There are so many great ways to volunteer and give of your time, energy and resources throughout the holiday season. Here are some ideas to get you started…
What it is: This safe haven for local homeless and at-risk individuals provides resources for basic survival needs as well as opportunities to start a new life.
What they need: Volunteers to serve approximately 1,000 meals and pour beverages seven days a week in the
Second Chance Cafe.
How to volunteer: Contact meal and volunteer services director Ashlee Hueston at email@example.com or 214-382-5919. Include the size of your group, your preferred meal service time, and days of the week.
North Texas Food Bank
What it is: Each day, the North Texas Food Bank provides 170,000 meals for hungry children, seniors, and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and 262 partner agencies.
What they need: The food bank relies on volunteers to help in the pantry, distribution center, and other efforts, but their greatest need is food to make up the 62 million meals they distribute a year.
How to volunteer: Host a canned-food drive. Individuals, groups, and organizations of all sizes can rally to contribute. For the handbook, how-to-get-started checklist, and list of most-wanted items, check out the “donate food” section of the website. Contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-270-1996 with questions.
The Salvation Army DFW Angel Tree
What it is: The Angel Tree started in 1979 as a way to spread the holiday spirit to children in need. Now, hundreds of trees are scattered around town in local malls and organizations. The trees enable families and individuals to fulfill Christmas wishes for 50,000 people who can’t afford to on their own.
What they need: Volunteers to help with collecting donations, as well as donors to adopt those in need by selecting an angel tag from a tree. A list of items will be included on the angel, and donors drop their gifts back to the tree by the date listed on their tag.
How to volunteer: Go to participating shopping centers and organizations (a list is on their website) from Nov. 6 to Dec. 9 to find your angel. For more information about volunteering, contact email@example.com.
VNA Holiday Gift Project
What it is: VNA helps the elderly maintain their independence. They provide the popular Meals on Wheels program as well as the Holiday Gift Project, which facilitates the delivery of 4,000 toiletry items on Christmas.
What they need: The VNA collects donated toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, lotions, shampoo, socks, and washcloths. They also rely on volunteers to help with inventory, collect donations, wrap items, and deliver gifts.
How to volunteer: Host a private wrap party and bring the requested items to the VNA to wrap and decorate with friends. Or attend one of two wrap parties on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or Dec. 10 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the VNA Haggerty Center.
Toys for Tots
What it is: The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve puts on this annual event to collect new toys to distribute as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children.
What they need: Volunteers to sort toys in the warehouse and distribute them to the approved agencies.
How to volunteer: Visit the website to complete the Gratuitous Service Agreement and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A volunteer coordinator will contact you with available shifts. Or donate a new, unwrapped toy. Check the website for drop-off locations.
Wilkinson Center Food Pantry Holiday Drive
What it is: The Wilkinson Center is a poverty rescue and prevention agency for the working poor that provides a food pantry as well as adult education services and a family literacy program to help those in need gain employment and empowerment.
What they need: The food pantry accepts food donations year-round, but during the holiday months they are especially in need of canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned tuna and chicken, soups, stews, and spaghetti sauce.
How to volunteer: You can drop off your items at the food pantry by Dec. 17. Contact Adrienne O’Connor at 972-284-0301 or adrienne_oconnor@
wilkinsoncenter.org to schedule a drop-off.
Home for the Holidays
What it is: The SPCA of Texas raffles off 20 custom-made, one-of-a-kind doghouses built by architects and contractors. They are on display from Nov. 16 through Dec. 7 at NorthPark Center. Plus, the agency will have adoptable cats and dogs ready to find their forever homes.
What they need: Families and individuals ready and willing to adopt a new dog or cat. Already have a pet? Volunteer your time by working the event.
How to volunteer: Head to NorthPark Center anytime from Nov. 27 to Dec. 23 from noon to 6 p.m. to find your future furry friend. Or enter the raffle from Nov. 16 through Dec. 7 for a chance to win a doghouse. Check out spca.org/volunteer to find out how you can help with the event.
Christian Center of Fort Worth
(Haltom City)-This agency has a need for a variety of volunteers to help low-income families in Tarrant County. Contact them at 817-834-5595 to find out more information.
Community Enrichment Center
(North Richland Hills) offers a variety of volunteer opportunities including; boxing and delivering food at the food pantry, GED tutoring, greeting neighbors getting food, childcare, sorting donations at our second hand shop, tutoring children, helping search for jobs and update resumes, tax assistance program, budgeting classes, empowering seniors, computer intake specialists, food and toy drives, adopting a child or family at Christmas. We have several special events including “Back To School” and “Family Christmas Event” when we need volunteers to guide families through the event.
(Keller)-They have many opportunities for volunteers to get involved. Throughout the year, they need volunteers to help them sort clothing, assist in their food pantry or office, and also help them with programs such as their Summer Reading Program, Back to School Program, and Christmas House.