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Monday, January 15 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

AYLA Day of Service

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Austin Young Lawyers Association will coordinate its fifth annual Day of Service project in Austin on Monday, January 15, 2018. This local project is modeled after the national Martin Luther King Day of Service, which is intended to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps solve social problems. AYLA invites the Austin legal community to sign up for one or more of the events available for the Day of Service. In addition, please encourage family and friends to volunteer as well.

Register for the AYLA Day of Service Here!  You can choose to sign up to volunteer at the following volunteer opportunities.

Austin Animal Center.  The Austin Animal Center is seeking 10 volunteers from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to give adoptable dogs time out of their kennels with walking and other forms of interaction, as well as helping socialize with cats and clean kennels. Volunteers must be at least 17 years of age, and there must be at least one adult for every child of age 15 or 16.  Address is 7201 Levander Loop Bldg. A, Austin, TX 78702.  Visit for more information about Austin Animal Center.

Austin Parks Foundation.  Austin Parks Foundation is seeking 10-15 volunteers to help plant trees, mulch, and perform other work at Patterson Park from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Address is 4200 Brookview Rd, Austin, TX 78722.  Please contact Blair Leake for additional details at  Visit Austin Parks Foundation to learn more here,

Community First Village.  Join us for a serve event at the Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd. Austin, TX, 78724 (make sure to enter the zip code into the GPS). Please meet at the Volunteer/Hospitality RV to check in and get a nametag! This serve event may entail laying pathways, harvesting our gardens, tending the chicken coop, dry landscaping yards of our micro-homes, etc. We ask that everyone come wearing the proper clothing to ensure a safe day at work and require that each volunteer wear long pants, a short sleeve shirt, close toed shoes (boots HIGHLY recommended) and always recommend a hat, bug spray and/or sunscreen for the outdoors. Volunteers are more than welcome to bring their own pair of work/gardening gloves to their serve day as well, should you not need or want them after, we will gladly take them as donation! Please be sure that each person brings their own water bottle as we do not provide them, though we do have canteens to refill the ones you bring. Should the serve event need to be cancelled due to rain, your group lead will be notified by 7:00 am the day of your serve event and will pass along the information from us here at the village!

All volunteers under 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian while serving at the village.  To learn more about Community First Village, visit

Bookspring.  BookSpring is seeking 10 – 12 volunteers from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. to help with sorting donated books at BookSpring’s facility on the campus of Blanton Elementary School.  Children are welcome to participate in this event (with a parent/guardian).  The donated books are used in BookSpring’s Reach Out and Read program, which places books in the hands of children through medical providers at clinics around the city. To receive additional information about the event, contact volunteer coordinator Jorge Padilla To learn more about BookSpring, go to

Ronald McDonald House.  After a long day at the hospital, there’s nothing more appreciated than a home-cooked meal. Get together with friends, family or co-workers to plan a menu and prepare a comforting meal for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.  Contact Jorge Padilla at for more information.

HELP Center of Austin.  HELP Center of Austin (Horse Empowered Learning Program) is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. They serve individuals with challenges to promote their physical, emotional, and social growth in partnership with horses.  HELP Center is looking for volunteers to assist with facilities maintenance and other work at the ranch.

Max group of 10 volunteers (kids okay but need to cap at 2-3–and kids count toward the max of 10) and children must be accompanied by parent).  Address is 2908-B East Howard Lane; Manor, TX 78653.  See more information here:

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