Places to Serve Your East Texas Community This Week

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) — Here are a few groups and organizations that might need a helping hand (or two) this week as they work to help those in need in East Texas.

Volunteer Central – where volunteering through the Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) makes a difference in the community.


People trying to help need volunteers at reception, pantry, social work and youth mentors. PATH is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Michael Vasquez at (903) 617-2823 or [email protected] to learn more.

Hospice heart to heart

Be a blessing and volunteer! Our volunteers provide companionship and engage in activities such as reading, conversing, playing games or simply being there for comfort during the most difficult part of someone’s life. Prefer to work in an office? We have administrative opportunities available such as filing, answering the phone, sending mail, and assisting with special projects. Join our palliative care team today! Contact Michelle Miller for more information: 903-593-6619.

East Texas Hospice

Volunteers give their time! The Hospice of East Texas has opened a thrift store in Jacksonville and we have wonderful volunteer opportunities in the new store. In addition, caring volunteers are needed in the Longview area. Our volunteers tell us: “Volunteering in a hospice is the most rewarding job they have ever done. Visit our website to learn more about this non-profit hospice:

For more information, please call Marleen Elkins at 903-266-3496.

North Tyler Development Academy

The North Tyler Developmental Academy is looking for a retired librarian or someone with the skills and knowledge to help set up their library. We have received several book donations that need to be organized and put away. We also need shelves labeled with the appropriate categories. The materials are there to finish the job. This project can take several weeks depending on the time a volunteer has to devote to it. Please contact Sonja at [email protected] or 903-592-3671

CASA for children in East Texas

You can make a difference in a child’s life. Every child deserves a chance in life. Become CASA and be this chance for a child. CASA Advocates are the voice of foster children. They build rapport with the children and defend their best interests in court, volunteering 4-12 hours of their time per month. For more information, call our office at 903-597-7725 or visit our website:

Smith County

Smith County needs qualified volunteers to supplement office work in various county departments. From document scanning to data entry to answering the phone, we have multiple opportunities to impact Smith County government. We also need volunteers at the animal shelter. For more information, email [email protected]

East Texas Hope Haven

Would you like to help children who are in foster care in our community, but are unable to take a child into your home at this time? Become a volunteer with Hope Haven! Volunteers help take teenage girls on dates, fun outings and hangouts. Submit your volunteer application online at

Smith County Alzheimer’s Alliance

Become a friend of the “Day Club”. Our Tuesday and Thursday day club program is popular with clients, who enjoy the company and activities with other participants and friends, as well as their caregivers, who enjoy a well-deserved break. Day Club volunteers become “friends” to participants and help them with program activities and crafts. For more information, please contact our office at (903) 509-8323.

Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health System

The CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and shifts at our many hospitals and clinics. Volunteers assist our patients, visitors and staff in our gift shop, information desks, waiting rooms and nursing units in Tyler, Jacksonville and Winnsboro. Days and times are flexible. For further information: Annette Garcia: annet[email protected],

City of Tyler

The town of Tyler needs a volunteer to help out as a handyman. Some sample tasks might include replacing light bulbs on a ladder, painting and general wall repairs, trimming tree branches, blowing leaves, and general plumbing repairs. If you wish to volunteer, a flexible schedule can be accommodated. P

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