Are you looking to volunteer in your local community? As a volunteer, you can give back to those in need, while expanding your knowledge, experience, and interpersonal skills. And, you can have fun while doing it.
Children’s Hope Residential Services, a nonprofit founded by James Aldrich, CEO, offers a variety of opportunities for volunteers. Children’s Hope is an organization dedicated to the mental health treatment of abused and neglected children placed with Children’s Protective Services in Texas. Children’s Hope Residential Services provides a number of programs, including Foster Care, Residential Life, Day Treatment, and Aftercare Services.
Here’s how you can help:
Mentor a Child
The children in Children’s Hope’s programs have suffered a great deal of trauma due to their abuse and neglect. Due to the negative experiences they’ve endured at the hands of a parent or guardian, it’s difficult for the children to trust authority figures. The mentorships help the children regain their trust in others and build healthy, supportive relationships.
As a mentor, you will spend one-on-one time with a child who is eligible to partake in the program. You will develop a close relationship with your mentee and help them learn and grow.
Children may also participate in church mentoring. Children’s Hope’s church mentors sponsor a group of 13 to 15 children and provide the opportunity for them to attend church on Sundays and occasionally on Wednesdays. Additionally, church mentors provide celebrations and parties for the kids, such as for birthdays and Christmas.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Aside from being a mentor, there are many other ways to give back. You could help or host a party or event, assist with fundraisers, be a tutor, or participate in clothing, food, and school supplies drives.
Volunteers are very valuable to Children’s Hope, as they help the children in our programs live well and build a brighter future. To volunteer at Children’s Hope Residential Services, you must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by an adult.