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, church 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 9:00-11:30am or 12:00-3:00pm.

Volunteer groups help with a variety of projects such as gardening, yoga in the park, canvas stretching, gessoing, art show preparation, and special events.  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.


Mentorship Program: 

The overall goal of the Mentorship Program is to positively impact the social development and academic achievement of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

  • 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 Workshops:

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 40 can come to the studio or schedule a party at your location. By engaging in an Anyone Can Create 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 it provides a paid opportunity for our students to build their resume.  A $30 per person donation is suggested.


Individual Volunteering Needs: 

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

Volunteer Assistant Instructor

As a Volunteer Assistant Instructor, you assist in our post-secondary education program.  You would assist the classroom instructor in the coursework/project outlined, creating a safe and inclusive educational environment, providing one-on-one student support as needed.

The commitment is for one day per week, Monday through Friday, from 9:00-2:00pm, with a 4-week minimum commitment.

  • 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

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.


If you are interested in getting involved please contact:

Leah Marsden – Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (512) 476-7044 x201