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Volunteer Opportunities for Rotarians

The City of Fort Worth is full of great people and great opportunities to help.  It seems as though, no matter the season and no matter the need, the people of Fort Worth are ready to lend a helping hand.  It is with that in mind that the Community Outreach Committee of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth has developed a more organized plan for the members of Rotary to reach out and be even more active within the community.

In order to better focus our efforts, a list of volunteer opportunities has been created.  All of these service opportunities are for our member’s organizations and will not be organized or sponsored by Rotary, but we would love to get pictures of you and your organizations providing service to the community.  Any pictures we receive will be published in the Rotagraph with a caption recognizing both your organization and the organization you served.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these organizations, please contact the volunteer coordinator or associated Rotarian.

 

ACH

Rotarian:  Wayne Carson, 817-335-4041, wcarson@achservices.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Stephanie Canfield, 682-432-1131, scanfield@achservices.org

Mission Statement:  Protecting children. Preserving families.

Volunteer Needs: Supper Club (single homeless parents-once a month- 10 adults and 30 children), sponsoring outing for the kids (tickets to events), toys (biggest need teenagers), school supplies, Work Day (fall cleanup days), toiletries (no razor blades), coats (adults and children), new clothing donations.

 

American Cancer Society

Rotarian: Larry Mundt, 817-570-0614, larry.mundt@cancer.org

Mission Statement: The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.

Volunteer Needs: Event volunteers (Relay for Life and Making Strides for Breast Cancer).

 

American Red Cross

Rotarian: TD Smyers, 817-928-1400, tdsmyers@me.com

Volunteer Coordinator: Ken Riel, 817-928-1391, ken.riel@redcross.org

Mission Statement: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteer workforce throughout the year and group volunteer workforce opportunities arise periodically.  Blood products are needed at all times.

 

Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County

Rotarian: Jody Ulich, 817-298-3022, jody@artscouncilfw.org

Volunteer Needs:  The Business Volunteers for the Arts program matches professionals from the business communities to work 1-on-1 with local arts organizations on specific projects ranging from strategic planning, financial accounting procedures, marketing campaigns, social media training, or board recruitment.  Volunteers go through an in-depth orientation and training session to understand the unique way in which arts non-profits work.  Projects range in length from a few weekends to several months, and the time commitment varies according to the needs of each project.

 

Bass Hall

Rotarian: Dione Kennedy, 817-212-4300, dkennedy@basshall.com

Volunteer Coordinator: Marisa Maschino,  mmaschino@basshall.com

Mission Statement:  The mission of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall is to serve as a permanent home to major performing arts organizations of Fort Worth and as a premiere venue for other attractions so as to enhance the range, quality, and accessibility of cultural fare available to the public; to promulgate arts education; and to contribute to the cultural life of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the region.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers are also needed to serve as office and administrative aides, children’s education program ushers, performance night ushers, gift shop sales volunteers and tour docents.  All volunteers must go through an annual orientation that happens in October.

 

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth

Rotarian: Daphne Barlow-Stigliano, 817-834-4711, dbarlow@fortworthkids.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Connie Cervantez, ccervantez@fortworthkids.org

Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide enriching programs for youth from disadvantaged circumstances to develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens. Through a robust Club experience that provides a fun, safe, environment combines with targeted outreach programs in the schools and community, we can accomplish our mission year after year.

Volunteer Need: Books (both English and Spanish), backpacks, school supplies (throughout the year). Volunteers are needed for homework help, tutoring Monday – Friday from 3-7 pm from August to May.

 

Camp Fire USA

Rotarian: Zem Neill, 817-831-2111, zem@campfirefw.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Becca Pickern, 817-831-2111 ext. 102, Becca@campfirefw.org

Mission Statement: Our Promise:  Young people want to shape the world.  Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.  In Camp Fire it begins nowLight the fire within.

Populations served: Families, youth aged 6 weeks to 18 years old.

Tangible Needs: Consumables such as paper, pencils, crayons, non-toxic paints and markers, school supplies such as rulers, scissors, poster board, toys such as blocks, puzzles, board games, sports equipment such as soccer balls, T-ball sets, kick-balls. These are needed year-round.

Volunteer Needs:   Volunteer opportunities are tied to specific projects and events throughout the year. Immediate need: help to plant 25,000 daffodil bulbs by the Trinity River in Fort Worth. If you can dig in the dirt, you can be part of Camp Fire First Texas’ legacy project in celebration of the Centennial year. Saturday, November 1 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday, November 2 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Choose your arrival time at CampFireFW.org or call 817-831-2111 for more details.

