Community Service Opportunities 2017-11-17T15:05:21+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 Sallia Bandy, CPLP, SPHR, 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.

Austin Empty Bowl Project

The Austin Empty Bowl Project (AEBP) was the first of its kind in Texas, founded in 1997 by Kit Adams, the owner of ClayWays Pottery Studio & Gallery. Each year, AEBP has grown in participation by both donors and attendees and, with the help of our generous community, we have raised more than $900,000! In 2011 AEBP became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and can now accept funds directly and those donations are tax deductible.

Potters from all over Central Texas donate bowls of all sizes, shapes, and colors. Thirty restaurants and bakeries donate delicious soups and breads, while musicians donate their time and talent to entertain us. Then, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, friends and families come together to purchase a bowl for $20, have it filled with soup, and enjoy the music. The bowl is yours to keep, as a reminder of those whose bowls are empty. The proceeds go to Meals on Wheels Central Texas’ Meals for Kids, and the Central Texas Food Bank to help sponsor the Kids Cafe Program. Kids Cafe provides a safe, nurturing place where children receive a hot, nutritious dinner, as well as help with homework.

This year’s Austin Empty Bowl Project is on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the Central Texas Food Bank. Click here to volunteer for this worthwhile event!

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 Deschner-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 18, 2017 (9:00 am to noon) – 20 volunteers needed (Ages 16+ only)

Central Texas Food Bank Food Drive – Entire Month of November. Please bring non-perishable items to the Chapter’s Training Facility the entire month of November. The most requested items include: Peanut butter, canned chicken breast or tuna, canned low sodium vegetables, canned fruit in its own juice (no sugar added), dry pinto beans, brown rice, non-fat dry milk powder and 100% whole grain cereal.

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

On December 9, 2017, The Junior League of Austin will host the 31st annual Coats for Kids Distribution Day. Coats for Kids is a success due to the tremendous support received by the community year after year. Approximately 2,200 volunteers work together to sort, hang and distribute the thousands of winter coats donated for Distribution Day. Volunteer opportunities include:

SORTING WEEK December 5-8, 2017 – Help prepare donated coats for distribution to children!

  • Do you have a child that would like to volunteer?  Youth Sorting Night will be held on Tuesday, December 5th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. where children ages 8 and older, accompanied by a parent, will help sort and prepare coats.
  • Except for Youth Sorting Night, all Sorting Week volunteers MUST be at least 15 years old and must be accompanied by an adult if 15, 16, or 17 years old.
  • Location: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas, 78704

DISTRIBUTION DAY Saturday, December 9, 2017 – Help distribute warm coats to children!

  • Volunteers MUST be 18 years of age or older
  • Location: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704

Please send an email to Kaira Tanwar if you would like to volunteer for this worthwhile cause.

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.

Feast of Sharing

Join H-E-B and the United Way for Greater Austin to volunteer for the 28th annual Feast of Sharing on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at the Palmer Events Center (PEC) located at 900 Barton Springs Road Feast of Sharing, the largest community Thanksgiving meal in Austin, provides Thanksgiving dinners to over 14,000 Central Texans each year with the help of over 1,400 volunteers just like you! The first shift of volunteers will work from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the second shift will work from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Each person must register as an individual. Click here for online registration for whichever shift works best with your schedule.

Flower Hill Foundation

Flower Hill Foundation, a 501c3 Nonprofit Private Foundation, seeks a qualified CPA to serve as a founding member on its Interim Board of Trustees. The Flower Hill Foundation continues 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. The Interim Board of Trustees will serve a 12-month term with a total of seven meetings and, upon the mutual agreement of the executive director and board members, will have the option to continue to serve for a full term (three years) or help recruit and secure their replacement in January 2018. Inquiries and proposals should be directed to: The Flower Hill Foundation, Robin Grace Thompson, Executive Director, Phone: (512) 305-3650.


Indie 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 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.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Austin)

The Austin affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Austin) is looking for someone experienced in accounting, bookkeeping and/or finance to serve on the Board of Directors as Treasurer.

For more than 30 years, NAMI Austin has been dedicated to improving the lives of all persons impacted by mental illness through free education, support and advocacy. We serve the triad of people living with mental illness: the person with the illness; families, friends and caregivers; and professionals, including schools, nonprofits and faith communities. Our services include free educational workshops, support groups, service referrals, speaking engagements, trainings, community meetings and other outreach, making NAMI Austin a vital resource when individuals and families need a place to turn.

For the past two years, NAMI Austin has been engaged in a capacity building and infrastructure strengthening program, which has provided us with a stronger board, solid program and administrative staff, new systems and procedures and expanded programs and outreach. Our success has been dramatic:  we went from serving 724 people in 2013 to 6,651 people in 2014.  We anticipate serving 14,701 people in 2015.  It is a wonderful time to be a part of this dynamic organization as it grows to meet the needs of the community.

Treasurer duties would include:
• Financial transaction oversight: Work with the bookkeeper/account and office administrator. Being knowledgeable about who has access to the organization’s funds, and any outstanding bills or debts owed, as well as developing systems for keeping cash flow manageable
• Bank account maintenance: help monitor accounts, sign checks, and advise board on investing excess funds
• Budgets: Work with the Executive Director to develop the annual budget as well as comparing the actual revenues and expenses incurred against the budget
• Financial Policies: Oversee the development and observation of the organization’s financial policies
• Report: Keep the board regularly informed of key financial events, trends, concerns, and assessment of fiscal health in addition to completing required financial reporting forms in a timely fashion and making these forms available to the board
• Executive Committee: Serve on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors

Please contact Karen Ranus, Executive Director, via e-mail or by phone: (512) 420-9810 ext. 1002.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Austin)

The mission of Project Care Case is to provide new and age appropriate suitcases on wheels to each child in foster care. The suitcase will have their names permanently embedded on it and will include a child-friendly Bible, socks, underclothing, two changes of clothing, a teddy bear, pillow and blanket of their very own.

Please bring the below Care Case items to the Austin CPA Chapter offices by Wednesday, December 20:

  • A new(er) small to medium sized suitcase with wheels and a pull handle.
  • NEW pillows, blankets and teddy bears
  • Child friendly Bibles
  • NEW sets of socks, undergarments, outfits, coats, shoes, brushes, shampoo and soap

Please click here to make a direct contribution to Project Care Case.

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 Austin CPA Chapter has created a team for the Trail of Lights Fun Run on Saturday, December 2, 2017, 6:30 pm at Zilker Park.  Click here to join our team for this fun event!

If you register by October 3, receive 10% off your registration with the code: AustinCPAChapter10. This code only applies to adult registrations.

Each year the Austin Trail of Lights hosts an exciting 2.1 mile fun run under the stars and 2+ million twinkling lights, ending with a Finish Line Festival and expo. And this year is no different! The run will start at the Zilker Tree near Barton Springs Pool and move through Austin’s beloved Trail of Lights in Zilker Park ending at the Finish Line Festival in the middle of the park. Run or walk, you decide, through nostalgic displays and colorful lights with friends and family.

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.

During the TSCPA Month of Service, we encourage our members to donate blood if they are eligible. Please make an appointment at one of We Are Blood’s several locations.