Austin Charity Guide
To your Health

These health-minded nonprofits and charities do vital work in Austin

These health-minded nonprofits and charities do vital work in Austin

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To say Austin has a healthy nonprofit scene would be an understatement. In recent months, we at CultureMap have been taking a look at charities making an impact in the community, and the list of health and wellness-related organizations is the longest one yet.

CultureMap's new Austin Charity Guide, presented in partnership with Frost's Opt for Optimism campaign, is a one-stop resource for locals looking for ways to give back — including to the health of people in the community.

Learn how to get involved, volunteer, and donate in support these health-centric Austin charities. 

AGE of Central Texas
AGE of Central Texas provides both education and support to people all along the spectrum of growing older. Through education, advocacy, and support, AGE empowers the community to access resources that protect and improve the quality of life for everyone along the lifetime spectrum. 
Get involved: Learn how to volunteer here and donate here.
Membership: Click here to to become a founding member of The Legacy Fund — the only requirement is a gift impact of $1,000 or more.
Big event: The annual AGE Awards.

AIDS Services of Austin
AIDS Services of Austin is Central Texas' largest provider of critical HIV-dedicated services. It is also dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of the community and people affected by HIV and AIDS. The group helps people navigate the maze of social and medical services to get the care and knowledge they need to live with HIV. AIDS Services of Austin works with community groups through special initiatives to ensure that people undergoing this highly personal experience can maintain their health and well-being. They also work to fight indifference and stigma by both supporting clients through obstacles and by educating the community to reduce indifference fueled by stereotypes, fear, beliefs, and stigma.
Membership: $1,200 annually. For information, contact director of development Christopher Alberts at 512-406-6115.
Get involved: Donate or learn how to volunteer here
Big event: AIDS Walk Austin and Red Ribbon Dinner Series

Mission: For over 30 years, allgo has worked to create and sustain queer people of color activists, groups, organizations, and allies through artistic expression, promoting wellness, and grassroots organizing. Allgo celebrates and nurtures vibrant queer people of color communities in Texas and beyond by supporting artists and artistic expression; promoting health within a wellness model; and mobilizing and building coalitions among groups marginalized by race/ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation and identity in order to enact change.
Membership: Allgo members pledge either a monthly or annual donation and/or a regular in-kind donation and/or regular volunteer work. Contact allgo to sign up to become a member.
Get involved: Donate or learn how to volunteer here. For more information, email
Big event: Statewide Queer People Of Color Activist Summit

ALS Association Texas Chapter
The ALS Association and the Texas chapter operate under a shared mission to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.
Get involved: Learn how to become an advocate, donate, or volunteer here.
Big event: The Walk to Defeat ALS

American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. It funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies, and provides critical tools and information to save and improve lives.
Get involved: Donate here. Volunteer opportunities include community events such as health fairs; signature charity events such as Heart Walk, Cotes du Coeur and the Go Red For Women Luncheon; or becoming a You're the Cure grassroots advocate. Call 214-441-4293 for more information.
Big events: Austin Heart Walk, Go Red For Women, and the Cotes du Coeur event series.

Austin Child Guidance Center
The mission of the Austin Child Guidance Center is to improve the mental health of children and their families through early intervention, diagnosis, and treatment to help them develop the emotional skills to face life's challenges.
Get involved: Donate here. Other ways to get involved are either through volunteer work, joining one of the group's various committees, or partnering through event sponsorship. 
Big event: Austin Originals Benefit Concert at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Austin Recovery
Since 1967, Austin Recovery has provided compassionate and affordable addiction treatment to the Austin area. The community-supported nonprofit is dedicated to providing substance-use disorder treatment for adult men, women, and parents with small children. 
Get involved: Donate here
Big event: Spring Luncheon at Shalom Austin's Jewish Community Center

Austin Smiles
Austin Smiles improves lives by bringing medical, surgical, and therapeutic care to underserved children with cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies in Latin America.
Get involved: Medical volunteers licensed or certified in their designated field can apply here. Non-medical volunteers can apply here. Donations welcome here.
Big event: Shoot for a Smile

Back on My Feet 
Back on My Feet uses running and community to motivate and support individuals every step of the way from homelessness to independence, first by recruiting members (individuals experiencing homelessness) at homeless and residential facilities who commit to run three days a week in the early morning. 
Get involved: Volunteer here or donate here.
Big event: Back on My Feet Bash 

