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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS!
When volunteering, please remember that you should not obtain more than 50 percent of your hours with one organization. Broadening your horizons and experiencing more than one volunteer opportunity is what the TVS community service program is about. Also, be sure to wear a TVS T-shirt when you volunteer!  Below you will find monthly activities, ongoing opportunities, and great websites for organizations YOU can contact and serve.

VOLUNTEER WEB SITE
This Web site hosts a variety of available volunteer opportunities. Please give it a glance! http://www.directionshome.org/partners/

HEY, JUNIORS!!! LOOKING FOR A PAID JOB?
The Reading Connection is looking to hire a few TVS juniors to work at its clinic. Interested juniors should contact Dr. Kary Johnson, 817.924.2000. This is a PAID opportunity so the hour will not count toward community service.

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(updated September 27, 2016) 

CROHN'S AND COLITIS FOUNDATION
On October 15 the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) -- North Texas Chapter will hold their annual Take Steps Walk. We walk to find a cure!! The location is Westworth Village Town Hall (with Trinity Trails Access), 311 Burton Hill Road, Wentworth Village, TX 76114. There are several opportunities from 6am to 1pm to help out. Linked is a spreadsheet if students are interested in getting some volunteer hours.Students should contact Leigh Ellen Key at leaky@ccfa.org if interested.

BREAKTHROUGH FORT WORTH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Breakthrough Fort Worth is looking for a high school students to volunteer at an enrichment program for motivated middle school students from Fort Worth public schools. Application Deadline is September 28, 2016. Click here for the flyer!

HALLOWEEN COSTUME DRIVE TO BENEFIT BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
The US Community Service Club has been given permission to hold an all-school Halloween Costume Drive which will benefit the Butler Branch of the Boys and Girls Club in downtown Fort Worth. The drive will take place at TVS on Monday, Sept. 26th-Tues., October 11th. We will have students in the LS, MS, and US circles during morning drop-off on those dates to collect costumes. Once the drive is over, the Community Service Club will bag the costumes, and take them to the Butler Branch on October 14th where they will throw 85-100 children in need a Halloween party complete with crafts, games, and treats.

This is the first time anyone in town has ever done this for the Boys and Girls Club. Our students are really excited about making a difference in the lives of these kids.

BABYSITTERS NEEDED FOR THE SUGAR SHINDIG
Babysitters needed: The Sugar Shindig is a fundraiser for a rare disease called Congenital Hyperinsulinism, featuring the Cook Children’s Hyperinsulinisum Center.  We are looking for a few volunteers (2-3) to help with our event on October 8 at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.  Specifically, we need help to entertain the kids (maybe color) that are there for the event while their parents attend the awards program from 4:00 to 5:00.  We would need the students there around 3:30 to get organized and stay until 5:00 pm.  

Contact: Ricci Mace (ricci.mace@gmail.com)
817-688-8281


FORT WORTH TEEN COURT IS RECRUITING TEENS TO VOLUNTEER AS TEEN DEFENSE AND/OR PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS
OUR NEXT TEEN ATTORNEY TRAINING WILL BE:
MONDAY, September 26th, 2016
5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
2nd FLOOR SOUTHWEST MUNICIPAL COURTHOUSE
3741 SW LOOP 820 (Loop 820 & Trail Lake Dr.)

Job Descriptions:
Defense Attorney: Discuss with the defendant the facts about the case and prepare an opening statement, appropriate questions for the defendant, and closing statements. Prosecuting Attorney: Review the charges and prepare opening statements, questions for the defendant and closing statements.

1. Give at least 1 semester or summer commitment.
2. Follow court protocol and procedures.
3. Be prompt in court when your cases are called for trial.
4. Follow all Teen Court rules and regulations.

Court is held on MONDAYS from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
817-392-8681
DRESS CODE: NO SHORTS, TANK TOPS, CAPRI PANTS, MIDRIFFS, FLIP FLOPS/BEACH SHOES, DIRTY OR TORN CLOTHES. SKIRTS MUST BE NO SHORTER THAN 6 INCHES ABOVE THE KNEE. NO LOW CUT SHIRTS/BLOUSES AND SHIRTS MUST BE TUCKED IN.

