During this unprecedented time, many nonprofits have increased needs for volunteers, with many offering virtual volunteer opportunities. Check out this list below of current areas of need and opportunities in the North Texas region.

The North Texas Giving Day nonprofit directory includes over 3,000 local nonprofits, many of which have added volunteer opportunities to lend support. Search here, and then reach out to your favorite nonprofits to get involved.

 

Special North Texas Giving Tuesday Now Volunteer Opportunity

Encouraging Notes and Card Shower: a family friendly virtual event benefiting The Senior Source that we can do TOGETHER while we distance.

  • Channel your inner artist and join us to create cards and notes of encouragement to delight the residents and staff at a senior living facility. Due to heightened health, safety and welfare concerns, many elderly residents are more isolated than ever to avoid COVID-19 transmission. This project is designed to lift their spirits.
  • Bring your art and writing supplies to create masterpiece(s) of encouragement. Register here and we will gather via GoToMeeting:

Please join this meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone at the date and time specified  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/790326901

 
Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
 
Animals
 
Arts, Science and Culture
  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science – get the whole family involved in a fun project to share with students and future visitors – Create one or many crossword puzzles using nature and science themes you might find at the museum. While there are many online puzzle generators, you may find it more enjoyable to brainstorm and create on paper, check out these instructions. The crosswords will be used to entertain and engage guests who wait in line for an exhibit or event to start. Email your finished masterpiece to volunteers@perotmuseum.org.
 
Children and Youth
  • United to Learn - Participate in Virtual Career Days or High School Students can make videos as part of this video series. We’re especially excited about Spanish-speakers creating videos!
  • Vogel Alcove - Volunteer Video Story Time - Record a video of yourself reading a children’s story using your phone or other camera device. Age appropriate children’s books about caring, love, learning concepts, family, or any fun concept books for ages birth through age 4. Email the file to Heather Bradford at hbradford@vogelalcove.org.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters – The need for safe, strong, active mentoring relationships is as great as it has ever been!  Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Big Brothers Big Sisters continues its mission to serve young people. They have adapted much of their programming to virtual environments so that the mission can continue to move forward. You can be part of BBBS outcomes driven, one-to-one mentoring model that works. Learn more, Be a Big.
 
Food Insecurity
 
Healthcare
 
Seniors

The Senior Source Friendly Visitors Program has two additional opportunities below and offered 10 facilities (most with 100 – 150 residents one with 300) to adopt. If you would like to adopt a facility, email Kymberlaine Banks, kbanks@cftexas.org for contact details. For these options below they suggest ordering from Amazon, Target or Michaels for delivery.

  1. Donate items residents can enjoy while in isolation: (New Items Only) playing cards, Checkers, Dominoes, paint-by-numbers, basic craft kits, adult coloring books & color pens/markers, coloring sheets, activity sheets, word search books, puzzle books, etc.
  2. Treats: (No homemade please): Pre-packaged assorted sandwich crackers, small bags of assorted chips, soft Cheetos, cookies, fruit snacks, jello and pudding cups, diet & regular canned/plastic bottled drinks). Include sugar-free options.   

VNA Meals on Wheels

  1. Virtual Meal Delivery – Make calls once a week to check on our Meals on Wheels clients using the VNA Meals on Wheels mobile delivery app. Volunteers must register and be onboarded to participate.  Get started here.
  2. Handmade Greeting Cards – Create greeting cards that will be delivered twice a week and will surely make a senior smile. To make a card/s, please follow these guidelines:
    • We can only accept 8 ½ x 11 sheets folded in half – lengthwise or horizontal will work!
    • Write a simple message in large print, draw pictures, sign with your first name only
    • Please do not place cards in envelopes
    • Please do not attach any decorative items, such as glitter or raised stickers, that can fall off.
    • Mail or drop off completed cards on Mondays and Wednesdays between 9am and 11 am in the marked box located at: VNA/Meals on Wheels Kitchen, 1440 W. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75247

   

Transportation
  • Tarrant Transportation Alliance – Transit Operation Appreciation Project – Trinity Metro is providing essential services of moving people to jobs and to services they need such as medical visits and grocery store runs. Here are three meaningful activities to brighten their day: 1) Donate or sew a mask; 2) Make a card or write a letter; 3) Donate hand sanitizer or cleaning supplies. Find instructions here or in this Facebook event