Bishop Lynch High School requires each student participate in and complete, in a satisfactory manner, the Service Component of each of the four years of Theology. While some service projects are organized and directed by the school, students will find it necessary to find opportunities on their own. This page provides information on service opportunities in the community.
Except for school sponsored events, Bishop Lynch High School assumes no responsibility for students while they serve their outside community service hours. While these service sites are generally presumed safe for our students, it is the parents' responsibility to ensure the safety of their children while off of the BL campus. BL strongly encourages all students to plan to do their service in pairs or groups.
Current Service Opportunities
Service Due Dates:
1st Quarter - Oct. 6
2nd Quarter - Dec. 7
3rd Quarter - Mar. 1
4th Quarter - May 03 for Seniors; May 17 for Grades 9-11
If any of the following information is found to be incorrect or out of date, please contact Petra Mehen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up to get email updates from Random Acts of Kindness!
This group will email you with upcoming service opportunities. You need to be personally responsible for making sure that any service you undertake meets the requirements of your grade level. Here is a link to get signed up.
Garland ISD UIL Competition, Saturday Feb. 18th, 8am-3pm
Students needing volunteer hours can contact Andrea Kleckner, UIL coordinator, at 972-926-2571 or email her at ABKleckn@garlandisd.net.
This will qualify for FRESHMEN only.
C. F. Carr Elementary Community Day, Saturday, February 25th; full day and half day shifts available
This will qualify for Freshmen and Sophomores.
Have you heard stories about DISD schools but have never been inside one? Do you want to make an impact in the life of a teacher? Want to learn more about West Dallas? Do you have magic organizing or bulletin board decorating skills? or Maybe you just like to carry heavy things? Then we have a service day for you!
We invite you to join Serve West Dallas, SOAR, and our community partners on Saturday Feb. 25th for a collaborative service day -- working together to tackle large projects at the high need, low-income school, C.F. Carr Elementary in West Dallas. Full day (8:30 - 2:30) and half day (8:30 - 12:00 or 11:30 - 2:30) slots are available.
Community Day is a little different than a normal school service project. We invite the teachers and school staff to work along side our volunteers. This volunteer opportunity is great for Students, groups, families with older children, or individuals who want to lend a hand in a safe and indoor environment.
Participating AmeriCorps members, college students, high students, or middle school (with a parent/adult volunteer) serving the full day will get up to 7 certified service credit hours and light breakfast foods and pizza lunch are provided.
To sign up please visit our google form! https://goo.gl/forms/mOdsw7TioDZiZqnI3
Please Note: If you are signing up more than one person please complete the form for all volunteers.
If you are not able to attend and would like to donated supplies or gifts cards or if you have any questions please call 210-315-1601 or email email@example.com
Clean Up White Rock Lake - BL Alumni has adopted part of the shoreline! - Monday evening after the Second Saturday of the Month, 4:30 p.m.
This will qualify for GRADES 9 & 10 (sophomores can do 4 hours per semester of environmental work).
Our Alumni Association's Community Service Committee is adopting a small portion of White Rock Lake's shoreline. In this program, a group agrees to keep their adopted part litter-free. On each Monday evening after the Second Saturday of the Month at least six people from the group must participate in cleaning up their adopted area. This is where we need our Alumni and current students. Please consider helping out our committee members and join us. Bring a friend, bring your family, bring a classmate - what a great way to reconnect and also help out the community and environment!! We hope to see you at our spot on the lake - refer to picture below for the exact location!
Tutoring at St. Pius, schooldays 4-5pm
This will work for Freshmen and Sophomores. Please use the Signup Genius:
Praying Outside an Abortion Clinic
Peaceful, silent prayer outside an abortion clinic will work for GRADES 9-10 and 1st semester Juniors. Please avoid bringing signs that may have offensive pictures or content. Juniors can serve in this way for the first semester, but not the second.