 

Careity Foundation

Rotarian: Lyn Walsh, 817-882-4100, lwalsh@careityfoundation.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Vickie Vernon

Mission Statement:  Careity is dedicated to providing on-site support services in an oncology setting for economically challenged cancer patients and through early detection in North Texas. The pediatric palliative care program is directed at providing relief to children with devastating diseases and life threading illnesses at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers are needed from November 23rd through December 14th to help with their annual event.

 

Carter Blood Care

Rotarian: Steve Eason, 817-412-5621, season@CARTERBLOODCARE.ORG

Volunteer Needs:  Blood Donations in the name of Rotary

 

Child Study Center

Rotarian: Dr. Joyce Elizabeth Mauk, 817-336-8611, jmauk@cscfw.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Mary Truss, 817-336-8611, mtruss@cscfw.org

Mission Statement: The Child Study Center provides children with complex developmental and behavioral disabilities the highest quality diagnosis, treatment and education, helping them achieve their full potential.

Population Served: Families, children, men and women. Children ages newborn to 21 years.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers are needed year round in the Jane Justin School of the Child Study Center. Volunteer are an integral part of the Child Study Center’s four annual fundraisers, which are held in the spring and fall. Administratively, volunteers assist with mass mailings, compiling applications for service, etc.

 

Community Hospice of Texas

Rotarian: Andrea Green, 817-870-2795, agreen@chot.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Julie Clark, jclark@chot.org

Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide compassionate end -of-life care services.

Tangible Needs and Time of Year Needed: We currently need snack donations and toiletry items for our Downtown Fort Worth Inpatient Facility.

Volunteer Needs:  We have an ongoing need for Patient Care, Hairstylists and Veteran Volunteers. The opportunities are available all year.

 

Cornerstone Assistance Network

Rotarian: Lorene McCoy, 817-632-6035, lmccoy@canetworth.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Kristen Horton, khorton@canetwork.org

Volunteer Needs:  Adopt a student for back to school, volunteer at the thrift shop, administrative volunteers, mentoring and coaching, translators, job search and skill training volunteers, doctors

 

Downtown Fort Worth Inc.

Rotarians: Andy Taft and Becky Fetty, 817-870-1692, Andy@dfwi.org and beckyf@dfwi.org

Volunteer Needs:  Volunteers are needed from time to time for other special events.

 

Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc.

Rotarian: Jay Downie, 817-336-2787, jay@dfwi.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Diana Hahn, 817-336-2787, diana@dfwi.org)

Mission Statement: DFWII provides a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public purpose activities such as community festival, residential development and park management.

Population Served: All groups of children and adults

Volunteer Needs: Mid-April of each year, 1 week – 1,200 volunteers. The Friday after Thanksgiving for the Parade – 300 volunteers needed.

 

The First Tee of Fort Worth

Rotarian: Kevin Long, 817-420-9370, klong@thefirstteeftworth.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Melinda Edwards, medwards@thefirstteeftworth.org

Mission Statement:  To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities, access to The First Tee’s Life Skills Experience and programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote wellness through the game of golf.

Volunteer Needs:  Volunteers to help with the classes (requires one hour training) once a week (1 ½ hour). Special Event volunteers and the Ace mentoring program (high school students). Equipment donations (clubs, balls, tees, shoes, clothes)

 

Fort Worth Public Library

Rotarians: Gleniece Robinson, 817-392-7703, Gleniece.robinson@fortworthtexas.gov

Volunteer Coordinator: Julia Stafford, Julia.stafford@fortworthtexas.gov

Mission Statement:  The Fort Worth Library’s mission is to welcome and support all people in their enjoyment of reading and recreational materials, and their pursuit of learning and information.

Volunteer Needs: Need unused bilingual English-Spanish books for children ages 0-5 years old in September and January of each year to be used in the Early Childhood Matters program.  Special event hosts/hostesses are needed during the third Thursday from May to September to help with the 3rd Thursday Jazz Series at the Central Library.

 

Fort Worth Sister Cities

Rotarian: Mae Ferguson, 817-632-7104, mae@fwsistercities.org

Mission Statement: The mission of Fort Worth Sister Cities is to advance peace through lasting relationships and international understanding.

Immediate Need:  10 volunteers are needed during the November 21st Mayors, International Dinner. Must be on feet 4 hours during the event operating hand-held computer terminals collecting votes and raffle purchases from guests.  Time: 5 to 10 pm with training one week prior to the event.

 

Gill Children’s Services

Rotarian: Amanda Stallings, 817-332-5070, ASTALLINGS@GILLCHILDRENS.ORG

Mission Statement: Gill Children’s Services is a funding source of last resort that provides a safety net for Tarrant County, Texas children whose medical, dental, physical, social, psychological or educational needs have not been met by other community resources.

