One of the great things about living in New Braunfels is the assortment of nonprofits available to residents.  For those needing assistance or looking for volunteer opportunities, here are five important nonprofits in New Braunfels.

  1. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Comal County (CACCC) facilitates the investigation of child sexual abuse by providing a neutral, child-friendly, safe place for forensic interviews to occur.  Standard investigations frequently frighten the children they are meant to protect.  After allegations of sexual abuse are brought forward to Child Protective Services (CPS), the case may be brought to the CACCC to ensure that the concerned child/children feel less scared, intimidated, and confused by the investigative process.  The CACCC’s neutral interviews provide a factual, legal basis for any subsequent prosecution.  They also provide counseling for children who have passed through a CPS investigation to maximize healing and understanding.  While these services are only available for those cases that have been brought through CPS first (the CACCC is not a walk-in clinic), the CACCC also presents ‘Darkness to Light’, a prevention-focused community training program that educates adults on how to keep children safer from sexual abuse.  Free ‘Darkness to Light’ sessions are available every third Saturday of the month.  For more information, visit their website or contact Susan White at 830-626-2543 ext. 200.

  2. The Crisis Center of Comal County - New Braunfels provides crisis and prevention programs for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Services, which are offered to men, women, and children of all ages, include a 24-hour crisis line, shelter, counseling, support groups, legal/case assistance, transportation, and education.  The Crisis Center is a safe environment where victims can make educated, unbiased decisions about their future.  Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary for immediate crisis intervention and advocacy services.  Additionally, volunteers are always accepted.  For more information, visit their website.  The 24-hour crisis hotline is available at: 1-800-434-8013.

  3. The in-court side of child advocacy is handled by the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Central Texas (CASA).  After a child is involved in a Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) case, the parents and child are typically furnished with their own lawyers, each advocating towards their respective party’s wants, as DFPS conducts its investigation.  However, the needs of the child are frequently lost in the shuffle.  That is where CASA comes in.  As a group of independent, court-appointed volunteers, CASA gets to know the parties involved in each case, studying their motivations.  Once in court, CASA advocates for the child’s best interests to help them reclaim their damaged childhood.  For more information and to begin the volunteer application process, visit their website.

  4. Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas (BBBS) pairs children facing adversity with enduring, powerful one-on-one mentoring relationships to help them grow up and achieve stability and success.  Close mentoring relationships have been scientifically proven to make children more successful in school, more adept at familial relationships, and less likely to begin skipping school or using drugs & alcohol.  For more information, or to become a Big Brother or Big Sister, visit their website.  

  5. The Humane Society of New Braunfels Area (HSNBA) is a shelter & relocation nonprofit that aims to promote the humane treatment of animals and to foster respect, understanding, and compassion for all creatures.  Each day, the HSNBA provides safe, loving shelter for neglected or abandoned animals.  They also make it simpler for escaped animals to be returned to their homes with temporary housing.  The HSNBA is not funded by the city and depends on volunteers for maintenance and donations.  To volunteer or donate, visit their website.

It is evident to us that New Braunfels cares about its citizens; young, old and even furry.  If you’re looking to be a part of this compassionate community, give us a call at 830-620-7653!