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Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Below is a list of over 20 Holiday Volunteer Opportunities to help your employees connect with local organizations that need some extra help during the months of October, November and December.  

Note: EFNT provides this list as information only and does not directly participate in or host these events. If you have any questions or need additional details about these opportunities, please contact the organization directly at the email/number included in the listing.

 

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COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT

The Senior Source

SP_TheSeniorSourceAbout/Mission:

The Senior Source’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) is dedicated to improving the quality of care and the quality of life that Dallas County nursing home and assisted living residents receive. LTCOP assists persons in choosing long-term care homes, investigates and resolves problems on behalf of residents, promotes public awareness of long-term care issues through educational program, and places friendly visitors in homes as volunteers.

Website: http://www.TheSeniorSource.org

Contact: Marsha Evans  214-525-6131

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 1:

Friendly Visitor Program for Dallas County Nursing Home
 Friendly visitors are individuals and groups who volunteer in Dallas County nursing homes to help out with activities, provide entertainment, or visit with residents one-on-one. Our mission is to combat the loneliness and isolation that is so prevalent in long-term care homes & to offer socialization and engagement opportunities to help improve the resident’s quality of life.

Dates/Times:
Flexible

Address: Dallas County nursing homes

 

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 2

Holiday Collection  for Dallas County Nursing Home
 The Senior Source Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Holiday Wish Life for frail low-income older adults in Dallas County nursing homes and assisted living facilities includes items such as clothes, personal care items/toiletries, games, books, and crafts. Fo

Dates/Times:
Deadline to receive donations is on or before December 9th.

Address: Dallas County

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 3:

Adopt a Dallas County Nursing Home
 The Senior Source Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, Friendly Visitor Project, can assist you with identifying a nursing home to adopt for the holidays. Most nursing homes serve a minimum of 70 residents up to 300+.

Currently, there are 6 non-profit facilities (2 do not accept Medicaid). In addition, there are 64 privately/corporate owned facilities (4 are private pay & 60 accept Medicaid which benefits low-income residents).

Dates/Times:
Varies

Address: Dallas County

EDUCATION

Heart House Dallas

About/Mission:

Heart House is a year-around, academic enrichment program that provides safety, education, and opportunity to 120 K-8 grade students, mostly refugee and immigrants, that live in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood of Dallas. 

Website: http://hearthousedallas.org/

Contact: Lenita Dunlap 972-207-6106

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 1:

Festival Of Lights
 Festival of Lights is a community wide event that celebrates the diversity of Vickery Meadow and promote unity and peace. We would like companies to host a table with games, giveaways and/or holiday treats.

Dates/Times:

  • Tuesday, December 6th 4PM-7Pm

Minimum Age to Participate: We welcome all ages. Any child under 16 has to have a parent or guardian present.

Address: 8255 Park Lane, Dallas  75231

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 2:

Holiday Party
 Host a Holiday Party for 30 students. Create a theme, buy presents and create a memorable experience. We would love for the students to experience something new. You can take them to ice skating at Galleria, go carts, Whirley Ball, a day in the park with soccer etc, something creative to promote physical activity.

Dates/Times:

  • More information closer to date of event.

Minimum Age to Participate: We welcome all ages. Any child under 16 has to have a parent or guardian present.

Address:  More information closer to date of event.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 3:

Giving Hearts
 Is a holiday shopping and giving event that allows company members to donate gift cards to Target (or another department store) in $25+ increments. This gift card will be given to students to shop for their families during the holiday season. Many students have desires to buy gifts, they would re-gift and give to a younger sibling. So this opportunity would help empower them. the company would pick a day to go shopping with our students, build relationships, helping with their speaking skills. Then we would culminate the day with lunch.

Dates/Times:

  • More information closer to day of event.

Minimum Age to Participate: We welcome all ages. Any child under 16 has to have a parent or guardian present.

Address: More information closer to day of event.

United Through H.O.P.E

About/Mission:

United Through H.O.P.E offers over 19 programs that enhance social and leadership skills for children ages 3 to young adult. These are skills that everyone needs, but kids with an identified issue or disability may need extra help to full develop. Additionally, we have 3 programs that are specifically for parents to participate in to assist in the bonding process and social development of their child.

Website: http://www.unitedthroughhope.org

Contact: Dr. Laurie Harrier

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities:

1. Deck Staining
If our decks and walk up ramp to our entryway could talk they would scream for a make over. Our back deck is one of the favorite places for our kids to play army, attack, and sit and socialize. Our front deck is our socialization hub after groups where they gather and hang out while waiting to our to their parents after and afternoon or evening of fun. Of course our ramp walk up is the place where first impressions are made and ours right now is screaming “ugh”. All three areas need to be cleaned and stained so they scream an invitation for fun. The back deck area is 10×20, the front deck is 8×6, and the walk way ramp is 4×15.  

