we know is there are more than enough great causes in San Antonio to support with your time. Whether you’re an animal lover, an artsy type, a natural mentor, or a healthcare enthusiast — there’s a nearby volunteer opportunity for you. Here are 16 ways to get involved in the Alamo City.

If the holidays are your favorite time of the year

Elf Louise | The Elf Louise Christmas Project is dedicated to providing a bit of joy to children in Bexar County. This year they are looking to add volunteers for toy stockers, Santa delivery team, data entry, cleanup + breakdown, and gift wrapping.

If you want to stay in your home

Raul Jimenez Dinner | While volunteer opportunities for delivering and serving meals have passed, you can still give a monetary donation to feed 25,000 people on Thanksgiving Day.

Supporters of Veterans today + everyday

Soldiers’ Angels | This locally operated 501(c)3 charity supports Service Members, Guardsmen, Reservists, Military Families, and Veterans with food drives, care packages, adopt a family programming and more. Volunteers have the opportunity to work virtually or in person.

‘Tis the season of giving. | Photo by @sparepartssa

‘Tis the season of giving.

Photo by @sparepartssa

For the artsy types

Briscoe Western Art Museum | Give back to our local western art museum as either a Docent Volunteer (help share the art, artifacts and story of the West through tours with visitors year-round) or as an Events Volunteer.

Spare Parts San Antonio | This center for creatives is always seeking volunteers to help with sorting, organizing, and pricing material donations.

Witte Museum | Opportunities include assisting visitors in the gallery spaces, hands-on learning experiences, helping with large special events (Game Dinner and Cocktails + Cultures) assisting administrative or collections teams, and more.

If you’re an animal lover

San Antonio Animal Care Services |The shelter is in need of volunteers to help bottle feed kittens + puppies or foster rescues.

San Antonio Humane Society | This local animal shelter is looking for volunteers of all ages to help with daily tasks, community outreach, public relations, fostering, animal care + behavior, and more.

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Check out the volunteer opportunities with the city’s Animal Care Services.

Photo by Animal Care Services

For the handy-worker

Habitat for Humanity San Antonio | The non-profit housing organization builds homes year-round and needs volunteers to help with construction Tuesdays through Saturdays, 7:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

If you’re passionate about supporting local community groups

Fiesta Youth | This organization serves LGBTQ+ teens and young adults. You can donate your time by facilitating weekly youth meetings + helping with their annual events.

The social butterflies

San Antonio Threads | The mission of this non-profit is to provide youth with free new clothes and are always looking for volunteer “stylists” to give shoppers a VIP experience by assisting them with finding their correct sizes, colors + more.

The outdoorsy types

Bexar Branches Alliance | This local nonprofit is dedicated to expanding + preserving San Antonio’s natural tree canopy. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, it needs volunteers to help prune tree canopies.

San Antonio Missions National Historic Park | Volunteer with our local National Park by helping with administrative support, keeping the grounds clean, visitor services, and more.

Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation | The organization rescues 10,000 animals per year and depends on volunteers to continue operating. You can help by volunteering your time in its maintenance, rescue, or transport departments.

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Volunteer with the National Park Service at one of its local events.

Photo by San Antonio Missions National Historic Park

    If you live + breathe San Antonio

    Keep San Antonio Beautiful | Make a difference by volunteering to clean up the neighborhoods in the Alamo City. They host numerous events throughout the year that you can sign up for.

    San Antonio Sports | The athletic nonprofit organization contributes to the execution of sporting events including the annual San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and the All-American Bowl from pre-event planning to the post-event wrap up.

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