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September 29, 2021
  • Carrying Hope Volunteer Opportunities

    September 29, 2021
    8711 Burnet, E-52, Austin, TX

    Thank you for wanting to volunteer with Carrying Hope and help the foster children and families we serve! During these unprecedented times as we are all trying to reimagine our volunteer opportunities to limit the spread and risks associated with COVID-19, we are limiting in-person interactions to prioritize safety. At the same time, we've seen the demand for Hope Packs skyrocket during the pandemic and are distributing them as fast as we can make them. We still need help from our amazing volunteers, and we are offering a few new physically-distanced volunteer opportunities you can do from your own home by yourself, with your kids or with a group of friends or organization. Interested volunteers can check out the options and sign up for an opportunity that works for you! Thank you for helping us bring some much-needed comfort and hope to the kids who need it most! 

    Create toiletry kits for teens entering foster care:

    We are looking for FIVE families or volunteer groups to create 20 toiletry kits during the month of September that will go inside Hope Packs for teens. Each toiletry kit should be individually packaged in a clear Ziplock bag and include all of the following: travel-size shampoo and conditioner (example here), deodorant (example here), body wash or soap (example here), toothbrush (example here), toothpaste (example here), and lotion (example here). Complete toiletry kits can be dropped off on a Wednesday -- either Sept. 8, Sept. 15, Sept. 22 or Sept. 29 -- from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our office (8711 Burnet Rd. Ste. E-52 Austin, TX 78757). All complete activity packs must be returned no later than Wednesday, Sept. 29. Masks are mandatory in our office, and the drop-off can be contactless when requested by emailing info@carryinghope.com. Sign up for this opportunity here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548AEAE29A5F58-create17

    Create activity packs for children entering foster care:

    We are looking for FIVE families or volunteer groups to create 20 activity packs during the month of September that will go inside Hope Packs for children and teens. Each activity pack should be individually packaged in a clear Ziplock bag and include a mix of 2-3 items. Suggested items include a deck of playing cards, a fidget spinner, a travel size game such as Uno or Go Fish, MadLibs, a Rubix cube, a blind bag of LEGOs or Shopkins, a sealed container of slime or putty, a coloring book with crayons, etc. Interested volunteers should sign up at the link below. Complete activity packs can be dropped off any Wednesday in September from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our office (8711 Burnet Rd. Ste. E-52 Austin, TX 78757). All complete activity packs must be returned no later than Wednesday, Sept. 25. Masks are mandatory in our office, and the drop-off can be contactless when requested by emailing info@carryinghope.com. Sign up for this opportunity here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548aeae29a5f58-create16

    Fill a backpack for a child in foster care:

    Want to provide some hope and comfort to a child going through a moment of crisis? We are looking for volunteers to fill 20 Hope Packs in the month of September. We provide the backpacks and supply lists, and volunteers go shopping (in a store or online) to fill it with items on the list! Interested volunteers can sign up at the link below, indicating how many Hope Packs they would like to make and the age(s)/gender(s) of the child(ren) you would like to make a Hope Pack for in the comments section. Volunteers can pick up backpacks and supply lists on Wednesday, Sept. 8, Wednesday, Sept. 15, or Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our office (8711 Burnet Rd. Ste. E-52 Austin, TX 78757). All complete Hope Packs must be returned no later than Wednesday, Sept. 29, during office hours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Masks are mandatory in our office for non-vaccinated visitors, and the pick-ups/drop-offs can be contactless when requested by emailing info@carryinghope.com. Sign up for this opportunity here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548AEAE29A5F58-fill9

    Be a driver and deliver Hope to Austin-area doorsteps:

    Carrying Hope is looking for a dedicated team of volunteers to help deliver Hope Packs and resources directly to the doorsteps of families in need. We are always in need of drivers to help us deliver these items to foster and kinship families who have recently received placements as well as families struggling as a result of the pandemic and recent weather-related emergencies. We are currently looking for 20 volunteers willing to be on standby for when our delivery needs arise. Volunteers must be willing to drive to our office (8711 Burnet Rd. E-52 Austin TX 78757) on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to pick up items and deliver them to homes in the Austin area that same day. Volunteers will be added to an email list where we will send out messages about our current needs. While this volunteer opportunity is flexible and operates on an as-needed basis, volunteers must have excellent driving records, reliable transportation, adhere to mask-wearing and contactless drop-off protocols and be compassionate and respectful of the privacy of the families we serve. Sign up for this opportunity here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548AEAE29A5F58-beadriver

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