Date/Time:
 Any Sunday is preferred as we do not have clients on that day, although if needed during Monday-Wednesday is fine too.

2. It’s a Party! Costume Drive
We often throw themed parities for our kids at United Through H.O.P.E, but even if it’s not a party who does no love dressing up and imagining to be something else? Nothing brings a smile to our kids faces more than throwing on a costume. Pirates, ghosts, ninja turtles, princess, doctors, Jedi, etc. Any new or used costume will do. Accessories are always a plus, think costume jewelry, tiaras, crowns, hats, masks, swords, pretend weapons, shields, etc. Even the old fancy dresses and long gloves are a love. 

 Dates/Times:
Open to the group that picks this event.

3. Bonding Buckets Toy Drive
At United Through H.O.P.E we have a large population of children on the autism spectrum along with children who are having difficulty bonding with their parents’ wishes. We have a special program for our families to be part of where for 10 weeks we help them develop an immense rewarding bond with their child through play. To do this each family is provided a Bonding Bucket. This bucket has an assortment of toys that is used strictly during their special play time to bond with their child. These toys are meant to create imaginative play, increase choices and reflection of feelings with their child, and increase flexibility and perspective taking. The entire family participates in this program and the results have been amazing!

 Dates/Times:
Open to the group that picks this event.

 

Address: 503 Bolivar Street, Denton, TX 76201

My Possibilities

my possAbout/Mission:

A continuing education for adults with cognitive disabilities.

Website: http://www.mypossibilities.org

Contact: Kelsey Howell 469-241-9100 ext:113

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities:

1. Deep Clean of Kitchen  
Cleaning our culinary facility. Floors, ovens, dishes, etc. 

Date/Time:
 More information closer to day of event.

2. Day of Service-My Possibilities 
Day of service would include helping around the building cleaning different rooms, cleaning our garden, organizing a space, etc. 

 Dates/Times:
More information closer to day of event.

3. Day of Service- Kyle’s Cabin
Kyle’s Cabin is our residential training facility located in North Plano. Day of service would include helping around the building cleaning different rooms, cleaning our garden, organizing a space, etc.  

 Dates/Times:
More information closer to day of the event.

 

Address: 1631 Dorchester Dr., Plano, TX 75075

SPARK!

About/Mission:

The SPARK! mission is to ignite the spark of creativity inherent in all children. When children self-define as creative, they have higher self-esteem, better problem solving skills, and go further in their education. SPARK! helps children develop their self-definition as creative by providing a wildly creative environment and hands-on activities that lead children in the discovery of their full creative potential. Current programs include: week-long camps, group field trips, public hours, and the Metamorphosis Project which provides low-income children with multiple creative engagements.

Website: www.sparkdallas.org

Contact: Lori Carey 214-421-7727

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity:

SPARK! Public hours-Holiday themed
 SPARK! is open to the public every Saturday for families to explore our wildly creative environment and engage in pop-up creative activities. On December 3rd and 10th we will have holiday-themed activities for children to learn about the importance of giving back to the community. All visitors will be able to create hand-made journals and nightlights to be gifted to children living in transitional housing. Volunteers will be needed to assist with activities and clean-up.

 

Date/Time:
 December 3rd and 10th, 9:30AM-4:30PM (Flexible with timeframe)

Address: http://1409 S. Lamar Street, Suite 004, Dallas, TX 75215

Plano ISD Education Foundation CORE Store

planoAbout/Mission:

The mission of the CORE Store is to help all students in Plano Independent School District succeed in the classroom by equipping teachers with donated classroom resources. The Plano ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. its mission is helping all students in Plano School District achieve their full potential by providing financial support to educators and academic programs.

Website: http://www.pisd.edu/foundation

Contact: Marta Lilly 469-752-8141

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 1:

School Supply Drive
 We invite you to schedule a school supply donation drive in your office lobby for your employees and customers to donate new school supplies to our CORE Store. Supplies donated are made available to teachers in Plano ISD to provide to students in their classrooms who cannot afford them otherwise. This helps prevent the teachers from having to purchase supplies themselves. Collected donations should be dropped off before December 20th or after January 2nd at Plano ISD Administrative Building.

Date/Time:
 Flexible

Address: 2700 W. 15th St, Plano, TX 75075

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 2:

Office Supply Clean our Drive
You can also hold an Office Supply Clean Out Drive for employees. We can accept donations of gently used or excess office supplies, including any items that may be useful for teachers in creating new activities to enhance their curriculum.

