Whether you are doing it because it is good for your soul, your resume, or your social life, there are many reasons to get involved in your community. However, sometimes it can be hard to muddle through all of the available volunteer options in your area. Although the choices are seemingly endless, below is a shortened list of Tarrant County charities and volunteer opportunities that you do not want to miss.
Sixty & Better
Their Mission: Sixty and Better’s mission is to empower “older adults to live with purpose, independence, and dignity.”
How to Help: Sixty and Better offers volunteer opportunities to two demographics. The first one includes older adults who want to volunteer to renew their sense of purpose in life. The other types of volunteer opportunities are for group and corporate volunteers. Sixty and Better aims to connect the second demographic with opportunities at their activity centers.
Tarrant County Reentry Coalition
Their Mission: The Tarrant County Reentry Coalition aims to “address the challenges of prisoner reentry.” They strive to break the cycle of criminal recidivism.
How to Help: The Tarrant County Reentry Coalition uses the skills of their volunteers to supplement their staff, so help is always needed. Additionally, the Reentry Coalition has college internships for students seeking to help the cause. Volunteers should email firstname.lastname@example.org, while those interested in an internship should email email@example.com.
United Way of Tarrant County
Their Mission: The United Way of Tarrant County’s mission is to “provide leadership and harness resources to solve Tarrant County’s toughest social challenges.”
How to Help: United Way of Tarrant County is currently only accepting corporate volunteer requests. If you are seeking to make more of an individual contribution, consider donating or inquiring about United Way of Tarrant County’s partner agencies and volunteering with one of them.
Read Fort Worth
Their Mission: Read Fort Worth strives to ensure that 100 percent of third-graders are reading on grade level. The organization chose third grade because of statistical data that showed 75 percent of third-graders that struggle with reading never catch up, and only 35 percent of third-graders are actually reading at the appropriate grade level.
How to Help: Read Fort Worth is looking for volunteers to give an hour of their time every week through May 2020 to read with students that are in Kindergarten through third grade. Once you sign up, Fort Worth ISD will work closely with Read Fort Worth to get you through the training and background check process so that you can begin making an impact in these children’s lives!
Their Mission: Pathfinders is devoted to “empowering individuals and families to find their path from poverty to self-sufficiency.”
How to Help: Volunteering as mentor at Pathfinders is a great option! The only requirements are that you pass a criminal background check and attend a 6-hour Mentor Training Session. You can also volunteer as a financial coach, but in order to do this you must have some experience in the financial sector and be able to lead a coaching session scheduled by Pathfinders.
You cannot go wrong with this narrowed down list of Tarrant County volunteer opportunities and the desire to do good. Now is the time to get in touch with an organization that interests you and get your charity on!