Volunteer Opportunities with the City of Waco
Volunteer at the Cameron Park Zoo
Docents are volunteer educators who use easily handled animals and biofacts to share information with zoo visitors to help them develop an appreciation of animals, their environment, and the delicate balance between them. What else do Docents do? They participate in the Education Department with tours, Zoo Mobiles, classes, Zoo Adventure Camp, animal presentations, special events, and much more! Training is required. You must be 18 or older to qualify for either program.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the Curator of Education at (254) 750-8451.
The Waco City Council accepts applications from Waco residents who are interested in serving as a member of a board or commission. The basic qualifications for those appointed to serve on a board or commission for the City of Waco include:
- Be a qualified voter at the time of appointment.
- Must not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor crime of moral turpitude for which he/she has not been pardoned within the last 10 years.
- Must not have been removed from a board or commission because of failure to attend meetings within the last three years.
- Boards or commissions that are mandated by statute do require city residency; however, boards or commissions that are advisory in nature do not require city residency.
For more information, call the City Secretary's Office at 750-5750 or click here: Boards and Commissions
Lake Waco Wetlands -
Wetlands Workday Volunteers
To volunteer, schedule visits or for more information, please call Nora Schell at 848-9654.
DIRECTIONS TO SITE:
Take Hwy. 6 west across the Twin Bridges, turn right on FM 185, go ½ mile, turn left on Eichelberger Crossing.
OR Take N. 19th St. (China Spring Rd., or FM 1637), turn left on FM 185, go about 3 miles and turn right on Eichelberger Crossing.
From either direction, go down 1½ miles on Eichelberger Crossing, Wetlands are on the right, parking is through Gate 2.
The City of Waco is actively recruiting a diverse group of volunteers to enhance the Waco & Heart of Texas visitor experience by being friendly, available, and knowledgeable about events, restaurants, hotels and more. This new group will be called the HoT Line.
If you are interested in being a HoT Line volunteer, please complete the application form and return it to Susan Morton by email to email@example.com or by fax to 254-750-1694.
The Citizens Police Academy is an educational program designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Waco Police Department's personnel and policies. The academy consists of a series of classes held one night each week for 2 1/2 hours. The instruction is comprehensive, covering a different area of the police department each week.
The Citizens Police Academy is held in the Spring and Fall. The class meets every Thursday for 15 weeks. The academy covers a wide variety of topics, such as Criminal Investigations, Patrol Operations, Communications, Crime Prevention, Courts and their functions, Defensive Tactics and Firearms Training. Instruction in these and other topics consist of lectures, demonstrations, tours and hands-on activities.
To ask questions, call (254) 750-1764.
Victim Services is a unit of the Waco Police Department. This program was developed in order to serve the needs of victims/witnesses and their families.
Our primary function is to provide on-scene crisis intervention. Staff is on-call 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The unit provides on-scene crisis intervention, death notifications, victim education, follow-up contact, assistance with Crime Victims' Compensation and Victim Impact statements, criminal justice advocacy, legal advocacy, court accompaniment, and assessment and referral services, as well as other pertinent victim needs.
In order to meet the extensive needs of our community with such a small staff, we utilize specially trained volunteers. Volunteer Crisis Teams work various shifts 7 days a week. These teams respond to a wide range of calls such as: homicide, suicide, accidental death, robbery, sexual assault, family violence, as well as others. Volunteers are trained to assist with death notifications, provide crisis intervention and education, and other relevant services.
We currently have 30 qualified Crisis Team volunteers. Victim Services volunteers are required to successfully complete approximately 35 hours of classroom instruction, 20 hours of patrol ride observation, and two supervised Crisis Team shifts.
Classroom instruction includes topics such as: death and dying, death notifications, homicide, suicide, sexual assault, crisis intervention strategies, victim issues, as well as a wide range of other topics.
In order to qualify for graduation, volunteers are also required to perform successfully in a role-play examination. The Victim Services Crisis Team Training Academy is 4 weeks long. Waco Police Department Victim Services volunteers are highly trained and committed to assisting and serving members of their community whose lives have been touched by a tragic event.