Please call to let us know you are attending by 4:00 p.m. Friday, September 23rd, 2016

RIVERTREE ACADEMY
Rivertree Academy is a private, Christian school serving the Como community, a low-income, mostly African American community not far from Trinity Valley. Our website address is www.rivertreeacademy.org for more information.

We currently serve 70 students in grades pre-k through 5th grade.

Our school day runs from 7:45 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday, so there are opportunities both before school and after school for high school students. Some even join us during the school day during their off period.

Ideally, we like to have weekly volunteers who come at the same time each week. This allows your students to form REAL relationships with our students. Your students have the opportunity to be a role model in our students' lives. They can help plant dreams and goals in their heads; they can help our students with math and/or reading; they can help coach athletics, dance or theater; they can play with and show love and respect towards our students to increase their self-esteem; the list goes on and on...

They can come for an hour each week, or two hours each week, or whatever works with their schedule. We can start students immediately or at any time during the year.

We have a volunteer training scheduled for September 6th from 5:30 pm - 7 pm at the school (5439 Bonnell Avenue), if anyone is interested in attending.

Interested students should email Raney Chambers email at raney@rivertreeacademy.org, or text or call 817-366-9098.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF FORT WORTH
Here at the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth our mission is to keep families close. The house provides a home-away-from-home to families that have seriously ill or injured children. Our student volunteers help achieve this mission through weekend and evening volunteering and other special activities. It is their goal to impact the community through serving these families and to raise awareness about RMHFW.

The Student Volunteer Program is made up of students ages 14-24 who reside in Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Students are required to be an enrolled student and in good standing with the school.

Students must commit to one full year of service and within that year they must work house events, attend general meetings, purchase a $15 volunteer t-shirt that must be worn at all events and volunteer twelve general hours.

Application and Mandatory Interview and Orientation Process:

1.      Must fill out application and submit it to Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth by September 2, 2016 at 5 p.m. Visit www.rmhfw.org to apply.

2.      Interviews will be held September 10, 2016 at RMHFW. Once applications have been processed, students will be notified of their specific interview time.

3.      Student volunteer training will be held September 17, 2016.

4.      One-year commit of the Student Volunteer Program concludes August 2017.

Please help us pass along this opportunity for students to serve and make a difference at a great organization in their local community. For any questions please email: studentvolunteers@rmhfw.org.

Mother's Milk Bank of North Texas

600 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth

Thursday and Friday, July 7 & 8
9 a.m. - Noon

Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas is gearing up for World Breastfeeding Month in August, which is one of their busiest times of the year. FOUR volunteers per day are needed to assemble outreach materials to be distributed at many events across DFW. "We love having Trinity Valley students at the milk bank during their Day of Service, so I thought I’d reach out and see if there is any way to send out our volunteer opportunity to students who want to earn service hours during the summer," said Program Assistant Mary Ashley Ray. Our biggest need is assembly of new mom packets. These include information about MMBNT, donor milk, and becoming a donor. We may have other needs pop up as it gets closer to August, but they will likely be similar assembly projects. Age restriction: 14 and up. To volunteer, call Mary Ashley Ray, 817-810-0071.


Northside Inter-Community Agency, Inc.
1600 Circle Park Blvd, 76164

NICA is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of opportunities including: delivering groceries to elderly; helping a senior citizen with minor home repair and/or yard work; assisting in the NICA pantry, office or thrift store; teaching ESL classes; and more! If you are interested in helping, please contact NICA at 817.626.1102.

FWMBA Gateway Trail Work Days
5298 1st St., Fort Worth 76103
 8 a.m. – Noon; or 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Fort Worth Mountain Biking Association is looking for volunteers interested in helping to build, maintain and clean-up its biking trails. Interested students under the age of 18 years old must obtain a signed, wavier form from a parent. Forms may be picked up in Mrs. Hiler's office.

