Guidelines for a Positive Volunteer Experience
Create the best possible volunteer experience for yourself, your friends and your family! Please take the time to familiarize yourself with this short set of volunteer guidelines. They can be helpful in terms of guiding you toward a volunteer experience that fulfills your own needs while you’re freely fulfilling someone else’s needs. For more information, please phone us at 214-351-1901, extension 211 or drop a line to Dallas Hope Charities.
Our mission is to reduce homelessness among LGBT young adults in North Texas with an LGBT-focused shelter in the Dallas area, tailored to the needs of individuals aged 18-24. We are calling it Dallas Hope Center.
Formerly known as Breakfast at Cathedral of Hope (BACH), volunteers provide a hot cooked breakfast each Saturday morning for anyone experiencing food insecurity. Haircuts and basic physical exams are often provided. All positions require a background check, and some positions require a valid food handler’s certificate which we can help you to obtain in as little as 90 minutes.
Formerly known as iCare, every Monday volunteers prepare a meal for those who might otherwise go without. At this same event, the Dallas Hope Charities food pantry donates up to 100 bags of groceries. All positions require a background check, and some positions require a valid food handler’s certificate which we can help you to obtain in as little as 90 minutes.
Formerly known as Taste of Hope, our goal is to let people living on the streets know they are not forgotten. The meal we serve is similar to a meal we would serve guests in our home. However, our program is not about “feeding the homeless.” It is about connecting with the people we serve to reassure them that people do care about them. All positions require a background check, and some positions require a valid food handler’s certificate which we can help you to obtain in as little as 90 minutes.
Blessing Bags are gallon-size bags that contain snacks, toiletries, socks, water, and other items that people who live on the street find useful. Bags are kept in your car, so when you encounter a person who is experiencing homelessness, you can offer the bag to them.
On Pack the Pantry Sunday (the last Sunday of each month), volunteers collect, sort and shelve the donate food. Through these donations, we are able to consistently provide more than 300 bags of food each month to people who might otherwise go hungry. Additionally, if you shop at Kroger or Tom Thumb and participate in their community rewards programs that name Cathedral of Hope as beneficiary, we receive 1% of sales each quarter.
Thanksgiving reminds us, with food and friends, how blessed we are. For many years, we have provided food for 500 individuals and families. Please consider participating in this Thanksgiving tradition by indicating your commitment to bring a basket, or donating the money needed to purchase the supplies for one basket. We provide everything needed from a frozen turkey to vegetables, cranberry sauce, and mixes for holiday desserts.
This is a seasonal way to contribute to those in need. Volunteers donate time and skills to benefit the Evelyn Pruitt HIV/AIDS Assistance Fund, which is used for financial assistance for those living with HIV/AIDS.
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