Community Service Opportunities2018-10-09T16:07:16+00:00

Austin Chapter CPAs: Serving the Community

Many worthy causes and organizations would love to include CPAs among their volunteers. The community service organizations listed on this page have asked for the Austin Chapter ‘s help in recruiting volunteers. Feel free to contact them directly if you would like to volunteer your time.

Association for Talent Development

The ATD Austin Chapter is seeking a volunteer who is experienced in auditing nonprofit associations. The mission of ATD Austin is to advance the Austin Area learning and talent development community. ATD Austin is the local chapter of the international ATD professional association. ATD is the world’s leading organization focused on the promotion and advancement of workplace learning and performance. Submit inquiries to Leah Carrubba, M.Ed., 2018 President, Austin Chapter.

Austin Creative Reuse

Austin Creative Reuse is a nonprofit organization that collects, sells and distributes donated reusable materials by giving them a second life! They are looking for several board members to help keep creativity affordable in Austin. Please click here to find out more and join their Board of Directors. For more information, please contact Austin Creative Reuse by email.

Camp Fire

Camp Fire Central Texas seeks experienced finance professionals as members for its Finance Committee.  The Committee holds monthly meetings, scheduled at noon, at a central Austin location. The council’s Executive Director and CFO support the Committee, which is responsible for Oversight and Policy/Practice Guidance; Reports to the Board; Quarterly review of books; and Strategic Planning for finances.

Camp Fire provides inclusive, supportive, family friendly programs that fulfill Camp Fire’s Promise to Children: “Young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice and discover who they are. In Camp Fire, it begins now. Light the fire within.” Camp Fire fulfills this Promise by building healthy, resilient, responsible youth through active learning, outdoor experiences, service to community, and connecting families.

One of the nation’s leading youth development organizations, Camp Fire is a non-sectarian, all-inclusive, coeducational  501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization.  If interested, please contact Executive Director, Barbara Dunnam.

Central Texas Food Bank

The Austin CPA Chapter has held a volunteer shift at the Central Texas Food Bank (CTFB) nearly every month for the past few years. Upcoming volunteer dates are:

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 9:00 am to noon – 20 Volunteers Needed (Children 8+ Welcome)

Please click here to register as a volunteer. Our three hour shifts generally include sorting food donations. We even counted beans once! OK, so it was really taking 50 pound bags of beans and measuring them to one pound bags, but it was close enough to literally call our volunteers Bean Counters.

We know not everyone is available to work one of our regular monthly shifts, so you may want to investigate volunteering on your own. The CTFB has several ways for individuals to get involved:

  • Volunteer – Volunteers are essential to the Food Bank. Each month, volunteers contribute more than 7,000 hours to support the Food Bank’s mission by sorting donations, serving clients, teaching classes, as ambassadors, at special events and a variety of other opportunities.
    • Sort donations
    • Court-ordered community service program
    • CTFB St. John Community Food Center
    • Mobile food pantries
    • Administrative help

Sign up to volunteer online.

Other ways to become involved with the Central Texas Food Bank are:

  • DonateYour donation goes directly where it’s needed most and helps serve Central Texans at risk of hunger.
  • Raise Food & FundsSupport your neighbors in need year round by raising food and funds for the Food Bank. You can hold drives at your home, community event, workplace, school, club, place of worship or even online.
  • Corporate Giving: Helping CTFB serve your community can help your business. Together we can engage your employees, support your philanthropic goals and make Central Texas an even better place to live, work and play.
  • Advocate: Lend your voice to hunger-ending policies that will make a meaningful difference in your neighbors’ lives.

No matter how you would like to get involved, both the Austin CPA Chapter and the Central Texas Food Bank thanks you!

Coats for Kids

Celebrating its 32nd year, Coats for Kids is an annual community event at the Palmer Events Center that collects and distributes warm winter coats to eligible children and teenagers in Central Texas. Click here to view/register for one or several sorting and distribution day shifts.

Tuesday, December 4: Youth Sorting Night

  • A great opportunity to get your children involved in philanthropy in their community
  • Open to youth groups and other organizations
  • Children must be at least eight years of age and each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Tuesday, December 4 – Friday, December 7: Sorting Week

  • A great team-building activity!
  • Shifts available from 10 am-12 pm, 12:30-2:30 pm and 6 pm-8:30 pm, to help hang, sort and size coats for distribution (see website for open shifts)
  • Sorting week volunteers must be at least 15 years old and accompanied by an adult if between the ages of 15-17 (Youth Sorting Night is Tuesday, December 4!)

Saturday, December 8: Distribution Day

  • Volunteer for a two-hour shift, times available between 7:30 am and 6:30 pm.
  • Spanish speaking and sign language volunteers are in high demand!
  • Distribution Day volunteers must be 18 years of age or older

Community Tax Centers

Community Tax Centers is seeking volunteers! For 25 years, Foundation Communities has helped empower low-income families in greater Austin to build a better financial future. You can join their mission by volunteering with the Community Tax Centers program.

