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We are currently not accepting new volunteer applications until February 2016.  Please re-visit volunteer opportunities at that time.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at DePelchin Children's Center.  Volunteers play an important part in helping us fulfill our mission to strengthen the lives of children and families. 

DePelchin provides out-patient mental health services at our locations throughout Greater Houston, including at our main building located at 4950 Memorial Drive.  Please note that children receiving services at our main campus are attending appointments only and do not live on campus. 

We do not have children living on campus so there are not opportunities to visit children. 

If you are looking for a volunteer position where you can interact with children, a few opportunties are listed below. Currently, there are only weekday positions available.  There are no evening or weekend openings. 

In addition, there are no volunteer openings for teenagers at this time, but some may become available during the summer months.  Teen voluntees must be 16 years of age or older and can only work in an administrative capacity.

Volunteers must be able to commit to a minimum of six months to qualify for administrative positions and one year to qualify for positions involving client contact. All accepted volunteers must pass a criminal background check, fingerprint clearance, have a current TB clearance, have three letters of reference and be able to take online training.

If any of the below positions interest you, please email Angela Alvarado, Director of Annual Giving and Special Events, aalvarado@depelchin.org.

Volunteer Opportunities Starting February 2016

Donation Station Volunteer

Volunteers are needed in our donation warehouse for the months of January to October, assisting with sorting and organizing donations; weekdays 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lobby Volunteer

Volunteers are needed in our lobby areas to check out books or play games with children while they wait for their appointment.  Teaching or child development background is required.  Three-hour shifts available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Adminstrative Volunteer

Volunteers are needed in all departments to assist with copying, filing, data entry and other duties as assigned.  Three-hour shifts available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Ongoing Opportunities

Collection Drives

Groups can organize off-site collection drives to benefit our children and families. 

Only new items can be accepted.

  • Corner Pantry - Toiletry kits, baby formula, baby wipes and non-perishible food items are needed for our children and families.  Gift cards in $5-$10 increments for gas stations and Wal-Mart.


  • Kid's Closet - Socks, underwear, coats, and jackets are needed for children ages 3-17. 

          ****Boys clothes are especially needed at this time.


  • Kid's Collections - Toys, board games, small electronic games, puzzles, dolls, trucks, crafts and pretend play items are needed for our children and families.  Games like Trouble and Jenga are requested.


  • Housewarming Baskets - The TAGS program (Transitioning to Adulthood through Guidance and Support) is for youth aging out or that have aged out of foster care (18-21 years old) that are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  The program’s goals are to support youth and guide youth to independent living with housing, case management, counseling, life skills, financial literacy, education completion, and employment.  The program has a need for the following items:

    To move in 1 new client:

    • Full size sheets (2 sets)
    • Full size comforter
    • Bed pillows (2)
    • Bath towels (2)
    • Hand towels (2)
    • Wash clothes (4)
    • Bath mat
    • Plastic clothes hangers
    • Laundry basket
    • Bathroom trash can
    • Bedroom trash can
    • Plastic storage drawers for toiletries

    General program needs:

    • Lamps for participants rooms and common areas
    • Articicial house plants for resident's room
    • Flatware
    • Pots and pans
    • Bakeware
    • Glassware
    • Dish sets

    Our most-needed items for all of our clients and families are as follows:

  • Gift cards to Kroger, Target, Walmart, gas stations
  • Diapers (larger sizes 4,5 & 6), Pull-ups
  • Shoes for 3-15 year olds
  • Baby wipes
  • Sheets for twin size beds
  • Mesh back packs
  • School uniforms (khaki pants, solid-colored collared shirts)
  • School supplies (binders, manilla paper, composition books)
  • Middle-school age and teenage clothing and shoes
  • Children’s clothing (not infant), underwear and socks
  • Tickets to sporting events or local museums and entertainment events
  • Play-doh
  • Play food
  • Play doctor kits
  • Lego kits
  • Male Barbie dolls and Barbie clothing
  • Arts and crafts
  • Board games
  • Non-perishable food items for our food room

For more information about collection drives or special events, please contact Angela Alvarado, Director of Annual Giving and Special Events, aalvarado@depelchin.org.


DePelchin does not accept volunteers or students interested in observation hours.

Undergraduate internships can only be considered if the university has a written agreement with DePelchin Children's Center.  Internships less than a year or less than 300 hours are not considered. 

Graduate internships need to contact our Human Resources department.  If you are seeking hours toward professional licensing, you must first be hired as an employee of DePelchin Children's Center.

If you have any questions regarding internships, please contact Manager of Volunteer Services and Community Engagement, at volunteers@depelchin.org.