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 the Dallas Hope Charities Volunteer Handbook. It is helpful in terms of guiding you toward a volunteer experience that fulfills your own needs while you’re freely fulfilling someone else’s needs.
Dallas Hope Charities’ Dallas Hope Center is Dallas’ only LGBTQ-focused Homeless Youth Transitional Living Center (ages 18-24). A recent study of more than 350 runaway and homeless providers throughout the United States identified four top causes for homelessness among LGBT youth: (1) family rejection resulting from sexual orientation or gender identity; (2) physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; (3) aging out of the foster care system; and (4) financial and emotional neglect. (Youth.gov)
Collective Hope coalition
The focus of this coalition is LGBTQ Suicide Prevention. This issue has to be addressed, and we need to work to reduce the factors and eliminate the hopelessness that leads to suicide in the LGBTQ community. Initially, the emphasis area is Dallas, TX, but could extend into Dallas County, and beyond. Let’s make a change. Let’s save lives.
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.
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.
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 they are seen, and cared about. 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.
Through Dallas Hope Charities’ food pantry, we are able to consistently provide 400+ bags of food each month to people who might otherwise go hungry.
Thanksgiving reminds us, with food and friends, how blessed we are. For many years, we have provided food for individuals and families. We provide everything needed from a frozen turkey to vegetables, cranberry sauce, and mixes for holiday desserts.
HIV/AIDS Assistance Program
As of May 15th 2020, year-to-date Dallas Hope Charities has provided over $18,000 in support to individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Our support continues – in a revised way. We will be launching a new HIV/AIDS assistance program soon!
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