These are exceptional individuals who are not only interested in their own personal growth through both formal and experiential learning, but they are also willing to share their time, talents, and insights in order to help others. The Waco Police Department Crisis Team Training Academy is held periodically as needed.
A background check is required for all applicants, which includes criminal history, employee background, and references. Individuals who pass the screening will be invited to the orientation night. Top applicants from the orientation will then be invited to attend the 4-week academy.
Individuals interested in applying for a position as a Volunteer Crisis Team Member should call (254) 750-7526.
If you are interested in being part of the Citizens on Patrol, the City of Waco Police Department has training sessions scheduled.
Citizens On Patrol is a volunteer program, designed for citizens to take an active part in patrolling their neighborhood and other areas of the city. Citizens will be provided with training, equipment and identification.
For further information, call (254) 750-1764. To apply, visit the Citizens on Patrol page. You must not have a criminal history in order to participate.
Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard program. This valuable team of volunteers is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.
CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference. While people will respond to others in need without the training, one goal of the CERT program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. For more information on how to become a CERT Team volunteer, contact Robert Barton, Asst. Emergency Management Coordinator, at (254)750-5911.
Community Volunteer Opportunities
300 South 15th Street
Contact: Nancy Anderson (254) 753-4593
Thrift Store - Food Pantry and Administrative offices
300 South 15th Street
Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:00
3016 Bellmead Dr.
Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
108 E. Oak Street in West
Monday - Friday 9:00 - 5:00
Saturday 9:00 - 2:00
Requirements: Under 16 have to be accompanied by a parent.
Duties: Stocking shelves, dusting, cleaning, light clerical duties.
2032 Circle Rd.
Waco, Texas 76706
Contact: (254) 754-1454
Requirements: 18 or older. Closed-toed shoes and pants. Orientation is held every second Thursday of each month at 4 pm at the shelter.
Duties: Cleaning out kennels, walking dogs, playing with cats, filing, helping with mail-out, and normal maintenance.
American Red Cross Blood Services
Contact: Jane Hale (918 ) 831-1611 or
Janet Jenkins (254) 776-8754 ext. 102
Requirements: at least 18 years of age, valid Drivers License, volunteer orientation.
Every day, the American Red Cross Blood Services provides life-saving blood to thousands of Texans. You can help ensure that blood is available whenever and wherever it is needed.
The Salvation Army
500 S. 4th St.
Contact: Rosa Burks (254) 756-7271
Requirements: 18 years and above
Mon. - Fri. 8:30am - 3:30pm
Duties: Sorting, hanging, loading, unloading, cleaning, etc.
Individuals and groups up to 10 people
5pm - 6:30pm daily
Duties: Set-up, feed homeless and indigent and clean-up
Holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Meal, Christmas Assistance Registration, Toy Shop
Family Abuse Center
P.O. Box 20395
Waco, Texas 76702
24-Hour Crisis Line (800) 283-8401
Contact: Dinah Husbands
Phone: (254) 772-8999
Requirements: Must be 18 to work in the shelter, 16 to work in the thrift store (unless accompanied by a parent), and need to complete volunteer application along with orientation training.
The Family Abuse center provides shelter to victims of domestic violence. They are a crisis center oriented program providing temporary emergency services. Ongoing services include individual counseling, job training, housing options, parenting and group counseling for residents and non-residents.
Volunteer Opportunities: children's group, special events, 2nd Chance Thrift Store, clerical, child care.
The ARC of McLennan County
Waco, Texas 76707
Contact: Stacy Disney
Requirements: 17 or older and fill out volunteer form
220 N. 11th St.
Waco, Texas 76707
Contact: (254) 756-7575
Duties: Construction Work
Requirements: Age 18. (Unless accompanied by parent, then ages 16 or older is acceptable.)
5000 Lakewood Dr.
Waco, Texas 76710
Friends for Life helps the elderly and adults with disabilities live independently longer and improve their quality of life. Providing care for those who can no longer care for themselves.
Requirements: No age limit. Need to fill out volunteer application. Criminal background check is required
2323 Columbus Ave
Waco, Texas 76701
Contact: Emergency Services Coordinator (254) 752-9330 ext. 103
Requirements: Attend appropriate training, be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance and pass background checks.
