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Top 5 Volunteer Opportunities in Austin

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Want to volunteer or intern at a great Austin non-profit? Whether you’re new to Austin and want to learn about the city’s charities, trying to change up your routine with some local charity work, or just want to volunteer or intern at a neighborhood non-profit, everyone knows that the best way to find the right place for you is from the people who’ve been there!

Here’s a list of volunteers’ and interns’ favorite Austin charities. Every non-profit on this list earned has an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on, and must have been reviewed by at least 10 volunteers. If your favorite Austin non-profit or volunteer gig is missing, find it on, write a positive review, and show your co-volunteers how to start adding reviews and get it on the list!

Rainforest Partnership
“I have been volunteering with Rainforest Partnership for close to two years in various roles from event coordinating, sponsor recruitment, donor relationships, general office remodeling, web content/layout development and more. The reason I have stayed with RP for so long and will continue to pledge my commitment is the integrity of their mission and fiscal responsibility beyond any other NPO I have volunteered with. I am confident that the money raised from RP is going directly towards tangibly assisting rainforest communities in need (and want) of positive change. The focus on the relationships that have been established with these sister communities is critical to their (and therefore ‘our’) successes in limiting deforestation.” –Tiffany Harelik

Lance Armstrong Foundation
“My wife is a volunteer and as such, I have had the opportunity to meet some of the people who have dedicated their lives to making living and dying with cancer an experience with hope, understanding and acceptance. The people whom I have meet have one goal – to make the lives of those dealing with cancer better. The LAF provides hope. There is no higher purpose.” –kemurp

Minis and Friends
“I am a Minis and Friends Volunteer and Mini Handler. The people and minis that I work with are all amazing. I am glad to be able to work with these little horses and the other handlers. I feel accomplishment every time I finish an event with this wonderful group of people and horses.” –Patricia H.

Shadow Cats Rescue
“I have served as a volunteer trapper for Shadow Cats Rescue for several years. I can honestly say that it has been one of the best experiences of my life. The people involved with Shadow Cats have such a love for cats and do all they can to help those in need. The benefit to the animals of this community is tremendous.” –mindye

Miracle Foundation
“I started volunteering at The Miracle Foundation back in December and words cannot express how impressed I am with this organization. Caroline’s story will bring tears to your eyes, she is a kind, remarkable and inspirational woman. The staff of The Miracle Foundation could not be anymore positive and down to earth. They are so welcoming and are truly passionate about their work. I definitely encourage people to experience the service of others through this organization. It is with out a doubt life changing.” –cbulrich

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