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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
(210) 486-4513
Mon - Thu: 7:30am - 8:30pm
Fri: 7:30am - 4 pm
Sat: 8:30am - 2:30pm

Income Tax Assistance program

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) is currently recruiting volunteers for the upcoming 2015 tax filing season. They provide free tax law training to volunteers who will become IRS certified to prepare tax returns. VITA program requires no experience, offers training during the week and on weekends and offers incentives such as referral bonuses and an Appreciation Dinner at the end of the tax season.

Once volunteers attend the 16 hour free tax law training they will volunteer at a site of their choice as a tax preparer.

You may volunteer any day of the week between 10:00am-8:00pm.

For more information visit:


To sign up to volunteer contact;

Eva Avitia





Loaves and Fishes

Mobile Loaves and Fishes is a ministry that makes and delivers meals to the homeless in San Antonio. It is sponsored by St. Mark's Evangelical Catholic Church on Thousand Oaks. They feel about 900 people a week!!

Volunteers will make cold sandwiches (50-60) per run, help clean the kitchen and adjacent room, and help load the truck. There might be an opportunity for a few people to help deliver and serve the meal if the regular team cancels (3 max).

Times that you could sign up for are the third Fridays from 9-11 a.m.approx.,fourth Sundays from 9:30 - 11 a.m. approx., and for Tuesday and Wednesday nights contact Renee Hayes for availability.

For more information visit their website:

To sign up to volunteer contact:

Renee Hayes

Fiesta Especial 2016 Coronation


Fiesta Especial 2016 Coronation

The Fiesta Especial Royal Court Coronation is a formal celebration of the accomplishments of the royal court members.  Each court member is recognized for their campaign funds, contributions and activities in the community, crowned and then they present a check to their chosen charitable organization.  The ceremony is followed by a reception in their honor. 47 Volunteers are needed to make this event a great success and experience for the attendees. 

Volunteer areas include: 

                -backstage helper

                -dressing room attendants

                -photographer for the event

                -event set up

                -guest registration

                -traffic attendants

                -greeters/reception hosts

                -photo booth attendants


                -court member attendant

                -merchandise sales

                -clean up

Youth Volunteer Restrictions: Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older to volunteer without a supervising adult.  Children, 12 and up are welcome to volunteer, but must be accompanied (one-to-one) by an adult, 18 years of age or older.


When: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 3pm – 9:30pm (different shifts available)      
 Where: Texas A&M University S.A.  
               One University Way, San Antonio, TX 78224   


For more information or to sign up, please visit:


Feb. 26th & 27th - 2016 Texas Academic Decathlon State Finals

2016 Texas Academic Decathlon State Finals


San Antonio College (SAC) is a host site for the 2016 Texas Academic Decathlon State Finals.  

SAC will have 360 students (40 teams – 30 medium schools and 10 small schools) vying for $100,000 in scholarship monies. Students will take objective tests covering music, art, language/literature, economics, mathematics, science, and social science.  Additionally, students will give both prepared and impromptu speeches, write a 50-minute essay, and be interviewed regarding their high school activities and/or their plans following graduation. 

The overall theme for this year’s Texas Academic Decathlon State Finals is an in-depth study of India.

As the event host site, the Alamo Colleges is being asked to assemble volunteers who are committed to serving as judges and proctors, in addition to ambassadors of our organization.  This is an exciting opportunity to participate in this year’s State Decathlon and represent the Alamo Colleges. 

When: The event dates and times are as follows:  
         = February 26, 2016       11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  
         = February 27, 2016       12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.       


Where: San Antonio College 


For more information or to volunteer, please contact:  
Rick Hopkins  


Saturday, April 2nd - San Antonio Book Festival

San Antonio Book Festival

The 4th Annual San Antonio Book Festival, a program of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, is a free, daylong event that takes place Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Central Library and the Southwest School of Art. This year it will feature more than 80 acclaimed authors in engaging book readings, panel discussions, book sales and book signings. There will also be cooking demonstrations, children's activities, book readings for children and young adults, a young adults' technology area and much more. Volunteers are needed to make this event a great success and experience for the attendees.


When: Saturday, April 2, 2016 (different shifts available)

Where: Central Library

               600 Soledad St. San Antonio, TX78205


For more information, please visit: 

To sign up, please visit: . 


For questions, please contact:

Gabi Marcus
Phone#: 210-896-1317


Saturday, April 23rd - LUNG FORCE 5K Run/Walk


Our LUNG FORCE Walk is like no other charity event. Lung cancer is increasing among women, affecting our mothers, daughters, sisters and loved ones across all races and ethnicities. Yet, for most women, it’s not even on their radar as a potential risk. The LUNG FORCE Walk is raising awareness and funds to help those impacted by lung cancer and other lung diseases, including asthma and COPD. Our Walk features LUNG FORCE Heroes and their families, a LUNG FORCE Action Passport to interactive education areas, fun games and activities, and inspiring stories of hope.  Join with us as we share our voices and rally our friends, neighbors and colleagues to join the fight against lung cancer—and for lung health.

