Get Involved

How You Can Get Involved

Making a difference, one person at a time!

Founded in 1949 The Arc of the Capital Area is one of the oldest continuously-operating non-profits in Austin.

The Arc of the Capital Area relies on more than 300 volunteers each year to make our programs possible.

We empower more than 1,000 individuals annually with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy.


Group Volunteering Needs:

The Arc of the Capital Area has one-time volunteer opportunities for community, school, companies and other groups. Group volunteering occurs in our post-secondary program which includes courses in art, health and wellness, gardening and career education.

Group volunteering projects typically occur Monday through Friday for 2-4 hours, from 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:00pm-3:00pm.

Volunteer groups help with a variety of projects such as gardening, yoga, gessoing, art show preparation, special events, and most importantly engaging with our students as individuals & artists.  We are seeking groups ranging in size from 5 to 20.

To participate in a group volunteer project, we ask that you submit your request at least three weeks in advance of the date you hope to volunteer.



Volunteer With Your Team


Virtual Volunteering Needs:

The Arc of the Capital Area is seeking individuals interested in serving as an Education Assistant, on our Board of Directors, or on our Ambassador Council.

Virtual Education Assistant

As a Virtual Education assistant you assist in our virtual post-secondary education program. You would assist via google classroom with coursework, workshops, and social events to create a safe and inclusive educational environment, providing support to students as needed.

Board of Directors

As a Director, you and your fellow Board Members are responsible for setting strategic direction, safeguarding financial health, and maintaining the organization’s commitment to its mission. This involves ensuring that the non-profit’s assets are used appropriately and that it remains accountable to its donors, beneficiaries, and the general public, staying informed of the non-profit’s legal obligations, and proposing, approving, and regularly reviewing the organization’s policies and guidelines that govern how it operates.

Ambassador Council

The Ambassador Council of The Arc of the Capital Area is comprised of former Board members, valuable donors, community leaders, and other important stakeholders. These affiliations enhance the nonprofit’s status in the community, provide advice and counsel, advocate for its mission, and contribute to its financial stability.

A seat on the Council is an honorary and prestigious position at The Arc; however the Council is not the governing body of the organization and does not carry the same legal responsibilities and fiduciary duties as the Board of Directors. The Council works in concert with the Board and CEO to advance and promote the organization’s mission and goals.

The purpose of the Council is to engage strategic volunteers to further the work of The Arc by providing a deep resource for the organization related to professional expertise, social and business connections, community awareness, and robust fundraising. It is a means of involving individuals who are committed to The Arc’s mission and willing to give assistance at a high level, but who are not on the governing Board. Click Here for Committee Opportunities.

Community Connections Program: 

In the Community Connections Program, you will positively impact the social development and academic achievement of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in a virtual setting.

  • Mentoring consists of fun, hands-on activities that connect and engage mentors and mentees in the course offered in our post-secondary education program.
  • Mentors and mentees are matched based on interest compatibility.
  • The Mentor works with the assigned student/mentee one-on-one, on a weekly basis, in the classroom setting for 2 hours per week with a commitment of a minimum of 12 weeks. The hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30-11:30am and 12:00–2:00pm.
    • Mondays: Digital Media
    • Tuesdays: Health & Wellness; Performing Arts
    • Wednesdays: Urban Garden & Community Involvement; Visual Arts
    • Thursdays: Independent Life Skills; Visual Arts
    • Fridays: Career Education; Visual Arts

Team Building Opportunities:

As part of The Arc of the Capital Area’s post-secondary education program, we assist with career development.  We currently offer painting parties in which groups of up to 30 can come to the studio or schedule a party at your location. By engaging in a CreateABILITY painting party, participants create a unique piece of art, taught with step-by-step instructions by one of our talented art students. These fun painting parties allow you to leave with a one-of-a-kind painting created by you, and provides a paid opportunity for our students to build their resume. Rate is $35 per person and with a 50% deposit two weeks ahead of scheduled date.


If you are interested in getting involved please contact:

Izzy Woodson – Volunteer Coordinator and Program