Volunteer

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Come be a part of a great team of people who make a lasting impact in the community!

Volunteers are an integral part of the programs and services of El Buen Samaritano. Approximately 700 annual volunteers help El Buen each year.

Join us for our upcoming info session Thursday, August 11 at 6:30 PM

Contact volunteer@elbuen.org for more details.

How do I become a volunteer?

Interested volunteers must complete the steps below:

  1. Complete the online application and have a clear background check
  2. Participate in a new volunteer info session
  3. Participate in an in-person interview to find a good fit for your interests and availability
  4. Attend the Safeguarding God’s Children and job-specific training for your volunteer position
  5. Start volunteering!

What do you look for in a volunteer?

The 3 C’s of volunteering at El Buen Samaritano:

  1. Caring – Belief in our mission and true interest in representing El Buen in the work that we do.
  2. Commitment – A dedication to the volunteer role and agreement to fulfill the requirements to the best of your ability.
  3. Communication – Ongoing communication with your employee supervisor and with the families we serve.

What type of volunteer positions exist at El Buen?

We are always recruiting committed and compassionate volunteers in various capacities. Most volunteer roles require a commitment of one day per week for a period of two to four months. We recruit primarily three times during the year prior to each semester in January, May and August.

ESL Instructors and Teaching Assistants

ESL Instructors and Teaching Assistants lead English classes for adult students by utilizing an easy-to-follow curriculum. Prior teaching experience is helpful but not required. Teachers should have a willingness to learn, be patient and love working with people. Spanish language skills are not required.

Commitment: One day a week for a full semester. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday mornings, 9:30 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. or Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Youth Program Assistants

Youth Program Assistants work with children ages six through 12 as a tutor or program assistant. In the fall and spring, the youth program focuses on improving students’ grades and educational success in school. In the summer, programs focus on learning retention, exercise, and fun in the Youth Summer Camp and Kids Club programs.

Commitment: One day a week for a full semester. Monday through Thursday afternoons 4:15 to 6 p.m. or Monday through Thursday evenings, 6 to 8 p.m.

Food Pantry Volunteers

Food Pantry Volunteers assist in the food pantry to provide groceries to families undergoing a difficult time financially. Volunteers help sort food, load grocery bags and provide a friendly face to clients as they receive their food.

Commitment: One day a week for at least one month. Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings 9 a.m. to noon.

Garden and Nutrition Volunteers

Garden and Nutrition Volunteers assist in the “Huerta Comunitaria” where families adopt 4×4’ raised garden beds to grow their own produce and learn about nutritional eating. Every second and fourth Friday of the month, we enlist the help of garden assistants to maintain and spruce up the garden. We also utilize volunteer support for nutrition consultations and in preparation of healthy recipes for food pantry clients.

Commitment: 2nd and 4th Friday mornings each month 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Does El Buen need help for community events?

Yes! We utilize help from hundreds of volunteers annually to assist with community events, including several church groups, service organizations and Austin-based companies. Our yearly community event is the Hands for Hope in November, where 1,000 families are provided with a complete Thanksgiving meal.

Sign up for an upcoming community event here! Each individual must complete their own unique sign-up form.

Can I complete community service hours at El Buen Samaritano?

Because most of our volunteer positions require training and involve direct service delivery with our clients, we are usually not the best fit for community service volunteers.

Occasionally, when we are in need of extra help in our food pantry, garden, or for special events, we can accept a short-term, temporary volunteer to complete their hours.

Typically, you should allow three months to complete your community service and be willing to complete the online application, background check and interview process prior to volunteering.

For questions on volunteer opportunities, please contact volunteer coordinator at 512.439.8907 or via email at volunteer@elbuen.org.