C2 Change
C2 Change is a mental health agency dedicated to providing quality mental health treatment to youth and their families, regardless of income. 
Get involved: Volunteer here or donate here.
Membership: The C2 Change grants committee develops relationships with foundations and corporations that provide funding through grants. Find out more here. 
Big event: The C2 Change Gala

Capital Area Dental Foundation
Mission: CADF transforms lives in Central Texas by offering life-changing access to charitable dental care.
Get involved: Donate here. Volunteer as a dental provider by emailing
Big event: The Capital Area Dental Foundation

Mission: CareBOX provides patients going through cancer treatments access to essential supplies at home.
Get involved: There are a variety of ways to get involved with CareBOX, including in-office volunteering, delivering CareBOXes straight to patients' homes, collecting items needed for the boxes, and more. Head here for more information on volunteering and/or donating supplies.
Membership: Become a CareGIVER 
Big event: Stand Up for CareBOX Program

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas Foundation
Mission: Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas Foundation serves as the fundraising arm for Seton Family of Hospital's Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas. 
Get involved: There are plenty of ways to get involved with Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, from becoming a community champion to volunteering your time to attending Dell Children's events.
Membership: Joining one of the many Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas Foundation support groups allows you to make an immediate impact toward keeping Central Texas children healthy and strong.
Big event: Dell Children's Gala

HAAM, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, provides access to affordable healthcare for Austin’s low-income working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness. Since its founding in 2005, HAAM has helped almost 5,000 local musicians access a range of healthcare appointments, including dental work, doctor visits, prescriptions, psychiatric counseling, eye exams, out-patient procedures, specialist referrals, and hearing screenings.
Get involved: Become a HAAMbassador or donate here.
Big event: HAAM Day

Mission: HealthStart provides the blueprints for creating healthier communities through children's science-based health education.
Get involved: Subscribe to the newsletter here, and follow the group on Facebook.
Big event: I <3 HealthStart gala

Just Keep Livin Foundation
The Just Keep Livin Foundation was started by Matthew and Camila McConaughey, and is dedicated to empowering high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future.
Get involved: Donate or if interested in volunteering, call 310-857-1555 or email
Big event: Mack, Jack & McConaughey

Mission: Livestrong fights for the more than 32.6 million people around the world affected by cancer. 
Get involved: Donate here or create a fundraiser to celebrate your cancer anniversary or honor a cancer warrior.
Big event: The Livestrong Challenge

March of Dimes
March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies.
Get involved: More than 3 million volunteers enable the March of Dimes to achieve its goals. Every year, these leaders march more than 5 million miles, speak to tens of thousands of people about the mission, and help raise millions of dollars. Donate here
Big event: March for Babies

Re: Cancer
 This innovative program matches trained cancer survivors and caregivers with newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers to provide coping skills that enable those with cancer to regain a sense of control, reduce isolation, and restore hope. 
Get involved: If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver, please consider becoming a trained volunteer. Volunteers are also needed to make fleece blankets to distribute to patients in the infusion rooms. Head here to complete an application form and find out more.
Big event: 20 Colors/20 Bikes

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas
Mission: The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas (RMHC CTX) is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and families.
Get involved: Sponsor a wish list here, volunteer, or donate.
Big event: The Bandana Ball

The Sims Foundation
The Sims Foundation provides access and financial support for mental health and addiction recovery services to Austin music industry professionals and their families. The foundation was formed in 1995, following the suicide of local musician Sims Ellison. Sims connects hundreds of music professionals with counseling, psychiatric, and addiction treatment services each year.
Get involved: Volunteer or donate here.
Big event: Heart of the City

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
Get involved: Make a donation here. If you are interested in volunteering with St. Jude, there are several committee openings and event day volunteer opportunities.
Big events: The St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, The Rock n Roll Series, Friends of St. Jude Crawfish Boil, and the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.

Susan G Komen Austin
Komen Austin's mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in the community and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.
Get involved: Empower your community today by joining the Komen Austin family as an Ambassador, representing the organization on a voluntary basis with the purpose of raising awareness about breast health and breast cancer services. More information is available here.
Big event: Komen Austin Race for the Cure

Urban Roots
 The only farm-based youth leadership organization in Austin, Urban Roots has been empowering youth and nourishing community for more than 10 years. 
Get involved: Donate here or volunteer here.
Big event: Seed to Harvest Kickoff