How To Get Involved

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Administrative Volunteer: Clerical and administrative support is needed within the various departments at DePelchin Children's Center. These volunteers help with tasks like filing, copying, data entry, supply inventory, mailings, etc. This opportunity is only available Mon-Fri between 9am-4pm. Background check and a 6 month commitment required.

Residential Treatment Center Volunteer: DePelchin has a residential center in Richmond, Texas for children ages 6-13 who suffer from severe mental, emotional, or behavioral problems that inhibit normal functioning in a family setting. In this situation, volunteers help our staff provide positive interaction and fun activities for the children living on campus. Volunteer slots for this particular option are very limited. Currently this opportunity is only available is between 3:30-5pm, Monday through Friday, and on the occasional Sunday afternoon. Background check and a 6 month commitment required.  

Childcare Volunteer: DePelchin offers support groups as well as education classes as a means of supporting the parents in our adoption and foster care programs. We need volunteers to help provide childcare during these meetings. These volunteers are also able sit with children who are hospitalized in order to alleviate their foster or adoptive parents. Childcare help is need 3-4 Saturdays a year and on the occasional week night. Help at the hospital is scheduled on an as needed basis. Background check and a 6 month commitment required.

Sunny's Volunteers: Throughout the year DePelchin has special projects that require volunteer help. Examples include envelope stuffing, organizing donations, tying ribbons for awareness, stuffing backpacks with school supplies, and the like. These volunteers help fulfill needs as they arise and have no continued time commitments. 

Donation Station: DePelchin receives many in-kind donations that are stored in our “donation station”. We need volunteers to help us sort, organize, and prepare the gifts we receive. This opportunity is available on an ongoing basis. We prefer for donation station shifts to occur during the work week, but are able to schedule evening and weekend opportunities on an as needed basis.

Workday Volunteers: We have various campus beautification projects that are completed by volunteers on an as-needed basis. The projects may include tasks like painting, power washing, or gardening. Please note that funding for the project supplies must be provided. We prefer for workday shifts to occur during the work week, but are able to schedule evening and weekend opportunities on an as needed basis.

Family Event Volunteers: Several times a year DePelchin hosts events for our families. Volunteers help with set up, check-in, serving food, playing with the children, and much more.  These events are typically sponsored by companies and/or community groups. The sponsors are given the opportunity to fill these volunteer positions before they are open to the public.

Restrictions to note:

  1. In order to volunteer in an ongoing capacity we require each potential volunteer to complete an application, interview, clear a criminal back (including fingerprinting), complete a TB test, and have three letters of reference. Once all of these steps are complete, each volunteer will complete an online training.
  2. We do not have children living on our Memorial campus so there are not opportunities to visit with children there.
  3. We do not have opportunities to hold babies.
  4. We do not offer observation hours for students pursing an undergraduate degree in any mental health services.
  5. We are only able to offer undergraduate internships if the university has a written agreement with DePelchin Children's Center.
  6. Internships for less than a year or 300 hours are not considered.
  7. Graduate internship inquiries need to go through our Human Resource department. (info@depelchin.org)
  8. We have very limited opportunities for children under the age of 14 to volunteer, none of which are available on an ongoing basis.

If you are interested in volunteering at DePelchin Children's Center, please contact Ashley Garner at AGarner@depelchin.org

DONATION DRIVES

Birthday Buddies: Our hope is that each child within our foster program will be given the chance to feel celebrated on their birthday. To make that happen, DePelchin partners with our invaluable supporters to provide a birthday bag filled with gifts and all the supplies necessary for a birthday party. If you are interested in becoming a birthday buddy, click here or contact Ashley Garner at agarner@depelchin.org.

School Supply Drive: We provide basic school supplies for our children in order to ensure that they are ready to learn on their first day of school. If you are interested in partnering with DePelchin to make this possible, please contact Ashley Garner at agarner@depelchin.org. 

Thanksgiving Baskets: Many Houston-area families are unable to provide the luxury of a traditional Thanksgiving meal for their families. In order to meet this need within our community, DePelchin distributes Thanksgiving Baskets. The baskets include items like canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, instant mashed potatoes, and boxed stuffing. If you are interested in partnering with DePelchin to make this possible, please contact Ashley Garner at agarner@depelchin.org.

Holiday Project: This annual effort provides gifts and basics needs to the children and families utilizing DePelchin Children’s Center services. During the holiday season, you can help make this possible by fulfilling wish lists, hosting toy drives, donating needed items, making monetary contributions, and volunteering to sort and pack gifts. If you are interested in partnering with DePelchin for our Holiday Project, please contact Ashley Garner at agarner@depelchin.org.