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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 to Thur: 7:30am - 6pm
(doors lock at 5:45pm)
Fri, Sat, & Sun: CLOSED

Third Sat of Each Month -- Bring your love and share your time with children recovering from abuse and/or neglect

June 14th - Bring your love and share your time with children recovering from abuse and/or neglect with Chicktime 

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM  

We will be meeting on the third Saturday of each month at the St. Jude's Ranch for Children in Bulverde. We will have a different program each month that will include an activity and snacks for the kids. Please mark your calendars now and plan to join us!  


Questions? Contact Laura Sowell 361-244-0696  

Any Baby Can

Any Baby Can’s Volunteer Program : We are always looking for volunteers to assist us with child supervision, this is supervision of children with autism and their siblings. Volunteers will need to fill out the attached application and a background check will be ran, at no cost to the volunteer. We also ask volunteers to take a TB Test, this can be done at any WellMed location on a Monday thru Wednesday. Please have the volunteer notify Rosie Arismendez, included in this email, of what WellMed location they will be visiting and when. Rosie will then contact WellMed on behalf of the volunteer so that the volunteer is not charged for the test.


To sign up to volunteer, contact Rosie via email or at (210) 547-3009.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas Program


The Big Brothers Big Sisters is a one on one, professionally supported mentoring

program.  Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll

ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help

shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve.


Sign up today! – Please call the number below to be scheduled for an orientation.  The orientation lasts about two hours and will provide all of the information needed to determine whether the program will be a good fit for you. 


Contact info:

  Katie Keenan
Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator
210-225-6322 Ext. 119


Bob Lewis Elementary

Looking for individuals to volunteer to mentor elementary age students at Lewis Elementary between the hours of 8:30am and 2:30pm. The location is right off of Military on the other side of Sea World from Northwest Vista. The individuals must complete a NISD background check that can be found online at the following link . Each mentor may volunteer to work with only one student or they could work with as many as four students. The school ask for a semester long commitment. The mentors would spend 30 minutes with each child and would do activities such as playing a game, reading a story, talking and having lunch, or something academic the child needs help with. It would be ideal if the mentors could come weekly but if that is not possible then bi-weekly. The background check must be processed before the mentors are allowed to work with students.

Volunteers needed: 8:30am-2:30pm school days

School Address:

Bob Lewis Elementary
1000 Seascape, 78251

For more information, please visit:

For more information, please contact:
Heather Callihan (School Counselor)
Phone #: 210-397-2676

Brighton Center

Brighton Center is a Non-Profit organization that works with children with disabilities. At Brighton we believe in the acceptance of all children, empowering them to achieve their individual potential. We believe families are experts on their children and they are an essential part of their children’s growth and learning. Brighton's Child Development Center provides children with and without disabilities with an inclusive environment where they can learn, not only through social interactions with peers, but in a supportive, nurturing, developmentally appropriate environment based on their age and individual developmental needs.

We are need of volunteers to do clerical work at our Lullwood Center.

Date(s) and times volunteers are needed:
The center is open Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00

To volunteer or for more information, please contact:

Stacy Bullins

Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA)


Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA) recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children who have been removed from their homes. Established in 1984, CASA is part of a nationwide organization of Court Appointed Special Advocates. In the past 30 years, CASA Advocates have served over 18,000 children in Bexar County. 

CASA volunteers are trained and empowered by the courts to provide the depth of quality “best interest” advocacy needed by children facing extremely complex situations. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer is the one reliable adult presence in their lives throughout the time that they are in State protective custody.

A child with a CASA volunteer is:

  • Half as likely to re-enter foster care.
  • Substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care.
  • More likely to have a plan for permanency.
  • More likely to do better in school (e.g., more likely to pass all courses, less likely to have poor conduct, and less likely to be expelled).
  • More likely to score better on nine “protective factors”, including neighborhood resources, interested adults, sense of acceptance, controls against deviant behavior, models of conventional behavior, positive attitude towards the future, valuing achievement, ability to work with others and ability to resolve conflicts.

CASA really is making a difference…one volunteer at a time…one child at a time.

