Volunteer Opportunities

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People choose to volunteer at the City of Brownsville for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.

Below are some of the reasons people choose to volunteer for the City of Brownsville.

  • Give something back that has impacted a person’s life, either directly or indirectly
  • Make a difference to the lives of others
  • Feel valued and part of a team
  • Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
  • Gain confidence and self-esteem

For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of: Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience

  • Developing existing skills and knowledge
  • Enhancing a Resume
  • Improving one’s employment prospects
  • Using one’s professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (usually described as pro bono)
  • Meeting new people and making new friends
  • A chance to socialize

Volunteers must be 16 years of age to apply. Volunteer applicants 18 years of age and over are subject to a Criminal History check; ensure to include background check and authorization forms with completed application. 

Be advised a valid form of Identification is required with each application. Student ID’s are permitted.

You may submit completed volunteer applications to the Organizational Development and Human Resources Department located at City Hall 4th Floor 1001 E Elizabeth Street Brownsville, Texas 78520.

Should you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Organizational Development and Human Resources department at (956)548-6037.

Picture of Volunteer at the Brownsville Animal ShelterBrownsville Animal Regulation & Care Center

Volunteers help with daily operations at the Brownsville Animal Shelter, help to raise awareness of the animals needing homes, and help to create a positive impact on the rate of adoptions.

Picture of volunteers at a Brownsville EventParks & Recreation

If you like outdoor activities, you'll enjoy volunteering with parks and recreation. You'll have the opportunity to participate in many of the programs and activities of this department

Help Keep Brownsville Beautiful

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The Keep Brownsville Beautiful initiative promotes community involvement and a chance for you to assist your neighbors in need. As a volunteer, you'll be helping meet goals and help increase community engagement.

Brownsville Public Library


There are volunteer opportunities at the Library for all ages! Have a go at shelving books and learning some of the behind-the-scenes activities that go on in the library.