Date/Time:
 Flexible

Address: 2700 W. 15th St, Plano, TX 75075

Educational First Steps

educationalfirstAbout/Mission:

Since 1990, Educational First Steps (EFS) has been transforming well-meaning but resource constrained daycare centers into high quality nationally accredited preschools to turn caregiving into teaching.

Website: www.educationalfirststeps.org  

Contact: Coral Bell 214-824-7940 ext:252

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 1:

Stuff a Backpack Not a Stocking
 This holiday season, we’re asking the community to help us fill 1,000 backpacks with fun, educational toys, games, books, and activities that encourage learning at home during the holiday break.

Date/Time:
 Backpacks will be distributed mid-December

Donations can be dropped off at our Dallas office located at 2815 Gaston Ave. Dallas, TX, 75226 anytime Mon-Fri from 9AM-4Pm.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 2:

Classroom Supply Drive
We are always accepting classroom/art supply donations on behalf of our independently owned partner centers, as they are tasked with providing all of their classrooms with the necessary materials to facilitate high quality learning.

Date/Time:
 To be determined closer to day of event.

Address: 2815 Gaston Ave. Dallas, TX, 75226

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 3:

Reading Activity with the Children
 Community, Corporate, and University groups are always welcome to take part in a reading activity at a partner center which includes reading a pre-selected children’s book and doing interactive, educational activities related to the book that foster creativity and learning through play.

Dates/Times:

  • More information closer to day of event.

Minimum Age to Participate: 18 years or older

Address: We have over 90 partner centers across North Texas to choose from.

 

HEALTH & SCIENCE RESEARCH

Joni and Friends Texas

joniandfirendAbout/Mission:

Non-profit international disability ministry dedicated to extending the love and message of Jesus Christ to people who are affected by disability around the world. 

Website: http://www.joniandfriends.org/texas

Contact: Becky Ellis 972-941-4525

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity:

Christmas Carnival
 A Christmas carnival for families affected by disability. It is free for everyone, and it is our opportunity to reach out to families in the community affected by disability.  

Dates/Times: December 2nd 6:00PM-8:00PM 

Address: The Hope Center: 2001 W. Plano Pkwy, Plano, TX 75075 

East-West Ministries

eastwestminAbout/Mission:

East-West exists to mobilize the Body of Christ to evangelize the lost and equip believers to multiple disciples and healthy churches among unreached peoples and/or in restricted access communities.

Website: http://www.eastwest.org/

Contact: Caleb Read 972-941-4485

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 1:

Direct Mail Sorting and Stuffing
 At the end of the year we send mass mailings to our constituency and it takes time and money for our printers to do this by hand. They allow us to supply volunteers to help this process, thereby saving time and money, all for a great cause.

Dates/Times: December (Select days) 8AM-6PM

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 2:

Direct Mail Sorting and Stuffing
 At the end of every year our missionaries send out personalized notes to their supporters. These notes need to be stuffed into individual envelopes and put in the mail.

Dates/Times: December (Select days) 8AM-6PM

 

HOUSING & HUMAN SERVICES

Mosaic, Dallas

About/Mission:

Mosaic is a not-for-profit, faith based organization that partners with people with intellectual   disabilities in a caring community, giving a voice to their needs.  We provide residential,   supported home living, foster care, and vocational services to approximately 100 people.  In 2008, we opened a Document Destruction Business, shredding documents for individuals and  businesses.  This business provides people with a paycheck and helps us to generate revenue in hopes to become less dependent on government funding.

Website: www.mosaicindallas.org

Contact: Lori Baum  972-866-9989 ext: 322

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities:

1. Holiday Party in the Vocational Center
Throw a holiday party in our vocational center to make the holidays shine bright! Play games, sing songs, do a project, serve lunch. Anything to make a fun few hours for those who attend our vocational center.

Date/Time:
Anytime in December between 10AM-3PM

Address: 2245 Midway Rd., Suite 300, Carrollton, TX 75006

2. Adopt-A-Home or Adopt-A-Person for the Holidays
Adopt a group home or individual. Bring a holiday meal, decorate the home for the tree for the holidays. Adopt individuals to supply them with gifts for the holiday.

Date/Time:
Anytime in December.

Minimum Age to Participate: 18

Address: Any home in Richardson, Plano or Carrollton

3. Holiday Helping Hands Drive
Conduct a HHH drive at work or in the community to supply our group homes with much needed hygiene, cleaning, household or healthcare supplies for our 8 group homes.

Date/Time:
Anytime in December.

