Non-Profit Organizations

Big Bend Volunteer Opportunities Compiled by the Pilot Club of Alpine

Alpine is fortunate to have many organizations and individuals willing to donate that most valuable resource — their time — to projects aimed at improving quality of life throughout the community. Many of these groups also work tirelessly to organize and execute fundraisers, allowing them to contribute financially to worthy causes in Alpine. As such, they provide an invaluable network of support. And the fruits of their labor can be seen all around us.
One thing most of these groups have in common: They are always looking for new members, people who are interested in working to better the community, and who just need an opportunity. These organizations can provide that framework.
As an added benefit, there are few better avenues for learning about Alpine than signing on to assist in these efforts. No matter which avenue you choose, you’ll find yourself part of a caring, creative group that knows its community — not just its needs, but what makes it unique and inviting as well.
Please use this list as a way to familiarize yourself with the opportunities that are out there — to learn about the area, to meet people, and most importantly, to help make Alpine an even better place to live.


Pilot Club of Alpine
P.O. Box 1404, Alpine, TX 79831
Mission: to provide volunteer community service that contributes to the quality of life in the Big Bend Region
Volunteer Opportunities: Meals on Wheels, Food Pantry of Alpine, Alpine Public Library, Sunshine House, Lifeline
Contact: Debbie Dodds; 837-1739;

Aliviane, Inc.
500 W. Avenue H, Ste. 115, Alpine TX 79830
Mission: to provide a comprehensive and integrated continuum of high quality behavioral health interventions, treatment, and education services
Contact: Nadine Mata, 432-837-3215;

Alpine Ambassadors
P.O. Box 1341, Alpine, TX 79831
Purpose: to support and promote the Alpine community and its businesses, provide ribbon cuttings for new and existing businesses, support business activities as called upon, act as hosts for various community activities and act as good will ambassadors for the Big Bend Region of West Texas.
Contact: Mary Jane Morgan, 837-5739;

Alpine Chamber of Commerce
106 N. 3rd St, Alpine TX, 79830
Mission: to promote, develop, and unite the business community in and around the Alpine area to accomplish economic growth.
Contact: Abby Garza, 432-837-2326;

Alpine Humane Society
P.O. Box 1464, Alpine, TX 79831
Mission: to shelter homeless and abused animals, operate a progressive adoption program, investigate abuse cases, and encourage the spay/neutering of animals in order to control overpopulation.
Contact: George Bradley, 837-2532,

Alpine Independent School District
704 W. Sul Ross Ave. Alpine, TX 79830
Mission: to provide our children with learning experiences to be responsible, productive and successful citizens of an ever changing world.
Contact: Marsha Roach, 432-837-7700

Alpine Public Library
805 W. Ave E, Alpine, TX 79830;
Mission: to connect our diverse community with information resources to promote reading and lifelong learning.
Contact: Paige Delaney, Director; 432-837-2621; Fax 837-2501;

Alpine Recycles/Keep Alpine Beautiful
100 N. 13th St. Alpine, TX 79830
Mission: to educate and engage citizens to take responsibility for improving their community environment.
Contact: Patsy McWilliams, 432-294-3183;

American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 1666, Alpine, TX 79831
Volunteer Opportunities: Relay for Life yearly fund-raiser.
Contact: Shirley Eoff, 432-837-2512;

Big Bend Amateur Radio Club
1402 N. 5th St, Alpine, TX 79830
Purpose: to establish a benevolent, eleemosynary, nonprofit organization of members, and to render public service through amateur radio, and to gather and disseminate information concerning amateur radio operation. Meetings 2nd Tuesday 7:00 pm, West Texas National Bank
Contact: Bob Ward, 432-386-3041;
Bill Brooks, President;

Big Bend Arts Council
106 W. Sul Ross Ave., Suite D, Alpine, TX 79830
Mission: to provide a forum for supporting and promoting the arts in the Big Bend region.