St. Patrick's Refugee Outreach
This takes place at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and ALL GRADE LEVELS can find work that qualifies for Christian Service hours.
Volunteer schedules are flexible, based on your needs and the staffing needs of the organization.
This program serves about 500 families all with Refugee status currently living in the Lake Highlands area. Service hours take place almost every Sunday during the school year from 11:15am - 1pm). You need NOT commit to every Sunday, but having a regular schedule of attendance is helpful (e.g. every other Sunday, or every 1st Sunday).
For students entering 9th - 12th grade
Classroom assistants in the elementary Faith Formation classes
Classroom assistants in the adult English classes
Lead and teach younger 7th & 8th grader as they learn the art of childcare in the nursery
Assist refugees who are proficient in English in applying for jobs and creating a resume and an interview “script” in our computer lab.
Students cannot volunteer face to face until they have received safe environment training and have returned a "Student Code of Conduct" (signed by a parent). The safe environment training can be obtained by emailing Jenna Lepak at J.firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have already completed safe environment training for this year at another diocesan location, please have that information forwarded to St. Pat's.
Volunteers can earn 1 1/2 hours each weekend. If they volunteer with the kitchen or donation they could possible earn 2 hours. So if they need to earn 5+ hours of service, they will need to plan ahead of time.
Amy Aldrete (Volunteer Coordinator, Refugee Outreach Committee)
Therese Sabine (Director, Refugee Outreach Committee)
St. Patrick’s Refugee Outreach serves refugees resettled in Dallas from war-torn areas of Africa and Asia.
Approximately 300 refugees attend our Sunday program, which meets most Sunday mornings throughout the school year (with time off for The Holidays) from 11:30- 1PM at St. Patrick’s School. This year’s Outreach Program begins on Sunday, September 17th.
UPDATE: There are 2 teen training sessions this winter (2017): January 8th and Feb 26th, both at 10a.m. Meet in the cafeteria and then you will be directed to the right room.
WHERE: ST. PATRICK’S SCHOOL CAFETERIA (Lower-Level on the North side of the school building).
9635 Ferndale Road, Dallas, Texas 75238
INFORMATION or QUESTIONS: Contact Patti Romanach at email@example.com or Amy Aldrete at firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Transformation (after-school tutoring, including at Casa Linda UMC)
There are many locations througout the Dallas area, and tutoring will qualify for all grade levels.
White Rock Hills Public Library (close by!)
Note: many public libraries would not be fitting service sites for BL students, because the populations they serve are not necessarily under-privilged. White Rock Hills Library serves 65% immigrants and first-generation Americans, and is located in the heart of an under-privileged community. Depending on the kind of service, this service site may have work for all grade levels.
Option 1: The afterschool program runs from 4 to 5 pm every week day while school is in session. Each day has a different theme: Monday is Math, Tuesday is Art, Wednesday is Spanish, Thursday is Science, and Friday is Film. The students would be helping a staff member with set up, the activity of the day, and clean up.
Option 2: Dallas Public Libraries has set up "Teen Service Learning Modules" which includes ways for teens to launch programs in area libraries. This would involve learning as well as passing on that knowledge to others. This would also involve a more intensive effort and up to 24 hours of service within 6 weeks. You would need to discuss this option with a representative at the library.
Dallas Public Library | White Rock Hills
9150 Ferguson Rd,
Dallas, TX 75228
Garland Pet Adoption Center
This will qualify for FRESHMEN. This center takes in animals from the Garland City Animal Shelter and offers pet adoption, animal health programs, and low cost spay/neuter programs. It is an all-volunteer operation.