The Commitment:

  • Minimum 12 month commitment
  • Complete new volunteer training
  • Visit child(ren) once per month
  • Maintain confidentiality

The Requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have a valid Texas driver’s license
  • Have access to a vehicle and proof of insurance
  • Complete criminal and CPS background checks

No previous experience or education required. All training and support provided.


To volunteer or for more information, please contact:

James Douglas


Phone #: 210-225-7070



ChildSafe is a Child Advocacy Center, the only one in Bexar County that provides specialized services to children that have been abused, neglected or sexually abused.

ChildSafe has many opportunities for those that like to give the most important gift of all, their time. Volunteers are the heart of non-profit agencies. Whether you volunteer in leadership and serve on the governing board, work a special event, or bring your talents each week, you can help ChildSafe carry out the mission of serving sexually abused children in our community.


For more information, please contact:

Carrie Prewitt, Development Associate




This allows you to set a day, date, and time to volunteer on a regular schedule.

Greeters and Friendly Faces: help in the agency waiting room working directly with clients, spending time with children, reading, playing board games, etc. Half days or full days.

Design and Decor: update a display case in the ChildSafe lobby. Work with ChildSafe staff person and be creative. Two hours twice a month.

Spread the Word: help keep local hospitals stocked with ChildSafe brochures (ex: Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio). Pickup and delivery of supplies once a month.

Donation Inventory: help inventory and restock donations of stuffed toys, clothing, food for our clients. Two hours twice a month.



Goody Bags for the Terminally ill

Optum Palliative and Hospice Care

Creating Goody bags for the Terminally Ill and their Caregivers. Adding a pair of socks, rice crispy treats, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, gummy bears and maybe some sugar free items for our folks who have Diabetes is just an example of what can be added to a small brown paper bag. Also, these small brown bags can be decorated and may include a small wish inside for them to wish them well. This is a great group volunteer project. Because twenty folks can bring one item and fill many small brown paper bags until the snacks are gone. These mean so much to Optum's terminally ill patients and their caregivers. They feel the humanitarianism is alive.

If you need other creative ideas, call Optum's volunteer Coordinator, Janet Garza

Where: 5835 Callaghan Rd, Suite 400San Antonio, TX78228

When: It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


For more information please contact:

Janet Garza
Phone #: 210-632-7624
or 210-684-3900


Help Us Clothe Our Heroes

HRMAC San Antonio

The Clothing Closet is managed entirely by volunteers who primarily sort clothing, seek donations, and answer phone calls/e-mails. Thursday mornings from 9:30am to 11:30 am, volunteers and staff meet at the storage facility where donations are stored, sorted out, and marked the size on them. This process is very important and the only way of separating the good from the bad. Hours are flexible and don't ask for long term commitments just email us when you are available. Give it a try and see if it is something that will work for you.

We welcome your help as our clothing closet supports our community's homeless veterans.

Please note that our office is only open Monday through Wednesday from 12pm to 6pm. We are not open in the evenings or on weekends.

To learn more about HRMAC San Antonio, please visit our website:

Requirements & Commitment

- Must be at least 18

- Available Monday thru Thursday 12pm to 6pm


Where: 6718 Westfield Drive San Antonio, TX 78227


When: It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


For more information, please contact:


Araceli Castillo :

Hospice Care

New Century Hospice is dedicated to completing life’s journey by embracing life.  Hospice is a program of care and support for a person diagnosed with a terminal illness and comfort care is desired. Helping people find meaning and peace is at the core of our mission.  At New Century Hospice, our program supports early involvement where a dramatic difference in the quality of life can be experienced. By enabling families and loved ones to participate in the care experience, we are able to make the remaining time more meaningful, dignified and comfortable.

Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice team. As a friend and companion to the patient, volunteers also support caregivers by allowing them some free time and relief from their daily responsibilities and stress.  Hospice volunteers also provide a number of services such as bereavement support and help in the office. 

Time spent volunteering depends on your flexibility and the needs of our patients.  Currently we are in need of volunteers a few hours, once a week in the following areas -

 Patient Support

Volunteers provide companionship to the patient and simply offer an open heart for serving others in need.  Hospice volunteers help through visiting, reading, taking walks, writing letters, listening to or playing music, caring for pets, supervising visits with pets, and even massage therapy for volunteers with the necessary skills.

