Austin Volunteer Opportunities
December 23, 2015 12:56 pm
The holidays are a wonderful time to spend with family and friends. But for some Austin children and their families, it can be a tough time due to economic hardships. If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities in Austin to help those in need this holiday season, two local law enforcement agencies have a number of ways you can lend a hand.
Every year, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office Brown Santa program sponsors fundraising events to supply holiday meals and toys for underprivileged children and their families, as well as senior residents of retirement centers. Brown Santa has helped thousands of children and families in Travis County since 1981.
The Sheriff’s Office aims to raise $50,000 in donations this year, through fundraisers such as the Brown Santa Auto Show and Toy Drive, Breakfast with Santa, Zumba Master Class and the Brown Santa 5k Run/Walk. Visit the Sheriff’s office website to learn how you can make a donation or volunteer your time.
Volunteers and employees of the Austin Police Department run Operation Blue Santa, which has provided toys and food for families in need during the holidays since 1972. The non-profit organization also receives support from the Austin Fire Department, Austin Energy, Austin Water Utilities and the Texas National Guard, area businesses, organizations, and the Central Texas community.
Operation Blue Santa provides holiday meals and wrapped Christmas gifts to more than 5,000 families each year. You can donate new, unwrapped toys during the Operation Blue Santa children’s parade that takes place Saturday, November 26. The non-profit organization’s other major fundraiser is the Breakfast and Silent Auction to be held at the Palmer Event Center on Saturday, December 2nd. Donations for the auction are still being accepted. Or you can attend the breakfast and bid on some great auction items to support Austin families and children in need during the holidays.
Learn about other volunteer opportunities in Austin this holiday season by visiting the following websites:
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