Contact persons are: Charlotte Weiss at email@example.com and Sharon Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Dallas, STEM mentoring, Gus Thomasson Rd, Mesquite, March through May
This is a great opportunity to mentor 4 children ages 6-9 and help them learn to love science, technology, engineering, and math. The general time frame is Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30. It does involve a commitment of 6 to 12 weeks. There are 2 informational documents posted at the bottom of this page. Contact information is: Mr. Edward Blackwell, 972-270-7645. This qualifes for ALL GRADE LEVELS. EBlackwell@bgcdallas.org
Bed Start, Custer Road United Methodist Church
"Bed Start welcomes donations of gently-used beds, comforters, bedding, household items (dishes, cookware, towels, etc) and furniture, as well as monetary donations to purchase new beds/linens for families in need in Collin County. Bed Start also fills requests from City House, Family Promise, Hope’s Door, Project Transformation and many other area agencies. Our biggest need is for bunk beds, full-size beds, twin-size beds, dressers and dinette sets. Any size bed and type of furniture is welcome. Monetary donations are also needed on an ongoing basis. Contact Doug Nickols to make arrangements to pick up beds or to volunteer. Volunteers are needed every Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon, to help with pick-up and delivery. This is an ongoing mission."
Note: for our purposes, the appropriate aspect is more volunteering than donation. Check out the website for Doug's contact information. Also, there is work being done for the recent tornado victims! This work would be appropriate for ALL GRADE LEVELS, since it involves bringing in the beds and contact with persons in need.
The Stewpot Meal Services
Located at The Bridge Homeless Shelter, intersection of Park and Young in downtown Dallas
This provides service opportunities that qualify for ALL GRADE LEVELS.
The Bridge Homeless Shelter/Stewpot - working with children and youth
Intersection of Park and Young in downtown Dallas
Check age restrictions for the various opportunities. Service is available that would qualify for ALL GRADE LEVELS.
Juliette Fowler Home, 1234 Abrams Rd, Dallas
This home provides a number of services to residents, and therefore several volunteer opportunities for BL students. Here are some:
Friday afternoon ice cream social (on a half-day or day off at BL), 2:30-4:30
Saturday Bingo, 2-4 (also help residents get to bingo and back to rooms)
Sunday afternoon church services (help residents get there and back to rooms)
Teaching residents how to use social media
Game night/craft activity for Memory Care unit
Volunteers will first need to contact Ashley Brown and visit the site on a weekday (after school). Below is a link to the volunteer application.
Face to face interaction would qualify for ALL GRADE LEVELS.
Ms. Brown's direct line is: 214-515-1352. Try that first, then her cell: 214-207-4259.
New Protocol as of October 2016:
Sign Up Geniuses are only for students who have completed a volunteer application with Fowler and need required service hours. Ms. Brown sends the link via email as soon as she has the approved application.
Please only attend volunteer opportunities that you have either signed up for on the Sign Up Genius or that has been scheduled by Ms. Brown or someone from Fowler's Life Enrichment staff.
- Please only sign up for yourself or your child on the Sign Up Genius.
- If a group would like to get together to perform a song, play some music or do something as a group at the holidays (tree decorating, for example) please contact Ms. Brown with a proposal and the best dates for the groups and she will see about scheduling it with Fowler's staff and residents.
Casa Linda UMC, After school tutoring, M-R, 4:30-6:30 (belongs to Project Transformation, listed above)
1800 Barnes Bridge Rd
This qualifies for ALL GRADE LEVELS.
Contact Marina Perez, 214-713-0889, email@example.com
Goodwill Industries of Dallas
There are a number of volunteer opportunites here. To be sure that you are meeting your grade level requirement, it might be best to avoid working in a thrift store or warehouse. Instead, look for opportunites that involve helping clients to learn how to use computers, etc.
Brother Bill's Helping Hand
This organization offers multiple types of assistance to persons in West Dallas. There will be opporunities for ALL GRADE LEVELS here.
A Christian Food Pantry, Plano
This location has a food pantry as well as a thrift store. The food pantry has work for ALL GRADE LEVELS, but upperclassmen should avoid the thrift store.
Jewish Family Services
There are a variety of service opportunities here, so you can find one that matches your grade-level requirements.