 Family Member and Caregiver Support

Volunteers can assist with shopping or basic household chores.  They can also stay with the patient for short periods of time permitting family caregivers time to themselves.  Family members also appreciate a visit from a compassionate friend who understands what they are going through.

 If you would like to make a difference – to give back – please contact us to learn more about hospice volunteering opportunities. 

  Contact us today!  Melissa. D. Maschke  

Latin Dance(iDance2Grow)

Latin Dance SA is a non-profit organization with a mission to make a positive impact on the personal development of youth and those within our community. We recognize the impact of our programs and the opportunity to touch thousands through community outreach and philanthropy. With Latin dance as a platform we are enabled to persuade our audience of the importance and the value of investing in the future of our youth and young professionals. Latin Dance S.A. is an organization committed to its mission and its purpose. We seek to take huge strides in making a positive impact on the personal development of the youth and individuals in our community through Latin dance. With this method we empower people to become great leaders, professionals, and philanthropist while strengthening the cornerstones of character for each person. Latin Dance S.A. is about more than just dance; we are about inspiring others to grow and be better.

We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with our after-school program, iDance2Grow. The program will begin this fall in several Northside ISD schools and will take place Monday through Friday from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Dance experience is not required to participate as a volunteer for the program, however; we do require that all potential volunteers complete a Latin Dance SA Volunteer Application and background check.

You can read more about Latin Dance SA and the programs we offer, at

Anyone wishing to volunteer can sign up online at, by clicking "Get Involved" and then selecting the option, "Volunteer" or, by contacting Tiffany Beverly directly.

For more information please contact:

Tiffany Beverly, Latin Dance SA - Volunteer Coordinator
Phone #: 210-544-0488


Meals on Wheels

At Meals on Wheels of San Antonio, we help seniors maintain their independence by delivering hot, nutritious meals every weekday. We offer a simple, yet impactful opportunity to get engaged in community service. Meals are prepared under the direction of a registered dietitian and are often the primary source of nutrition received by our clients. In addition, personal contact with our volunteers can combat loneliness and provide opportunities for early intervention in life-threatening situations.
Homebound elderly are waiting to open their doors to someone with a smile. Turn off technology for a couple of hours each week and make a difference for our homebound elderly and disabled. All you need is a car with some gas and we’ll send you in a direction that is convenient for you.

Contact Lauren Lewis to sign-up or for more information:

San Antonio Public Library Adult Digital Literacy Program!

San Antonio Public Library Adult Digital Literacy Program!

The digital divide is the economic and social gap between those who have computer and internet access, and those who do not. The internet is an essential tool for job seekers. Individuals lacking basic computer skills are often unemployed or under employed.

By volunteering with the San Antonio Public Library Adult digital Literacy program you can help bridge the gap in the digital divide. Volunteers are needed to teach internet basics, internet safety and email in a small class setting. Volunteers are also needed for individual tutoring.

To volunteer or for more information, please contact:

Molly McKenna


Phone#: 978-837-2847




San Antonio Youth Literacy (Reading Buddies)

San Antonio Youth Literacy

In 1984, our Founder, along with concerned businessmen and women, committed to reducing functional illiteracy among the youth of our city and founded San Antonio Youth Literacy (SAYL). SAYL is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides one-to-one reading assistance to elementary children. In 65 schools across San Antonio, volunteers tutor children who struggle with basic reading and comprehension skills.

Reading Buddies provide one-on-one reading assistance to elementary school children. We increase the number of children reading at grade level while fostering their enjoyment of reading. Our vision is that every child in South Texas enters 3rd grade reading at level.

Volunteers are essential to the success of SAYL’s Reading Buddy program! Reading Buddies must be at least seventeen years old and be able to commit at least one hour per week, for a full school year, approximately 16 sessions. During this time, the volunteer works one-on-one with two students, each for thirty minutes. If Reading Buddies are able to commit to more time each week, they are encouraged to work more than the minimum requirement of one hour.

