Hope Alliance was founded in 1984 in Round Rock. Since then it has expanded to provide services for domestic violence victims, has become a 24-hour emergency center and has established outreach offices in Georgetown, Cedar Park, Taylor and Hutto.
To be able to provide these services Hope Alliance depends on volunteers. There are a variety of opportunities for volunteers to do from becoming an advocate, being an office aide, to helping create a new home for a family.
To become a volunteer you will need to complete the volunteer application and attend a volunteer orientation session. During your orientation you will learn about all of the different volunteer opportunities available including:
- Children’s Advocate – help the Children’s Team plan and implement activities for child residents.
- Crisis Hotline Advocate – provide crisis intervention services and support for those in need. Also supply information about the Hope Alliance’s services or community referrals.
- Intake Advocate – during intake sessions you will meet with clients and collect information on services they may need. (Volunteer must be a crisis hotline advocate before they can be an intake advocate.)
- Legal Advocate – provide legal information and procedures to clients. You will also assist in obtaining protective orders, helping crime victims get compensation and accompanying clients to court procedures.
- Office Aide – help with general office duties including answering phones, data entry and special projects.
- Outreach Aide – help build relationships and represent Hope Alliance in the community. Outreach opportunities include passing out brochures and working community event information tables.
- Sexual Assault Hospital Accompaniment Advocate – provide emotional support, advocacy, medical accompaniment and referral services to sexual assault survivors and their friends or family members.
- Shelter General Advocate – assist with everyday tasks involving the upkeep and organization of the shelter.
- Shelter Special Projects (group opportunity) – assist with special projects at the shelter including painting, yard work, deep clearing and special family nights.
- Transitional Housing Prep (group opportunity) – help create a fresh home environment for a family moving into transitional housing units. Projects include decorating and moving furniture.
If this sounds like something you would like to do, visit the Hope Alliance website. You can also contact Hope Alliance Volunteer Services by calling 512-255-1212 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a volunteer coordinator looking to strengthen your volunteer engagement? Voluntology can help!
Voluntology is an Austin organization that provides trainings, tools and solutions to strengthen volunteer engagement. To do this they offer workshops, help volunteer managers create customized volunteer programs and provide VolunTier (their signature program) workshops.
So, whether you’re just starting to develop your volunteer program or have a preexisting program, Voluntology can help you grow your volunteer program and power significant change through volunteers.
If you would like to meet the Voluntology team they will be at the next Williamson County Nonprofit Networking Meeting – Volunteer Engagement: ‘The good, the great, and lessons learned” April 3, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Allen R. Baca Center – Grand Room (301 West Bagdad, Bldg. 2, Round Rock, TX).
Voluntology helps nonprofits, faith-based organizations and businesses by providing solutions to help generate significant change through volunteers. Visit them online today! http://www.voluntology.org/
Arbor Day, America’s national tree holiday, is right around the corner and The Volunteer Center is joining the City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department in celebrating by planting over 100 trees at Rock Hollow Park.
Saturday, April 28th, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. the community is invited to Rock Hollow Park to help plant trees. All needed supplies will be provided, so show up with gloves and work boots and be ready to work and have fun. Participants will also receive a free t-shirt.
Sign up now to help make Rock Hollow Park become a more beautiful place and we look forward to seeing you on Arbor Day!
Do you want to give back to the community but are pressed for time; or are you a business looking for a way to give back? We have several at home projects that individuals or businesses can do that are easy to complete and will benefit many people in our community.
Blankets of Love/Blanket Buddies – make a fleece blanket and drop it by the volunteer center so we can distribute it to a local non-profit
- Purchase 1.5 yards of quality polar fleece that is 60 inches wide, sharp scissors/rotary cutter, measuring tape/ruler, masking tape and a pen/marker.
- Mark a line 5 inches in from raw edges on all sides.
- Trim away a 5 inch square at each corner.
- Cut 1 inche wide fringe along all edges
- Tie 2 strips together using a double knot. Continue tying 2 strips together along all sides to make the fringe until all of the strips are tied together and you have a completed blanket.
Scarves for the Coats for Kids Program – make a polar fleece scarf that can be distributed along with a coat for local children in need
- Purchase 1 or more yards of polar fleece and sharp scissors.
- Spread out the fabric and cut off any salvage edges.