Here's the contact information:
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Jewish Family Service
5402 Arapaho Road
Dallas, Texas 75248
Direct Line: (469)206-1685
Main Line: (972)437-9950, ext. 248
Follow JFSdallas online: facebook.com/JFSdallas and twitter.com/JFSdallas.
Gateway of Grace Refugee Assistance
Here you can find excellent opportunities to serve in a variety of ways. Upper-classmen should select opportunities that provide face-to-face service, and this organization has opportunities for ALL GRADE LEVELS.
Harry Stone Rec Center, after-school program, 3-6pm: NEARBY!
Tutoring or helping run athletic programs for kids in after-school care counts for ALL GRADE LEVELS.
STAIRS Mentoring Program
The STAIRS program is a non-profit, free tutoring program for low income, disadvantaged middle school students in the Dallas area, enhancing their math, English, and study skills weekly in order to admit these students into private, charter, or magnet, college-bound high schools.
The STAIRS mentorship program takes high school students from a college-bound environment and pairs them up with financially-disadvantaged middle school students from a Dallas area school. The purpose of the mentor is to help tutor, guide, and inspire these middle school students to achieve at a college-bound environment.
This service opportunity qualifies for ALL GRADE LEVELS. It is best suited to serious students who are looking for a service opportunity that requires more commitment and provides a one-on-one relationship (over one academic year) with a person who will benefit from knowledge and wisdom gained from academic success. In the documents below, you can find much more detailed information, including contact information, in the document called STAIRS Information.
Lipscomb Elementary (5801 Worth St, Dallas, 75214; off of Abrams in the Lakewood area)
Lipscomb Elementary is looking for after school tutors on Tuesday/Thursday from 3:15-4:15 pm [This would only be an option for a BL student who has early dismissal].
This Spring, Lipscomb has scaled back its Saturday tutoring hours and needs fewer volunteers. Some BL students are already working there, so it is unlikely that help will be needed for now.
If you have students interested in ... tutoring they can contact Raquel Ramirez at RAQRAMIREZ@dallasisd.org
for instructions and directions.
Tutoring an under-privileged child would qualify as service for ALL GRADE LEVELS.
The Wilkinson Center
The Wilkinson Center is a leading poverty rescue and prevention agency for the working poor, serving over 14,000
people annually, mainly in East and Southeast Dallas. Wilkinson Center offers hope, inspiration, and the basic necessities and tools to empower its clients to become self-sufficient and improve their lives.
This Center is only about 1 mile from BL! ALL GRADE LEVELS can find some volunteer opportunities at the Wilkinson Center.
At the bottom of this webpage is a document summarizing volunteer opportunities here, including working at their food pantry, conducting a food drive, or serving in the family education center, and the contact person is also listed.
St. Vincent de Paul Study Time (Tutoring) (season begins Sept 6, 2016)
There are 5 locations, but given the times and places, BL students would probably only be able to tutor at the Plano location of SVDP at 4:15 (for 2 hours) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are 2 documents with more information linked at the bottom of this page. This service would work for ALL GRADE LEVELS. Here are the times and locations:
StudyTime Dallas 3052 W. Northwest Hwy 4pm to 6pm Tuesday and Thursday (St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store classroom)
StudyTime Plano 3305 N. Central Expy 4:15 to 6:15pm Tuesday and Thursday (St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store classroom)
StudyTime Santa Clara 321 Calumet Ave Dallas 4pm to 6pm Monday and Wednesday (Santa Clara science classroom)
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School: Mon—Thur 3:30pm to 5:30pm 7625 Cortland Ave Dallas 75235
St. Philip St. Augustine Academy: Mon—Thur 3:50pm to 6pm 8151 Military Parkway, Dallas, TX 7522
Program Leader, Society of St. Vincent de Paul -- Diocesan Council of Dallas Inc.
