Volunteer

VOLUNTEERISM is the Heart of the Agency

City House truly could not function without the support of hundreds of volunteers. My Friend’s House, the TLP program, Administration, and Development rely on the support of volunteer resources to fulfill our mission and provide excellent services to the communities we serve.

Total volunteers for 2015 were 2,400 with total volunteer hours of 59,000, including corporate workgroups and special events.

City House Youth Advisory Board

City House Youth Advisory Board is a group of young leaders within Collin County that will serve in key leadership roles for City House, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving at risk youth in Collin County. The goal of the Youth Advisory leaders is to help educate, advocate, and ultimately reduce youth abuse and homelessness within Collin County. Serving on the Youth Advisory Board will provide a unique opportunity for a select group of youth to develop specific skills and gain the hands-on experience needed to excel in future leadership positions while simultaneously giving back to their community.

As part of this program, participants will gain thorough insight into City House, as well as other charitable organizations that service youth within their local community. They will be given opportunities to lead an annual outreach event; educate students and staff of local schools on City House services; demonstrate leadership among advisory board peers from neighboring high schools and network with key influencers from nonprofit organizations, government, and business sectors of Collin County.

Learn more about the Youth Advisory Board

Volunteer Requirements

All volunteers must fulfill a series of steps before being able to volunteer with our children.

  1. Attend orientation; the next dates for 2017 are:
      • Saturday, February 11th
        Location: Plano (9:00am-12:30pm)
      • Saturday, May 20th
        Location: Frisco (8:45am-noon)
      • Saturday, August 19th
        Location: Plano (9:00am-12:30pm)
      • October TBD
        Location: Frisco (8:45am-noon)
    • Register for orientation by emailing getinvolved@cityhouse.org and indicate the date you would like to attend. Someone will get right back to you.
    • Complete, and bring with you, your completed volunteer application.
    • Volunteer Application PDF
    • Bring a pen to complete additional paperwork
    • Bring a copy of your driver’s license
    • We do charge a $30 registration and Session fee that covers administration costs. Please bring a check made out to City House $30 to the session, or we can take a credit card onsite. Session Fee (waived for City House Coalition Members)
  2. Complete a background check - consent forms are completed at orientation
  3. Pass a TB test: Our licensing requires a TB test. We offer the TB test onsite (part of your session fee covers this test). If you have been tested within the past 6 months and have results or if you'd like to have the test done individually, please bring a copy to the orientation session.
  4. Once the above steps are completed, you will be contacted about starting your volunteer work.

Out Next Volunteer Orientation is Saturday, February 11th, 2017

For additional information please email: Lisa Rodgers, Director Volunteer Resources at: LRodgers@cityhouse.org

Completed Passing the TB Test is required by required by licensing. For more information email Lisa Rodgers at LRodgers@cityhouse.org.

Please note that due to our commitment to protect the children, volunteer opportunities for children under the age of 18 are limited, and no court-ordered community service is allowed.

Volunteering with our children

All volunteers must fulfill a series of steps before being able to volunteer with our children.

  1. Attend orientation; the next dates for 2017 are:
    • Saturday, February 11th
      Location: Plano (9:00am-12:30pm)
    • Saturday, May 20th
      Location: Frisco (8:45am-noon)
    • Saturday, August 19th
      Location: Plano (9:00am-12:30pm)
    • October TBD
      Location: Frisco (8:45am-noon)
Here are Examples of Great Opportunities to Get Involved!

Volunteer Opportunities
Runaway Youth and Transitional Living Program (15-21 years)

Life Coaches

Qualified volunteers serve as a Life Coach to mentor the young adult through the program. This will include group presentations and individual support in basic financial skills, including finding and maintaining stable employment, improving earning power, personal budgeting, banking, saving, and credit repair.

Pot Stickers (Meals - Dinners or Weekends)

The clients really appreciate a home cooked meal. Dinner can be made at home and dropped off or cooked in our kitchen.

Enrichment Workshop Facilitator

Lead a one hour group instruction on a basic life skill.