Address: Your choice

Mosaic Family Services

About/Mission:

Mosaic Family Services is a safe haven for survivors of human rights abuses, including domestic violence and human trafficking. Our mission is to support, educate, and empower the multicultural communities of North Texas. Through comprehensive social services and education programs, we create access to opportunities for survivors and equip youth with skills to become leaders in their own diverse communities.

Website: http://www.mosaicservices.org

Contact: Le Ta  214-821-5393

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities:

1. Toy Drive
 Volunteers will have the opportunity to host a toy drive to benefit the children of Mosaic Family Services. These gifts will be given to children as a Christmas gift from the community.

Dates/Times:
 Anytime between November and December 15th.

Address: At the employee’s company.

2. Blanket Drive
Volunteers will have the opportunity to host a blanket drive to benefit families receiving services from Mosaic. These blankets are crucial to Mosaic clients as most of our clients do not have HVAC.

Dates/Times:
 Anytime between November and December 15th

Address: At the employee’s company.

3. Christmas Party at Mosaic House
Volunteers will be able to host a Christmas Party at Mosaic House, our shelter for women and children that have been affected by domestic violence and/or human trafficking. Activities can include baking cookies, decorating cookies, hot cocoa parties, holiday movie nights, board game nights, decorating/making ornaments, or anything holiday related.

Date/Time:
Anytime between November and December 15th

Minimum Age to Participate: 18

Address: Mosaic House- confidential location to be released upon project

Strengthening Families of North Texas

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About/Mission:

We are a comprehensive family support program for parents of children up to 11 years of age who are experiencing extraordinary stress. Our mission is to prevent the cycle of child abuse and neglect by early intervention that focuses on building successful and resilient children, strengthening parents and preserving families. With its unique blend of therapeutic early childhood services and comprehensive family support services. We empower vulnerable families and help stop the vicious cycle of child abuse and neglect. Families seeking services are often struggling with things like financial strain, a history of abuse, substance abuse or a lack of social support. We provide an effective model of child protection and family preservation, building on the belief that most children are best served when they remain with their families. 

Website: http://www.sfntx.org

Contact: Karen Marks  972-867-9470

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities:

Holiday Database & Toy Distribution
As the only Collin County Toys for Tots distributor, SFNT provides the toy request to over 700 families. Once returned, SFNT enters the information into the “Holiday Database” to avoid duplication of services. Once order of toys is filled by DFW Toys for Tots, we need volunteers to help pick up and deliver, set-up location as a toy store to allow parents to come pick out 2 toys for each child. This distribution process takes approximately 5 days, which includes re-stocking each night.

Dates/Times:

  • Holiday Database Entry:  November 10-12 or 17-19, 9 am – 4 pm
    3415 Custer Road, Suite 140, Plano  75023
  • Toy Distribution: December 15 – 20, 9 am – 6 pm each day
    Location to be determined (somewhere in Collin County)

Minimum Age to Participate: 16

Address: 3415 Custer Road, Suite 140, Plano  75023 (data entry location only)

Bed Start, Inc.

bedstartAbout/Mission:

Sharing Beds and furnishings with love to our neighbors in need!

Website: http://www.bedstart.org

Contact: Doug Nikols  Director@bedstart.org

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities:

1. Serve on crews dispersed throughout Collin and North Dallas
 Pickup donations of gently used beds & furniture from gracious households & provide to neighbors in need at no cost. 

Date/Time:

Every Saturday morning; rain, shine, or snow. 8AM-12PM

Minimum Age to Participate: Any age, but under 16 must have parent or guardian with them.

Address: 6601 Custer Road, Plano, TX 75023

CASA of Collin County

casacollinAbout/Mission:

CASA of Collin County promotes and protects the best interests of children who have been abused or neglected by training volunteer advocates to improve the child’s quality of life and serves as their voice within the court system to ensure they are placed in a safe, permanent and loving home.

Website: http://www.casaofcollincounty.org

Contact: Madison Savage-Durr 972-529-2272 ext:113

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities:

1. 2016 Holiday Program
 CASA seeks to distribute holiday gifts to deserving children, ages newborn to 18 years old, who are currently in foster care! By participating in CASA’s Holiday Toy Drive, you can help provide necessities and holiday gifts to children who may not otherwise have much to celebrate during the holidays.

You have two options:

  • Adopt-A-Child or children
  • Organize a Toy Drive at your place of business, or community organization.

Date/Time: Now-November 9th

Address: 101 East Davis Street, McKinney, TX 75069

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

dcacAbout/Mission:

The mission of The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to provide national leadership on child abuse issues. At DCAC, we use the voices of courageous child abuse victims to bring them justice, hope, and healing.