3826 Gilbert Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219
firstname.lastname@example.org, O: 214-520-0650 x113, C: 469-767-6727, http://svdpdallas.org
St. Vincent de Paul Food Panty
There are a number of churches that help with this endeavour. Check the website for more information:
White Rock Adaptive Rowing, at the White Rock Boat House: Saturdays 8-9:30am and Wednesdays 5-6:30pm
Volunteers are needed to carry boats, oars, and equipment to and from the boathouse for disabled persons. You will also get to know the athletes and learn about the sport. This service is suitable for ALL GRADE LEVELS. Be aware that only 4 volunteers can work at one time, so it is necessary to email Ms. Condon before going. If you come without contacting her, you run the risk of not being able to work. Directions to Whiterock Boathouse can be found in a document posted at the bottom of this page. [There is a winter-weather pause in activities until March. The Wednesday class will begin again when there is daylight from 5-6:30pm.]
Contact Mary Condon:
Dwell With Dignity
Dwell with Dignity is a nonprofit group of interior designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. We provide and install home interiors for families including items such as furnishings and art, bedding and kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry.
This service qualifies for GRADES 9-11. Juniors would need to see if they can find face to face service for the second semester.
Carr B. Collins Center/Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Carr P Collins Social ServiceCenter
5302 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75235
There are various opportunities to serve here. Of particular interest is serving meals to the homeless, working in a food pantry (only on weekdays starting in January, so this might be best for summer service), making hygiene kits and kids' birthday party kits, and "drives" for clothing and food. Juniors and Seniors can find face-to-face service in serving meals. Service can be booked individually or in groups. 12 is the minimum age, and 12-15 must come with an adult (although we strongly encourage everyone to go in pairs or groups no matter where they are going). ALL GRADE LEVELS can find work that qualifies for their level at Carr B. Collins.
Contact Nancy Kerley – Volunteer Supervisor, Direct: (214) 424-7006 Cell: (214) 284-6750 Fax:(214) 424-7080
or her assistant, JORDANYA REEVES AT 214-424-7046.
Rays of Light
Rays of Light, a Texas 501(c)(3) corporation, is dedicated to providing free, quality respite care to families with children with special needs, across the spectrum, in the Dallas metropolitan area. Together with our volunteers, we strive to lend support and relief to these families through our respite care program called Night Lights.
BL volunteers would be playing with the special needs kids whose parents are taking a much-needed break, as well as with the siblings of special needs children. This service qualifies for ALL GRADE LEVELS.
Cornerstone Baptist Church Ministries
There are several ministries here to choose from, including services for persons re-entering society after prison, clothes closet, Kitchen, etc. This should qualify for grades 9-10, and also for 11-12th grade if face-to-face service is available.
Emily’s Place seeks to break the cycle of domestic violence for women and their children by providing "transformational" living with emphasis on emotional healing and life-skills training to ensure a successful, self-sustaining future.
Emily’s Place is not a shelter, which typical allows women to stay for 30-90 days. Rather, it is a “transformational” housing ministry based on a 24-month stay commitment which promotes stability and wise choices.
ALL GRADE LEVELS should be able to find work here.
Services of Hope
Services of Hope is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt corporation that was founded in 2004. We strive to provide government policy-makers and school district administrators with a replicable model for underperforming elementary school transformation. We aim to produce high functioning academically successful fifth-graders. Our focus is on schools that year after year have denied the vast majority of their most vulnerable students a fair shot at success. Continuing this level of neglect is morally unconscionable, and we must provide a new start for these students.
There may be work here that qualifies for ALL GRADE LEVELS.
Captain Hope's Kids
This group provides support specifically to homeless children. This organization has a variety of service opportunities, so there may be work for all grade levels. Juniors and seniors may not be able to find face-to-face work here, but it's worth checking out. Here's the link:
Union Gospel Mission
BL volunteers may be able to serve meals, which would qualify for all grade levels.
Dallas Life Foundation
There are LOTS of service opportunities here. Check your grade level requirements. All grade levels will be able to find work here.
