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Bahama Beach Waterpark - City of Dallas Parks and RecreationCity of Garland Code ComplianceCity of Lancaster Animal ShelterCity of Lancaster Parks and RecreationCoppell Community GardenDallas Heritage VillageEquest Therapeutic HorsemanshipGenesis Women’s ShelterGirl Scouts of North TexasGroundwork Dallas Clean UpHospice Plus Ice Cream SocialIrving ISD 21st Century Afterschool ProgramKeep Irving BeautifulMeals on WheelsMosaic DallasReading Partners - Pleasant GroveReading Partners - West DallasThe Salvation Army - DallasThe Salvation Army - IrvingThe Salvation Army - LewisvilleSPCASpecial Olympics Area Basketball TournamentTrinity River Corridor Project
Bahama Beach Waterpark - City of Dallas Parks and Recreation
Volunteers needed: 20 maximumLocation: 1895 Campfire Circle; Dallas, Texas 75232Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Description:Bahama Beach Waterpark needs volunteers to help with spring cleaning and preparing the park for the summer season. Volunteers will help plant 400 flowers and 10 bushes, paint cabins and do general clean-up. Come join the fun as the watermark prepare for the summer. Must be over 16 to volunteer.
City of Garland Code Compliance
Volunteers needed: unlimitedLocation: Numerous locations throughout GarlandTime: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Description:Code Cares is an award winning community outreach program. The program was created by the City of Garland Code Compliance Department. Every day the City’s Code Inspectors encounter citizens needing assistance keeping their property up to City standards. The majority of these citizens are elderly, disabled or financially challenged. Most need help with yard work or home repair. We have several residents who need assistance with their homes. We welcome DCCCD volunteers to help us. Volunteers who have pole saws and pruners are especially needed, but we will accept all volunteers. Please be prepared to work outdoors and bring gloves if you own them. No one under 12 allowed to participate.
City of Lancaster Animal Shelter
Volunteers needed: 20 maximum Location: 690 E. Main St.; Lancaster, TexasTime: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Description:The City of Lancaster is seeking volunteers to assist with the spring cleaning and maintenance work at the City of Lancaster Animal Shelter. Duties will include cleaning the administration area and kennels and organizing the storage area.
City of Lancaster Parks and Recreation
Volunteers needed: unlimitedLocation: 211 N. Henry St.; Lancaster, TexasTime: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Description:The City of Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of recreation programs and opportunities. They have several neighborhood and community parks that are in need of beautification. The City of Lancaster needs volunteers to assist with picking up litter along the City of Lancaster thoroughfares and parks. Volunteers will meet at the address listed and will travel to various locations within the city. Please be prepared to provide your own transportation. Volunteers will want to dress accordingly for the weather on that day.
Coppell Community Garden
Volunteers needed: 10 maximumLocation: 255 Parkway Blvd.; Coppell, TexasTime: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Description:The Coppell Community Garden cultivates a healthy community by growing and donating organic produce to those in need, providing a market for locally grown food and teaching sustainable practices. The garden’s mission is to facilitate a community where people are engaged in sustainable living practices that positively affect global change. The Coppell Community Garden is an all-volunteer organization. DCCCD volunteers will be planting seeds and dividing perennials along with other light gardening work. The garden’s produce is donated to the Metrocrest Food Pantry.
Dallas Heritage Village
Volunteers needed: 27 maximumLocation: 1515 S. Harwood St.; Dallas, Texas 75215Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Description:The mission of Dallas Heritage Village is to collect, preserve and teach the history of Dallas and North Central Texas. Located in historic Old City Park, the museum uses its collections of historic buildings and furnishings, representing the period 1840-1910, to sponsor research, publications and exhibits, and to present educational programs and special events for diverse audiences of children, families and adults. DCCCD volunteers will help paint the perimeter fence surrounding the park. Please wear appropriate clothes for painting.
Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship
Volunteers needed: 30 maximumLocation: 3800 Troy Road; Wylie, Texas 75098Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Description:The mission of Equest is to empower, enrich and educate through horses. Equest assists riders with over 100 physical, cognitive and emotional diagnoses such as: cerebral palsy, closed head injury, development delay and Down syndrome. The relationship between the riders, riding instructors, their volunteer team and the special therapy horse is the catalyst to miracles in client’s lives. Equest provides therapeutic sports riding classes and hippo therapy to over 150 clients every week. Volunteers will help clear the pasture of fallen limbs and do general landscaping work and clean-up to improve the general safety for our grazing horses. Clearing flower beds, dusting and barn work is also available for those who are interested. Must be over the age of 12 to volunteer.