Big Bend National Park
P.O. Box 129, Big Bend National Park, TX 79834
Contact: Natasha Moore, Interpretive Park Ranger & Volunteers in the Parks Coordinator,
432-477-1196; or Jane Brown, 432-477-1106, and/or

Big Bend Regional Medical Center
2600 N. Highway 118, Alpine, TX 79830
Contact: Mary Clare Spear, 432-837-3447;

Boys & Girls Club of Fort Davis
Mission: to provide after-school and summer youth programs.
P.O. Box 1054; 100 Memorial Square, Fort Davis, TX 79734
Contact: Lolie Lara, 432-426-3802

Brewster County
PO Box 1630, Alpine, TX 79831
Contact: Judge Val Beard, 432-837-2412;

Brewster County Tourism Council
P.O. Box 479, Alpine, TX 79831
Mission: to promote visitation to Brewster County. Primary volunteer opportunity is for people to staff an area information booth at Texas State Fair each year beginning the last Friday in September and running for 24 days straight. Volunteers usually work 4–5 days, and the Council pays their travel expenses, lodging, and meals.
Contact: 432-837-3915;

Buffalo Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America
1101 W. Texas Ave. Midland, TX 79701;
Mission: to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
Alpine contact: 432-770-6996

Busy Bee Quilters
205 E. Sul Ross,Alpine, TX 79830
Contact: Charlotte Seneff, President, 432-837-5402 on Tuesday and Wednesday

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens (formerly CDRI)
Box 905, Ft. Davis, TX 79734
Mission: to promote public awareness, appreciation, and concern for the natural diversity of the Chihuahuan Desert region through research and education.
Director: Cathy Hoyt, 432-364-2499;
Contact: Susan Penney, Volunteer Coordinator;;

Children’s Advocacy Center of the Big Bend
1002 E. Nations, Alpine, TX 79830
Mission: to reduce the trauma of children who are victims of sexual abuse and/or serious physical abuse in Brewster, Jeff Davis, Presidio, and Terrell Counties and to increase the likelihood of convicting the perpetrator through the cooperation of law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, mental health, and medical personnel.
Contact: Shanna Sullivan, 432-837-1515;

Déjà Vu Thrift Store
Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend
Friends of the Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend
P.O. Box 1470, Alpine, TX 79831
Mission: to strengthen communities by empowering individuals.
Volunteer Opportunities: Déjà Vu Thrift Store (proceeds benefit Family Crisis Center)
Contact: Executive Director: Sara Stropoli, 432-837-7254;
Business Administrator: Webbie Carvajal, 432-837-7254;

Food Pantry of Alpine, Inc.
P.O. Box 1366, Alpine, TX 79831
Mission: to establish a community-supported food pantry which coordinates a monthly distribution of food at no cost to those in need regardless of race or creed. President: Greg Schwab, 432-386-3400;

Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County
P.O. Box 244, Ft. Davis, TX 79734
Mission: to provide supplemental food distributed for qualified clients of Jeff Davis County and emergency food and school supplies
Contact: Tex Harrison, 432-249-1820;

Food Pantry of Marfa
P.O. Box 819, Marfa, TX 79843
Contact: Genevieve Basham, 432-729-4572

Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce
4 Memorial Square; P.O. Box 378, Ft. Davis, TX 79734;
Contact: Lisa Nugent, 432-426-3015; 800-524-3015

Fort Davis Independent School District
400 Buckeye; P.O. Box 1339, Fort Davis, TX 79734
Contact: Sup. Dr. Judi Whitis, 432-426-4440;;

Fort Davis National Historic Site
P.O. Box 1379, Fort Davis, TX 79734
Contact: John Morlock, 432-426-3224

Friends of Fort Davis National Historic Site
P.O. Box 1023, Fort Davis, TX 79734 –
Mission: to support the National Park Service in its efforts to preserve, restore, interpret and publicize Fort Davis National Historic Site.
Contact: Max Kandler, President 432-426-3224 x 20;

Friends of the Alpine Public Library
805 W. Ave E, Alpine, TX 79830
Mission: to work to provide and strengthen library services and support a varied menu of programs for the citizens of our area, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Alpine Public Library and its Board of Directors.
Contact: Linda Bryant (432) 364-2356

Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library
P.O. Box 425, Fort Davis, TX 79734 –
Mission: to make Jeff Davis County Library an increasingly important asset by encouraging greater public awareness, use, and support of the library and by assisting the librarian and staff in improving services and facilities. Contact: Cyndee Barnes, 432-426-3671;

Friends of the Marathon Public Library
106 N. 3rd St.; P.O. Box 177, Marathon, TX 79842
Contact: Carol Townsend, 432-386-4136;

Friends of the Marfa Public Library
P.O. Drawer U, Marfa, TX 79843
Mission: to serve Marfa through the continuous support and contributions of the entire community.
Contact: Evelyn Luciani, 432-729-4631;

Frontier CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
P.O. Box 1232, Alpine, TX 79831 –;
Mission: to provide assistance for an abused or neglected child by providing factual information to the court on behalf of a child in the CPS legal process.
Director: Ronnie Harris, 432-837-7448;
Volunteer Coordinator: Suzanne Bailey, 432-837-7448;

General Federation of Women’s Clubs
509 E. Harriet, Alpine, TX 79830
Contact: Amanda Smith, 432-837-9890;

Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest
5217 N. Dixie, Odessa, TX 79762 –
Contact: 432-550-2688 ext. 320

Girl Scouts of the Permian Basin
Camp Mitre Peak, P.O. Box 2098, Fort Davis, TX 79734
Contact: 432-364-2201

Grand Companions Humane Society
P.O. Box 1156, Ft. Davis, TX 79734 –
Mission: always reaching for the best journey home for homeless pets
Contact: Laura Langham, 432-426-3724;

Helping Hand Thrift & Gift Shop
510 State St. Fort Davis, TX 79734
Mission: a retail store representing Grand Companions Humane Society, which receives 100% of its proceeds
Contact: Patsy Culver, 432-426-3724

Historic Alpine Inc.
Box 304 Alpine, TX 79831 432-837-8813
Mission: Historic Alpine is in partnership with the City of Alpine and the Texas Historical Commission and is dedicated to historic preservation, rehabilitation, beautification and promotion of sustainable economic development for downtown Alpine, Texas.
Contact: Dr. Kip Sullivan 432-837-5563,

Jeff Davis County Child Welfare Board

Fort Davis, TX 79734
Contact: Barbara Medley, 432-426-3561,

Jeff Davis County Library
100 Jefferson Sq.; P.O. Box 1054, Fort Davis, TX 79734
Contact: Toi Fisher, 432-426-3802

Kiwanis Club of Alpine
P.O. Box 982, Alpine, TX 79831
Mission: to focus on the needs of ordinary people and children to create extraordinary life-changing moments.
Contact: Rafael Azuaje, 837-8068;

Lions Club of Alpine
P.O. Box 274, Alpine, TX 79831 –
Mission: empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.                                    Contact: Gail O’Neill 432-837-9540

Lions Club of Fort Davis
P.O. Box 114, Fort Davis, TX 79734
Mission: to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs. (Local focus is to provide financial assistance for eyeglass exams and glasses to our community and scholarships to local high school graduates).
Contact: Don Sheffield, 432-426-3759;

Marathon Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 431, Marathon, TX 79842
Mission: to provide creative leadership for appropriate economic development in Marathon and the Big Bend area.
Contact: tel. 432-386-4516;

Marathon Public Library
106 N. 3rd St.; P.O. Box 177, Marathon, TX 79842
Contact: Carol Townsend, 432-386-4136;
Friends of Marathon Public Library, same as above

Marathon Rural Health Clinic
P.O. Box 145, Marathon, TX 79842

Marfa Chamber of Commerce
207 N. Highland Ave.; P.O. Box 635, Marfa, TX 79843;
Contact: Kaki Aufdengarten-Scott, 432-729-4942; 800-650-9696

Marfa Lions Club
P.O. Box 296, Marfa, TX 79842

Marfa Public Library
P.O. Box U, Marfa, TX 79843 –
Contact: Gloria Applegate; 432-729-4631;