Website: http://www.dcac.org

Contact: Becky Aguilar  214-818-2633

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 1:

Toy Drive
 DCAC annually hosts Holiday of Hope, a gift drive for Dallas County’s most severely abused children. The Center welcomes agencies’ participation in Holiday of Hope by adopting children from our Center and purchasing gifts from their wish lists. donor groups may participate according to their own timelines. DCAC requests that donations arrive at the Center no later than 3PM on Saturday, December 10th to fulfill our clients’ holiday wishes.

Date/Time:

At donors’ discretion.

Minimum Age to Participate: Must be 18 years of age.

Address: Donations to be made to 5351 Samuell Blvd., Dallas, TX 75228

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 2:

Clothes Closet Drive
 Through its Clothes Closet, DCAC provides new clothes, toys, cleaning supplies and other essentials to our families of abused children to alleviate some of the financial burden they face in their day-to-day lives. The Clothes Closet is running very low in its supply of diapers, wipes, bottles, pacifiers and toiletries including kids’ shampoo/conditioner, body soap/shower gel (adult and baby), body lotion (adult and baby), deodorant, toothpaste/toothbrushes, and feminine hygiene products. DCAC welcomes donor participation in a drive to supply these critical needs to our families.

Dates/Times:

  • At donors’ discretion.

Minimum Age to Participate: 18 years of age.

Address: Donations to be made to 5351 Samuell Blvd., Dallas, TX 75228

Dallas CASA

dallascasaaaAbout/Mission:

Dallas CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children under the protective care of the state, so they will have safe, permanent homes where they can thrive.

Website: www.dallascasa.org

Contact: Sharon Balaban 469-547-9455

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 1:

Angel Tree Holiday Gifts Program
 Corporations and organizations commit to taking certain number of angel requests, fulfilling the gift wish and returning unwrapped gifts to Dallas CASA, so that no child with a CASA volunteer advocate is without a gift at the holidays.

Date/Time: Angel cards ready Nov. 7th, gifts returned to Dallas CASA on or before Dec. 2nd.

Minimum Age to Participate: All ages

Address: 2757 Swiss Ave., Dallas, TX 75204

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 2:

Winter Warmth Drive
 Drives may be held at any time between now and Dec. 2nd, for winter warmth items: Scarves, gloves, hats, ear muffs.

Dates/Times:

  • Items may be delivered to Dallas CASA between now and Dec. 2nd.

Minimum Age to Participate: All ages

Address: Donations to be made to 5351 Samuell Blvd., Dallas, TX 75228

Camp Summit, Inc.

ccsAbout/Mission:

Camp Summit is a “sleep away” camp for children and adults with disabilities. We offer weeklong camp sessions during spring break, summer and fall months as well as weekend sessions and respite days. Campers are offered a wide variety of traditional camp activities in our barrier-free environment all of which are adapted for our campers’ abilities and not limited to their disabilities.

Website: http://www.campsummittx.org

Contact: Lisa Braziel 972-484-8900

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 1:

Volunteer at Camp Summit!
 Spend the day at camp-leading activities like arts & crafts, sports & games, nature, and so much more! We are looking for groups in varying numbers of all ages. Volunteers should have a strong desire to work with our special campers.

Date/Time: November 4th-18th(All day)

Minimum Age to Participate: All ages; 15 and older with parent or guardian.

Address: 270 Private Road 3475, Paradise, TX 76073

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 2:

Camp Summit Boots & Bandanas Dinner & Auction
 At Camp Summit’s largest fundraising event of the year, we have many ways you can get involved to help make the night a huge success! Send mailings, make baskets, do morning-of set-up!

Dates/Times: All month November, Event date: November 3rd.

Minimum Age to Participate: 15 or older.

Address: 17210 Campbell Road, Suite 180-W, Dallas, TX 75252

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 3:

Volunteer in Camp Summit’s Corporate Office!
 Camp Summit is thankful for its volunteers- not only at camp, but in the office too! Think that you have great people skills, organization, and a “can do” attitude?! Come help our in our office, and create opportunities for Camp Summit to reach new heights!

Dates/Times: Weekdays Mon-Fri. 9Am-5Pm

Minimum Age to Participate: 18

Address: 17210 Campbell Road, Suite 180-W, Dallas, TX 75252

Chestnut Square Historic Village

csquareAbout/Mission:

A collection of six historic homes, chapels, school house replica, and stores. We are here to preserve history, celebrate community and inspire the future.

Website: http://chestnutsquare.org

Contact: Alice Yeager 972-562-8790

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 1:

Docents
 Talk about the history of the homes.

