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When students take part in service learning, they move beyond the classroom and use their knowledge and skills to benefit their communities and beyond.

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  • ACEing Autism

    The mission of ACEing Autism is to connect children with autism through unique tennis programs, and to develop and advance proven methods to positively impact the children, families and communities we serve. You will volunteer 3.5 hours a week to help teach tennis to children on the autistic spectrum, and sessions are held every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the tennis courts at UT-Dallas in Richardson.
    CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP or contact Adrienne Bransky.
  • Allen Community Outreach

    Allen Community Outreach is very thankful for each and every one of our volunteers. Without the 25,000+ volunteer hours given each year by more than 3,000 caring community members, ACO would not be able to offer all the services and programs to individuals and families in need.
    Here are the three requirements that are needed to become a volunteer at ACO:
    Part 1: Everyone who wants to volunteer, regardless of age, whether it is as a General Volunteer, Student Service Hours or Court Appointed, MUST complete an online Volunteer Application. For adults age 18 and older, please complete Parts 2. There is a $20.00 Background Check Fee for General Volunteer age 18 and older and Court Appointed Volunteers.
    Part 2: Volunteers age 18 and older only, should complete the online Background Check.
    Once you have paid for the Volunteer Background Check in Part 1, you will receive the instructions on how to complete this last required step. A Volunteer Application is valid for 2 years.
  • Bea’s Kids

    Bea’s Kids provides hundreds of Kindergarten through 12th grade students a safe, structured environment to receive assistance with homework, guidance on personal development issues, encouragement to read books, and the opportunity to practice self-discipline while building leadership skills.
  • Children’s Health

    Children’s Health depends on the invaluable contributions of volunteers. The Student Volunteer Program is open to students, 16 years of age and older, interested in donating their time serving patients and families at Children's Medical Center Dallas.
    Student volunteers serve in a variety of ways including staff support and customer service. Please note that our volunteers provide services that are strictly comforting in nature and are not able to shadow nurses, doctors, clinicians, take vital signs or observe procedures.
    The volunteer program is at the Dallas campus only. They offer two programs, a school year session and summer sessions.
    Each volunteer, regardless of where they serve, are asked to comply with the following requirements:
    • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age to participate
  • Computers for the Blind

    Computers for the Blind (CFTB) is a Non-Profit, volunteer organization devoted to providing computers to persons who are blind or visually impaired. It is our hope that each person who is visually impaired may experience the information age in a positive and productive manner. We believe technology opens new worlds and creates opportunity for greater personal freedom.
  • Dallas Arboretum

    Join the growing population of Dallas Arboretum volunteers. The generous support from these individuals plays a pivotal role in the success of the Arboretum.
    Volunteers provide assistance to the Arboretum, guest and staff in numerous areas. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities available, whether you are looking to volunteer individually or as a group, we have opportunities for everyone. Volunteers aid our excellent staff in creating the most wonderful guest experience possible. In 2014, more than 2,000 individuals gave more than 80,000 hours of time to the Arboretum.
  • Dallas Holocaust Museum

    Under the leadership of the Education Staff, the Dallas Holocaust Museum Junior Board develops activities that contribute to the Museum's networking and community building efforts. In addition to being able to impact the Museum in a positive and meaningful way, high school students have an opportunity to build leadership skills and advance their personal and professional networks through their participation.
    Basic Responsibilities of Junior Board Members:
    • Attend monthly Junior Board meetings in person or by conference call.
    • Volunteer at 3 of 6 pre-determined Museum events.
    • Attend and volunteer at the annual Hope for Humanity dinner.
    • Attend 1 of 4 pre-determined Museum Board of Director Meetings.
    Minimum requirements to apply to the Junior Board:
    • Attend a local high school or be a home school student in grade 9 or above.
    • Be in good academic standing.
  • Dallas Urban Debate

    Dallas Urban Debate Alliance is looking for volunteer judges for their middle school debate tournaments. Several dates are available February - May, 2018! You will receive five (5) community service hours for each event. No debate experience is necessary and you will receive on-site training the day of the tournament.
  • Dallas Zoo

    Volunteers are valued members of the Dallas Zoo and Aquarium team, generously contributing over 40,000 service hours each year! Get involved in wildlife conservation and research!
    • Be a part of the behind-the-scenes work;
    • Make a real contribution to our mission;
    • Spread our conservation message;
    • Help care for our animal and plant collections;
    • Educate visitors of all ages;
    • Prior zoo or aquarium experience isn’t necessary; we provide extensive training.
  • Equest

    Equest offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. No prior horse experience is required! We will teach you everything you need to know at one of our volunteer training sessions.
  • Family Gateway

