Volunteer at The Arc!

We invite you to come volunteer at The Arc of the Capital Area! Here at The Arc we provide resources for over 2,000 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families in 17 counties. Dedicated to providing fulfilling and meaningful lives for our clients, we have created innovative programming to accomplish this goal. The Arc of the Arts studio provides artistic expression for our students; providing an array of classes and art education from green screen film making to oil painting. Join our family and become a volunteer today!






A volunteer helps a client with a visual impairment paint a beautiful picture.The Arc’s Art Education Program:

Volunteers are paired with clients and work with various media including paint, ceramics, photography, and beads to create unique pieces of art. After becoming familiar with the studio, volunteers can teach their own art lesson. Art background is NOT necessary!

Monday-Friday 9:00-2:00 pm

The Arc & ACC:

We are wildly excited to be an official satellite campus for Austin Community College offering Continued Education Units! These official ACC courses are all abilities all inclusive courses with teachers who are able to guide beginners and further the growth of the experienced. For more information about our ACC partnership click here.

ACC Summer Session June 5th – August 1st


Performance Art Classes:Volunteers from the Zach Theatre lead students through a performance excersise.

The Arc of the Arts wants to bring the wealth of musical knowledge in Austin to our clients. We are looking for compassionate musicians to teach clients the beauty of music, instruments, singing, acting, and dancing. All talents are welcome!

Tuesdays 9:00 am-2:00 pm


 Special events:

The Arc of the Capital Area hosts several events that rely on volunteer support throughout the year. Events include The Arc’s Art Celebration & Auction, Swinging Fore The Arc charity golf tournament, quarterly in house art shows, and more!





A volunteer helps to sketch an outline for a very appreciative student.









Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a volunteer?

Volunteers must complete an online application and pass a background check. Once the application is approved we will contact you to schedule your first shift.

What would I be doing as an art studio volunteer?

Volunteers in the art studio assist clients by encouraging and inspiring them with ideas for their art projects. Volunteers also help to keep clients on track and engaged, gather supplies, socialize, and in some cases even physically guide the hand of some of our less ambulatory or vision impaired clients.

Is there an age requirement?

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by a guardian. Accompanying guardians must also complete an application.

How long is a typical volunteer shift in the art studio?

Volunteer shifts are Monday through Friday 9am – 2pm. Lunch runs from 11:30am – 12pm. Volunteers are encouraged to have lunch with the clients, but it’s not a requirement.

Can I fulfill assigned service hours for my college courses?

Absolutely! Many of our long time volunteers came to us with the intention of simply completing assigned hours for class. Our bet is that you’ll want to stay well past fulfilling your minimum requirement. We offer half shifts in the art studio to students to help fit in to their busy class schedules: 9am-11:30am; 12pm-2pm.

What if I am looking for a volunteer project to do with a group, business, or organization?

That’s fantastic! We love when folks want to come together and donate their time. Through our corporate and group volunteer program, Building Community Through Team Unity, group projects can be planned in conjunction with our art studio and customized to fit the specific skills and strengths of the group. We also rely on group volunteers to help during our large yearly events. If you have any other creative ideas, we would love to hear from you. Contact Leah Marsden, Volunteer Coordinator, at lmarsden@arcaustin.org to discuss details.

What if I've volunteered with The Arc of the Capital Area in years past and would like to come back?

Welcome back! We’re always happy to have returning volunteers. If you haven’t filled out our online application, you do need to submit one. Once we receive your application, we’ll be in contact to schedule your first return shift.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

Contact Leah Marsden, Volunteer Coordinator, at lmarsden@arcaustin.org or (512)476-7044 ext. 201



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