Date/Time: December 3rd, 10AM-5PM

Minimum Age to Participate: 16

Address: 315 S. Chestnut Street, McKinney, TX 75069

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 2:

Docents
 Talk about the history of the homes.

Dates/Times: December 4th, 12PM-5PM

Minimum Age to Participate: 16

Address: 315 S. Chestnut Street, McKinney, TX 75069

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 3:

Servers
 Help serve the Holiday Tea.

Dates/Times: December 3rd & December 4th

Minimum Age to Participate: 16

Address: 405 S. Chestnut St. McKinney, TX 75069

Jonathan's Place

jonathons aAbout/Mission:

For the past 25 years Jonathan’s Place has cared for over 4,700 abused, abandoned and neglected children. We give them love, support, comfort and protection from adults that are their primary care giver. As we all know, parents should love, protect and care for their children. When that care is abusive in any way, the child is brought to Jonathan’s Place. Our emergency shelter, girls residential therapeutic program, foster care and adoption program, Safe Place and transiti0nal living program are created to address the vital needs of children ages newborn to 18. who have no one to support their growth, development and transitions through life. Jonathan’s Place is devoted to giving every child that comes through our doors a safe place, a loving home and a promising future by offering a continuum of care to abused children. Child abuse has no time, date, season or reason. Jonathan’s Place is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to children in crisis hat need a home, food, clothing, medical care, safety and love.

Website: http://www.jpkids.org

Contact: Landon Cole 972-303-5303 ext:248

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 1:

Outing for Children
 Provide a fun outing for the children in the emergency shelter or girls residential treatment program to either bowing, movie, Main Event, etc.

Date/Time: The week of 12/19/16

Minimum Age to Participate: 18

Address: Based on outing

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 2:

Christmas Party
 Have a Christmas Party for the children in the emergency shelter or girls residential treatment program at Jonathan’s Place.

Dates/Times: Flexible

Minimum Age to Participate: 18

Address: 6065 Duck Creek Drive, Garland, TX

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 3:

Outing for Children!
 Provide a fun outing for the children in the emergency shelter or girls residential treatment program to either bowling, movie, Main Event, etc.

Dates/Times: The week of 11-21-16

Minimum Age to Participate: 18

Address: Based on outing

SWAGG Programs

swaggAbout/Mission:

We support foster and homeless children by creating experiences that boost their self-esteem and motivate them to set goals to become independent and self-sufficient. We create a reliable support system that encourages and prepares them to be successful through programs that meet their everyday needs. A standard of excellence is produced that promotes Serenity, Wisdom, Agility, Grace, and Guidance developed through comprehensive programs (clothing, hygiene, activities, etc.)

Website: http://www.SWAGGPrograms.org

Contact: Nikeesia N Ranson 972-213-8212

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 1:

Celebrating Royal “Forever” Families (Orphan Awareness Program)
 We celebrate National Adoption Month to acknowledge and honor families in our community who have consummated adoption. This is also an opportunity to inform others of the orphan care need in our community. Families are given gift baskets filled with activities and gift cards to assist and manage their busy daily schedules. (All are invited)

Date/Time: Saturday, November 5th 12:00Pm-3:00pm

Minimum Age to Participate: Children of all ages can volunteer with an adult.

Address: 777 I-35E Red Oak, TX 75154

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 2:

Holiday Care Packages 
 We provide Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to families in need. We create Care Packages (full of items to cook for Holiday Dinner). Since the children are home from school during this time for a week or longer, we include items that consist of, but are not limited to: books, coloring books, activity books, indoor games, board games, nutritious snacks, etc.

Dates/Times: Saturday, November 19th and Saturday, December 17th

Minimum Age to Participate: Children of all ages can volunteer with an adult.

Address: 1025 Ovilla Road, Waxahachie, TX 75167

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 3:

Christmas Stocking for December
 Every guardian feels empowered when they know they’ve made their child smile. We want to give our foster and homeless parents this opportunity by supplying them with Christmas filled stockings (during December) to hang in their homes and/or give their children Christmas morning.

Dates/Times: Saturday, December 3rd 9AM-1PM

Minimum Age to Participate: Children of all ages can volunteer with an adult.

Address: 1025 Ovilla Road, Waxahachie, TX 75167

Hope Supply Co.

hopeAbout/Mission:

Hope Supply Co’ mission is to meet the critical needs of homeless children across North Texas by providing necessities including diapers, clothing, school supplies, toys and programs to enhance their lives.