    The success of Family Gateway’s children and families depends on support from community volunteers. Volunteers of all ages are needed, but children 14 and under must be supervised by an adult. Opportunities include:
    • Organizing a donation drive – organize a drive for toiletries, clothes, or toys;
    • Tutoring children – help students with their homework and participate in the afterschool program Mondays through Fridays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.;
    • Teaching an adult class – teach a computer, job readiness, or financial literacy class
    • Planning activities for children – plan a game night or holiday party for families
    • Adopting a Room – prepare a room for a new family moving in
    • Preparing a meal – cook and serve a meal any day of the week for our families (approximately 100 people) at the shelter
    • Providing administrative assistance – assist with office duties, help at the front desk, or organize the food pantry and donations closet
    • Cleaning/facilities maintenance – help with a variety of daily, weekly, and monthly activities available for individuals or groups to keep our emergency shelter for families in top shape. Cleaning and maintenance of building, grounds, kitchen, dining area (floors, tables, chairs), learning center (cleaning toys), etc.
  • Food Sorting at North Texas Food Bank

    4500 South Cockrell Hill Road, Dallas, 75236-2028
    Description: Help the North Texas Food Bank sort, bag, and box food for hungry North Texans in a warehouse environment while working cooperatively with other volunteers and staff. This opportunity includes standing, bending, and lifting. Please wear comfortable shoes.
    Age Requirements: According to safety guidelines, all attendees must be 10 years of age or older. Any volunteer who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (1 chaperone for every 7 youths).
  • For the Love of the Lake

    For the Love of the Lake is a non-profit organization whose volunteers support programs to preserve and enhance White Rock Lake Park. We organize regular clean-up activities, tree planting events, and raise money needed to fund improvements to White Rock Lake Park.
  • Frisco Family Services

    Volunteers are critical to the success of Frisco Family Services. The agency offers a wide variety of opportunities and invaluable experiences for volunteers.
    Volunteer age requirements: You must be 11 - 15 years old to volunteer with an adult who has completed orientation class, and 16 - 17 years old to volunteer independently with a completed orientation and parental permission (a signed parental consent form).
    Volunteer Opportunities Available:
    • Resale Store - sorting and processing donations for the sales floor and assisting Resale staff
    • Food Pantry - accepting donations, sorting donated items, stocking pantry shelves and assisting clients
    • Agency Office - providing staff and client support by performing light office work
    • Community Garden - special project work pertaining to garden maintenance
    • Little Hands - created especially for our youngest volunteers - Weekend bags, Toys for Resale, Birthday Theme boxes, Community Garden, Summer Lemonade Stands, Holiday Stocking Stuffing
    • Seasonal Events - seasonal work during our Thanksgiving, Holiday, and Back to School programs
    • Fundraising - set-up and organization of Annual Gala and Golf Tournament
    • Corporate & Group Team Building - at our Food Pantry, Resale store, Community Garden, Seasonal Events, Summer Lunch Program or conduct a donation drive at your location.
  • Gooch Elementary (Saturday Tutor Program)

    Tutoring at Gooch will reconvene at the start of the 2018-19 school year. If you need community service hours, please considering coming to Gooch Elementary Tutoring Program on Saturdays from 9:00 - 12:00 p.m. It’s easy and fun! Be sure to email Arfa Chowdhary to let her know that you’ve signed up and want to be added to the Gooch tutoring email distribution list.
  • Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

    The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, in McKinney Texas, is the result of Bessie Heard’s vision for the future and her commitment to the community and North Texas. The Heard’s purpose is threefold: education, conservation, and preservation. In keeping with Miss Heard’s vision, Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation through education. The emphasis of the Heard’s education programs is children; however, the Heard also offers programs that will interest visitors of any age.
  • Jewish Family Services

    Each year over 1,300 Jewish Family Service volunteers of all ages make a world of difference for our clients, our agency and the Dallas community. Their dedication and commitment make it possible to provide our specialized wrap-around care to those in need.
  • Medical City Dallas

    Shifts at the Medical City Dallas are Monday through Friday (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and may vary depending on assignment.
    • Scheduled one semester at a time (Spring, Summer, Fall/Winter).
    • MUST commit to one 4-hour shift per week, every week for the entire semester.
    • Only one absence per semester is allowed.
    • Requests for confirmation of service hours must be submitted to the volunteer office at the beginning of the semester that the student provides service.
  • Metrocrest Services

    Metrocrest Services focuses on assisting families, individuals, and senior adults who are coping with crisis situations, need help stabilizing their lives, or who require support to live independently.
  • Minnie’s Food Pantry

    Minnie’s Food Pantry provides a one of a kind red carpet volunteer experience. Volunteering at Minnie’s Food Pantry offers a great opportunity for individuals and groups to provide a meaningful, positive impact in the community! Our volunteers are a diverse group of individuals, corporations and community leaders that are passionate about serving our community.
  • North Dallas Shared Ministries

    North Dallas Shared Ministries is a cooperative effort of 52 congregations that combine resources to efficiently deliver effective and appropriate assistance to Dallas’ poorest individuals and families. North Dallas Shared Ministries is open six days and week. CLICK HERE to view various volunteer opportunities! Contact Ruth Janson to schedule a date and time to volunteer.
  • Operation Kindness

    Volunteering at Operation Kindness is rewarding and makes a huge difference in the lives of our animals. Our caring and hard-working volunteers help in a variety of programs throughout the year.
  • Perot Museum