Each year, volunteers put about $35 million back into the pockets of low-income families in our community – refunds they use to buy food, pay outstanding bills, and save for their children’s future. In 2018, the tax centers expect to see more than 20,000 families. To make this happen, they need 600 active volunteers.

Whether you’re looking to build your skills and experience, make new friends, build your professional network, or to simply contribute your time to the community, this opportunity provides a substantial and meaningful way to volunteer. And if you’re a CPA or Enrolled Agent, you may be eligible for free continuing education credits.

You can also find more details about the program on the Community Tax Centers website, or contact Gwen Moore for more information.

Flower Hill Foundation

Flower Hill Foundation, a 501c3 Nonprofit Private Operating Foundation, seeks a qualified CPA to serve as a founding member on its Board of Trustees. The Flower Hill Foundation operates the Flower Hill Urban Homestead Museum who’s mission is to continue the late Miss Jane Smoot’s work with aims to open a historic homestead museum, maker space and private event venue at the Smoot Family Homestead located in the heart of Old West Austin. More information can be found on the website, www.flowerhillfoundation.org — Inquiries and proposals should be directed to: The Flower Hill Foundation, Robin Grace Soto, Executive Director, Phone: (512) 305-3650.

Indie Meme.org

Indie Meme.org is a non-profit organization initiating dialogue through film. It organizes a South Asian Film Festival in Austin and does screenings through the year of Independent Films from the South Asian subcontinent. Through their programming, they are developing a community instrumental in building bridges from east to the west as well as showcasing the emerging creative voices that are making a difference. Their activities are in both Dallas & Austin.

They are looking for CPA to join their Board of Directors as Treasurer with the primary responsibilities of setting up and maintaining QuickBooks, bookkeeping and filing taxes. Indie Meme.org has functioned as an LLC from its original set up in 2013 but received non-profit status as of November 2016. For more information, please contact Alka Bhanot.

Planned Living Assistance Network of Central Texas

PLANCTX (Planned Living Assistance Network of Central Texas) Inc., a 501c3, non-profit organization, is seeking a CPA, to serve as Treasurer of our organization. We are looking for someone with strong financial leadership skills to support the vision and mission of PLANCTX. The Treasurer serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and also serves as Chair of the Finance Committee. Board meetings are monthly. Committee Meetings are held as needed. Click here for a full job description. If you are interested in more information, please contact Anita Garner, V.P. Board of Directors, 512-784-7797. Further information about PLANCTX can be found on our website @ www.planctx.org.

Safe Place

SafePlace is a part of the SAFE Alliance, a structured partnership between SafePlace and Austin Children’s Shelter. The SAFE Alliance’s mission is to lead in ending sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse and domestic violence through prevention, intervention and advocacy for change. SafePlace does this by providing safety for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence. It helps victims in their Healing so they can move beyond being defined by the crimes committed against them, and become Survivors. SafePlace promotes safe and healthy relationships for the Prevention of sexual and domestic violence, and works with others to create Change in attitudes, behaviors and policies that perpetuate the acceptance of, and impact our understanding and responses to, sexual and domestic violence.

There are many ways members of the Austin CPA Chapter can support SafePlace through group volunteer opportunities! We have many onsite facilities projects that groups can assist with, like painting projects, helping out in our donation warehouse and food pantry, and many other on-campus beautification projects. We also have off-site opportunities volunteers can help with, by holding donation drives to benefit our clients, or putting Welcome Kits together for parents and children entering into our Emergency Shelter. SafePlace also has quarterly donation drives throughout the year that you can participate in, and we always have a need for food and toiletries. For more information on any of these opportunities, please email SafePlace Community Relations Coordinator, Erin Cooper.

SafePlace, along with the SAFE Alliance, envisions a just and safe community free from violence and abuse, and your support can help us make this vision a reality!

Trail of Lights Fun Run

The 2018 Trail of Lights Fun Run is open for registration! Please join the Austin CPA Chapter team on Saturday, December 1, 2018, 7:30 pm at Zilker Park. Our team is signed up for the Second Wave starting at 7:30 pm. Click here to join our team today!

Save 10% on your registration with discount code: 2018AustinCPA10

Get active while enjoying a sneak peek of Austin’s favorite holiday celebration! This 2.1 mile fun run begins at the Zilker Tree and ends at the historic Yule Log in the middle of the Austin Trail of Lights. Run through a sea of Santas and elves as you enjoy the lighted tunnels and displays. “Recover” the Austin way at our Finish Line Festival — featuring DJ entertainment and dance party, fitness expo, fun activities, food trucks, drinks and more!

We Are Blood

We Are Blood saves lives at over 40 medical facilities in their 10-county region. If you or a loved one need blood products at a local medical facility, you will be covered thanks to the We Are Blood family of donors.

We are currently looking at hosting an on-site blood drive in our offices, but we encourage our members to donate blood if they are eligible at any time. Please make an appointment at one of We Are Blood’s several locations.