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

During this time, SAFE needs your help.  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.  Email Lindsay Contreras at lcontreras@safeaustin.org for more information regarding quantity, delivery, etc.

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

Purchase Holiday Gifts for the Adults and Children at SAFE

SAFE serves hundreds of youth, adults, and families during the Holiday season. We asked each client to tell us what they wish for this year and, in order to grant thousands of wishes, we need your help!  Click here to learn how to purchase the gifts that will go directly to the people we serve.

Provide a Gift Wrapping Kit for the Families at SAFE

Since we are not able to wrap gifts in advance this year, we will be providing families with gift wrapping kits so parents can wrap the gifts for their kids.  Click here to sign up to make a kit!

Deliver Decorations

Click here to help to make our campuses festive!  Please sign up to bring at least three of the following kinds of items (garlands, window clings, fake snow, decorations to hang on walls/bedrooms, mini lights, Hanukkah decorations, and Kwanzaa decorations).  We are asking items to be delivered by December 4 so the decorations can be enjoyed for a couple of weeks.

SAFE Winter Holiday Crafts

You can help the kids and families we serve create happy memories associated with the holidays by providing supplies for the kids to make crafts.  Click here to view and sign up for options related to the upcoming Winter Holidays.

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.