Open Doors With Your Heart
Volunteers play an integral role in the healing process at Helping Hand Home. The children in our care have experienced violations of trust from adults & peers around them. This relational trauma requires relational healing. While at HHH children learn to trust again by building safe, healthy, and authentic connections to adult caregivers & peers. Volunteer engagement extends this newfound trust to the world beyond Helping Hand, showing children that there are safe & caring individuals in our community and beyond.
You can provide hope and love in a child’s life by becoming an HHH Volunteer!
Off-Site Volunteer Opportunities
Although our campus is closed to visitors, we are still in need of volunteer assistance. During social distancing, we are offering ways to help HHH from the comfort of your home. Below are some projects that can be done at home and delivered outside to HHH by appointment. If you plan on completing a kit, please email our Donor Relations Manager, Ally Smith.
Fun Friday Kits
Each week the children in our care celebrate with outside festivities, themed movies, group games and more. Fun Friday kits would be containers filled with the supplies needed for a specific activity– sidewalk chalk, bubbles, sprinklers, water toys, etc. Kits should be geared towards elementary and middle school aged children.
Pamper Time Kits
Each week the children practice self-care with face masks, nail painting, and hair masks. Pamper Time kits would be containers filled with nail polish, nail polish remover, individual sheet masks, individual hair masks, nail art supplies, etc. All colors and designs welcome and appreciated.
Many of the children in our care are soaking up the sun while skating around our outdoor space. If you are interested in providing skates and safety pads to a child in our care, please contact Jasmin Reardon. She will provide you with the correct shoe and safety equipment size.
Each week the children in our care practice self-expression through art. Many of the children are interested in exploring art with their own personal supplies. Art Kits would be individual bags or containers that include supplies a child would use independently—sketch book, drawing or painting pad, watercolor pencils, watercolor paints, markers, colored pencils, etc.
Goodbye Party Kits
The children in our care work so hard to process past trauma, developing coping skills, and learn to care for themselves. When it is time to for them to transition into their next chapter, we love to send them off in style with a celebration just for them. Our goodbye parties center around their friends and support staff sharing all of their favorite memories and providing well wishes on their new journey. A good bye party kit would include solid color paper plates, napkins, and cups for the festivities. If you are interested in also providing a cake for the celebration, including an HEB gift card would be wonderful.
Assist children with schoolwork and help develop academic skills, such as reading and writing.
Help children feel safe and secure at bedtime by reading stories to them as they fall asleep.
Facilitate special events and activities on campus for the children, such as carnivals, field days, arts and crafts projects, sporting events, performances and workshops.
Play with the children during after-school hours, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on weekends. You will be trained in a number of playground games you may use, and you will also assist with any activities that are happening at the Home.
Group Service Opportunities
Group or individual volunteers may also perform hand on service (wash vans, bike maintenance, grounds beautification, inventory, library organization, etc.), organize a drive (see Wish List for more info), or sponsor an activity for our kids within the community (trip, performance, baseball game, circus, museum, movie, etc).
Wind Down Helpers
Support the homes during this mellow time of day by helping prepare for bed times, eat dinner, straighten the home, do bed time routines, etc.
Steps To Becoming a Volunteer
Commit to at least one hour a week of service for a minimum of six months (NOTE: Your 6 months of service do not have to be consecutive and you are NOT limited to 6 months)
Fill out and submit a volunteer application (via email or US mail)
Attend one of the two available Volunteer Information Sessions as arranged by the Volunteer Manager.
At the information session, the Volunteer Manager will schedule an interview with you. Please bring any calendar information you might have to this session to help facilitate this process.
After your interview, you will complete a background check, drug screening and Tuberculosis testing.
Attend one of the two available Volunteer Orientations as arranged by the Volunteer Manager.
Once all testing has been cleared, you will be given a log-in number and home assignment.
Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age. Please note, we do not fulfill court-ordered community service requests.
Thank you for your interest in helping our children.
Jasmin Reardon, MA | Volunteer & Enrichment Manager – (512) 600-6053 | SEND EMAIL