Volunteer Training for Crisis Intervention Advocates
Trained crisis intervention advocates provide crisis services for victims of crime. By covering the 24/7 crisis hotline, an advocate provides much needed support when a crime victim is faced with feelings of sadness and despair or needs assistance with legal and safety concerns.
In addition to answering the 24-hour crisis hotline, advocates are on-call to meet sexual assault survivors at Waco hospitals in order to provide comfort, support, and information.
Advocates also act as liaisons between the survivor, law enforcement and medical personnel. Advocates are trained on topics including crisis intervention, medical protocol, offender profiles, rape trauma syndrome, etc. Day, evening and weekend hours are available.
6321 Airport Road
Waco, Texas 76708
Contact: (254) 754-9444
Requirements: 16 or older
Duties: Cleaning out kennels, walking dogs, cleaning building, or office work.
1315 N. 15th St.
Just two or three hours a week can make all the difference in someone’s life who struggles with poverty or other issues.
You can tutor low income children, share a devotion with the homeless, cook/serve a meal, help folks with computer or job skills, work with children in the housing projects, send mailouts, mentor a child with an incarcerated parent, and numerous other tasks which all contribute to rebuilding healthy lives.
Waco Civic Theater
1517 Lake Air Drive
Contact: (254) 776-1591
Requirements: Need to at least be in High School. No specific attire.
Waco, Texas 76707
Year-Around Volunteer Opportunities
Phone: (254) 752-5515
Requirements: 13 to 19 years old. Need to Fill out Volunteer Form.
We need youth & adult volunteers alike! We have an amazing Youth Volunteer Center for youth ages 12-19 who want to volunteer in the community. We match you up with volunteer opportunites that suit your interests, track your hours, provide training, & opportunities for recognition.
Adults - we have lots of opportunities for you to volunteer as well ! We are growing our club program & need your help. Volunteering with club can be rewarding, requires only a few hours of your time as you choose, a great way to have fun with your children & learn about their interest, & build memories to last a lifetime.
MCC Adult Education
1400 College Dr.
Waco. TX 76708
Contact: (254) 299-8777
Requirements: Mature Adult. No Form Required
Duties: Tutor adults, who want to learn to read or to speak English, 1 on 1- - Day and Evening
The MCC Adult Education Program provides basic education for out-of-school adults in reading, writing, and math. GED preparation and classes for the Competency Based High School diploma are also provided as well as English as a Second Language.
Classes are offered in over 45 sites in the four counties of Bosque, Falls, Hill, and McLennan County at convenient times and locations. Classes are free with the exception of the high school diploma program and workplace literacy sites. In 2002 the program was awarded the United States Department of Education Secretary's Award for Outstanding Adult Education and Literacy Programs.
Communities in Schools of the Heart of Texas
Contact: Pauli Ramos
Phone: 254-753-6002 ext. 211
Availability: Monday - Friday / 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Weekly Family Night Events 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Commitment: CIS provides flexible opportunities to fit any schedule. One Day Events; Short-Term Assignments (1-3 weeks); Medium-Term Assignments (18 weeks) and Long-Term Assignments (36 weeks).
Requirements: Ages 16 - 75+. Application required for most volunteer positions along with Criminal Background / Child Abuse Registry Check.
Office Phone: (254) 304-7982
Address: 2223 Austin Ave., Suite D., Waco, TX 76701
Executive Director: Susie Wimberly
Volunteer Recruitor: Mindi Masten
What we do: Each volunteer speaks up for the needs of a child placed in foster care because of neglect or abuse at home.
Historic Waco Foundation
Preserving Waco's Architectural and Cultural Heritage
810 S. 4th St.
Waco, TX 76706
Contact: (254) 753-5166 Fax: (254) 714-1242
Belles and Beaus
Young adults are required to be in grades 8 through 12 and be sponsored by a parent or grandparent who is a member of the Historic Waco Foundation. Along with an application the Belle and Beau programs consists of a $50.00 fee and annual membership fee to the Historic Waco Foundation of $35.00
Belles and Beaus are assigned to a house according to grade level. 8th--Earle-Napier-Kinnard, 9th & 12th--East Terrace, 10th--McCulloch House, 11th--Fort House. Students are trained over historical details of their assigned house and participate at Christmas on the Brazos by dressing up and greeting the public (as well as answering questions about the house).
