Volunteers play an integral part in serving as role models to the children we serve. Each of our volunteers comes from a unique background and has amazing skills and talents. Our opportunities are varied to match a particular volunteer’s skills, availability and interests. Together we can build children’s well-being, making a lasting impact on our community. We always appreciate community partners reaching out to us with creative and thoughtful projects they would like to do on our campus to help our residents.
Build a healthy, positive relationship with one child through both on and off-campus activities.
Work with a group of residents at one of our cottages and assist with leading recreation or daily routine activities
Provide academic assistance as a tutor, participate in classroom group activities or field trips, provide additional support to help students achieve academic success
Lead a recreation or health and fitness class, teach music lessons, host a workshop
Assist with campus beautification, host a dinner or event, teach a vocational class, support fundraising events, assist with holiday activities
Foster and Adopt Volunteer
Assist with our adoption events
Community Youth Council
A chance for high school juniors to get involved with volunteer activities benefiting their peers
Garage & Estate Sale Volunteer
There are opportunities year-round to volunteer with our annual Garage & Estate Sale. January – October, individuals and groups can volunteer in the warehouse on Mondays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. sorting donations. We also need volunteers moving Garage Sale merchandise from our warehouse to Palmer Events Center. Additionally, volunteers can help out at The Sale. Volunteers MUST schedule ahead of time to volunteer with The Sale.
Volunteer Process and Requirements
Volunteers, as defined in the Texas Department of Family Protective Services Standards for 24-hour facilities, must complete the following screening process prior to involvement with a child. This screening and application process applies to volunteers serving in a regular, ongoing role at The Home.
*Note: Exceptions to this would include those instances in which the child has developed a relationship with the volunteer in an outside setting such as school or in a prior placement. In this case, the volunteer must complete the process prior to off-campus activities.
- Be at least 21 years of age;
- Complete a volunteer application;
- Present proof of a T.B. test (within last year) showing negative results;
- Present a copy of a Driving License;
- Present and maintain a current copy of automobile insurance;
- Have their driving eligibility checked;
- Complete a DPS and DFPS background check;
- Complete FBI Fingerprinting;
- Sign a statement of confidentiality;
- Complete an orientation of The Settlement Home’s program, policies, procedures and rules;
- Adhere to The Home’s rules, policies and procedures;
- Sign a statement agreeing to report abuse and/or neglect.