Texas’ family services agency has launched a new online hub that aims to make it easier than ever for people to volunteer their time and talents to help vulnerable children and the elderly.
The Department of Family and Protective Services’ Office of Faith-Based and Community Engagement announced the hub Friday in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week.
The site, which uses the platform offered by VOMO.org, makes it easy for people to find and sign up for volunteer opportunities to help people right in their own communities, then receive updates and reminders as the dates approach. In that way, volunteers can build their resumes with minimal hassle and even track and collect rewards.
The portal already includes dozens of volunteer opportunities for those interested in assisting the agency’s child welfare services division. These include manning regional resource rooms, helping celebrate high school graduation for foster youth, and a “Clergy in the Court” program aimed at raising awareness in churches about the needs of families involved in dependency cases.