Community Service

Make a difference in the world: Volunteer!

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ~Muhammad Ali

Community Service Documentation for the entire 2016-17 school year is due to Mrs. Lee in room 343 by Monday, May 1, 2017*

*This is a change from previous years - Community Service is due once a year, not each semester. The total amount due each year has not changed.

Helpful Information

I want to help with...

Animals

A Different Breed Animal Rescue: http://www.adifferentbreed.org/volunteer/

Animal Allies of Texas - this group is one that holds adoptions at pet stores on the weekends. http://www.animalalliesoftexas.org/volunteer-foster/

Animal Rescue Klub: http://www.animalrescueklub.org/

City of Plano Animal Services: http://www.plano.gov/194/Animal-Services

Dallas Cat Lady: http://www.dallascatlady.org/

Dallas Zoo: http://www.dallaszoo.com

Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship - provides equine assisted activities and therapies to children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities http://www.equest.org/

Frisco Humane Society - this group does animal adoptions on Saturdays at PetSmart, among other things: http://www.friscohumanesociety.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=21&Itemid=33

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary:
http://www.heardmuseum.org Lots of opportunities.

Humane Society of Dallas: http://dognkittycity.org/volunteers/volunteer-opportunities.htm

In-Sync Exotics in Wylie is a wild cat sanctuary that's run almost exclusively by volunteers: http://www.insyncexotics.com/Volunteer.html

KittiCo Cat Rescue: http://www.kittico.org/volunteer.html

North Texas Rabbit Sanctuary (Garland): email: ntrs_tx@yahoo.com to volunteer. Here’s the website: http://ntrs.org/index.html

Operation Kindness: http://www.operationkindness.org/involved/index.php

Richardson Animal Shelter: http://www.cor.net/

Second Chance SPCA (Plano): http://www.secondchancespca.org/

SPCA of Texas: http://www.spca.org/page.aspx?pid=198

Texas Parks and Wildlife: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/involved/volunteer/

Wildlife Center at Crosstimbers Ranch: http://www.crosstimberswildlife.org/get_involved

Kids

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas: send an email to cjordan@bgcdallas.org or call 214-821-2950

Bryan’s House - a special-care facility in Dallas for children affected by HIV or AIDS, children with other special health needs, and their families:
http://www.bryanshouse.org/
Volunteer Opportunities under the Donate button

Buckner International - general website: http://www.buckner.org/ Under menu button, select volunteer

Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin Co.: http://www.caccollincounty.org

Head Start of Greater Dallas: http://www.hsgd.org Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary: http://www.heardmuseum.org Volunteer opportunities under Support button


Hope Supply Co.: http://hopesupplyco.org/ click Help Out link at the top of the page

Juliette Fowler Homes: http://www.fowlerhomes.org/volunteer.aspx

Marathon Kids (Addison): http://www.marathonkids.org/volunteer

Mi Esquelita Preschool: http://miescuelita.org/?page_id=47 There are year round opportunities to work with kids, as well as seasonal stuff like gift-wrapping at the mall.

Play Kickball/Cure Children’s Cancer: http://www.kick-it.org/

Project Linus: Make blankets for children in need. http://www.projectlinus.org/

Rainbow Days: http://www.rainbowdays.org

Special Olympics: http://www.specialolympics.org

St. Philip’s School and Community Center: http://www.stphilips1600.org/outreach/volunteer.cfm

Temple Emanu-El - RIF, Reading is Fundamental, is co-sponsored at the Jill Stone Elementary School by Temple Emanu-El. We assist the school librarian three times a year with the book distributions that allow each student to pick a book free of charge at each distribution. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to read to the children. Please join us! Contact: Syl Benenson 972.620.2212 or sylben@sbcglobal.net

Temple Emanu-El - work with pre-schoolers in the library. Minimum age: 16. Contact: Shelly Sender ssender@tedallas.org or 214-706-0000 ext.141. Website: http://www.tedallas.org/volunteer/upcoming.htm

Trinity River Mission (focus is Tutoring, Reading, and Mentoring): http://trinityrivermission.org/Volunteering.shtml

Vogel Alcove - helping homeless kids: http://www.vogelalcove.org/

YMCA: http://www.ymcadallas.org

Earth

Audubon Dallas: http://audubondallas.org/

Dallas Arboretum: http://www.dallasarboretum.org/Join_Us/Volunteer.htm

Dallas Heritage Village: volunteer opportunities under the Support tab
http://www.dallasheritagevillage.org

Elm Fork Education Center (environmental education): http://efec.unt.edu/volunteers

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary:
http://www.heardmuseum.org

Heritage Farmstead Museum (Plano): http://www.heritagefarmstead.org

Keep Dallas Beautiful: http://www.keepdallasbeautiful.org/volunteer.html

Museum of Nature and Science - lots of different opportunities
http://www.perotmuseum.org

Recycling Club- Shelton, after school. See Stu-Co for more info.

