It’s one of the questions we receive most often here at San Antonio Things to Do: “Where can I take my kids and teens to volunteer in San Antonio?”
We’ve done our research to bring you this special list of holiday volunteer opportunities for adults as well as families with kids.
Note, things continue to be a bit different this year due to the ongoing pandemic. Some opportunities are no longer here this year, and some have changed – but the needs are still the same, if not more so.
Christmas Volunteering Opportunities in San Antonio
We offer 10 San Antonio organizations where you may volunteer, whether you like giving back all year or especially during the Christmas season.
1. Spare Parts
A nonprofit organization in San Antonio urges you to think again before throwing away anything that is still useable. Their name is Spare Parts, and their mission is multi-faceted and even artistic. One of the Spare Parts’ main goals is to promote a shift away from our throwaway culture mentality. The Center for Creative Reuse is looking for volunteers to assist with sorting, arranging, and pricing material contributions. Volunteer shifts are usually 3 hours long, and volunteer days are Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. OR 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
If you are willing to volunteer for Spare Parts, please send an email to vo*******@sp**********.org.
You can visit Spare Parts San Antonio Website for more information.
Location: 13491 Wetmore Rd, San Antonio, TX 78247, United States
2. Fiesta Youth
Since 2013, Fiesta Youth has been offering support groups and many other services to young LGBTQ+ individuals and their parents in order to enhance their quality of living. Fiesta Youth also organizes events to collect funds for future initiatives and to promote awareness about problems that impact LGBTQ+ persons. Volunteers are needed to assist in the facilitation and supervision of youth gatherings. Interactions with compassionate adults may be beneficial to children.
All volunteers must be at least 21 years old and prepared to commit for at least 6 months. Volunteering opportunities include Youth Meeting Volunteer, Youth Events Volunteer, Special Events Volunteer, and Administrative Volunteer.
You can volunteer by filling out their application.
Visit Fiesta Youth Website for more information.
Location: 702 Donaldson Ave, San Antonio, TX 78201, United States
3. Habitat for Humanity San Antonio
The objective of Habitats for Humanity is a world where everybody has a good place to live. Habitat for Humanity works toward this objective by partnering with people and families in need of a safe and reliable place to live. Volunteers at Habitat for Humanity assist in the building houses, fundraising, administrative work, feeding hungry volunteers, working at their Home Centers, and much more.
Location: 311 Probandt St, San Antonio, TX 78204, United States
You may coordinate with them at 210-223-5203 x161 or Vo*******@Ha*******.org.
Check out Habitat For Humanity Website for more information.
4. San Antonio Threads
San Antonio Threads provides free clothing to children in need, and this year it has provided approximately 3,300 children. Teens who meet the criteria may choose full clothes, fresh socks, undergarments, bras, seasonal goods, etc when they are available. Adolescents in foster care, teens who have grown out of foster homes, homeless teens, and other teens in need of help are all part of their target age group, which ranges from 12 to 21 years old. Volunteers are always needed, whether you’re part of a larger group, a church, or just want to work alone or with a handful of pals.
You can apply to volunteer with them by filling out their form.
Check out San Antonio Threads Website for more information.
Location: 10446 Sentinel St, San Antonio, TX 78217, United States
5. Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation focuses on wounded, ill, and orphaned animals. WRR has evacuated over 10,000 animals this year and expects to save another 2,000 before the end of the year. These figures reflect the lives of each and every single animal that has been saved from a life-threatening situation. Helping Hands Volunteer shifts are generally project or event-oriented and are flexible. Their Helping Hands help with everyday work such as addressing mails, event set-up, and laundry responsibilities such as cleaning and folding clean beddings. For families with young children above the age of 12, there is a specific Helping Hands module.
You can apply by filling out their application.
Location: 1354 Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX 78212, United States
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6. Family Service Association
Family Service has supported, strengthened, and served San Antonio and its neighboring areas since 1903. Addressing the socioeconomic determinants of health via a trauma-informed care perspective is central to their goal. Where individuals live, study, work, play, and age are all social determinants of health.
7. San Antonio Food Bank
The San Antonio Food Bank, which was founded in 1980, has swiftly expanded to assist 120,000 people every week in one of Texas’ biggest coverage regions. Their goal is for people to not only have enough food to eat today, but also to have the means to become self-sufficient tomorrow. Volunteers may choose the sort of work they want to do as well as the area where they want to volunteer as the San Antonio Food Bank continues to deliver vital services to the public.
You may select the volunteering options here.
9. Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries
10. Morningside Ministries Senior Living Communities
Morningside Ministries is San Antonio’s oldest and biggest faith-based elder living organization, with two communities offering a complete continuum of care. Morningside presently provides three different volunteer programs in which you may participate. Morningside Ministries General Volunteer, Morningside Ministries Auxiliary, and Person-to-Person are the three categories.
You may register here.
Check out Morningside Ministries website for more information.
Location: 7550 W Interstate 10 Ste 210, San Antonio, TX 78229
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We always try to call shelters and food banks to see what items we are short on and grab a case of it for them. They get what they need and our kids do a good deed. Also, care ziplocs for homeless on the corners with hiegene items, some granola bars, candy, cigarettes (valueable to them even though we don’t smoke), and some clean underwear/socks and a 5$ bill. They seem to appreciate that.
These are all wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing and happy holidays!
I would like to volunteer.
Marilyn, thank you for your comment. That’s great! Be sure to contact one of the organizations above.
Yes I am trying to figure out how me and my husband can help with anything this holiday season
Love this! It’s so important to teach our children to be compassionate and help others! Thanks!
This is great thoughts to be teach to our children. Learn to help others in need. Be a volunteer , be a part.It’s great!! Thank you for posting.
What is available on Thanksgiving day? Can we serve at Raul Jimenez with kids?