How You Can Help
Texans have a strong spirit of helping others. You can help organizations in your community that offer resources to families and social services for children by volunteering or donating. Call 2-1-1, visit your local United Way, or contact a volunteer center in your area to learn more about how you can help.
Catholic Charities agencies are dedicated to strengthening families and serve anyone in need, regardless of faith. We help people with food and housing, respond to disasters, offer free classes on parenting to life skills, and help meet other basic human needs.
Goodwill helps people with disabilities and other barriers to employment get training and find jobs. Our clients include people receiving government benefits, at-risk youth, ex-convicts, and the homeless. Services available vary by location but may include skills training, employment and placement programs, job readiness training and assessment.
The HandsOn Network is a non-profit organization focusing on community service. It seeks to bring people together to strengthen communities through meaningful volunteer action. HandsOn Network creates and manages nearly 50,000 projects a year, from building wheelchair ramps in San Francisco to teaching reading in Atlanta, to rebuilding homes and lives in Gulf Coast communities following Hurricane Katrina.
When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA. Texas CASA partners with the CASA community to be a voice for abused and neglected children through the power of volunteer advocacy and change in the child protection system.
The Salvation Army provides emergency services including food, shelter, and clothing, and assists individuals with rent and utilities, household goods, provides prescription assistance and travel vouchers. Rehabilitation and education are an integral part of many Salvation Army programs aimed to help individuals and families regain self-sufficiency through counseling, work therapy, child care, housing, budgeting classes and job hunting help.
The United Way is a nonprofit organization that focuses on identifying and resolving pressing community issues by making measurable changes in communities through partnerships with schools, government agencies, businesses, organized labor, financial institutions, community development corporations, voluntary and neighborhood associations, the faith community, and others. The issues United Way offices focus on are determined locally because communities differ. The main areas include education, income, and health.