River Legacy (Arlington): http://www.riverlegacy.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=122

Sierra Club: http://sierraclub.org/welcome/

Texas Trees Foundations: http://www.texastrees.org/volunteer/

Trinity River Audubon Center: http://www.trinityriveraudubon.org/

Elderly

Deaf Action Center - Senior Citizens Program: http://www.dactexas.org/

Juliette Fowler Homes: http://www.fowlerhomes.org/volunteer.aspx

Richardson Patient/Caregiver Companionship Volunteer: http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp412737.jsp Richardson Senior Center: 820 W. Arapaho Rd., Richardson, TX 75080, 972-744-7800

Temple Emanu-El: Caring Companions - a project of Caring Congregation that matches congregants with our members who are either in nursing facilities or homebound. Compassion, patience and listening skills required. Contact: Bernie Maslow, 214.794.8918 or Peggy Papert, ppapert@tedallas.org

Temple Emanu-El: Send Birthday cards to the Elderly. Volunteers send more than 1,000 personalized birthday cards to members age 70 and up each year. Contact: Jeanne Miller bandjrm@hotmail.com website: http://www.tedallas.org/volunteer/upcoming.htm

Most nursing homes and senior centers need volunteers. Check with a facility in your area to see what they need.

Disabled

The Arc of Dallas - their mission is to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities. https://www.arcnorthtexas.org

Arthritis Foundation: http://www.arthritis.org

Autism Speaks: http://communities.autismspeaks.org/site/c.ihLPK1PDLoF/b.7513471/k.7B76/Volunteer_Opportunities.htm

Best Buddies Texas: http://www.bestbuddies.org

Camp Summit - year round camp for the mentally and physically challenged: http://www.campsummittx.org

Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind: http://www.dallaslighthouse.org

Deaf Action Center: http://www.dactexas.org

Easter Seals Disability Services: http://www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ntl_volunteering

Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship - provides equine assisted activities and therapies to children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities http://www.equest.org

Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic)—must be at least a junior in high school, click on Volunteer button
http://www.learningally.org

Plano Therapeutic Recreation (for individuals with special needs): http://www.plano.gov/408/Adapted-Recreation

Retina Foundation of the Southwest - helps those with vision loss: http://www.retinafoundation.org

Special Olympics of North Texas: http://www.sotx.org/get-involved/volunteer/

Needy

American Red Cross, Dallas: http://www.redcros.org

Assistance Center of Collin County: http://www.assistancecenter.org

Austin Street Centre: http://www.austinstreet.org/volunteer.html

Bed Start - home furnishings for those in need: http://www.bedstart.org

Brother Bill’s Helping Hand: http://www.bbhh.org/index.php?action=volunteer

City House: The mission of City House is to provide emergency shelter and transitional residential services to children and young adults who are in need due to abuse, neglect or homelessness. http://www.cityhouse.org

Dallas Life - Ministering to the Homeless: http://www.dallas.life.org

Family Gateway—helping homeless families become self-sufficient: http://www.familygateway.org/

Genesis Women’s Shelter: http://www.genesisshelter.org

God’s Food Pantry - Plano: http://www.godsfoodpantry.org

Goodwill Industries: http://www.goodwill.org

Habitat for Humanity - Youth Programs: http://www.habitat.org/youthprograms/ages_14_25/ages_14_25_default.aspx

Hearts and Hammers: http://www.heartsandhammers.org/

Holy Nativity Food Pantry in Plano - info for volunteers is in the first few sentences: http://www.holynativity.org/outreach/the-food-pantry/

Homeless Veterans of Dallas: http://www.hvsd.org/

Hope’s Door - Serving families suffering from domestic violence: http://www.hopesdoorinc.org/

Interfaith Housing Coalition - various opportunities to be of service: http://www.ihcdallas.org/

Juliette Fowler Homes: http://www.fowlerhomes.org/volunteer.aspx

Methodism’s Breadbasket: Volunteers are needed to stock the pantry, make food bags, and sort, hang, and distribute clothing at Methodism's Breadbasket. Call 214-887-3926 for more information.

Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance: http://www.mdhadallas.org

Minnie's Food Pantry http://www.minniesfoodpantry.org
To email about volunteering, click volunteer@minniesfoodpantry.org

Network of Community Ministries: http://www.thenetwork.org

North Dallas Shared Ministries: http://ndsm.org

North Texas Food Bank: http://www.ntfb.org

Salvation Army: http://www.salvationarmydfw.org/

Seven Loaves Food Pantry: www.7Loavescommunity.org

Shoes for Orphan Souls (age 17 and under need to have an adult present): http://www.shoesfororphansouls.org

Sons of the Flag: provides pre-packaged snacks to Parkland Hospital’s Burn Unit staff each month. Snack delivery can earn service hours. Contact: Mary@sonsoftheflag.org

Soul's Harbor Homeless Shelter: http://www.soulsharbordallas.org

The Dallas Morning News Charities: http://dmncharities.com

The Family Place (for victims of domestic violence): http://www.familyplace.org

The Bridge: http://www.bridgenorthtexas.org

The Stewpot: http://www.thestewpot.org/

Union Gospel Mission: http://ugmdallas.org/act/volunteer/

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas: http://www.unitedwaydallas.org

VNA, Meals on Wheels, etc: http://vnatexas.org

Vogel Alcove - helping homeless kids: http://www.vogelalcove.org

YMCA: http://www.ymcadallas.org

Health & Wellness

AIDS Arms: http://www.aidsarms.org/ways-to-give/

American Heart Association: http://www.heart.org/northtexasevents

Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Dallas Chapter: http://www.alz.org/greaterdallas/in_my_community_participate.asp

American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/

Bryan’s House - a special-care facility in Dallas for children affected by HIV or AIDS, children with other special health needs, and their families: http://www.bryanshouse.org/hom

Children’s Medical Center - Student Programs: http://www.childrens.com/volunteer/student-volunteer-program/index.aspx

Children’s Cancer Fund: http://www.childrenscancerfund.net/

Leukemia Texas: If you’d like to volunteer at any of their events, contact: info@leukemiatexas.org

Methodist Richardson Medical Center: http://www.methodisthealthsystem.org

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: http://mymsaa.org

Muscular Dystrophy Association: http://www.mds.org

Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation: Myotonoic Dystrophy is a common form of muscular dystrophy. The foundation is an advocacy group dedicated to spreading awareness, offering information, and proposing legislation concerning this inherited disorder.
http://www.myotonic.org/

Parkland Hospital (summer program): http://www.parklandhospital.com/patients_visitors/volunteer.html

Play Kickball/Cure Children’s Cancer: http://www.kick-it.org/

Ronald McDonald House Dallas (for ages 18 and older): http://www.rmhc.org

Scottish Rite (summer program): http://www.tsrhc.org/volunteer.htm

Texas Health Resources (summer program): http://www.texashealth.org/body.cfm?id=876

VA Medical Center, Dallas - improving the lives of veterans who are in the hospital. http://www.northtexas.va.gov/giving/ Here’s the number for the Dallas hospital: 214-857-0428

The Arts

AT&T Performing Arts Center: http://www.attpac.org/index.cfm?pagepath=Support_The_Center/Volunteer_Info&id=36131

Charles W. Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts: http://www.eisemanncenter.com/volunteer

DADA - Dallas Art Dealers Association: If you’re interested in the visual arts in Dallas, try volunteering for DADA. Contact: Lisa Taylor, Director info@dallasartdealers.org

Dallas Children’s Theater (use Safari—I couldn’t get this page to load in Firefox):
http://www.dct.org
Here’s a contact person and her info: Call Wanda Roberson at 214-978-0110, ext. 169 or email wanda.roberson@dct.org

Dallas Heritage Village: Volunteer Opportunities under Supporters
http://www.dallasheritagevillage.org

Dallas Museum of Art: http://www.dma.org

KERA (public TV and radio): http://www.kera.org/donate/volunteer/

Irving Arts Center: http://www.IrvingArtsCenter.com

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center: http://www.dallasculture.org/meyersonSymphonyCenter/getInvolved.asp

Museum of Nature and Science - lots of different opportunities:
http://www.perotmuseum.org

North Texas Traditional Dance Society (NTTDS): They’re a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting a better understanding and appreciation of American folk dancing, its music, its history, and related folklore. Here’s a link for the organization: http://www.nttds.org

Perot Museum: http://www.perotmuseum.org/about-the-perot/Volunteer/index.html#requirements

Rover Dramawerks (theater off the beaten path) - Plano: http://roverdramawerks.com/07_Contribute/07_Contribute.html#Volunteer

Sammons Center for the Arts: http://www.sammonsartcenter.org/volunteer.html

The Arc of Dallas, helping people with developmental disabilities: http://www.arc.org

The Dallas Arts District: http://www.thedallasartsdistrict.org/district/support/volunteer

Theatre Coppell: http://www.theatrecoppell.com/index.php/about-us/become-a-volunteer

WaterTower Theatre, Addison: http://www.watertowertheatre.org/volunteers.aspx

Troops

Airborne Angel Cadets: http://www.airborneangelcadets.com/

Help our troops overseas who are building schools: Operation International Children needs school supplies. If you and your friends would like to organize an event to build school supply kids, let Ms. Bashara know. General info website: http://www.operationiraqichildren.org/ Click “How You Can Help” for info on building the school supply kits.