Website: http://hopesupplyco.org

Contact: Liz Muth 214-630-5765

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 1:

Holiday Hope on Wheels
 Groups of 3-8 preferred for this exciting event! Organize you own team of volunteers, plan an easy holiday craft (cookie decorating), caravan to a pre-selected partner agency, deliver toys and host a simple holiday gathering. Gifts are supplied by Hope Supply Co, you supply the team, craft materials, and interaction with the kids as they receive their presents. This event is a door to door time commitment of 3-4 hours. Family friendly event, kids are welcome as part of your team!

Date/Time: December 17th, mid morning to afternoon start time.

Minimum Age to Participate: Children of all ages can volunteer with an adult.

Address: Will be determined closer to day of event.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 2:

Gift Wrapping for Holiday Hope on Wheels
 We need crafty people who can wrap our presents the children will receive on December 17th!

Dates/Times: Flexible

Minimum Age to Participate: Prefer adults or older children wrapping gifts.

Address: 10480 Shady Trail Suit, 104

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 3:

Holiday Open Door
 Help partner agencies shop the Hope Supply Co warehouse!

Dates/Times: December 19th and 20th

Minimum Age to Participate: Ages 10 and up welcome in the warehouse

Address: 10480 Shady Trail Suit 104, Dallas, TX 75220

Family Gateway

familygatewayAbout/Mission:

We believe in “Housing First”. We don’t believe that homeless families should have to prove they are “ready” to have a home. The instability of homeless is traumatic for children and devastating to a child’s brain development. Some shelters require families to be working before they are given a shelter. Family Gateway does not erect those kinds of barriers to entry. We believe in providing housing first, and then wrapping trauma informed services around our families to help them break the cycle of poverty. The “Housing First” approach is well documented in the literature as the optimal approach to supporting homeless children and their families.

Website: www.familygateway.org

Contact: Kathy Kidwell  214-823-4500 ext: 106

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 1:

In-Kind Donation Drive
 Help organize a “drive” to provide items we are in need of for the clients at the shelter when they first arrive. (Example: twin size comforters, towel sets, pillows, body wash, shampoo, deodorant, mouthwash, toothpaste, undergarments for women, men & children, school uniforms, and products like detergent and various hygiene products.

Date/Time: During the month of November.

Address: 711 S. St. Paul Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 2:

Adopt a Room Program
 When existing clients have successfully completed our program at the Annette G. Strauss Family Gateway Center and are ready to move on to obtain longer term or permanent housing they transition back into the community, and their room is vacated. The families usually vacate their rooms on a Tuesday and the new family moves in the following Tuesday, giving the adopt a room donor through the weekend to prepare the room for the new families to move in. There are two options available for you when adopting a room. 1) Gather all the items that are needed and drop them off at our center located at 711 S. St. Paul Street, Dallas, TX 75201 and staff will prepare the room, or 2) Gather all the items and come and prepare the room by placing all the items in their room and preparing beds, making the room ready for the new family to move in. There are many families in need, so our goal is to try and them into the Center as soon as possible.

Dates/Times: Anytime

Address: 711 S. St. Paul Street, Dallas, TX 75201

 

Frisco Family Services

Frsico Family Services in a boxAbout/Mission:

Frisco Family Services exists to help members of our communities who are facing hunger, homelessness and other urgent needs to improve their quality of life and achieve self-sufficiency. With your help we can make a difference. Our website furthers our mission by providing ways for you to learn more and get involved.

Website: Friscofamilyservices.org

Contact: Programs@friscocenter.org  972-355-9495

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 1:

Toy Drive
 We will be providing toys and gifts to more than 1,000 children, parents, senior citizens this Holiday season. In addition, clients will utilize our food pantry and get an increased amount of food for the Holidays. With your help, we can make this a brighter Holiday for these families.

Date/Time: Donations can be made by Dec. 5th, no later than Dec. 9th.

Address: To be determined closer to day of event.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 2:

Thanksgiving Meal Plan
 Helping provide Thanksgiving Meals for those in need. All donations must be made no later than Nov. 16th.

Dates/Times: Drop off dates Nov. 14th-16th, Monday and Tuesday 9AM-5PM, and Wednesday from 9AM-6Pm.

Address: FFS Pantry, 9085 Dogwood, Frisco

 

North Texas Food Bank

SP_NorthTexasFoodBankAbout/Mission:

The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a top-ranked nonprofit relief organization, providing access to more than 170,000 meals each day for hungry children, seniors and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and 200 Partner Agencies in our 13-country service area. In fiscal year 2015, NTFB provided access to some 63 million meals but the need for hunger relief in North Texas today is recently launched a 10-year plan to provide access to 92 million nutritious meals annually by 2025, a nearly 50 percent increase from the current output. NTFB is a member of Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization.