Genesis Women’s Shelter
Volunteers needed: 40 maximumLocation: 3419 Knight St.; Dallas, Texas Time: 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Description:Genesis Women’s Shelter aims to end the epidemic of domestic violence against women and children by stopping individual victimization and reducing the devastating impact of family violence through safety, shelter and expert services to battered women and their children. They are committed to preventing violence by raising the level of community awareness about the pervasiveness and effects of domestic violence. They need volunteers to help gather donations from donors, sort through inventory and other general retail duties. 100% of the proceeds from Genesis Thrift Store benefit the Women’s Shelter and shelter clients have the opportunity to shop at the store free of charge on an as-needed basis. Please consider donating your time to our thrift store. Must be over the age of 15 to volunteer.
Girl Scouts of North Texas
Volunteers needed: 100 maximumLocation: 6012 Whispering Cedars Drive; Dallas, TexasTime: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Description:Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of North Texas invites DCCCD volunteers to help make its campsite a better place for our Scouts. They need assistance brush cutting, clearing and stacking for their walking trails as well as cleaning cabin windows and other facilities. Volunteers will be working outside so be prepared to get dirty. If you have gloves and boots, please bring them. You must be at least 18 years of age to participate.
Groundwork Dallas Clean Up
Volunteers needed: unlimitedLocation: Elm Fork area of the Trinity River, near Regal Row and Harry Hines; Dallas, TexasTime: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Description:Groundwork Dallas’ mission is to enable people to realize the merits of the Great Trinity Forest, its surrounding resources, and its impact on our future. We build nature trails, design and build parks and gardens, and coordinate clean-ups and beautification projects. We invite DCCCD volunteers to help us clear 2200 acres of land to be used as an Eco-Learning Center. Volunteers will want to have gloves if they have them and we are in need of individuals who have pick-up trucks to help us load and transport trash bags to our dump site. Must be 14 and over to participate.
Hospice Plus Ice Cream Social
Volunteers needed: 10 maximumLocation: Park Manor Health Care; 207 E. Parkerville Road; DeSoto, TexasTime: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Description:Hospice Plus is committed to providing the highest quality services and believes a patient is entitled to be as free of pain and symptoms as possible and to live his or her life in a comfortable and compassionate environment. Hospice is not a place; it is a concept of care for those who have life-limiting illnesses. Hospice affirms life. DCCCD volunteers will help set up, manage and serve an ice cream social for the residents at Park Manor. Volunteers are welcome to play bingo, read to or visit with the residents and provide comfort and compassion for those who need it most.
Irving ISD 21st Century Afterschool Program
Volunteers needed: unlimitedLocation: 1200 E. Union Bower; Irving, Texas Time: 2–6 p.m. (This is an after-school program.)
Description:Irving ISD 21st Century Afterschool Program provides quality after school programs for students and their families. The goal is to improve academics, attendance, behavior, promotion rates and graduation rates. Simply put, this program provides hours that add up to additional days of academic enrichment for students each year. Volunteers can help students work on public speaking and debate skills as well as reading and writing skills. The program also has students who are interested in robotics and would like any volunteers interested in that area. Volunteers can also work in a closed-in garden that needs maintenance and planting. Volunteers will be required to complete an Irving ISD background check before participating.
Keep Irving Beautiful
Volunteers need: 6 maximumLocation: 2800 Cheyenne St.; Irving, TexasTime: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Description:Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit, grassroots, leadership organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification in order to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city. We invite DCCCD volunteers to help paint the Northwest Recreation Center. Volunteers will paint the pre-school room and kitchen. Volunteers will tape and paint and should wear clothing appropriate for paint work. No open toed shoes or high heels. Minors must have parental signature before participating and all volunteers will be required to complete a safety and release form.
Meals on Wheels
Volunteers needed: unlimitedLocation: 1440 W. Mockingbird Lane; Dallas, Texas (Please be prepared to drive your own car and travel to neighborhoods within Dallas.)Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Description:Meals on Wheels provides a nutritious, hot, home-delivered, mid-day meal to Dallas County residents who are unable to provide or prepare their own meals due to illness, advanced age or disability. Volunteers will receive turn-by-turn directions and meals to deliver to the residents. Volunteers are welcome to deliver meals alone or partner up with others. Volunteers are also welcome to bring family members along with them to help deliver meals. Volunteers must be partnered up prior to the day of the event so that Meals on Wheels knows how many cars and drivers to expect. Mary Norman will be in contact with you to determine how many cars and drivers to expect.
Volunteers needed: 10 maximumLocation: 1509 Versailles Drive; Richardson, Texas Time: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Description:Volunteers are needed to help in one of Mosaic’s Group Homes. Volunteers are invited to paint, rake and bag leaves, hedge bushes, trim trees, plant flowers, landscape and provide house maintenance. Mosaic advocates for people with intellectual disabilities and provides opportunities for them to enjoy a full life. Mosaic welcomes individuals and groups to help work in its group home and assist in providing a life of possibility for people with intellectual disabilities.
