Volunteer

Volunteers are the beating heart that keeps us going. Whether for a fundraiser here, a local camp counselor, or a life-changing mission trip, your help is vital and appreciated. YOU allow us to continue our mission of Creating Smiles and Improving Lives around the world!

Board Membership & Advisory Committees

Austin Smiles has various leadership volunteer opportunities to help direct quality programming and resource development. If you are interested in board membership or serving on our resource development committee, Wish Upon A Smile gala committee, or our Shoot for a Smile committee, please contact renee@austinsmiles.org

Become a Medical Mission Volunteer

All medical volunteers must be licensed or certified in their designated field. We need the following types of medical volunteers:

  • Physicians (Anesthesiologists, emergency medicine, family practice, internal medicine, pediatricians, plastic surgeons, oral/maxillofacial surgeons, ENTs (otolaryngologists)
  • Registered Nurses practiced in operating room support, post-operative care, recovery room care, patient triage, and intake
  • Dentists/Orthodontists experienced with Obturators/NAM’s and Cleft Lip & Palate
  • Certified surgical technologists
  • Speech & Language pathologists
  • Certified registered nurse anesthetists
  • Medical Translators/Volunteers Bilingual in Spanish 
  • Non-medical volunteers to help with various tasks (spots are limited)

Please note that as a mission volunteer you will be required to pay for your trip. Nurses and CST’s can apply for financial assistance for up to $750.

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Volunteer Locally

We host events for children born with cleft lip and palate who are patients of the Central Texas Cleft Team and we are always in need of volunteers who enjoy working with children. The annual events we host for local families help bring parents and patients together for a sense of community and support. Most children’s activities are on weekends, although we occasionally host a weekday event.

Event & Office Volunteer Opportunities

We always need help in the office with administrative duties as well as the organization of our medical supply room. We also hold at least two fundraisers during the year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Our event volunteers help make these fundraising events possible. Before events volunteers typically help with things like invitation mailings, donation requests, answering the phone, and various tasks before the events. At events, volunteer placements can be check-in/out, set-up/tear-down, and other responsibilities. help answer questions for our guests, and other tasks that help the event run smoothly.

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“Helping those less fortunate brings meaningful enjoyment to me, particularly children with congenital differences. I take great pride knowing the volunteer work I do can help a child achieve great things”
— Dr. Sanjay Sharma, medical volunteer
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1 in 700 children are born with a cleft lip or palate

$250 covers the cost of one life-changing surgery

150 volunteers annually will change a child’s life forever

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El Salvador 2022

We are still in need of nurses! Sign up for an opportunity to join us February 2022 in San Salvador

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Event Calendar

Check out the many ways you can get involved with Austin Smiles

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Sponsor a Child

Make a difference for a child in need