Volunteer

YOU can help Build a Stronger Community

At United Way of the Brazos Valley, we believe that little actions add up to create great impact, whether it’s through giving monetary donations or giving time. That’s why we run Volunteer Brazos Valley - the region's connection point for volunteers.  
 

Individuals and Businesses

We envision a world where all individuals discover their power to make a difference and are equipped as active, engaged citizens. Even just a few hours a month helps to build a stronger Brazos Valley.  
Join the movement and sign up with Volunteer Brazos Valley
 

Nonprofit Organizations

If your organization is a registered 501(c) (3) organization, government agency, neighborhood association, eldercare facility or public school that accepts volunteers, Volunteer Brazos Valley can assist you in recruiting volunteers to support your organization.  Click here to register an event for needed volunteers. 
 


Holiday Volunteering Opportunities

Thankgsiving Meal Prep & Distribution - Thanksgiving in the Brazos Valley

Thanksgiving in the Brazos Valley seeks volunteers to support the preparation and distribution of over 1,500 Thanksgiving meals on Thanksgiving Day. Opportunities include breaking down turkeys, separating desserts, assisting in platinging the meals and driving to deliver the meals to families.

Dates: Nov. 28

Time: Multiple Shifts Available

  • Morning Prep - 7:00 am - 9:30 am (breakdown turkeys, separate desserts, etc.)

  • Plating Meals - 9:30 am - 11:30 am (plate meals and assist with loading cars)

  • Delivery Drivers - 9:30 am - 11:30 am (deliver hot meals to families) *Deliveries require a buddy system of at least 2 people per vehicle*

Contact: Epicures Catering, Inc. at 979-695-0985

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Angel Tree Family Interviewer Volunteers - The Salvation Army Bryan/College Station

The Salvation Army Bryan/College Station needs volunteers to help with their upcoming Angel Tree Family Interview process. Volunteers are needed to help with different stages of the interview process for those needing holiday assistane. Those who can speak multiple languages are especially needed.

Dates: Sept. 30 - Oct 5

Time: Multiple Shifts Available

Contact: The Salvation Army Bryan College Station at 979-361-0618

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Angel Tree Warehouse & Post Oak Mall Volunteers - The Salvation Army Bryan/College Station

The Salvation Army Bryan/College Station is looking for volunteers to assist in their Angel Tree warehouse and their table in Post Oak Mall.

Warehouse Details

  • Sort and intake donations, compile family wish list items and help distribute items to families

  • Dates: Nov. 16 - Dec. 19

  • Time: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm (Multiple shifts available)

Post Oak Mall Details

  • Assist Angel tree selection and collect donations

  • Dates: Nov. 15 - Dec. 14

  • Time: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm (Multiple shifts available)

Contact: Mellissa Roy at 979-361-0618 or at mellissa.roy@uss.salvationarmy.org

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Red Kettle Volunteers - The Salvation Army Bryan/College Station

The Salvation Army Bryan/College Station is looking for volunteers help ring bells in various locations around Bryan/College Station during their Red Kettle Campaign. Volunteers can sign up to ring for a minimum of 2 hours up to a whole day of ringing. Volunteers can choose 1 day or multiple days. This is a great opportunity for families, friends, businesses and groups to participate in.

Dates: Nov. 15 - Dec. 24

Time: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm (Shifts available in 2 hour blocks)

Contact: Mellissa Roy at 979-361-0618 or at mellissa.roy@uss.salvationarmy.org

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Volunteering Opportunities

Fall Advocate Training Course - Sexual Assault Resource Center

The Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) is hosting it's Fall Volunteer Advocate Training Course Sept. 30 -  Oct. 12! The training runs for two weeks, Monday - Thursday of both weeks from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm and both Saturdays from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. SARC's Advocates help them to provide crisis intervention services and help support survivors of sexual assault through answering their 24-hour crisis hotline and accompanying survivors to area hospitals, law enforcement agencies and court proceedings.

Advocates must be 18 years or older, complete an application form and interview and be able to pass a background check. 

Dates: Sept. 30 - Oct 12

Time: Mon. - Thurs. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm & both Sat. from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Contact: Caroline Adams, Volunteer Coordinator, at cadams@sarcbv.org or by calling 979-731-1000. Trainings are also held in the Spring and Summer. Visit www.sarcbv.org/volunteering for more information.

