Happy Tuesday, MHPS! Take a look at the many volunteer opportunities available for you!
Remember- to find other great volunteer opportunities other than those listed below, please visit www.smu.edu/volunteer to search an online database of Dallas area volunteer positions or find out about other campus volunteer programs in CEL.
Non- Profit Organization: Achievement Center of Texas
For individuals or groups
The Achievement Center of Texas was started by a group of parents frustrated by their inability to find suitable day care for their children with disabilities. Beginning with a dream and $800 raised from a parking lot sale, this group formed their own day care center. The facility offers students greater opportunities to develop their strengths and talents, make and maintain friendships, and use up-to-date equipment and modern technology. The center serves over 140 students a day. The next event is the Special Arts Festival with over 55 art activities going on around the auditorium, and your help is needed!
Date: March 19th
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Spring Creek Church Auditorium
Contact: Marilynne Serie, 972 414-7700, email@example.com
Non-Profit Organization: Wilkinson Center
For individuals or groups
The Wilkinson Center mission is to transform the lives of Dallas families by providing pathways to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect. The missions is fulfilled by helping families face critical life challenges including food insecurity, lack of education, economic instability, unemployment and underemployment. Individuals are needed to help shoppers at the food pantry, assist with the early childhood program afternoon classes (preschool 3-4 year olds). There’s a curriculum/structure along with intentional playtime, and help with citizenship tests: going over questions, practicing the verbal part of the test. The Wilkinson Center has a partnership with the North Texas Food Bank (they get most of their food from them) where groups can help offset their handling fee. Groups can go volunteer at NTFB on behalf of the Wilkinson Center, then the Wilkinson Center will get credited for it and not have to pay their full food handling fee to NTFB! Sign up for this and more opportunities on the website under the “Get Involved” tab.
Contact: Adrienne O’Connor, Adrienne_oconnor@wilkinsoncenter.org , 972-284-0301
Non-Profit Organization: Rosemont Elementary School in DISD
Currently looking for students interested in 3 different volunteer opportunities with grades 3-5. The following opportunities are: Homework Club- In need of approximately 4-8 volunteers to assist, Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30pm- 4:30pm, with homework help and completion, Saturday tutoring- In need of at least 10 volunteers to provide students with tutoring, from 9am- 11:30am, and the Mentorship program- At least 10 volunteers needed. Schedule varies based on volunteer availability. Required to interact at least once a week with their assigned mentee.
For those interested in volunteering, please send a response with name, contact information, and volunteer opportunity of your choice prior to March 11th. Locations vary.
Contact: Raven Alston, firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-Profit Organization: Vickery Meadow Learning Center
For individuals or groups
VMLC serves 1,200 adults and 330 young children annually by teaching English literacy skills at no charge in low income, highly diverse neighborhoods. VMLC’s spring semester classes are starting on openings are available for fulltime teachers, substitutes, computer lab assistants and test/survey administrators.
Time/Date: 2 hrs/week, dates vary
Contact: Leala Rosen, 214-265-5057×110
Non-Profit Organization: The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center
For Individual or groups
Since 2008, The Bridge has been a strong partner for the City of Dallas, working hard to provide necessary services to people experiencing homelessness. The Bridge has made great strides by getting people the care they need. Thousands have received not only short-term services, but also transitioned to long-term income and/or housing.
Volunteer opportunities and days/times are list below:
Library Volunteers needed 7 days a week (8:30am-11:30am, 1:30pm-4:30pm, 6pm-9pm)
Reception Desk Volunteers needed M-F (11:30am-1:30pm)
Intake Engagement Volunteers needed M-F (11am-2pm)
Music Therapy volunteers needed Tues & Thurs (1:30pm-3:45pm)
Bingo Night volunteers needed on the 1st Tuesday of every month (7pm-8pm)
Art Class volunteers needed Wednesdays from 1-3pm
Contact: Christine Heskes, email@example.com
Volunteer- Day Chair
Non-Profit Organization: Skill QUEST, Inc.
Skill QUEST, Inc. lifts heads of households from minimum wages to middle income wages of at least $18 per hour into growth sector careers. Career counseling/case management averages from a year to three years for participants to transition out of poverty into middle skill career. Recruiting volunteers to greet candidates at social service agency with light recordkeeping. Day Chair will assist or lead candidates through intake process. Day Chair training in methods and operations of Skill QUEST can be completed in an eight hour day, with lunch break, or over two half day sessions. Operating sites include Dallas County Community College District campuses, and partner agency locations in Plano and McKinney.
Location: 2922 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Building A, Suite 118, Dallas, 75215
Time: 9am – 5pm or half days, 9am-Noon or 1pm-4pm.
Contact: Reginald Grant, RGrant@skillquestntx.org or (214) 421-3555
Non-Profit Organization: [DallasHolocaustMuseum.org]Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance
For individuals or groups
Looking for engaged and enthusiastic volunteers at the Museum. Volunteer Roles are in collections/archives, development, docent program (lead group tours of permanent and special exhibits (includes school groups and adult groups). This program requires 9 3-hour training sessions with training available each spring and fall. Please contact Charlotte Decoster, Assistant Director of Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.) education, special events, front desk management, and marketing.
Contact: Annie Black, email@example.com
Non-Profit Organization: Dallas Public Library
The Mission of the Dallas Public Library is to link resources and customers to enhance lives. The Library is committed to inform, entertain, enrich, and to foster the self-learning process by facilitating access to its collections, services, and facilities to all members of the community. Volunteers will conduct storytimes, craft activities and other library and literacy-related activities with children 3-8 years old while the children’s parents attend an adult literacy class at Dallas Public Library locations. Special training provided.
Where: Bachman Lake Branch Library, 9480 Webb Chapel Rd, Dallas, TX 75220
Time/ Date: Fridays- March 4th, 25th, April 8th, 22nd, May 6th, 20th all from 12:00 pm-2:30 pm
Contact: Angie Bartula, firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-Profit Organization: New Horizons
New Horizons is a faith-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children and teens who are growing up in an environment of poverty, academic failure, and hopelessness. Mentors work with elementary aged students to provide individual homework assistance, academic remediation, and development of reading skills. Mentors also provide much needed encouragement, support, and care to our kids.
Time: Weekly Monday-Thursday from 3:00-5:00 PM at Titche Elementary.
Contact: Seth Henderson, email@example.com