During this time, SAFE needs your help. Here are some options for:

Off-Site Volunteer Projects During COVID-19 & Shelter In Place

If you are looking for ways to help others with the added bonus of keeping yourself and/or your kids busy during this time of social distancing and staying in place, below are some projects that you can work on from home by ordering supplies online and delivering at a later date.  Email Lindsay Contreras at lcontreras@safeaustin.org for more information regarding quantity, delivery, etc.

Upcoming Holiday Goodies

You can help the kids and families we serve create happy memories associated with the holidays by providing crafts, decorations, and gift wrapping kits.  Click here to view and sign up for upcoming Fall and Winter Holiday related options.  You can also click here to sign up to purchase the gifts that will go directly to the people we serve.

Create Intake Food Bags

When most survivors are admitted to SAFE’s Family Shelter, they do not bring any food with them.  We would love to receive premade bags of nonperishable food items that we can provide them when they arrive.  Ideally, each bag would contain a couple of breakfast items (such as individual cups of oatmeal), a couple of lunch items (cups of ramen, microwaveable mac & cheese, Chef Boyardee, canned soup, etc.), a couple of dinner items (such as dry pasta and a can/jar of pasta sauce, canned tuna/chicken with a couple packets of mayo, a box of Velveeta, boxed dinners that don’t require fresh meat, etc.), and a couple of snacks (such as granola bars, canned fruit, etc.).

Create a Welcome Kit for Survivors Entering Shelter

Most people arrive to the SAFE Family Shelter with very few – if any – personal belongings.  SAFE sets up each room with the “basics” so they have one less thing to worry about.  We would love your help with creating any of these kit options.  If you’re feeling creative, you could provide a handwritten positive affirmation or a piece of uplifting artwork they can hang in their room.  Please email Lindsay Contreras (lcontreras@safeaustin.org), for information about approved language for affirmations and for information about delivery.

Volunteers are a vital link between SAFE and the community, providing support in every aspect of our mission to end sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence. For more information on regular ongoing volunteer opportunities, contact us at SAFEvolunteer@safeaustin.org.

We have community engagement opportunities for folks who would like to get connected with our mission and issues quickly. View our events calendar to see what is available.

And sign up for our SAFE E-newsletter HERE

Attend a volunteer information session

Attending a volunteer information session is the best way to get involved as a direct service volunteer. Once a volunteer has attended an information session, they are then eligible to attend a 40-hour volunteer and/or children’s and youth training. Trainings are held three times per year.

To reserve your seat in an upcoming volunteer information session, visit the registration page here.

Flexible and group opportunities

During normal times, SAFE offers a variety of one-time or once per month opportunities for both groups and individuals.  For example, you could host an activity for the kids and families we serve, sort donations in our warehouse or pantry, prepare and deliver food for survivors, or help around the holidays.  Email Lindsay Contreras at lcontreras@safeaustin.org to learn about our current offerings during the pandemic.

Professional volunteer opportunities

We welcome the involvement of community members offering their professional skills and services to the agency and its clients. Our agency clients often have a wide range of needs, some not possible for SAFE to meet directly. Partnering with the community is an important way to help ensure these needs are met in the fullest possible way. Join us at a volunteer info session for more information.

Direct-service volunteer opportunities

Volunteers at SAFE often serve as the first hope for survivors, offering support during sexual assault forensic exams or a compassionate presence in court or the shelter. Volunteers work daily with children and youth in our residential cottages, therapeutic classroom, after-school programs, and other areas across SAFE. We also need support from volunteers in areas that involve limited client interaction, such as staffing booths in the community, assisting at our charter school, early childhood education centers, providing workshops for Life Skills classes, and much more. Take a look at our direct service volunteer requirements.

Volunteers of Distinction

To learn about our incredible Volunteers of Distinction over the last few years, click here.