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Ongoing Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities - Twin City Mission

The Twin City Mission has several volunteer opportunities available:

  • Community Café - The Community Café provides 3 meals a day to residents of the Doug Weedon Shelter for Hope. Additionally, the cafe offers one hot meal a day to anyone in the community, either lunch or dinner. Volunteers can help serve food to clients and community members, providing comfort and nourishment to those in need. *Volunteers must be 12 years of age or older, and volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.* Volunteer opportunities are on weekdays from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (Lunch) and 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Dinner)

  • Community Closet - The Twin City Mission Community Closet provides clothes and/or household items (when available) to individuals and families in the community at no charge to assist them in gaining and/or maintaining self-sufficiency. We are seeking volunteers to help in the community closet with cleaning, organizing, sorting clothing, and helping clients “shop.” *Volunteers must 18 years + and be able to bend down to pick up objects, and help sweep and clean the location.* Volunteer opportunities are on Mondays and Friday from 8:00 am - 11:00 am

  • Donation & Resale Services - Twin City Mission operates 4 resale stores in the Brazos Valley: Second Chance 1 (Harvey Mitchell Parkway) Second Chance 2 (Old College Road) Alice’s Attic (downtown Bryan), and Second Chance 3 (Navasota). The resale stores offer low cost clothing, housewares, furniture, books and kitchen items to the general public. All items are donated from the community and ALL proceeds generated benefit Twin City Mission’s clients. Volunteers will assist store managers with bringing out new items, keeping the store clean, helping clients and assisting with other needs like bringing in large donations as able. Volunteer Opportunities for the various store locations are from Monday - Saturday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

  • Youth & Family Services - The Youth and Family Services STAR Program provides short-term, solution-focused services to kids ages 0-17 and their families. This includes strengthening family relationships, improving family communication, increasing positive interactions and developing skills for coping with problems, stress and grief. Tasks would include answering phones, greeting guests and clients, assisting with paperwork and helping with other needs as able. *Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and complete a criminal background check including fingerprinting.* Volunteers would help with administrative functions Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Contact: For more information please contact Twin City Mission's Volunteer Coordinator Corin Tschoepe at tschoepec@twincitymission.org or by calling 979-587-4495

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Volunteer Opportunities - The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Brazos Valley

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Brazos Valley has several volunteer opportunities available:

  • Administration: Filing, office organization, packet building, research assistance, data entry

  • Direct Client Services:  Hotline, NAMI-BV curriculum-based groups, Support Group Facilitators

  • Internship/Practicum Opportunities

  • Outreach: Tabling events to reach community members - health fairs, fairs/festivals, organization fairs, outreach tours

  • Speakers Bureau: Train-the-Trainer for various presentations such as Mental Health 101, NAMI programs and services, basic overviews of intersectional mental health topics (ie. substance abuse, trafficking, family violence, education/school, childhood abuse/neglect, trauma, etc.)

  • Special Events: NAMIWalks, Mental Health Awareness Month, Suicide Prevention Awareness

Contact: For more information please email volunteernamibv@gmail.com

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Food Pantry & Clothing Closet Volunteers - The Salvation Army Byran/College Station

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help with their food pantry and clothing closet. There are 3 shift options available.

  • Food Pantry - Prep: Volunteers to help every Tuesday to unload the truck delivery, re-bag food items and shelve items to be used for distribution on Wednesdays.

  • Food Pantry - Distribution Day: Volunteers to help every Wednesday to take food items from the shelves in the food pantry and place them into carts from different areas of the building. Those that complete the Salvation Army's civil rights training can also assist clients to their cars. Volunteers will bring stray shopping back to the building.

  • Clothing Closet: Volunteers to help sort, organize and upkeep the clothing closet that the Salvation Army offers to client that are in need of clothing assistance. This volunteer opportunity is available any time during the week during business hours. Clothing closet appointments are on Thursdays at 1:00 pm. Volunteers can help clients "shop" for items if they complete the Salvation Army's civil rights training.

Contact: Mellissa Roy at 979-361-0618 or at mellissa.roy@uss.salvationarmy.org

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Homework Help Volunteers - Clara B. Mounce Public Library

The Clara B. Mounce Public Library is in need of volunteers to help students with their homework. They are looking for volunteers who are comfortable helping students of any age range with homework and be able to do some tutoring. This would be a semester long commitment. Each volunteer would work on day per week and preferably on the same day. Once you have been approved by the City of Bryan, you will be notified by Elaine Pratt, Youth Services Librarian for the Clara B. Mounce Public Library.