Volunteer areas includes:

-Traffic Direction into back parking lot
-Event Manager Assistant
-T shirt & Goodie Bags Distribution.
-Health & Wellness Fair Booth Assistance.
-Water Stations
-Start & Finish Line snacks / drinks
-Encouragement for Participants
-Face Painters
-Set Up / Break Down


When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 6:30am – 11am (different shifts available)

Where: Sea World

              10500 Sea World Dr San Antonio, TX 78251


For more information, please visit:

To sign up: 


For questions, please contact:

Neale Parker
Phone#: 210-714-4891


Saturday, April 23rd - 2016 Royalty Run 5K & Parade


2016 Royalty Run 5K & Parade

The Fiesta Especial Royalty Run 5K & Parade takes place on Saturday, April 23rd in the beautiful City of Windcrest.  There is a little something for everyone at the Fiesta Especial Royalty Run 5k & Parade, whether participants choose to compete in the Royalty Run 5K, walk in the 1-mile fun run or ride on a float in the parade.  The route is lined in shade trees with pleasant views as the course wraps around the golf course.  Participants are encouraged to kick back and relax after the run as a parade winds through the city streets featuring a colorful display of the sights and sounds of Fiesta! The Parade that follows the run is comprised of disability service organizations and those they serve. These organizations are invited to participate at no cost with a float, walking group, cars or carts.

This is one of the few 5K’s in San Antonio, where the runners and walkers get personal interaction with individuals impacted by their participation on the day of the event.  Runners, walkers and all the floats are lined up in the street together creating a very visible impression of why everyone is there. 281 Volunteers are needed to make this event a great success and experience for the attendees.

Volunteer areas include:             

                -set up
                -runner registration
                -water station
                -snack station
                -parade registration
                -vehicle décor
                -course marshals
                -cheer team
                -games attendants
                -parking attendant
                -royal court escorts
                -parade banner carriers
                -clean up


When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 5:30am – 12pm (different shifts available)

Where: City of Windcrest, City Hall

               8601 Midcrown Dr. Windcrest, TX 78203 (Exit 550)


For more information or to sign up, please visit:


Tuesday, April 19th - 2016 Fiesta Especial Celebration Day


2016 Fiesta Especial Celebration Day

The Fiesta Especial Celebration Day program is an inclusive and educational experience that attracts special education classes, group homes, and day programs from San Antonio and surrounding communities. Attendees have access to unlimited rides, games, yummy food, live entertainment and a Shoebox parade. 245 Volunteers are needed to make this event a great success and experience for the attendees.

Volunteer areas include: 

                -set up     
                -ride assistants
                -game attendants
                -shoebox parade
                -classroom buddies
                -scavenger hunt
                -clean up


When: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 7:30am – 5pm (different shifts available)

Where: Alamo Dome (Parking Lot C)

              100 Montana, San Antonio, TX 78203 (Exit 550)


For more information or to sign up, please visit: 


Feb.12 or Feb.13 - ADOPT A BEACH


Adopt a Beach

Since the first cleanup in 1986, more than 488,000 Texas Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up more than 9,200 tons of trash from Texas beaches, some of it originating from as far away as South America.

Due to tide patterns in the Gulf of Mexico, trash dumped anywhere in the gulf is likely to end up on a Texas beach. Keeping Texas beaches clean and safe is an economic as well as environmental priority.

The program strives to:
•raise public awareness; 
•educate citizens about the source of debris; and 
•generate public support for state, national and international action to clean up coastal waters. 

The Texas Adopt-A-Beach program, an all-volunteer effort, is dedicated to preserving and protecting Texas beaches. The program's success is due to the generous efforts of dedicated volunteer county coordinators, coastal community leaders, sponsors and citizens. Strong support from the private sector helps carry our message to Texans all across the state.

Beach cleanups are a great way to engage in a team building exercise while doing something great for the environment.



            Friday, February 12, 2016 – Winter Texan Cleanup, South Padre Island     

            Saturday, February 13, 2016 – Coastal Bend Winter Cleanup

            Saturday, April 23, 2016 – Coast wide Spring Cleanup

            Saturday, September 24, 2016 – Coast wide Fall Cleanup


For more information or to volunteer, please visit:  


Friday, Feb.12 - Spread Cheer to Veterans


Spread Cheer to Veterans

The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide for the needs of our community through selfless service under the sign of love. We are committed to empowering individuals and families in our community and beyond with the goal of fostering independence.

Friday February 12th you can come with us to hand out Valentine’s Day cards and cookies to recovering veterans at a transitional facility who are at risk of being forgotten this Valentine’s Day weekend.


When: Friday, Feb.12, 2016 (9:30am-11:30am)

Where: (Will be emailed once registered)


For more information or to volunteer, visit/contact:

Paul Stevens


Saturday, Feb.20 - Basura Bash 2016


Basura Bash 2016

Basura Bash is a one day, all volunteer event to clean the San Antonio Watershed. Join Councilman Saldana and District 4 in cleaning up Indian Creek. Volunteers will pick up debris along Indian Creek drainage channel (Ray Ellison to War Cloud). Volunteers are asked to wear closed shoes and comfortable clothing. A light breakfast including fruit and breakfast bars will be provided at registration and lunch will also be provided. Water will also be available for volunteers. Join us in keeping District 4 beautiful and safe!


When: Sat Feb 20, 2016 (08:00 AM - 02:00 PM)

Where: 5830 Old Pearsall Road San Antonio, TX 78221


To volunteer, please visit:


For questions, contact:
Yojani Hernandez
Phone#: (210) 207-0880
Sonia Jimenez
Phone#: (210) 872-5437


Saturday, Feb.13 - United San Antonio POW WOW 2016


United San Antonio POW Wow -2016

American Indians in Texas

Join us for fun-filled days at the 19th Annual United San Antonio Pow Wow! American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions provides delicious Indian Tacos and other pow wow refreshments each year. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to join us at our food booth and learn how to make fry bead!

Once your shift is done, enjoy the singing, drumming and dancing by the pow wow participants from all over the city.


When: Sat Feb 13, 2016 08:30 AM - Sun Feb 14, 2016 05:00 PM

Where: 120 Clarence Tinker San Antonio, TX 78226


To volunteer, please visit:
For questions, contact:
American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions
Office #: 210-227-4940


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