Marfa Public Radio
111 S. Highland Ave.; PO Box 867, Marfa TX 79843 –
Mission: to provide radio that unites the community and promotes cultural enrichment through presentation and focus on the importance of art, education, quality of life and the local economy.
Volunteer Opportunities: Music filing, loading, audio editing, clerical duties, and potential on-air hosting of news programs.
Station Director: Tom Michael, 432-386-0601;
Programming & Production Manager: Rachel Lindley, 432-729-4578;

McDonald Observatory
82 Mt. Locke Rd.
McDonald Observatory, TX 79734
Contact: 432-426-4263

Museum of the Big Bend
Box C-101
Sul Ross State University Campus
Alpine, TX 79832
Mission: to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the materials that relate to the prehistory and history of the Big Bend of Texas and northern Mexico, with an awareness of the region’s cultural
Contact: Liz Jackson, 432-837-8143,

Native Plant Society of Texas, Big Bend Chapter
HC65 Box 28-G
Alpine, TX 79830
Mission: to preserve our state’s rich heritage for future generations. NPSOT is a non-profit organization run by volunteers who work to promote native plant appreciation, research, and conservation
Contact: Pollyanne Melton, 432-364-2577;

The Nature Conservancy (Davis Mountains Preserve)
P.O. Box 2092
Fort Davis, TX 79734
Mission: to protect vital habitats in Texas and around the world.
Contact: Chris Pipes, 432-426-2390;

Overland Trail Museum
Fort St. and 3rd St.
Fort Davis, TX 79734
Mission: to provide historical records, pictures items of historical interest relating to Jeff Davis County, culture and physical history of Fort Davis and the Big Bend area.
Contact: Daisy McCutcheon, 432-426-2011; or Pat Draheim

Permian Basin Community Centers
401 E. Illinois
Midland, TX 79701
Mission: to provide supports, resources, and opportunities to enable people with mental illness, mental retardation, or chemical dependency to live satisfying, responsible, and productive lives to the fullest extent of their abilities.
Brewster, Jeff Davis, Presidio counties
Contact: 800-542-4005;

Presidio Public Library
1200 E. O’Reilly St.; P.O. Box 2440
Presidio, TX 79845-2440
Contact: Carmen Elguezábal, 432- 229-3317;

Relay for Life
503 E. June
Alpine, TX 79830
Contact: Dot Leavitt, 837-2472,

Rotary Club of Alpine
Mission: to provide service to others, promote high ethical standards and advance understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.
801 N. Bird
Alpine, TX 79830
Contact: Greg Freidline,

Rotary Club of Marfa
301 S. Highland
Marfa, TX 79843;
Mission: to serve the Marfa community.

Salvation Army
Volunteer opportunities during Red Kettle Days, every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please contact for other times.
Contact: Liz Hightower, 432-294-4321;

P.O. Box 819
Marfa, TX 79843
Contact: Genevieve Basham, 432-729-4572 or 432-295-2352

San Vicente Independent School District
Mission: to educate the whole child while providing a safe and nurturing environment that promotes a passion for lifelong learning, respect for self and others, and an appreciation for individual differences.
P.O. Box 195
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834
Contact: (432) 477-2220;

Sunshine House
205 E. Sul Ross
Alpine, TX 79830
Mission: to provide fellowship and meals for senior citizens of the Alpine area.
Volunteer Opportunities: Meals on Wheels
Contact: Laurel Schuelke, 432-837-5402;;

Tierra Grande Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists
P.O. Box 133
Alpine, TX, 79831
Contact: Ellen Weinacht, 432-294-2421;

West of the Pecos Republican Women
P.O. Box 714
Alpine, TX 79831
Contact: Monica McBride, 432-837-3134,

West Texas Food Bank
2101 FM 1703, Alpine, TX 79830
Mission: to address the critical issue of hunger in the West Texas area by securing donations of surplus foods and grocery products for distribution through a network of charitable organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry covering 45,000 square miles in 22 West Texas counties.
Contact: David Sullivan, Facility Mgr., 432-837-1580