We build personal relationships with homeless friends in order to see life change. OurCalling exists to glorify God by leading homeless people to Christ and by making disciples on the streets. The needs are complex but the solution is simple. Dysfunction is the disease and Jesus is the cure. We want people to know that the chains of poverty and dysfunction can be broken and that a sustainable lifestyle is not beyond reach. There may be work here that qualifies for all grade levels, but be sure to check your grade-level requirements when you set up your service.
Serves homeless families. There are many volunteer opportunities here, but check age restrictions. Juniors and seniors should focus on face-to-face opportunities, but all grade levels can find work here.
Free City International - Refugee Assistance
“Free City” represents our hope for every person, community, city, and nation: Freedom from fear, poverty, injustice and war. In this hope, we approach communities in the midst of these issues as peacemakers, seeing people in the dignity with which they were made and working to help people and communities foster the heart, mind and structures necessary to live in a truly stable peace and sustainable economy. To this end, our efforts focus on building peace through grass-roots programs as well as government engagement based on a belief that achieving and maintaining a stable and just peace requires both, leaders and everyday-citizens.
This agency offers a variety of service opportunities, but the most appropriate may be teaching/tutoring ESL. This work is suitable for all grade levels, and juniors and seniors should request face-to-face work. http://www.freecity.org/
Training is necessary, and there is a training workshop on Thursday Oct. 2 from 6:30-9:30. Contact the agency for more information.
Metrocrest Social Services
The new mission of Metrocrest Services is to provide programs for individuals, families and seniors that lead to self-sufficiency and foster independence. We aid individuals in Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Addison, Coppell and city of Dallas in Denton County. Our broad support base of donors, sponsors and volunteers makes a wide range of vital services possible as we work to build a stronger community together!
There will be opportunities here for all grade levels. Juniors and Seniors should look for face-to-face service.
There are a wide range of service opportunities for grades 9-12. Make sure that what you will be doing matches your grade-level requirements.
http://www.sotx.org/ We are in Region 10, the Greater Dallas Area. These opportunities are suitable for service hours for all grade levels.
Genesis Women's Shelter
Volunteers must be at least 15 years old and must undergo a background check. BL volunteers would most likely be working with children. There may be opportunities for all grade levels, but Juniors and seniors should look for face-to-face service.
Meals on Wheels/Visiting Nurses Assn
Opportunities to serve are varied....check your grade-level requirements before booking. Some opportunities also have age restrictions. http://www.vnatexas.org/our-services/meals-on-wheels There will be opportunities that qualify for all grade levels. (For juniors, simply driving a car will not be considered face-to-face service.)
Jubilee Park & Community Center was formed with the mission to be a catalyst for community renewal and enrichment in the surrounding South Dallas/Fair Park neighborhood. Our approach is a unique, comprehensive model for community revitalization. We address each of the main factors which create vitality in a community: education, public safety, public health, housing, and community ownership.
BL students should be able to find a variety of service opportunities here, and there will be some that qualify for all grade levels, including working face-to-face with children.
We have a BL alumnus there, Chris Vivero, who is now the Youth and Athletics Coordinator. He can match up volunteers with 6th -8th grade kids in particular sports or tutoring (all BL grades), and he also needs some support for data entry (freshmen only). His contact information is email@example.com and 214-887-1364.
You can also contact their volunteer coordinator, Allison Johnson at 214-887-1364, Ext. 268; AJohnson@JubileeCenter.org
Rae’s Hope’s mission is to support the development of girls from South Dallas and surrounding areas by providing preventive programs with a focus on healthy living, physical fitness, and education.
Rae’s Hope is committed to increasing the number of girls that stay in school and do well academically, live healthy lives, achieve competency in critical life and financial skills, and contribute to their communities.
This provides face-to-face service. All grade levels may find work here.
