TXCPA Austin 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 TXCPA Austin’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

TXCPA Austin 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, September 28, 2019, 9 am to noon – Five (5) Volunteers Needed
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9 am to noon – Ten (10) Volunteers Needed

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 TXCPA Austin and the Central Texas Food Bank thanks you!

Junior Achievement

Picture a world where young people, no matter their background, know how to budget, save and invest; a generation of tenacious individuals armed with the confidence, knowledge and capabilities to take control of their financial futures, their careers and achieve their dreams. Junior Achievement of Central Texas is a locally run non-profit which believes all young people need connection with caring adults and exposure to the wider world around them to achieve their potential. There are several opportunities for you to get involved at a school near you! Click here to find out how you can be a volunteer and support Junior Achievement.

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 in tax refunds 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 2019, the tax centers expect to see more than 20,000 families. That’s a lot of people! To meet the need, they are looking for 600 active volunteers.

No experience is necessary because training is provided! Don’t want to prepare taxes? There are options for you, too!

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 with no pre-requisite requirements.

Sign up now to get training announcements!

Find the volunteer application at www.communitytaxcenters.org, or contact Gwen Moore at Gwen.Moore@foundcom.org for more information.

SAFE Alliance

The SAFE Alliance is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, both long-standing and respected human service agencies in Austin serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence. The SAFE Alliance exists to stop abuse for everyone by serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation and domestic violence. They are dedicated to ending violence through prevention, advocacy and comprehensive services for individuals, families and communities affected by abuse.

SAFE serves hundreds of youth, adults and families during the holiday season. During this time of year, TXCPA Austin holds a wish list drive and adopts a family through their program. Click here to find out more about SAFE Holidays.

For more information on SAFE’s year-round efforts, please click here.

Trail of Lights Fun Run

The 2019 Trail of Lights Fun Run is open for registration! Please join the TXCPA Austin team on Saturday, December 7, 7:00 pm at Zilker Park. Our team is signed up for the THIRD WAVE at 7:00 pm. 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. Jingle, jog & jive your way through the iconic Austin Trail of Lights in your best holiday costume, then stick around for the ultimate after party celebration – the Finish Line Festival – located in the heart of Zilker Park.

Click here to join our team and choose the 7:00 PM Wave – See you on December 7!

United Way of Williamson County VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

United Way of Williamson County is recruiting volunteer tax preparers, translators and greeters for their free tax preparation services offered in Georgetown, Hutto, Leander and Taylor. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax preparation services for households earning $55,000 or less annually, senior citizens, persons with disabilities and wage-earners with limited English proficiency. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Training is provided. Since 2010, VITA volunteers at the four United Way of Williamson County free tax preparation sites have completed 8,067 tax returns, processed $12.8 million in refunds, $4.2 million in Earned Income Credits and saved wage-earners an estimated $2.5 million in commercial preparation fees. Bilingual preparers and Spanish translators are in high demand.

To volunteer at a VITA site or for more information, visit www.WilcoFreeTaxPrep.org, email nicole@unitedway-wc.org or call 512-961-7349.

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.