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Holiday Volunteering In North Texas: A Quick Guide

Nov 24, 2016

It’s always a good time to give back to the community. And the holiday season is no exception. Whether it’s your money or time, there are plenty of ways to donate to organizations that feed, clothe and help North Texans get back on their feet.

Here are several Dallas-Fort Worth area groups to check out for upcoming and ongoing volunteer opportunities.

If you don’t see a similar organization listed here, feel free to make a suggestion in the comments.

North Texas Food Bank

North Texas Food Bank serves more than 170,000 meals each day to children, families and seniors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area through a network of more than 1,000 programs and 200 partners in 13 counties, according to its website.

  • Location: 4500 S. Cockrell Hill Rd. in Dallas
  • Phone: 214-330-1396
  • Email: info@ntfb.org
  • Social: FacebookTwitterInstagram

How to volunteer:

You can donate money in varying amounts, donate food as an individual or as a company and volunteer your time at the bank’s distribution center and mobile pantry. You can participate in various NTFB events or deliver food to elementary schools or homebound seniors, too.

The Stewpot

The Stewpot in downtown Dallas has been helping homeless and at risk women, men, and children since 1975. The organization serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week to the first 1,000 people who come by.

How to volunteer:

There are several ways to donate money. And there just as many ways to volunteer your time: serving meals, working with children and families, teaching art classes and more.  

North Texas filmmaker Alan Govenar recently produced a documentary on The Stewpot, called "Serving Second Chances."

Serving Second Chances - Trailer from Documentary Arts on Vimeo.

Catholic Charities of Dallas

Catholic Charities started as an orphanage in 1891, according to the organization’s website. These days, the organization offers career and financial consultations and counseling, after-school programs for kids, pregnancy and adoption services and operates the Brady Senior Center. The organization also works with individuals to understand immigration law and processes as well as refugees.

How to volunteer:

To volunteer, you’ll need to create an account and attend an orientation to get to know the opportunities available. Or, you can donate at any time.

More: Here’s how to donate and volunteer with Catholic Charities of Fort Worth.

Tarrant Area Food Bank

Tarrant Area Food Bank is the source of donated food for hunger-relief charities and feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties, according to its website. The food bank serves more than 50,000 individuals in a typical week and more than 53,000 households in a typical month.

How to volunteer:

Register to help the food bank with various food drives during the holidays. Ongoing volunteer opportunities include food packaging and distribution, teaching cooking classes, tending the community garden, working the community kitchen and assembling hunger-relief kits. Or, make a donation.

Community Food Bank

Community Food Bank has been helping fight hunger in Fort Worth for more than 30 years. The nonprofit began as a soup kitchen that local philanthropists, Arlen and Mrs. Helen Voldness started in 1982, according to its website.  

How to volunteer:

You can help out the Community Food Bank by donating money, food and time at the distribution center and special events, or by walking a mile for hunger.  

Denton Hunger Coalition

Denton Hunger Coalition gives away free food to hungry people at mobile pantry events every second Saturday of the month from 9-11 a.m. at the Serve Denton location.

  • Location: 1980 E. University Dr. in Denton
  • Email: dentonhunger@gmail.com
  • Social: Facebook

How to volunteer:

To participate in a mobile pantry event, just reserve your spot on this form. Jobs included registering volunteers, keeping the line moving and running food. The coalition also needs bilingual volunteers at these monthly events.

Denton Community Food Center

The food center, which opened in 1974, is completely operated by volunteers and funded by donors. Members of the food center can request food five times a year, no more than once a month. The service area includes 21 cities, towns and communities in 31 different zip codes of northern Denton County, according to its website.  

How to volunteer:

The food center is open from 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The majority of volunteer work — bagging groceries, sorting food, stocking shelves and serving clients — is done during regular business hours. That’s when you can donate food at the center, too. Here’s a list of what to bring. Also, you can make a monetary donation online.   

More opportunities

Request a Little Free Pantry. In Denton, the Argyle Young Men’s Service League will build a small wooden box — similar to Little Free Libraries — on your property, and you’re responsible for keeping it stocked with food, personal items and school supplies for people in need all year.

Donate warm clothing, shoes and other items. Thrift stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army or a neighborhood church or donation box are good options.

Ring the bell for Salvation Army. Donations to the red kettle will go to people in need throughout the holidays.