At The Settlement Home for Children, our mission is to promote healing and growth in children, young adults and families by providing a continuum of care, support and resources. Our volunteers play an integral part in enriching the lives of individuals and families in our care. By sharing your skills and talents, you can make a lasting impact on our community. Volunteer opportunities at The Home are varied to match your availability and interests.
Build a healthy, positive relationship with one of our residents through activities on or off our campus.
Work with a group of residents living in one of our cottages and assist with activities.
Tutor students one-on-one to help them with credit recovery, participate in classroom activities in our on-campus UT Charter School or assist with field trips.
Lead a recreational or health and fitness class, teach music lessons or host a workshop.
Assist with campus beautification projects, host a dinner or special event, teach an educational workshop, support fundraising events or assist with holiday activities.
Foster & Adoption Program Volunteer
Drop off meals to new foster families, transport children to appointments or babysit children
either in-home or on our campus.
Community Youth Council
A membership-based opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors to get involved with volunteer activities benefiting their peers. Click here to learn more.
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.
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
Community Youth Council
A chance for high school juniors to get involved with volunteer activities benefiting their peers
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 am – 12 pm sorting donations. We also need volunteers moving Garage Sale merchandise from our warehouse to Palmer Events Center. Additionally, volunteers can help out at the event. Volunteers MUST schedule ahead of time to volunteer with the Garage & Estate 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.