Rainbow Days gives children hope for a promising future by providing them with the skills and support they need to make healthy choices, stay drug free and believe they have a purpose. Through an array of direct services including Rainbow Days’ own CBSG® Program, Classroom Presentations, Summer Camps, Family Outings and other Supportive Services, over 11,000 children and youth living in high-risk situations in the Dallas area learn life-changing skills and have the caring support from positive adult mentors as they benefit from Rainbow Days’ programs each year.
There are a variety of opportunities here, including face-to-face opportunities, making this site available to all grade levels. Juniors and seniors should focus on face-to-face service.
North Dallas Shared Ministries
"We have four main goals in support of our charitable mission to help low-income people assume as much responsibility for their lives as they are able:
- First, we provide appropriate emergency assistance.
- Second, we help them access entitlement, health and community programs designed to help them achieve long-term stability.
- Third, we promote their wellness and financial independence.
- Fourth, we develop resource materials that can lead them to additional services and support."
There may be service opportunities for all grades levels. Be sure to check your grade requirements.
Serves persons affected by domestic violence, including children. There are are a variety of opportunities here, and some are face-to-face. All grade levels can find work here. Juniors and Seniors should avoid the resale store and should look for face-to-face opportunities. http://www.hopesdoorinc.org/
Look for a Food Pantry in your town, church, or nearby church
Most communities have a publicly run food pantry, or churches that run food pantries. It is acceptable to work in the food pantry of your own church, or another church. This may qualify for all grade levels, but juniors and seniors need to be sure to find face-to-face opportunities, which some food pantries may not have available.
Try a local Nursing Home
Any nursing home will do, whether it's upscale or not (though "lower-end" homes may get fewer volunteers and therefore be in greater need). Students should be vigilant that they not be placed in an office or laundry room, or filling in for someone who called in sick. Nursing home volunteers should be with the residents. Since this work is face-to-face, it is suitable for all grade levels. Be aware that most homes will need you to call ahead and may also require some kind of training. Also, there is a new law requiring that all volunteers be tested for TB at the nursing home.
The Soup Mobile
The SoupMobile is a mobile soup kitchen that feeds and shelters the homeless. As a faith-based nonprofit, we serve over 200,000 meals per year and shelter the homeless in our 8 group homes. Our Mission Statement is three simple words spoken by Jesus: "FEED MY SHEEP". http://www.soupmobile.org/
Our students will normally not be able to help serve the meals to the homeless, due to age restrictions; therefore, Seniors will not be able to do work here. However, there is a sandwich-making event every 4th Saturday of the month, that would qualify for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors. Juniors should be aware that this would not qualify for the face-to-face requirement.
Heritage Farmstead Museum
Here's a link to find some service opportunities. The service available at this location qualifies for Freshmen only.
North Texas Food Bank
Volunteers are needed to collect, divide, and pack food for the needy. This work is suitable for grades 9-11, but juniors should be aware that this will not fulfill the face-to-face requirement.
Readers 2 Leaders
Volunteers tutor children in West Dallas on a regular basis. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org and the web address is: http://www.readers2leaders.org/volunteers/. This service is available for all grade levels, but Juniors and Seniors should avoid the Lending Library segment.
The Rehabilitation & Wellness Center of Dallas
4200 Live Oak St, Dallas, 75204. We are currently seeking student volunteers for weekdays and weekends to read to residents, play an instrument, play board games, or just to spend time with them through conversation. Students must submit an application prior to starting their volunteer hours. If interested, contact Ms. Trish Botello at mobile: 214-543-7742. This volunteer opportunity would be suitable for service hours for all grade levels.
Casa View After School Program
This is similar to the Truett After School Program: volunteers are needed everyday to assist students with homework, and plan and assist with activities. The address is 2100 N. Farola Drive, Dallas TX 75228. This site can take 6 students a day. Students can volunteer from 3:00-5:45 pm., Monday - Friday. If the students have previously volunteered for a Thriving Minds after-school program (like Truett), they will be cleared to volunteer for our campus. Otherwise, they will need to complete a volunteer application, found at the bottom of this page. Volunteers must contact Monica Pauken-Solorzano prior to going to Casa View: Monica.email@example.com or 214-649-4542 This activity is suitable for service hours for all grade levels.