Homeless Veterans of Dallas: http://www.hvsd.org/

Operation Gratitude: http://www.operationgratitude.com/

Send care packages to the troops. This website shows a number of organizations that send care packages. Certain guidelines must be followed. http://www.military.com/benefits/resources/support-our-troops#1

Start, organize, and maintain a “Cell Phones for Soldiers” collection. You can spend the school year collecting old phones and getting them to the organization. You must follow the guidelines here: http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/becomeDropoff.html

Community Organizations

Religious Organizations

If your religious organization (church, temple, etc.) offers the opportunity to serve as an usher, a babysitter during services, Sunday school teacher, or other position that requires you to work, then you can use that time as Community Service, providing you don’t receive any pay or other compensation.

Austin Street Centre: http://www.austinstreet.org/volunteer.html

Buckner International: http://www.buckner.org/ Under the menu button, select Volunteer

Catholic Charities: http://www.catholiccharitiesdallas.org There are many ongoing and holiday opportunities on this site.

God’s Food Pantry - Plano: http://www.godsfoodpantry.org

Holy Nativity Food Pantry in Plano - info for volunteers is in the first few sentences: http://www.holynativity.org/outreach/the-food-pantry/

Jewish Community Center of Dallas: http://www.jccdallas.org/

Jewish Family Services: They offer LOTS of opportunities for everyone, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, etc. Contact: Shoshannah Horne
shorne@jfsdallas.org 972-437-9950, ext. 248 http://www.shelton.org/admin.cfm?tab=1

North Dallas Shared Ministries: http://ndsm.org/ Contact is Sherri Boyd, 214-358-8767

Project Excess: We have many opportunities with flexible times. Donna Gardner 214 793 8486 www.projectexcess.org

Rays of Light: This is a program that provides respite care to families with special needs children and their siblings. This program is on the campus of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church. The hours are 5:30-10:00 certain Saturdays. Contact information: Deborah Solomon, Program Director 214-706-9579 Debbie@raysoflightdallas.org www.raysoflightdallas.org

St. Philip’s School and Community Center: http://www.stphilips1600.org/outreach/volunteer.cfm

Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Melani Guerra, Program Leader

214-520-0650, ext. 113 www.svdpdallas.org

Temple Emanu-el: http://www.tedallas.org/volunteer/upcoming.htm The Temple is involved in many areas of volunteerism, from working with the elderly, to stocking a local food bank, to working with kids at a nearby elementary school. Lots of opportunities here.

The Potter’s House: http://www.thepottershouse.org/

Union Gospel Mission: http://ugmdallas.org/act/volunteer/

Shelton

Most activities which benefit Shelton DO NOT count toward achieving your service requirement. The main reason for this is because, as a student, helping your school is like helping your family. Students should help out their own school, the way that parents and staff members do.

However, once in a while, an activity comes along that is beyond the normal scope of helping out at one’s school. Here are some examples:

  • Recycling Club—Shelton, after school. Activity done at Shelton, but doesn’t benefit Shelton. See Ms. Baird or Mr. Paxton for more info. In order to count, this must be done after school, NOT during Advisory or Study Hall.
  • Helping to clean up and reorganize after a major event, such as a flood.

When the theater group or a sports team does something on their own time (NOT during the school day) to benefit a non-profit agency or the needy—example, the theater kids performing at a hospital when other kids are out of school; the basketball team offering a camp for under-privileged kids on a Saturday (Note: if any activity is a fundraiser that benefits the students performing the service, then it can't count for community service).

  • The Lower School's annual Book Fair
  • The Shelton Auction
  • The Shelton 5K & Fun Run

Remember, nothing done at Shelton during the school day or as part of your duties as a student leader can count toward your service requirement.

We’ll occasionally sponsor an event here at Shelton to benefit another agency (example: making sandwiches in The Commons to benefit the Austin Street Shelter). The reason is to make it a bit easier for some of our non-drivers get their service hours.

Opportunities at Shelton
  • Recycling Club: Recycling Club members work after school to gather up materials to be recycled. See Ms. Baird or Mr. Paxton for more info on how to participate.
  • Lower School Book Fair: The Lower School Library hosts our annual Scholastic Book Fair, and Mrs. Harrison needs a lot of help with setup and take-down. This year the Book Fair is October 20-24, 2014. Mrs. Harrison often needs lots of student help both before and after those dates - see her for more information.
  • Shelton's Stampede Auction: The Shelton Parents Association will soon be asking for student help to prepare for, set up, and tear down the annual Stampede Auction. Check your email for opportunities as that date approaches.