Volunteer with Foundation Communities

More than 1500 people volunteer with Foundation Communities every year.  Want to know why they keep signing up?  Find out in our new volunteer video.

Ways to volunteer with us at Foundation Communities

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jackie Blair, Director of Volunteer Programs at (512) 610-7377 or Jackie.Blair@foundcom.org.

***Volunteer Spotlight: Free Minds Mentors***

Sometimes the hardest part is getting started. The Free Minds Project offers a free, year-long college course in humanities to low-income adults by removing the barriers to their education (child care, tuition costs, etc). Our mentors will help Free Minds graduates take the next steps forward as they move out of the classroom to pursue new goals. This can include setting deadlines, breaking the process down into manageable pieces, and helping to navigate the barriers that come with our mentee’s day-to-day lives. The mentor's main role is to provide the impetus and accountability in setting accomplishable goals, as well as providing the resources necessary to reach them. Click here for more details!

Helping 1 on 1

Cash for College: Assist teens and adults apply for federal and state student aid, find scholarships, and  answer basic financial aid questions. Click here to learn more

Community Tax Center

Free Minds Mentors: Help graduates of our Free Minds Project realize their educational, personal, and career goals as they transition out of our classroom with new ambitions. Find out more!

Community Tax Centers: Join hundreds of volunteers in providing free tax preparation for low income families. Volunteer trainings will be held in December and January. You don’t have to have a background in accounting. We’ll cover everything you need to know! Click here for more info.

Financial Coaching: Help our neighbors achieve financial stability and long term success with 1-on-1 coaching. You’ll provide them with the confidence and the tools they need to create household budgets, save over time, reduce debt, and improve credit scores. Click here to learn more!

Learning Center: Volunteer for a few hours each week at one of our 10 Learning Centers as a tutor and mentor.  Help children with homework to improve their grades or share your talents by leading enriching activities.  All new volunteers are required to complete a volunteer orientation.

Insure Central Texas: Volunteer a few hours each week to help guide families and individuals through enrolling in affordable health insurance. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the Affordable Care Act and empower the uninsured in our community to navigate what may have otherwise been a challenging and confusing process. Click here to learn more!

Leading Classes

Mother and child

English as a Second Language: Volunteer for a few hours each week at one of our three ESL locations in Austin.  Assist the ESL instructors during class and help tutor adult ESL students through small group conversation and guided lessons.  All new volunteers are required to complete a volunteer orientation.

Money Management Instructors: Seasoned volunteer Financial Coaches will have the opportunity to teach Money Management Classes. The Money Management Class is a 3-class series that covers credit, debt reduction, and savings in depth.

Creating a Sense of Home

Holiday Assistance: Sponsor a family and bring a little holiday cheer to our residents who are unable to fulfill their family’s wish lists this year. Click here for more info.

Supper ClubSupper Club: Volunteer as a group for a few hours each month to provide a nutritious, home cooked meal and fellowship time for our residents. We ask volulnteer groups to commit to doing a minimum of 4-6 meals at the same property throughout a year.  Volunteers must purchase all supplies needed to serve and clean up the meal.

Food for Thought--Free Minds Supper Clubs:  The Free Minds Project provides adults living on low to moderate incomes with a chance to jumpstart their college education.  The adult learners already have a lot on their plates. Many are single parents.  We want to make sure dinner is one less thing they have to worry about. Your group can make a meal for our Free Minds students and their children, bringing the class together and fueling them through their college coursework.  Dinner is served prior to class from 6:00 – 6:30pm every Monday and Thursday at Foundation Communities’ M Station apartments.  We ask volunteer groups to commit to doing a minimum of 4-6 meals throughout a year.  

Welcome Home Baskets: Volunteers provide our new residents who have moved directly out of homelessness with basis household items like linens, plates and towels.  We are seeking individual or group sponsors who can commit to purchasing, assembling and delivering baskets as needed over a 6 month to 1 year time period. 

Group Service Projects                                

Foudation Communities partners with United Way for Greater Austin for their 3 Days of Caring each year  (September, April and January). Dates are determined by United Way's volunteer management team.

Get involved!

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jackie Blair, Director of Volunteer Programs at 512-610-7377 or Jackie.Blair@foundcom.org