- Cut a straight and even strip 8 to 10 inches wide. (The scarf should be about 58-60 inches long.)
- Cut the fringe on each end about 1/2 inch wide and 3 inches long.
- Tie two pieces of fringe together in a couple knot and continue until every piece of fringe is tied together and your scarf is completed.
Birthday Bags – make a birthday bag that can be given to food pantries, shelters or crisis centers
- Purchase party items – birthday gift bag, 1 gallon ziplock bag, cake mix, icing, napkins, plates, forks, invitations, candles, goodie bags with candy/party favors. (Make sure each gift bag hold enough items for a minimum of 8 children.)
- Place all of the items into the large gift bag with the napkins, plates, utensils and candles in the ziplock bag.
- Mark the outside of the bag with a label indicating what age and gender the gift bag is geared for.
Paper Hearts – Bookmark Project – create bookmarks to benefit youth and patrons who attend local libraries and schools
- Purchase card stock or scrapbook paper, scissors and any items you want to use to decorate the bookmark (i.e. stickers, stamps) and find a place where you can laminate the bookmarks.
- Cut the paper into very neatly 2 inch wide strips.
- Decorate the Strips.
- Laminate the bookmarks.
- Optional – punch a hole at the top of each strip and attach a yarn tassel.
Paper Hearts – Greeting Card Project – create greeting cards that local nonprofits can give to their clients, volunteers or staff members for various occasions
- Purchase card stock, envelopes and decorative supplies.
- Fold each piece of paper to make a card and decorate the outside. If you want to write something on the cards please type it.
- Leave the inside of the cards blank.
- Place the cards and envelopes in a ziplock bag and indicate what the cards are intended for (i.e. thank you, happy birthday) so we can distribute them appropriately.
Hygiene Kits – Create a hygiene kit to be distributed to local schools, shelters and crisis centers or to our local soldiers at home or overseas.
- Purchase 1 gallon ziplock bags, a bar of soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, pocket tissue/wipes and small brush/comb. You can also buy perishable foot items or other appropriate items (i.e. Chapstick, body wash).
- Pack each ziplock bag with the above items and seal it.
- Fell free to include a note or card.
For more detailed instructions or to donate completed projects please contact The Volunteer Center at 512-733-7625. We truly thank you for your service!
Dr. Seuss is back in theaters and this time he’s saving the environment with the help of a special character who has a talent for speaking for trees, the Lorax.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is an animated movie about a boy who goes in search of a Truffula tree in hopes of winning a girl’s heart. In order to do this he meets the Lorax and learns about saving the environment.
In honor of the movie we have come up with some ideas on how you can volunteer to help sustain the environment in our community.
- Clean up trash at a local park, trail or lake
- Plant a garden or tree in a place that many people can enjoy
- Make bird feeders for a local park
- Start a recycling program at your school or workplace
- Encourage people to use reusable bags instead of plastic ones when they go shopping
- Create a community garden
- Encourage people to carpool or ride their bikes more
- Adopt a highway with several of your friends or with your company
- Set up a seed/plant exchange with your neighbors
- Start a compost pile and encourage your neighbors to use it
Now go out and help make the Round Rock area a better place!
Are you looking for a new activity for your family to do? Why not volunteer as a family? The Round Rock area has a lot of volunteer opportunities that families can be involved in, from projects that you can do at home to organizations you can go visit.
Volunteering as a family is not only good for the community it also help brings your family closer together and teaches your children valuable lessons. By volunteering, children will learn the true meaning of “it’s better to give than receive.” They will also learn to be compassionate, understanding of others and respectful to the environment.
There are many activities your family can do based on their interests. Does your family love animals? Why not organize an adoption fair or collect pet supplies for a local shelter. Does your family love sports? Low-income schools or after school programs are often in need of new sports equipment and a sports equipment drive is the perfect way to get these organizations the equipment they need. Your family could also volunteer to coach a sports team. Is your family creative and artsy? You can make homemade cards for a local nursing home or decorate a common area at a local shelter for a holiday. The possibilities are endless.
To find a place you and your family can volunteer at visit http://www.volrock.org/HOC__Browse_Organizations_Page. or visit http://handsonblog.org/2011/11/18/40-ideas-for-family-volunteer-day/ for ideas on additional volunteer projects.