Looking for a way to add meaning to your life while helping a worthy cause? Here are six organizations that could use your help. For the full list of opportunities, visit FWD>DFW (fwddfw.com) and VolunteerNow (voly.org).
American Red Cross
Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to address a severe shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations. Call 1-800-733-2767 (toll-free) or visit redcrossblood.org to find a donation site near you.
North Texas Food Bank
3677 Mapleshade Lane, Plano
The food bank has shifted to a “low touch” distribution model of family food boxes for its network of more than 200 partner agencies in 13 counties. To streamline the packing process, it is asking for the public’s help with donations of presorted boxes of single food categories. Items most needed include:
* canned tuna or chicken
* canned fruit in juice
* peanut butter
* cereal bars
For more information or to register a food drive, visit ntfb.org/canned-food-drive.
Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry at St. Philip’s School & Community Center
1502 Pennsylvania Ave., Dallas
The South Dallas volunteer-run community pantry has modified operations for social distancing with a drive-through system. Urgent help is sought outside and inside the pantry to pack and stack boxes and load prepacked groceries into clients’ cars.
Commitment: Must arrive 15 minutes before the specified start time and stay the entire four-hour shift.
Network of Community Ministries
741 S. Sherman St., Richardson
The network has switched to a zero-client-contact interface to assess the needs of local families. The nondenominational, community-based organization seeks volunteers to take client food orders, bag groceries for pickup, process food and clothing donations, and stock the pantry. The shifts are two hours.
Note: Volunteers ages 14 and up. Children ages 14 to 16 must be accompanied by a guardian. All volunteers will have their temperature checked. Shifts will take into account social distancing.
Austin Street Center
2929 Hickory St., Dallas
Dallas’ largest low-barrier shelter needs meal service providers for dinner. The shift entails making a hot entrée, two sides, dessert and drinks for 250 clients.
There is also an urgent need for food donations, particularly breakfast food. Examples include frozen waffles, pancakes, sausage, bacon, gallon and individually packed juices and milk, ground coffee, granola bars, sauce, and fruit cups.
Contact Libby Card, community relations coordinator, at 214-295-9361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dallas Animal Services (DAS)
Fosters and adopters are urgently needed to avoid having to euthanize large dogs to clear shelter space. All adoptions are free until further notice, and no experience is required to foster.
Compiled by Helen Bond, a Dallas freelance writer
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