The first step to becoming a Reading Buddy is to sign up for a one time, two hour training session, and complete the Reading Buddy Application. SAYL staff will match you with a school that corresponds with your availability and area of town. At the training you will be asked to complete a criminal background check. Once the background check has cleared, the SAYL staff will contact you to schedule your first tutoring session.

To volunteer or for more information, please contact:

Laura Nygaard


Phone #: 210-299-1533 ext. 100


STD/HIV Mobile Outreach

The City of San Antonio’s Metro Health District STD/HIV Mobile Outreach Team provides free sexual health education, and confidential HIV and Syphilis testing. Our goal is to empower individuals to take responsibility in their sexual health by increasing access to sexual health information, education and healthcare services to all of Bexar County. We also work with several other Community Based Organizations (CBO’S), private businesses and government agencies to deliver our free and confidential STD/HIV services.

We are looking for volunteers to assist us with a wide range of activities to help provide our services to the community such as:
• Attend various education & testing events
• Prepare event materials
• Creating & distributing marketing materials
• Promote upcoming events
• Recruit, engage & triage patients
• Assist with sexual health presentations
• Help establish partnerships with other organizations

Volunteer dates and times will vary depending on our event schedule and the volunteer’s availability. In general, we are looking for help anytime Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm and on occasional weekends; however, we can be very flexible and work with most schedules.

For more information please contact:

Adrienne Carrera
Phone #: 210-207-7291

THRUproject Mentoring

 The mission of THRU Project is to see former foster youth to independent living by providing guidance, advocacy and real world solutions to the immediate obstacles preventing them from reaching their goals of education and career. We are dedicated to providing former foster youth an opportunity to elevate their lives with the support of a THRU Project Advisor.

Each year, approximately 1,500 foster youth in Texas leave the state’s care, many without a permanent home or family to provide them with support in their first years of adulthood.  More importantly, many leave without a trusted adult to lean on  for help.

Without support:

- Former foster youth are more than twice as likely to drop out of school

- Nearly half of all girls will be pregnant at least once by age 19

- 30% of boys will be incarcerated by age 19

- Only half will be employed four years after independence

One caring adult to be that connection between the youth and the services they  need can help them achieve a life of independence instead of becoming another statistic.  Becoming a mentor means telling a former foster youth they are not alone anymore.

Contact the THRU Project to learn how just a few hours a month can make change the life of youth leaving foster care.  


Elaine Andries Hartle, Director

THRU Project

(210) 852-0220


VITAS Musical and Visual Artist Volunteers

VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of San Antonio

VITAS Innovative Hospice Care is looking for musical and visual artists to volunteer to help terminally ill patients and their families express themselves when words fail them. Artists go into nursing homes and assisted living communities to play a musical instrument, sing, help a patient paint a picture and share their talents in therapeutic ways.

For more information, please email or call: 210-348-4354.

Volunteer at The Witte

No matter what your interest, you will find a fun and exciting volunteer opportunity at the Witte Museum. We have volunteers in their teens, college students, adults, and families who make a difference every day at the Witte! If you want to learn new things and share your talents with others, the Witte Museum wants you!

ADMINISTRATIVE VOLUNTEERS assist the staff with administrative projects such as scanning, filing, and answering phones. These volunteers should be detail oriented. Administrative Volunteers would need to be available weekday mornings or afternoons.

GALLERY VOLUNTEERS assist the staff by greeting visitors to the museum, promoting membership and special exhibitions, answering general questions, and creating a welcoming and friendly environment for our visitors. These Volunteers focus on specific collections or exhibits and facilitate hands-on activities with visitors. Specific duties include being able to answer questions and provide information on the exhibits in question. Volunteers are trained in the content area of specific exhibits and may work on weekdays, weekends, Tuesday evenings or special events.

SPECIAL EVENT VOLUNTEERS assist in a variety of ways, from passing out programs for a concert performance to helping with exhibit opening parties. These volunteers are called upon to help as events are scheduled which may occur on evenings and weekends.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS VOLUNTEERS assist in many different ways such as helping with scheduled teacher workshops, daily content-specific demonstrations, family days at the museum, and outreach programs in the community. Public Program Volunteers are called upon to help as events are scheduled which may occur on evenings and weekends. Training is provided 30 minutes prior to an event.

