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
2018-19 school year is due to
Mrs. Lee in room 343 by Monday, April 20, 2020.

Freshman & Sophomores - 10 hours
Juniors & Seniors - 20 hours

Helpful Information

I want to help with...


A Different Breed Animal Rescue:

Animal Allies of Texas - this group is one that holds adoptions at pet stores on the weekends.

Animal Rescue Klub:

City of Plano Animal Services:

Dallas Cat Lady:

Dallas Zoo:

Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship - provides equine assisted activities and therapies to children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities

Frisco Humane Society - this group does animal adoptions on Saturdays at PetSmart, among other things:

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary: Lots of opportunities.

Humane Society of Dallas:

In-Sync Exotics in Wylie is a wild cat sanctuary that's run almost exclusively by volunteers:

KittiCo Cat Rescue:

North Texas Rabbit Sanctuary (Garland): email: to volunteer. Here’s the website:

Operation Kindness:

Richardson Animal Shelter:

Second Chance SPCA (Plano):

SPCA of Texas:

Texas Parks and Wildlife:

Wildlife Center at Crosstimbers Ranch:


Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas: send an email to 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:
Volunteer Opportunities under the Donate button

Buckner International - general website: Under menu button, select volunteer

Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin Co.:

Head Start of Greater Dallas: Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary: Volunteer opportunities under Support button

Hope Supply Co.: click Help Out link at the top of the page

Juliette Fowler Homes:

Marathon Kids (Addison):

Play Kickball/Cure Children’s Cancer:

Project Linus: Make blankets for children in need.

Rainbow Days:

Special Olympics:

St. Philip’s School and Community Center:

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

Temple Emanu-El - work with pre-schoolers in the library. Minimum age: 16. Contact: Shelly Sender or 214-706-0000 ext.141. Website:

Trinity River Mission (focus is Tutoring, Reading, and Mentoring):

Vogel Alcove - helping homeless kids:



Audubon Dallas:

Dallas Arboretum:

Dallas Heritage Village: volunteer opportunities under the Support tab

Elm Fork Education Center (environmental education):

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary:

Heritage Farmstead Museum (Plano):

Museum of Nature and Science - lots of different opportunities

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

River Legacy (Arlington):

Sierra Club:

Texas Trees Foundations:

Trinity River Audubon Center:


Deaf Action Center - Senior Citizens Program:

Juliette Fowler Homes:

Richardson Patient/Caregiver Companionship Volunteer: 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,

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 website:

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


Arthritis Foundation:

Autism Speaks:

Best Buddies Texas:

Camp Summit - year round camp for the mentally and physically challenged:

Computers for the Blind - located in Richardson is an organization that refurbishes and sets up computers. Training is provided. There are several opportunities to volunteer in the evenings and on the weekends. See the website for volunteer opportunities.

Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind:

Deaf Action Center:

Easter Seals Disability Services:

Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship - provides equine assisted activities and therapies to children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities

Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic)—must be at least a junior in high school, click on Volunteer button

Plano Therapeutic Recreation (for individuals with special needs):

Retina Foundation of the Southwest - helps those with vision loss:

Special Olympics of North Texas:


American Red Cross, Dallas:

Assistance Center of Collin County:

Austin Street Centre:

Bed Start - home furnishings for those in need:

Bonton Farms - an inner city farm in south Dallas:

Brother Bill’s Helping Hand:

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.

Dallas Life - Ministering to the Homeless:

Family Gateway - helping homeless families become self-sufficient:

Feed My Starving Children - Meal packing-2 hour shifts Monday-Saturday
1680 N. Glenville Drive, Ste. 300, Richardson, TX Information on volunteering :

Genesis Women’s Shelter:

God’s Food Pantry - Plano:

Goodwill Industries:

Habitat for Humanity - Youth Programs:

Hearts and Hammers:

Holy Nativity Food Pantry in Plano

Homeless Veterans of Dallas:

Hope’s Door - Serving families suffering from domestic violence:

Interfaith Housing Coalition - various opportunities to be of service:

Juliette Fowler Homes:

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:

Minnie's Food Pantry
To email about volunteering, click

Network of Community Ministries:

North Dallas Shared Ministries:

North Texas Food Bank:

Salvation Army:

Seven Loaves Food Pantry:

Shoes for Orphan Souls (age 17 and under need to have an adult present):

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

Soul's Harbor Homeless Shelter:

The Dallas Morning News Charities:

The Family Place (for victims of domestic violence):

The Bridge:

The Stewpot:

Union Gospel Mission:

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas:

VNA, Meals on Wheels, etc:

Vogel Alcove - helping homeless kids:


Health & Wellness

AIDS Arms:

American Heart Association:

Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Dallas Chapter:

American Cancer Society:

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:

Children’s Medical Center - Student Programs:

Leukemia Texas: If you’d like to volunteer at any of their events, contact:

Methodist Richardson Medical Center:

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America:

Muscular Dystrophy Association:

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.

Parkland Hospital (summer program):

Play Kickball/Cure Children’s Cancer:

Ronald McDonald House Dallas (for ages 18 and older):

Scottish Rite (summer program):

VA Medical Center, Dallas - improving the lives of veterans who are in the hospital. Here’s the number for the Dallas hospital: 214-857-0428

The Arts

AT&T Performing Arts Center:

Charles W. Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts:

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

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

Dallas Heritage Village: Volunteer Opportunities under Supporters

Dallas Museum of Art:

KERA (public TV and radio):

Irving Arts Center:

Museum of Nature and Science - lots of different opportunities:

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:

Perot Museum:

Rover Dramawerks (theater off the beaten path) - Plano:

The Arc of Dallas, helping people with developmental disabilities:

The Dallas Arts District:

Theatre Coppell:

WaterTower Theatre, Addison:


Airborne Angel Cadets:

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: Click “How You Can Help” for info on building the school supply kits.

Homeless Veterans of Dallas:

Operation Gratitude:

Send care packages to the troops. This website shows a number of organizations that send care packages. Certain guidelines must be followed.

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:

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:

Buckner International: Under the menu button, select Volunteer

Catholic Charities: There are many ongoing and holiday opportunities on this site.

God’s Food Pantry - Plano:

Holy Nativity Food Pantry in Plano - info for volunteers is in the first few sentences:

Jewish Community Center of Dallas:

Jewish Family Services: They offer LOTS of opportunities for everyone, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, etc. Contact: Shoshannah Horne 972-437-9950, ext. 248

North Dallas Shared Ministries: Contact is Sherri Boyd, 214-358-8767

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

St. Philip’s School and Community Center:

Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Melani Guerra, Program Leader 214-520-0650, ext. 113

Temple Emanu-el: 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:

Union Gospel Mission:


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.