Volunteer guide: 5 ways to give back in Dallas
The season of giving is almost upon us, so we found a few volunteer opportunities with local organizations that need your help.
- But don't stop here. There are dozens of other worthy causes in and around Dallas.
Café Momentum provides at-risk teens a 12-month paid culinary internship, along with a case manager to address basic urgent needs and help create stability in their lives.
Why it matters: Young people facing juvenile justice issues are given resources and skills for true long-term stability.
How to help: Donate, join the Momentum Society (a group of donors who give $5,000+ annually) or volunteer at a restaurant or Community Services Center (CSC).
- Email the Dallas location for volunteer opportunities.
Dallas Hope Charities has various programs that support at-risk and/or homeless LGBTQ+ youth (ages 18-24).
- You can also schedule a Hopeful Discussion if you have a team of people who want to learn more about allyship and how to support LGBTQ+ youth.
Homeless Veterans Services of Dallas, Inc. provides resources for homeless veterans, peer support, housing assistance and other services.
Why it matters: The nonprofit has served 60,000 veterans so far, from providing access to laundry and showers to connecting them with housing resources.
- You can also drop off items in person 8am-3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays (4900 S. Lancaster Rd.). Call 214.372.8822 when you arrive.
- View their wishlist here.
In 2018, Dallas Animal Services started Dallas90 which aims to connect the community to the shelter's mission.
Why it matters: The shelter takes in thousands of pets a year and has a 90% live release rate.
How to help: You can donate cash or items volunteer any number of ways, from taking dogs on runs or walk to taking photos of available pets.
- Find details here.
Harvest Project Food Rescue collects surplus produce that would have been thrown away and delivers it to families in need.
Why it matters: The nonprofit delivers baskets of fresh produce to hundreds of families a week.
How to help: You can volunteer remotely or in person, or make a donation.
Know a worthy cause? Email us at da[email protected], and we may feature it in an upcoming newsletter.
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