ONGOING

Goodfellows has started the season at Catholic Charities Fort Worth with the goal of providing local children in need with shoes and clothing. Catholic Charities, in partnership with the Fort Worth Star Telegram, will serve 20,000 children this season. Volunteers are vital to the work of this program.  We have a lot of support from so many, but unfortunately we are still in need of your help.  Additional volunteers for data entry of the processed applications would be greatly appreciated. If you are able to help, please contact: Email: goodfellows@ccdofw.org or Phone: 682-251-1024.

Carley's Closet:  If anyone is interested in helping with Carley's Closet please contact Laura Rutledge at laura@goldribbon.org.  Carley's Closet is a program that provides backpacks with items and resources specifically designed for teens. Your duties will include organizing and stocking the closet and going around to patients to see if any of then would like to check out items from the closet. Duties include: Assist with collecting donations, organizing and delivering Carley's Closet items to area hospital. If working at Cook Children's as a junior volunteer, you can be assigned to Carley's Closet project at Cook's and work directly with the Young Adult Cancer Nurse Coordinator. Average hours per week: 1-2 with seasonal projects several times during the semester.

1st Saturday West Side Mobile Pantry hosted by West Freeway Church of Christ
10 AM – Noon
Cooperative Industries Parking Lot, 1401 South Cherry Lane, White Settlement, TX 76108

2nd Saturday Altamesa Mobile Pantry hosted by Altamesa Church of Christ
9:30 AM - 11:30AM
6717 S Hulen Street, Fort Worth, 76133

4th Saturday  Wesley Mobile Pantry hosted by United Community Centers @ the Wesley Center
9:30AM-11:30AM
3600 N. Crump, Fort Worth, TX 76106

SATURDAYS AT THE TREE FARM
Volunteer workdays at the Rolling Hills Tree Farm are the third Saturday of each month, from January through June and September through November. Reservations are required at least one week in advance. Projects vary by season, but often include transplanting trees into containers; planting in the tree fields; weeding; staking and tying trees; and organizing the tree inventory.  Bring your family, friends, co-workers and fellow tree enthusiasts. Rain or shine, we’ll be here with something to do for every physical activity level. For more information or to RSVP, contact Craig Fox, 817-392-5729.

TARRANT AREA FOOD BANK offers several ways to volunteer
Quality Control—sort, inspect and box food for families
Volunteer projects for Youth groups, including Birthday in a Bag
Administrative tasks, including data entry
Warehouse—help our Partner Charities load food into their vehicles
Special Events http://www.tafb.org/Volunteer.html

4-PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving)
4-PAWS is a non-profit pet adoption resource program located in Benbrook. They assist with more than 200 pet adoptions per year for animals that would normally be euthanized at the local shelter. They are known for adopting the healthiest strays in the metroplex! If you are a pet lover and would like to donate your time, please contact Pat Duncan at 817.249.0459, admin@4pawsinc.org or http://www.4pawsinc.org/.

REAL SCHOOL GARDENS
1700 University Drive, Suite 260, Fort Worth, TX 76107
REAL School Gardens partners with high-poverty urban elementary schools to create learning gardens that become an integral part of their teaching culture and community. When teachers take learning outdoors, children achieve greater success in school by becoming more engaged learners, more effective team members and also healthier people. In North Texas alone, RSG supports 92 schools, ensuring that more than 50,000 children and over 3,100 educators have daily access to nature through school gardens, which have been shown to improve children’s lives by boosting academic achievement, nurturing healthy lifestyles, cultivating life skills and promoting environmental stewardship. Check www.realschoolgardens.org for upcoming opportunities.

GREAT VOLUNTEER WEB SITES

The Volunteer Center of North Texas has many opportunities available for student volunteering. Please go to their Web site: www.volunteernorthtexas.org.  

Voly.org is an online database that you can use to locate volunteer opportunities within your community. Complete the profile with your preferences and it will match you up with available opportunities. VERY cool site!

End hunger with a click!  Visit http://thehungersite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ths/home and click to give!  It's free, and while you can only click once a day, if you set this as your home page, you will be helping provide food to the hungry every time you sign on your computer.

Join ONE. Click a petition to end hunger or explore other ways to get involved @ http://www.one.org/us/

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