Volunteer Needs: Items needed: children’s toothbrushes, children’s toothpaste and diapers.

Volunteers are needed to assist in the office.

 

Girl Scouts of America

Rotarian: Becky Burton, 817-737-7272, bburton@gs-top.org

Mission Statement: Girl Scouts develop girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Volunteer Needs:  Mentors, Programs, Troop Leaders, Board Members, Committee Members…short-term and long-term commitments as well as work days at the camps.

 

James L. West Alzheimer’s Center

Rotarian: Susan Farris, 817-877-1199, SFARRIS@JAMESLWEST.COM 

Mission Statement: The James L. West Center is a not-for-profit organization which serves persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders and their families in a compassionate and spiritual environment. This Center is dedicated to providing individualized care and support to enhance the quality and dignity of each person’s life throughout the course of the disease. By participating in meaningful research and sharing its experience and knowledge, the Center is committed to enriching lives now and in the future.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers are needed to present programs or to visit with residents. Volunteer activities involve bringing art, music, celebrations and spiritual services to the residents.  There are also opportunities for guest speakers.

 

JPS Health Network

Lou Anne Smith, 817-702-1685, louanne.smith@jpshealth.org

Rotarians: JR Labbe and Robert Earley, 817-702-1616 or 17-702-7310, jrlabbe55@gmail.com and robert.earley@jpshealth.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Lou Anne Smith, 817-702-1685, louanne.smith@jpshealth.org

Volunteer Needs:  Patient Visitors – social visits to patients without family or needing extra attention (bilingual volunteers also needed here), Craft volunteers – create make-a-card packets for family members in surgery waiting areas to send to their loved ones, String and woodwind musicians – play in various waiting areas in the hospital (audition may be needed), Clinic volunteers – assist patients with admitting procedures and phone calls for appointment reminders, No One Dies Alone program – volunteers sit with patients who would otherwise die alone, Women and Children’s Services – teach crochet classes to confined pregnant patients, conduct classes for handmade baby announcements, staff and patient  support, Customer service – patient information desks and Ambassadors, All nursing units, Pharmacy.

 

Junior Achievement

Rotarian: Randal Mays, 817-731-0838, RMAYS@JAFORTWORTH.ORG

Volunteer Coordinator: Pricilla Miller, 817-731-0838, pmiller@JAFORTWORTH.ORG

Mission Statement:  Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their future success.

Population Served: Children in grades K through 12

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers are needed to lead its education programs in local schools. All curriculum and materials are provided and volunteers are trained. Volunteers are assigned to a classroom of students and work with those students once a week. Time commitment is 1 hour a week for 5 to 7 weeks. 

 

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Rotarian: Patricia Thomson, 972-996-5904, patricia.thomson@lls.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Alyson Joyner, Alyson.joyner@lls.org

Mission Statement: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Population Served: All populations are served

Volunteer Needs: Our office in Fort Worth is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. We have year round needs of administrative and marketing volunteer support. We also have internship opportunities year round. Job descriptions for our internship opportunities are on www.lls.org/ntx.

 

Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County

Rotarians: Carla Jutson & Barbara Lundgren, 817-336-0912, Carla@mealsonwheels.org and Barbara@mealsonwheels.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Nedra Cutler, nedra@mealsonwheels.org

Mission Statement: To promote the dignity and independence of older adults, persons with disabilities, and other homebound persons by delivering nutritious meals and providing or coordinating needed services.

Population Served: Disabled or elderly homebound

Tangible Needs: Air conditioners, heaters, toiletries, walkers, blankets, etc.

Volunteer opportunity: Meal delivery volunteers are needed Monday – Friday. Lawn care volunteers are primarily needed in the spring and summer months. Minor home repair volunteers are needed year round.

Volunteers must pass a criminal background check and attend orientation before volunteering.

 

Moncrief Cancer Institute

Rotarian: Lori Drew, 817-288-9876, lori.drew@moncrief.com

Volunteer Needs:  Student Interns. Formal Volunteer Program…Coming soon.

 

Recovery Resource Council

Rotarian: Eric Niedermayer, 817-332-6329, e.niedermayer@recoverycouncil.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Shelley Vanlaningham, s.vanlaningham@recoverycoucil.org

Volunteer Needs:  Office help, special event volunteers, health fair volunteers, mentors. Furniture and household items, cleaning supplies, toiletries, towels, bedding donations.

 

Ronald McDonald House

Rotarian: Jennifer Johns, 817-870-4942, jennifer.johns@rmhfw.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Tamaris Cooper, tamaris.cooper@rmhfw.org

Mission Statement: The Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth provides a temporary home-away-from-home for families of children receiving medical treatment in area hospitals.

Tangible Needs: Pantry items, laundry detergent, toiletries

Volunteer Needs: meal preparation, year round.