Reading Partners - Pleasant Grove
Volunteers needed: 10 maximumLocation: Edward Titche Elementary School; 9560 Highfield Drive; Dallas, Texas 75227Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Description:Reading Partners empowers the community to make a positive change and transform a child’s reading experience. For every month with Reading Partners, students gain 1.6 months of reading skills. Reading Partners is working to make literacy a national priority so that every child can reach his or her full potential through the joy and power of reading. DCCCD volunteers are invited to serve as tutors for Reading Partners’ literacy tutor program. Reading Partners staff will train the volunteers to become tutors and volunteers will then participate in two one-on-one tutoring sessions with students. Volunteers will be required to complete the DISD criminal background check. Volunteers must be over the age of 14 to participate.
Reading Partners - West Dallas
Volunteers needed: 5 maximumLocation: Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School; 3214 North Winnetka Ave.; Dallas, Texas 75212Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Salvation Army - Dallas
Volunteers needed: 5-20 for each shiftLocation: Carr P. Collins; 5302 Harry Hines; Dallas, TexasTime: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 4:30-6:30 p.m. (You may choose one shift or both.)
Description:The Carr P. Collins Service Center houses up to 600 people per night and is the largest multi-use facility in The Salvation Army world. Every year, thousands of people find the spiritual and practical help they need to change their lives at the Carr P. Collins Center. Nowhere else in Dallas will people find so many resources under one roof. Between 1,200 and 1,500 meals are served at this center each day. The Salvation Army needs DCCCD volunteers to help serve food to those in need.
The Salvation Army - Irving
Volunteers needed: 10 maximumLocation: 250 East Grauwyler Road; Irving, Texas 75061Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Description:Residents of Irving count on The Salvation Army for Christian fellowship and a broad range of social services. Many of the programs are designed to enrich the lives of children. DCCCD volunteers are needed to paint the railway of the Irving community center. This would include prepping the area by placing painters tape on the railway and then applying two to three coats of red paint. The Salvation Army will supply all the needed supplies. Please wear appropriate painting clothes.
The Salvation Army - Lewisville
Volunteers needed: 8 maximumLocation: 207 Elm St.; Lewisville, Texas 75067Time: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Description:The Salvation Army’s Lewisville Service Center provides social services for Lewisville residents. DCCCD volunteers will assist with cooking and serving meals to individuals at the only meal service provider in the Lewisville area. All volunteer groups will be led by kitchen supervisors — no cooking skills required!
Volunteers needed: 30 maximumLocation: 2400 Lone Star Drive; Dallas, Texas 75212Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Description:The SPCA of Texas is a local, independent non-profit animal welfare organization serving North Texas, funded by the generosity of the community. SPCA volunteers give their hearts, time and their all to make every day special for the animals waiting homes. Volunteers fulfill the SPCA’s mission by assisting in many ways. There is no animal handling involved, but they have many tasks that need assistance including: cleaning warehouse, storage and kennel areas. The SPCA welcomes DCCCD volunteers and will provide lunch for your time and service. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Special Olympics Area Basketball Tournament
Volunteers needed: 50 maximumLocation: Grand Prairie High School (TBA)Time: 4-9 p.m.
Description:Special Olympics Area 10 Basketball Competition will be held at Grand Prairie school gyms on Friday, Feb. 22 and 23. Over 100 teams with 1,200 Special Olympic athletes and 250 coaches will take part in this event. DCCCD volunteers are invited to volunteer Friday, Feb. 22 from 4-9 p.m. Volunteers are needed to keep score, time games, escort teams, work registration table and participate as Fans in the Stands and cheer on the athletes. Certified basketball officials are also encouraged to volunteer. Volunteers under the age of 18 are welcome to participate as well. Please bring identification on the day of the event. Special Olympics is a volunteer-driven organization, which means they need volunteers for just about everything. Come join the fun!
*Volunteers are also needed on Saturday, Feb. 23. If you are interested in volunteering for both days, please contact Mary Norman.
Trinity River Corridor Project
Volunteers needed: unlimitedLocation: 6500 S. Great Trinity Forest Way; Dallas, TexasTime: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Description:The Trinity River Corridor Project is one of the most monumental public works and economic development projects ever attempted. As flood protection, recreation, environmental restoration, economic development and major transportation components converge along the Trinity River, residents and visitors from around the world will experience a new and exciting destination within the City of Dallas. Each month, the forest flourishes with the vibrant colors from any given season punctuated with the grandeur of century-old “trophy trees,” the whisper of windswept prairie grass, the rush of migratory water fowl overhead, and the voices of people walking forest trails at the Trinity River Audubon Center. DCCCD employees and students will help to clean up the hiking trails near the Audubon Center.