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 Volunteer at the Casa Marianella Adult House

Our volunteer program is very flexible, permitting you to work the hours and days you select. Please email (volunteer@casamarianella.org) and let us know what your interests are and when you would like to get started.

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Food shift (3 pm, every day)

  • Help cook dinner for the house (30+ people) with Casa staff and residents.  Afterwards, you are invited to sit down and eat dinner with residents! This is a fun way of being at Casa Marianella, and a good opportunity for volunteer-resident interaction.

Administration support

  • Phone support- answer calls, refer calls to appropriate individuals, take messages down, address resident and community needs, make copies, and perform general office duties.

We always welcome fresh ideas here at Casa and if you have another project or activity you are interested in pursuing as a volunteer, please let us know. Email us for more information: volunteer@casamarianella.org

Volunteer at Posada Esperanza (Women’s House)

Posada Esperanza welcomes all volunteers from the Austin community to serve in a number of roles. Please email (posadaesperanza@casamarianella.org) and we will set you up with a time to come to one of our volunteer orientations.

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    • Homework Helpers are needed Monday through Thursday between 3 and 7 p.m., to assist our children with their daily schoolwork. Some of our children just need the help focusing, while others might need some tutoring in various subjects. We work with moms and volunteers to offer after school tutoring for the kids — and we need your help!  Though the kiddos are likely to be persistent in trying to get out of homework in favor of playtime, we need you to help us keep them on task!
    • Navigating social services can be a daunting task for anyone, and that is often magnified for our residents who have limited transportation and English-speaking skills, especially when they are new to Austin, to Texas, or even to the United States. Our Appointment Advocates drive Posada residents to their appointments and help to make sure that they have understood all of the needed information and they have communicated their needs.  Appointment advocates operate on a flexible schedule and can either offer specific times they are available, or be available for us to call when we have a particular need.
    • On the weekends, Posada Esperanza is full of excited children with way more energy than we know what to do with! We always appreciate Weekend Volunteers to organize calm, pre-planned crafts projects or educational activities for our children that keep things structured and not chaotic. Some ideas include reading (in both English and Spanish), writing stories together, math practice, science experiments, craft projects, puzzles, teaching and leading the playing of a board game, etc. Weekend volunteers operate on a flexible schedule and can set up specific dates to be available.
    • So many children in and out every day means that Posada Esperanza always needs a little help keeping orderly. We immensely appreciate our Clean-Up Volunteers, who come to Posada on a flexible, as-needed basis to deep clean our houses (scrub walls, cabinets and appliances; clean windows; sweep and mop; etc.), pick up trash from the yard, mow the lawn or do other outside work.
    • We also need Childcare Volunteers to occupy our children that are too young for school, but are full of energy, smiles and fun
    • Many of our residents do not speak English, so we are in need of ESL Tutors to help them practice and learn the language. Posada does not have a specific class time for ESL Tutors: you would meet with a resident one-on-one for very informal English practice or lessons. We have a few materials we can provide you with, but it will be up to you to figure out how to structure this learning time.