 Website: http://ntfb.volunteerhub.com/events/index

Contact: Jennifer Green  214-270-2009

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 1:

Our Community Pantry- 5 Slots Reserved 
 Food Pantry Volunteer-Greet and assist clients in shopping, stock items in the pantry, bag fresh produce, operate register to check out groceries, bag and carry out for clients.

Volunteers must have good verbal skills and physically be able to bend, stoop and life 15 pounds repeatedly throughout their 4 hour shift. Courtesy and helpfulness are expected. Closed toe shoes are required. Ability to work in a fast paced environment and be on your feet  for several hours at a time. Must be able to serve the entire 4 hour shift.

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 22nd. 1Pm-5PM. Unclaimed slots will be released to other volunteers on 11/15/16.

Address: 1502 Pennsylvania Ave, Dallas, TX 75215

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 2:

Mobile Pantry – 8 Slots Reserved 
 Like a market on wheels, the North Texas Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry program is a traveling pantry that delivers nutritious food, including fresh produce and refrigerated items, directly to communities with high need. A minimum of 3,000 pounds of food from NTFB’s warehouse is loaded onto a truck and delivered to a host site to feed 100-300 families.

Greet and assist clients in selecting produce, assist clients in registering for distribution, bag fresh produce, and carry produce out for clients.

Volunteers must have good verbal skills and physically be able to bend, stoop and life at least 25 pounds repeatedly throughout their 2 hour shift. Courtesy and helpfulness are expected. Closed toed shoes are required. Ability to work in a fast paced environment and be on your feet for hours at a time while outdoors (rain or shine). Must be able to servce the entire 2 hour shift.

Dates/Times: Wednesday, December 7th, 9AM-11AM.

Address: 1502 Pennsylvania Ave, Dallas, TX 75215

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 3:

School Pantry Lenore Kirk Hall- 5 Slots Reserved
 School Pantry volunteers spend 2.5 hours setting up a temporary pantry on a school campus, distributing food to students and families, and tearing down the pantry when all the food has been distributed. It is a great opportunity for volunteers who love to work with kids and really appreciate the direct client interaction.

Each student receives at least 15 lbs. of shelf stable items in a box and at least 15 lbs. of fresh produce in a bag. Our volunteers primarily help families carry food to their cars because we mostly deal with young children who cannot life the heavy boxes and bags themselves (although they often try!). Closed toe shoes are required.

Dates/Times: Thursday, December 15th. 2:30PM-5:00PM. Unclaimed slots will be released to other volunteers on 12/8/16.

Address: 2120 Keats Dr., Dallas, TX 75211

CHETNA

SP_CHETNAAbout/Mission:

CHENTA empowers South Asians affected by domestic violence, by providing services and assistance in the areas of: housing, counseling, navigating through the legal system, and workforce development.

 Website: www.chetna-dfw.org

Contact: Tasneem Rajan  972-423-1803

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity:

Holiday Social
 CHENTA holds a holiday social, every December, for our clients and their children. We would greatly appreciate it, and be very grateful if you could assist us with lunch and gifts for our clients and their children. We would need assistance with wrapping gifts as well please.

Date/Time: To be determined closer to day of event.

 

 

Assistance Center Of Collin County

assistanceAbout/Mission:

The Assistance Center provides short term financial assistance that stabilizes the home allowing the family to peace of mind to engage in those strategies designed to aid them in attaining financial stability.

 Website: http://www.assistancecenter.org

Contact: Yvonne P. Booker  972-422-1125

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 1:

“Host an Angel Tree”
 Organizations will commit to providing holiday gifts for children. Organizations can determine how many children they would like to serve. The Assistance Center will provide that information along with the child’s “wish list” to serve as a guide for gift selection.

Date/Time: November 1st through December 2nd

Address: At the organization’s office.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 2:

“Set up Holiday Store”
 In addition to our angel tree family adopter program the Assistance Center also offers families an opportunity to select gifts for their children by shopping in our toy store. Volunteers can set up the store or serve as personal shoppers for the families using the holiday store.

Date/Time: December 1st for set-up, December 5th-15th for shopping.

Address: 900 18th St. Plano, TX 75074

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity 3:

“Deliver Gifts to Families” 
 As a part of our angel tree initiative, individuals adopt and provide gifts for families and their children and if they choose to, deliver those gifts directly to the family. For some adopters, the ability to deliver is not possible due to family travel. We then use community volunteers to deliver the gifts.

Date/Time: Saturday December 17th or Sunday, December 18th. (Saturday 8:30AM-4:00pm, Sunday 1PM-4PM)

Address: Warehouse being identified.