Whether you’re new to the Dallas area or consider yourself a local, take a break from brunches and segway tours to do some good. Stuck on what to do over the weekend? Make a difference and volunteer at a local organization for a fun (and free!) way to spend a few of your weekend hours. There are plenty of opportunities for do-gooders and world-changers in Dallas, but we’ve rounded up a few that are easy to sign up for and have tons of different ways to get involved. Whether you’ve assembled a whole group of friends, a few people or just want to get into volunteering solo, check out some of these options in the Dallas area to get philanthropic!
North Texas Food Bank
As a top-ranked nonprofit relief organization and a member of Feeding America, the North Texas Food Bank provides access to over 190,000 meals each day for hungry children, seniors and families. Through their network of extensive programs and partners, there are endless opportunities to donate and volunteer. Create your own canned food drive, become an advocate against hunger, help pack and distribute, or work as a social media ambassador to help spread the word. With volunteer categories that fit individual and group needs, the NTFB offers so many ways to get involved.
Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House of Dallas provides a temporary home for families of sick or injured children. It is located just a half a mile from the Children’s Medical Center and 1.5 miles from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. When it comes to a sick child, families shouldn’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from or where they are going to sleep. Get involved by volunteering your time working the front desk, working in the kitchen, or helping with family activities. Start your own fundraiser, donate household items, or attend one of their many events. RMH of Dallas makes it easy and exciting to volunteer for such a touching cause.
Promise House helps youth in crisis move towards safety and success. With a variety of programs including emergency shelter, transitional living, teen parenting services, counseling, and street outreach, Promise House aims to eradicate youth homelessness in its community. Become a youth mentor, sponsor an activity for teens, sponsor a meal or get involved with other events. Signing up is incredibly easy and you’ll make a lasting impact on a teen in need. Help pave the way for the youth in the Dallas area and get involved with Promise House.
About half an hour outside of the city, you’ll find Operation Kindness —a place that cares for homeless cats and dogs. They follow a no-kill environment and work tirelessly to find a responsible home for each animal. They care for approximately 300 cats and dogs on a daily basis and have saved nearly 90,000 animals in the past 41 years. If you’re in the market for a new pet, you might want to consider adopting one of their adorable friends. But volunteering to walk dogs and helping to maintain their kennels and cat rooms is probably your next best bet!
It doesn’t matter your age, financial situation or experience, organizations like these are always looking for responsible volunteers. Spend some time getting to know the people and animals in need in your community and you’ll love living in Dallas that much more! No matter if you’re a millennial living in a trendy neighborhood, a family with two kids out in the suburbs, or a new-to-Dallas apartment renter, getting involved in something bigger will be time well spent.