Volunteer Central: 12 organizations that could use a helping hand in East Texas

Volunteer Central: 12 organizations that could use a helping hand in East Texas
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - These organizations need some volunteers to help them accomplish their good work for our East Texas neighbors. Check out this week’s list to see if one might be a good fit for you.

Volunteer Central —where volunteering through Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) makes the difference in the community.

Hospice of East Texas

Volunteers give the gift of time! Exciting News!!! The Hospice of East Texas is opening a brand-new Thrift Shop in Jacksonville! We have wonderful Volunteer opportunities in the new Thrift Shop! In addition, caring Volunteers are needed in the Longview area. We can find the right “fit” for you! Visit our website to learn more about this non-profit hospice –www.hospiceofeasttexas.org. For more information, please call Marleen Elkins at 903-266-3496.


We are looking for volunteers with or without animals to help at various facilities in the East Texas area. Our next volunteer orientation will be on Tuesday, November 12 from 6-8 pm at the Therapet Training Center, 225 E. Amherst, Ste. 200, Tyler, TX 75701. Information: (903) 535-2125 or info@therapet.org

Heart to Heart Hospice

Many volunteers say that volunteering in a hospice gives them a deeper appreciation for life. They say that they’re less likely to get upset about small annoyances, like traffic jams or long lines at the store. Hospice volunteers feel a deep sense of satisfaction at being able to help someone at the end of their life, and they feel like they’ve made a real, significant contribution to their community. Hospice volunteers also get to make deep connections with patients and their families. For more information on how YOU can make difference, contact Carrie Blackwell at 903-593-6619.

City of Tyler

The City of Tyler needs a volunteer to help with clerical duties at the Vehicle Services department. This volunteer will be trained, and constant support will be provided. Clerical and organizational skills are ideal for this position. If you would like to volunteer, a flexible schedule can be accommodated. Please contact Katrina at 903-595-7243 or email volunteertyler@tylertexas.com

CASA for Kids of East Texas

You can make a difference in the life of a child. Every child deserves a chance in life. Become a CASA and be that chance for a child. CASA advocates are the voice for children in foster care. They build relationships with children and speak up for their best interest in court, giving 4 – 12 hours of their time per month. For more information, call our office at 903-597-7725 or visit our website

Hope Haven of East Texas

Would you like to help children who are in foster care in our community, but aren’t able to take a child into your home at this time? Become a volunteer with Hope Haven! Volunteers help take adolescent girls to appointments, fun outings, and spend time just hanging out. Submit your volunteer application online at https://hhofet.org/volunteer-application

North Tyler Developmental Academy

North Tyler Developmental Academy is looking for a retired librarian or someone with the skills and knowledge to help set up their library. We have received several donations of books that need to be organized and shelved. We also need shelves labeled with the appropriate categories. Materials are here to complete the job. This project may take several weeks to complete depending on the time a volunteer has to give to it. Please contact Sonja at director@northtylerday.org or 903-592-3671

Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County

Become a “Day Club” friend. Our Tuesday and Thursday Day Club program is popular with both clients, who enjoy the company and activities with other participants and friends, as well as their caregivers, who get a much-needed break. Volunteers in Day Club become a “friend” to participants and assist them with program activities and crafts. For more information please contact our office at (903) 509-8323

Smith County

Smith County needs qualified volunteers to supplement clerical work in various county departments. From scanning documents, data entry, running a mail sorting machine to answering telephones, we have several opportunities to make an impact in Smith County government. For more information, email volunteer@smith-county.com or call 903-590-2671.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

A non-profit charity that partners with the IRS to provide free tax assistance to the low to medium income taxpayers. especially those over 60 years of age. Experienced preparing tax returns or want to learn to prepare tax returns for others you need to volunteer. If you enjoy meeting and talking with people, please volunteer as a Client Facilitator or Greeter who signs in clients and records activity. A Technology Coordinator is needed to oversee equipment operations in Smith and Gregg Counties. Apply online at http://tinyurl.com/TAPVapplication or http://www.aarpfoundation.org/tax-aidevolunteer. For information or apply call 1-888-227-7669, or locally call (903) 581-1809.

Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health System

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and shifts in our many hospitals and clinics. Volunteers assist our patients, visitors, and staff in our Gift Shop, Information Desks, waiting rooms, and nursing units in Tyler, Jacksonville and Winnsboro. Days and times are flexible. Information: Annette Rios: annette.rios@christushealth.org, www.tmfhc.org/volunteerapplication


People Attempting to Help needs volunteers in reception, food pantry, casework, and as youth mentors through Bev’s Kid Reach. PATH is open Monday – Thursday from 8am until 6pm. For more information, contact Mark Richardson at (903) 617-2821 or Volunteer@PATHhelps.org to learn more.

For other volunteering opportunities please go to “Get Connected East Texas” at: http://getconnected.uwtyler.org/. Or email: melkins@hospiceofeasttexas.org

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