SCHOOL PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS assist with facilitation of scheduled group programs for school children. School Group Programs are age-specific (K-12) and are complimentary to the museum's collection, exhibits and state education standards. The programs are held on weekday mornings. Volunteers for these programs complete extensive training to acquaint them with the exhibits and activities. This program requires dependable individuals who can make a substantial time commitment. The Witte presents programs in the following core initiatives: Science, Health and Wellness, South Texas Heritage and Natural History.

CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS may volunteer individually or as a group. We have several volunteer opportunities available for Employee Volunteer Programs. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

JUNIOR VOLUNTEERS range in age from 13-17 and assist the Public Programs department with special activities. Junior Volunteers are needed occasionally for special events generally held on weekends or some evenings. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information.


  • Witte Museum Family Membership after giving 50 hours of service during a year
  • 20% discount at the Witte Museum Store
  • Invitations to member events and exhibit openings
  • Opportunities to make new friends
  • New insights into the world of history and science
  • Volunteer recognition events and awards
  • Volunteer hours for schools, clubs, or organizations

For more information, contact: Liz Larsen, Volunteer Coordinator at 210-357-1891 or E-Mail at

Veterans Interested In Working with Hospice Veterans

San Antonio's Grace Hospice Also Serving Corpus Christi

If you are a Veteran that wants to make a difference in someone’s life we would love to have you join our volunteer team! We are looking for Veterans to connect with our Veteran patients. If you can commit to two visits per month and would like to give back to your community please contact me at 210-525-1400 or We also have a website where you can fill out a volunteer application directly:  

Please make sure you set the location to San Antonio, and when you click submit your completed application will be sent directly to my email! 

There are some required orientation and training hours that need to take place before placing any volunteer on an assignment. Orientation and training is very flexible, as is any placement assignment. Volunteering makes a very big difference to our patients and their families, as well as to our entire Hospice team.

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Two visits per month
  • Drug Screen and TB testing required
Where: 4800 Fredericksburg Rd Suite 125 San Antonio, TX 78229
When: It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

For more information please contact:

Diana Duran , Volunteer Coordinator


Phone #: 210-468-0786 or 210-525-1400


Catholic Charities (2hours a month)


Catholic Charities is committed to empowering individuals and families with the goal of fostering independence. We provide over 25 bilingual and culturally sensitive programs in 19 counties throughout the Archdiocese of San Antonio without regard to gender, race, creed, religion, disability, national origin, or socioeconomic status.

Volunteers will be doing:
•Work with adults under guardianship and serve as an advocate
•Conduct a friendly monthly visit with clients who are under guardianship
•Gather information about the safety and wellbeing of the person under guardianship
•Assess the environment in which the person resides and determine if living conditions are adequate to the person’s overall health and needs

Date(s) and times volunteers are needed:
2 hours a month

To volunteer or for more information, please contact:

Susy Vega
Phone #: 210-242-3148

Carrera Races

Carrera Races, Inc is a premier race company focusing on creating awareness and opportunity for nonprofit organizations. We believe that there is gap to fill in fundraising efforts left by the nonprofit’s low resources, maxed-out board members and never enough funding. Our turnkey solutions are designed to fill that gap.

Volunteers are needed for administrative duties and race day events. There are various events throughout the year and help is always needed. If interested in volunteering with Carrera Races sign up at, by clicking on the race you wish to volunteer with. 


For more information please contact:

Virginia Rodriguez

Voices on Service - Top 

"You will be amazed how you can touch a person's life just by giving a few hours of your time. Service and leadership in your community go a long way and have helped me become the person I am today." 

- Patricia Bennett 2013 

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Marie Morgan, Director of Student Life
(210) 486-4009

Kelly Blanco, Coordinator
(210) 486-4010

Kim Pinder, Admin. Svcs. Specialist
(210) 486-4004

Bianca Ramirez, Sr. Activities Specialist
(210) 486-4526