For more information or an application form please contact Aurelie Deibert at (254) 754-8140. For information about membership to the Historic Waco Foundation please call (254) 753-5166.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
1905 Washington Avenue
Waco, TX 76701
Contact: Lisa Robertson
Phone: (254) 776-2824
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Big Brothers Big Sisters is a donor-supported volunteer organization that places caring adults in the lives of children in professionally guided one-to-one mentoring relationships.
There are currently over 85 kids in Waco waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister. We need you to get involved, help us spread the word and ask our community to step up and take responsibility for making sure each of these great kids gets the support they need.
What if every boy in Waco had a MAN to look up to? What if every student graduated high school BEFORE becoming a parent? These questions are not just a marketing campaign, they can be a reality.
But only if we have volunteers who are willing to get involved and make a difference.
Spending just a few hours a month with a child gives the invaluable gifts of friendship and a positive adult role model. By simply offering a new perspective of what the world, a Big Brother or Sister can start changing their Little’s life. It’s as easy as playing a video game, going to a baseball game, visiting a museum, or just hanging out together.
There are a variety of ways to volunteer as a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters:
Community-Based mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship, where volunteers and children get together on their own to share fun activities they both enjoy. Getting together is a great time for both of them that doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activities. It just takes a few hours each month to share the simple things you already like to do such as shooting hoops, playing a board game, sharing a pizza, taking a walk in the park or simply hanging out and talking.
In our School-Based mentoring program, volunteers and children meet for one-to-one mentoring in the classroom, school library, lunch room or other set location. They typically meet once a week to read together, play sports or computer games, or simply talk about life and personal issues – just as friends do.
Big Couple/Big Family
As a Big Couple, you and your spouse can both become mentors to a child in our program. You can all do things together or you can each share time with the child individually. This is a great way to spend time together while also changing the life of a child. And, the child benefits from having a Big Brother and a Big Sister at the same time!
As a Big Family, your entire family is involved in your match to a child. That means your spouse and kids can all share time with the child in our program. By including the child in the things that your family already does together, he or she will get to experience the dynamics, experiences and fun involved in a traditional family atmosphere.
1111 Herring Avenue
Waco, Texas 76708
To learn how you or your organization can get involved, please contact us today!
What we do: Methodist Children’s Home offers hope to children, youth and families through a nurturing, Christian community. Founded in 1890, MCH is a nationally accredited, non-profit childcare ministry that provides the highest quality of care and facilities for children and youth. Today, MCH serves more than 1,400 children and youth daily through residential programs on the Waco campus and Boys Ranch, and through foster care, transition services and a variety of family outreach services in communities throughout Texas and New Mexico.
Volunteer opportunities available: Direct care opportunities include the following: mentoring, tutoring, and participating in Bible study, recreation, and athletics. Other general opportunities are available for those under 21 years of age and for group volunteers.
Requirements: For direct care opportunities, volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. All volunteers are required to complete an application, pass a criminal background/child abuse registry check, and have a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance.
Texas National Guard
The Texas State Guard (TXSG) is the second branch of the Military Forces of the State of Texas, operating alongside the Texas National Guard, which is comprised of the Texas Army National Guard and the Texas Air National Guard.
The TXSG provides mission-ready volunteer military forces, to assist state and local authorities in homeland security and community service. Texas State Guard soldiers are volunteers between the ages of 17 and 60, and train a minimum of one weekend each month. All serve without pay except if called upon for State Active Duty by the Governor.
TXSG soldiers come from all backgrounds and walks of life, many with prior military service. The Texas State Guard does not require any previous military experience and volunteers are not required to travel to a distant "boot camp". Waco is home of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade. You can contact the following for more information:
SSgt. Ted L. Babb 254 662-5271
or TXSG Headquarters 512 782-1060
Texas National Guard Armory
2120 N New Road
Waco, TX 76707