Connor Elementary After School Program
This is similar to the Truett After School Program: volunteers are needed everyday to assist students with homework, and plan and assist with activities. To volunteer, contact Audrey Easley at 972-749-8200 or firstname.lastname@example.orgThis service is suitable for all grade levels.
Interfaith Housing Coalition
Many opportunities exist to help homeless families. Please see flyer at the bottom of the page for more details. Contact Chimeka Foster, Director of Community Relations at email@example.com to be scheduled for service. These opportunities would be suitable for service hours for all grade levels.
Volunteers are the heartbeat of Brother Bill's Helping Hand. They visit with neighbors and volunteer in our free Grocery Store, teach English and computer classes, play a leading role in our job training classes, provide quality health care in our Community Clinic, and work with neighborhood children. Follow the link to find out more: http://www.bbhh.org/index.php?action=volunteer Volunteer contact information: call 214-638-2196 or email firstname.lastname@example.org This work is suitable for all grade levels.
Habitat for Humanity
Volunteers help to repair and build homes for the under-privileged. Anyone interested in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity can register and sign up through the online self-scheduling system, Volunteer Hub. The link is http://www.dallasareahabitat.org/web/guest/signup. Each volunteer will need to individually register; once he/she receives e-mail confirmation of registration, the student can then proceed to sign up for any or all of these build dates. BL cannot offer as many BL-only builds this year, but students are encouraged to gather a group of friends to volunteer for the same site. This opportunity is suitable for all grade levels. However, be careful to check age restrictions, and Juniors and Seniors should avoid the ReStore thrift store.
Elderly Communal Housing at Dallas
Individuals and groups can be scheduled to help with community activities serving the elderly. This service site is suitable for all grade levels. This site is located at 2620 Redoso, Dallas 75228. Volunteers must schedule in advance. To schedule, contact Ms. Mosley at 214-327-1931 or email@example.com
Austin Street Shelter
Every Forth Saturday of the month
Prepare & serve monthly dinners at Austin Street Shelter. This is sponsored by St. Francis Anglican Church. Students can help prepare food at St. Francis Church beginning at 1:30 pm, and/or serve food at the shelter from 5:30pm-7:30pm. To participate, e-mail the volunteer supervisor: Josh Lincoln @ firstname.lastname@example.org and see the flyer attached at the bottom of this page. This service is suitable for all grade levels. Juniors should be mindful that each quarter requires some face-to-face time.
You can contact the Shelter a few days in advance of a day that you'd like to do service there. You would ask if you can make sandwiches at home (those hours count for 9th-11th grade) and then bring them to shelter to pass out to the homeless "residents" as they go through the dinner line (these would be face-to-face hours, qualifying for all grade levels). The residents will take your sandwich to be their lunch the next day, as the shelter does not serve lunch. You need to call ahead to make sure this opportunity has not already been taken for the day you have in mind, and to find out when to be there, where to park, etc. Call: Lottie Price (214) 428-4242. [p.s., we learned from the SoupMobile that when you make a sandwich that needs to be saved, only use mustard (not mayo) and put the mustard between the slices of cheese and meat, so that the bread does not get moist.]
Ongoing, but requires commitment for the rest of the semester
Reading Partners is an educational non-profit organization that matches high school students like you with struggling young readers at George W. Truett Elementary School. You will tutor reading one-on-one with a 2nd or 3rd grade student for one hour, once a week. No experience is necessary; all training is provided! This is different from the after school program: you will be matched with the same child for the rest of the semester to work on reading. Please contact Truett’s Site/Program Coordinator, Jonathan Permadi. Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org This is suitable for all grade levels.
For more information on the Reading Partners program: www.readingpartners.org