    Complete this general application if you are interested in becoming a Perot Museum of Nature and Science year-round volunteer. Both weekdays and weekend opportunities are available to adults ages 18 and older. Teens must successfully complete the summer program, Discovery Corps, to be considered for year-round volunteer opportunities. Internship programs are open to college students and adults.
    Who can volunteer?
    • Teens ages 14 and older (Discovery Corps required);
    • Adults of any age;
    • Small groups (usually 10 or less);
    • Corporate or civic volunteers;
    What are the requisites?
    • A completed application on file;
    • Email a copy of your resume to;
    • Attend a scheduled orientation;
    • Attend a scheduled on-boarding session;
    • Complete a background check;
    • Attend training sessions required for your position;
    • Be willing to commit to a minimum of 24 hours per quarter for a one-year period;
    • Adhere to the volunteer dress code: black slacks/knee-length or longer skirt, solid white shirt, closed-toed shoes and Museum apron.
  • Reconciliation Outreach

    Reconciliation Outreach’s Children & Youth Programs are designed to end the cycle of poverty and addiction for inner city children. Most of the children come from broken homes, some live with grandparents and others have parents who are incarcerated. Understanding the importance of addressing attitudes before they become behavior, Reconciliation Outreach works to build safe and trusting relationships with the children and their families.
  • Ronald McDonald House

    The Ronald McDonald House served nearly 3,750 individuals in 2016 - and there are many more in need of a place to stay. There are so many ways for you to join us in our miss ion dedicated to the idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal, or where they will lay their head at night to rest. We want to give more families a comfortable place to stay during a difficult time but we can’t do it without you, so we’re asking you to get involved.
  • Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

    The Bernice and Brudus Meyerson Junior Volunteer Program has been established to commemorate a former volunteer couple’s love for giving back and their devotion to Scottish Rite Hospital’s mission and their fellow volunteers.
    Junior Volunteers
    • Acquire real-life work experience in a variety of departments
    • Plan an annual fundraiser, which supports the Legacy Scholarship Program
    • Gain a positive, character-building experience that will open doors to future college and career pursuits
    • Make a difference in the lives of children
    Summer Structure
    • Select between one of two sessions (5 weeks) depending on your schedule
    • Volunteer one day per week for a four-hour or eight-hour shift
    Who can apply?
    • Students between the ages of 14 and 17
    • Students currently in 8th through 11th grades
  • St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store

    The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Diocesan Council of Dallas (SVdP) is a nonprofit, Catholic lay organization that provides temporary assistance for basic needs as well as educational, advocacy and referral support to promote self-sufficiency. We serve those in need in Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro and Rockwall counties in North Texas.
  • Storehouse of Collin County

    The Storehouse is an organization focused on providing hope to the community of Collin County and surrounding communities by feeding those in need through Seven Loaves Food Pantry, by supplying clothing for their families through Joseph’s Coat, and by providing relationship-based, in-depth mentoring for women who desire to transform their lives and the lives of their family through Project Hope.
  • The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center

    Our Value Statement The Bridge will: Benefit adults experiencing or at-risk of experiencing long-term homelessness by providing: Shelter solutions Homeless recovery solutions Housing solutions Benefit the broader community by: Increasing public safety Increasing public health Increasing public quality of life Our Purpose Specifically, The Bridge’s purpose is: (a) to end homelessness by developing, coordinating, and/or delivering services such as, but not limited to, (1) outreach/intake services; (2) jail diversion/reentry services; (3) emergency shelter/transitional shelter services; (4) primary health care/behavioral health care services; (5) educational services; (6) employment income/supported employment income/disability income services; or (7) affordable housing/supportive housing services.
  • The Legacy Senior Communities

    To volunteer at The Legacy Senior Communities, please fill out the Volunteer Application. For a group application one person may complete the application for all members in the group. A background check will be conducted once your application is submitted. Please allow 48 hours for a response. After you are approved, you can log in under “Our Schedule” tab to see The Legacy’s daily needs.
    Current volunteer opportunities include:
    • Art Instruction & Crafts
    • Event Coordination
    • Friendly one-on-one visits
    • Mitzvah Programs
    • Musical and Vocal Performances
    • Reading
  • Trinity River Audubon Center

    Volunteers for the Trinity River Audubon Center are invited to join every second Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Summer 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.). Help with trail-building, habitat management, invasive plant removal, gardens and much more. Corporate and other team building groups welcome!
  • VNA - Meals on Wheels

    VNA is a nonprofit organization that helps our elderly neighbors and loved ones maintain their independence by providing the services that allow them to age where they are happiest and most comfortable – at home. Caring, listening and responding to our patients' quality of life and comfort issues is what we have done for more than 80 years.
  • Vogel Alcove

    Approximately 3,000 children in Dallas go to sleep each night without a home of their own. Vogel Alcove is on a mission to help young children overcome the lasting and traumatic effects of homelessness. Working with homeless children requires highly-skilled staff with specialized training in trauma-informed care. But we still have a variety of opportunities for both individuals and groups to volunteer with us.
  • VolunteerNow is the premier online volunteer matching program for Dallas-Fort Worth volunteers and nonprofit organizations. They assist agencies with their constant need to fill positions with volunteers and allow volunteers to find a causes that match their passions. Check out their website and browse through various volunteer opportunities.

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