 

Samaritan House

Rotarians: Norbert White & Christie Mosley-Eckler, 817-332-6410, nwhite@samaritanhouse.org & ceckler@samaritanhouse.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Carrie Sadler,  csadler@samaritanhouse.org

Mission Statement: To create a supportive community providing housing and resources for positive change in the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS and other special needs.

Population Served: Individuals and families, all ages

Tangible Needs: Needed year round: toiletries, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, hairbrushes, combs, deodorant, detergent, Kleenex, toilet paper, etc. Also new bedding and lines, furniture gently used/in good condition. Thanksgiving Meals (Nov.) and Toys for children (Dec.).

Volunteer Needs:  Needed year round: Supper Clubs, Special Events (for residents, children and organization), tutoring, working in the garden, special classes or workshops for residents.

 

Streams & Valleys

Rotarian: Stacey Pierce, 817-926-0006, stacey@streamsandvalleys.org

Volunteer Needs:  Assist at special events (Trail Run, Colonial, Mayfest), Monitor bluebird boxes, Plant daffodils, Assist office staff on special projects.

 

Tarrant Area Food Bank

Rotarians: Bo Soderbergh and Becky Delaune, 817-332-9177, Bo.soderbergh@tafb.org and becky.delaune@tafb.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Linda Smith, linda.smith@tafb.org

Mission Statement: To empower communities to eliminate hunger by providing food, education and resources through innovation and collaboration.

Population Served: Individuals and families in Tarrant County and 12 surrounding counties

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers are needed year round in a variety of areas. Groups of all sizes are welcome. For a complete list of volunteer activities http://www.tafb.org/volunteer-opportunities.html. Online volunteer scheduling is coming soon: www.tafb.org/volunteer.

 

Tarrant Literacy Coalition

Rotarian: Kathryn Thompson, 817-870-0082, kthompson@tarrantlit.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Stacey Reno, sreno@tarrantlit.org

Mission Statement:  The mission of the Tarrant Literacy Coalition is to improve the quality and increase the quantity of family and adult literacy programs though collaboration with organized literacy providers and community partners in Tarrant and surrounding counties.

Tangible Needs: School and office supplies needed year round; computers and computer supplies (no more than 3 years old); computer desks & chairs (new or good condition).

Volunteer Needs:  Volunteers to work in the office are needed, answering phone calls on the Literacy Help Line to assist students in finding a GED of ESL class (prefer at least one morning or afternoon per week); volunteers are also needed year round throughout the city to work in classrooms assisting students enrolled in GED or ESL classes and/or tutoring student one-to-one in math, science, social studies, language arts, English language acquisition (reading, writing and speaking). Each spring, the Coalition hosts the Corporate Spelling Bee to raise funds to support its work; volunteers are now being recruited to serve on the Bee Steering Committee. Responsibilities include recruiting financial sponsors and spelling teams, securing prize donations for spellers, assisting with logistics (such as decorations, etc.) Must be willing to attend occasional meetings and HAVE FUN at a great event.

 

Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County

Lezlee Kinney, lkinney@ugm-tc.org

Rotarians: Kim Godde and Don Shisler, 817-338-8407 and 817-332-4551, kgodde@ugm-tc.org and dshisler@ugm-tc.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Lezlee Kinney, lkinney@ugm-tc.org

Mission Statement: Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County is a local Christian organization and ministry dedicated to providing love, hope, respect and a new beginning to the homeless, offering a holistic program of care that leads to true, lasting healing. All UGM-TC services aim toward productive independence for each individual, regardless of gender, race or religious beliefs. God’s Healthy Place, ending homelessness, one person at a time.

Volunteer Needs: Clothing, food, toiletries and furniture are distributed year round to our residents and homeless guests.

 

United Community Centers  

Rotarian: Celia Esparza, 817-927-5556, cesparza@unitedcenters.org

 

The Warm Place

Rotarian: Shirley Bowen, 817-870-2272, shirley@thewarmplace.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Maria Montes maria@thewarmplace.org

Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide year round grief support services to children ages 3 1/2 to 18 and their families, as well as young adults ages 19-25, who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Tangible Needs: Paper towels, toilet paper, aluminum foil, hand soap refills, air fresheners, copy paper, stamps and 55 gallon trash bags.

Volunteer Needs:  Peer support groups with the children (facilitators needed – training required) ongoing need. House Parents (set up and hosting dinner may need dinner provided or not). Work days at the house (plant flowers, trimming trees and general maintenance). General office help.

 

YMCA

Rotarian: Tony Shuman, 817-335-9622, tshuman@ymcafw.org

Mission Statement: To put Christian Principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers are needed for the Board of Directors.