St. Edward's, Reflect, Volunteer, Engage (S.E.R.V.E.) Austin is an opportunity for you to work in collaboration with area nonprofits, focusing on a particular social issue such as seniors, immigration and education. 

Working in small groups of four to eight students, you will serve at the same site every week for the entire semester. Through regularly scheduled activities you will be able to more fully explore critical issues in the greater Austin community, allowing you to connect course content with life experience.  Most importantly, through S.E.R.V.E. Austin you are able to build relationships with those we are working with and you will come to understand they are teaching us far more than we can provide them.

Applications for Spring 2018 are currently available and can be found here.  Completed applications are due Sunday, January 28 at 11:59pm.  Please see below for current information on sites, descriptions, and times.

Mondays

Foundation Communities
3:30-6:30 p.m.

Foundation Communities provides housing and support services to low-income families and individuals in Austin, and the Learning Centers are on-site programs that provide after-school care and academic support to the children living in that complex. You will tutor students one-on-one, assist the teachers running after-school programs, and help facilitate fun outdoor activities. Serving at Foundation Communities is a great opportunity to be a positive role model in a child’s life!

Casa Marianella 
5-8 p.m.

Casa Marianella is an emergency shelter for recently arrived immigrants and people seeking asylum. You will have the incredible opportunity to work with people from Mexico, Central and South America, and various African countries on projects such as resume building, job applications, and English skills. You’ll help around the house and organize your own creative projects to bring to Casa Marianella.

Posada Esperanza
5-8 p.m.

This is the sister site to Casa Marianella and houses immigrant and refugee women and their children. Help around their homes, play with the children, and share with and learn from inspiring women who have just arrived in Austin.

Tuesdays

American YouthWorks
8:45-11:20 a.m.

American YouthWorks provides a wide variety of programs and services aiding young adults with completing their education, on-the-job training, and service. Here you will be assisting and tutoring teens and young adults working on their GED.

Foundation Communities 
3:30-6:30 p.m.

Foundation Communities provides housing and support services to low-income families and individuals in Austin, and the Learning Centers are on-site programs that provide after-school care and academic support to the children living in that complex. You will tutor students one-on-one, assist the teachers running after-school programs, and help facilitate fun outdoor activities. Serving at Foundation Communities is a great opportunity to be a positive role model in a child’s life!Applications for S.E.R.V.E. Austin are available at the beginning of fall and spring semester.  For questions about S.E.R.V.E. Austin, please contact the Office of Community Engagement by email or 512-448-8537.

Wednesdays

Todos Juntos
9-12:20 p.m.

Todos Juntos is a bilingual family learning center that provides childcare for adults and families in the neighboring community who are working to learn English and improve their lives in Austin. S.E.R.V.E. Austin volunteers assist in preschool classes, playing with children, helping teachers with activities, and reading to the children. Former participants have loved the deep sense of family and community at Todos Juntos. 

River City Youth Foundation
2:45–5:20 p.m.

River City Youth Foundation is an after-school program for the youth of Dove Springs neighborhood in Southeast Austin. You will organize activities, help with homework, and teach the kids about the importance of giving back to their community. Our students help the kids come together to plan mini-service projects. One past S.E.R.V.E. student  said, “[The children have] different personalities, but they can all think alike when it comes to helping!”

VICTORY Tutorial
3:30-7:20 p.m.

At the Twin Oaks Library location of VICTORY Tutorial, you will tutor children one-on-one in a structured environment. VICTORY, which stands for Volunteers In Communities Tutoring Our Responsible Youth, pairs each volunteer with a student in grades 1-12 for an hour at a time to help with homework and study skills. One former S.E.R.V.E.r said, “I think working one-on-one with students offers a good change for personal growth, and it meets a strong need!”

El Buen Samaritano
5:45-8:45 p.m.

El Buen Samaritano is committed to helping Latino and other families lead healthy, productive and secure lives through high-quality and affordable health-care, education and economic-stability services. You will be assisting with the education part of their mission as a conversation partner during evening English as a Second Language classes. You’ll work one-on-one with adult students as they learn English, and help out with tasks around the center. El Buen has ESL students of all levels, so fluency in Spanish is not required.

Thursdays

Austin Partners in Education
8-11 a.m.

Working at a local middle school, S.E.R.V.E. Austin volunteers help tutor 8th grade students in math as part of the organization's mission to support academic success, enrich the educational experience, and support college and career readiness for students in the Austin school district.

American YouthWorks
12:45-3:20 p.m.

American YouthWorks provides a wide variety of programs and services aiding young adults with completing their education, on-the-job training, and service. Here you will be assisting and tutoring teens and young adults working on their GED.

 

IDEA Allan
2-5:40 pm

IDEA Allan is a public charter school serving K-11 grades with a focus on college readiness. If you are selected to volunteer here, you will be assisting with after school programming including homework help, outdoor play, and after school clubs. Former S.E.R.V.E. Austin particpants at IDEA Allan say they feel they make an impact by being mentors to students and that providing homework help during after school clubs while their parents are working allows the students to spend more quality time with their families once they're all home.

Riverside Rehabilitation and Healthcare 
2–5:40 p.m.

Riverside is a home for the elderly with both long-term and short-term residents. You will assist the residents with daily activities, and organize your own creative projects to bring to the group. One past S.E.R.V.E. student has said that volunteering at Riverside “helps with communication and relationships skills.” In hearing the stories of the residents at Riverside, our volunteers gain as much as they give!​

Mary House Catholic Worker
3:30-7:20 p.m.

Mary House Catholic Worker is a home in South Austin that provides community and free medically supportive housing to homeless adults with critical or terminal illnesses. It is one of approximately 200 Catholic Worker communities in the world. Here, you'll do a variety of tasks helping keep up the home and garden, and every week you'll cook and share a meal with residents. S.E.R.V.E. Austin volunteers must be at least a sophomore to be placed at this site.

Applications for S.E.R.V.E. Austin are available at the beginning of each semester. Contact Carly Badke for more information.