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, 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.

Learn more about our S.E.R.V.E. Austin sites below.

Monday Afternoon

Foundation Communities, 3:30-6:30 pm
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, 5:00-8:00 pm
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.

Tuesday Afternoon

Foundation Communities, 3:30-6:30 pm
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!

Wednesday Afternoon

VICTORY Tutorial, 3:30-7:00 pm
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, 5:30-8:30 pm
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!

Thursday Afternoon

Riverside Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 2:00 – 5:15pm
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.r 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!

River City Youth Foundation, 2:45 – 5:15pm
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.r  said, “[The children have] different personalities, but they can all think alike when it comes to helping!”

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.