Tutoring When Required

Varied subjects and levels

Volunteer Opportunities
My Friends House (0-17 years)

Rock-N-Rollers (9 a.m. to 9 p.m. – 2 hour commitment any day)

Provide support to child specialists working with babies. This involves rocking, reading, and singing to them and taking them outside on a stroll. Provide our youngest children with much needed social interaction to help in the development of trust, and build the necessary framework for positive brain development.

Play Dates (9 a.m. to 9 p.m. – 2 hour commitment any day)

Provide support to child specialists working with toddlers and pre-schooler. This involves positive interaction with individuals as well as working in small groups. Volunteers will assist in implementing developmentally appropriate activities designed to build a child’s self-esteem and help them feel loved and supported through the use of play.

Dinner Dates (5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

Rock-N-Rollers and Play Dates during this time will participate in the evening meal and act as Dinner Dates. Adults will model appropriate meal behavior and encourage social time at dinner. They will also assist with family style meals and encouraging children to eat and try new things.

Dust Bunnies (9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – self-scheduled 2-3 hrs.)

Involves basic housekeeping duties such as dusting, vacuuming, mopping, and tidying common areas.

Suds & Duds (9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – self-scheduled 2-3 hrs.)

Support staff by washing, drying, folding, and putting away mounds of laundry.

Donation Dudes & Divas (9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – 2-3 hrs., Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

Organize and inventory types and quantities of stored clothing and other resources being collected for residents. May be asked to pick up donations or exchange items.

Admin Aces (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Monday - Friday)

Duties include greeting guests, answering phones, copying, filing, organizing, and general support for the staff.

Go-Getters (self-scheduled 2-3 hours – Tuesday or Friday)

Run errands for the staff. It could include grocery shopping, getting clothes or gifts for the children, or exchanging or returning items.

Homework Hounds (6 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday)

Must have your teaching certification. Provide tutoring or help during homework time. Ideally we would like to have two tutors, one for elementary and one for secondary.

Movie Night Sponsors (7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Friday)

Volunteers provide two movies (G/PG and PG/PG13) for two different age groups to be shown in different rooms. The volunteer also provides appropriate snacks. Please see our additional guidelines.

Birthday Buddies (1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – 3rd Saturday of the month)

Birthdays are celebrated once a month for all the children who have a birthday that month. Volunteers provide decorations, a healthy snack (the cake is provided monthly by a local church), and plan an activity. Please see our additional guidelines.

Provide a meal (Usually on a weekend)

You may offer to bring in a meal, but it must be from a restaurant or cooked in a commercial kitchen. It could be donuts on a Sunday morning, sub sandwiches on a Saturday, or anything else you can think of. You could even offer to sponsor a meal at a local restaurant and meet the children there.

Volunteer Opportunities Across City House

Administrative Support (flexible scheduling – Monday - Friday)

We need help copying, filing, typing, creating spreadsheets, organizing and general support for our administrative staff.

Maintenance Support (flexible scheduling – on call)

Work as needed at the facilities to paint, decorate, make minor repairs, mow the yard, rake the leaves, etc.

Special Events/Projects (flexible scheduling – on call)

We participate in many events that require extra manpower for the planning and execution of the event.

Sponsor a Resident Activity

Sponsor an outing such as bowling, playing whirly ball, going to a movie, or visiting a museum. If you have an idea, let us know so you can get approval.

Sponsor a Donation Drive

After discussing agency needs with the Community Relations Manager, organize a drive for items off our wish list at your place of worship, business, school, or neighborhood.

Volunteering for Special Events

We produce a number of fundraising events throughout the year and we always need a great volunteer to help us with flawless execution.

2017 Volunteer Orientation

Saturday, February 11th

Location: Plano (9:00am-12:30pm)

Saturday, May 20th

Location: Frisco (8:45am-noon)

Saturday, August 19th

Location: Plano (9:00am-12:30pm)

October TBD

Location: Frisco (8:45am-noon)

Does your company have a job opening for a young adult working hard to make a change in his/her life? Please contact us, at: 972-424-4626.

We are lucky to have a great system for this process called Volunteer Spot.

City House's event volunteer program is proudly powered by VolunteerSpot: free and easy volunteer management software and sign-up sheets!

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