Dates: Monday - Friday from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm; Starting Sept. 9

Location: Clara B. Mounce Public Library - 201 E. 26th Street, Bryan, TX 77803

Contact: Elaine Platt, Youth Services Librarian, at eplatt@bryantx.gov or 979-2019-5600

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Food Pantry Volunteers - The Bridge Ministries of Bryan Texas

The Bridge Ministries of Bryan Texas is looking for volunteers to provide assistance during their weekly (every Thursday) food distribution, to sort produce items, assist clients as they shop, load cars with food, set-up, and tear down, work with children while parents wait to be served, etc. 

Location: The Bridge Ministires of Bryan Texas - 408 E. 24th Street, Bryan, TX 77803

Contact: Bea Hauser at bea@thebridgeministries.org or 979-704-6037

For more information, you can visit www.thebridgeministries.org.

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Fall Soccer Coaches & Coordinators - Bryan Soccer Club

The Bryan Soccer Club is a non-profit, volunteer operated youth soccer club who serve about 500 children from 4 to 17 years of age from the City of Bryan and surrounding areas. After recruiting from their pool of parents, the Bryan Soccer Club still needs 20 - 30 volunteers to serve as age group coordinators and coaches for the 12 week fall soccer season.

  • Coorinators put together teach rosters and help recruit coaches. Dates: Sept. 3 - Nov. 23

  • Coaches are responsible for running practives and managing games. Dates: Sept. 21 - Nov. 23

The Bryan Soccer Club also has a spring season so volunteers are welcome to stay on into the spring. Background check and SaveSport training is required and provided at no cost to volunteers.

Contact: Robert Barrett at rcb9394@yahoo.com or 979-220-3619

More information can be found at www.bryansoccer.org.

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Volunteer Advocates - Sexual Assault Resource Center

**All Volunteer Advocates must complete the Volunteer Advocate Training**

Volunteer Advocates provide direct client services by:

  • Answering SARC's 24-hour hotline in the evenings and on weekends

  • Providing support and resources to survivors via accompaniments at hospitals, police departments, and Court

  • Facilitating support groups *extra training required*

Advocates are able to answer the phone from their home as all calls are forwarded from the center to a phone number provided. Advocates are requested to make at least a 6 month commitment to the center and sign up for 2 shifts per month after training is complete. Volunteer advocates must be at least 18 years of age. The Volunteer Advocates are the lifeline and the voice of support that survivors hear in the middle of the night; without them, the center would cease to function.

SARC is especially looking for community members and anyone available to help Monday - Friday between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Trainings are held in the Spring (around February), Summer (around June), and Fall (around October) for a two-week period that runs Monday-Thursday of both weeks from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm and both Saturdays from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. ***The next training will be Sept. 30 - Oct. 12! See above for details!**

Contact: Caroline Adams, Volunteer Coordinator, at cadams@sarcbv.org or by calling 979-731-1000 anytime from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday.

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Volunteer Assistant - Rock Steady Boxing College Station

Rock Steady Boxing College Station is a fitness program designed specifically for people with Parkinson's disease. This group exercise program helps individuals improve their balance, flexibility and core strength. (They also offer participants a heavy dose of fun and camaraderie during the workout!) Volunteers are needed to help encourage the participants and to assist them as needed during the class with boxing gloves and light weight fitness equipment. A volunteer doesn't need to be with us every class session. Whether someone wants to volunteer twice a week or twice a month, they would be happy to have your assistance as often as you desire. They are very flexible.

Contact: Cindy Conte at 713-203-8880 or collegestation@rsbaffiliate.com

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Donation Sorting - Aggieland Pregnancy Outrach

Volunteers will help sort donated clothes and books for teen moms that attend Mama Club.

Hours: Shifts available Wed. & Fri. from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: 410 Harvey Road #300, College Station, TX 77840

Contact: Diane Brown at 979-764-6636 or diane@pregnancyoutreach.org

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Customer Service - The Hospice Brazos Valley Thrift Store

Hospice Brazos Valley, operates The Hospice Thrift Store, a successful resale shop dependent on volunteers, sells donated clothing and household items at reasonable prices. Volunteers sort, stock shelves, and assist the large customer base.  Proceeds from the shop support patients and families served by Hospice Brazos Valley. 

Requirements to volunteer: Application, background check, on-site training.  

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Teach Citizenship Classes - Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network

Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network is seeking volunteers for general support: teaching and tutoring in citizenship classes; volunteering with our Information, Referral, and Assistance (IRA) program; assisting with outreach efforts; aiding in the coordination of special events; supporting our Conversation Partners program for English practice; and helping with office projects.