Ages For Child Volunteers


Non-profit agencies have different policies regarding ages for child volunteers.  Here is a list of some local agencies and their age requirements.

Alley’s House (Dallas)-Minimum age to volunteer is 16, mentors must be 21.  Most volunteer hours are during the week, so students may have limited availability.

Brighter Tomorrows (Grand Prairie) requires that volunteers must be 18 years old to work in the shelter areas and younger children can help in the shelter under the supervision of an adult.  There are not any age restrictions for donation drives.

Buckner (Dallas/Fort Worth) requires the majority of volunteers to be 16 years old, but they started a new program in January for those under 16 called Hope Keepers.  Here is the link to Giving Goods post.

Christian Community Action (Lewisville, Flower Mound, Carrollton, The Colony)-Minimum age to volunteer is 16.

Community Caring Center (Azle) allows children 16 or older to volunteer by themselves.  Children 10 and up are allowed to volunteer with an adult.  Children under 10 are only allowed in a family setting with a parent to encourage youth in community service settings.  All volunteers should wear clothing that would benefit a warehouse setting, sleeved shirts, closed toed shoes, etc.

Community Enrichment Center (North Richland Hills) allows children 14 or older to volunteer by themselves in the Food Pantry.
Children 10 and up are allowed to volunteer with an adult.  For children under 10 please call for arrangements.
All volunteers should wear CLOSED TOE SHOES and clothing that can get dirty that is appropriate for a warehouse setting.

Community Storehouse (Keller)-Children between the ages of 10-13 can volunteer with their parent; children 14 and up may volunteer on their own. All prospective volunteers 13 years of age and older must complete a background verification form.

Genesis Women’s Shelter (Dallas)-Volunteers need to be 15 years or older.

Green Oaks School (Arlington)-Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian signature approval and depending on age may also need a parent present to volunteer.  Volunteers that are able to work the same day/time every week are preferred since students with Down syndrome work better with consistency.

Johnson County Family Crisis Center (Cleburne)-They take volunteers with an adult as young as 12, depending on the task.  To get more information contact Kristen Walker at 817-641-2343.

Journey Learning Center (Grapevine) has a minimum age of 16 for their volunteers.

Lancaster Outreach Center (Lancaster)-Those 16+ can volunteer alone. Those younger than 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. They also use groups of kids with proper supervision.

LifeSavers Foundation (Richardson and Irving)-Volunteers high school age and up are welcome.

North Texas Food Bank (Dallas) The largest need is for warehouse volunteers, the minimum age is 10 and there must be 1 adult for every 7 kids.

Pregnancy Help 4 U (North Richland Hills and Keller)-They need teens and adults in groups for workdays.

Speedway Children’s Charities (Fort Worth) All events except for midway are 18+.  Children 12+ may volunteer at the midway as long as they are with a parent.

The Family Place (Dallas)-Generally they ask that volunteers are 18, but may make exceptions when a child is with an adult or parent.

Wee Volunteer (Dallas) This organization arranges for preschool and school aged children to volunteer at various non-profits.  The specific age depends on the project.

Adult Volunteers Only

Volunteers for these agencies must be adults, due to the nature of the services they provide.

Antelope Child, Youth, & Family Services (Grand Prarie)-Volunteers need to be 18, have a high school diploma, and be able to pass a criminal background check.

CASA (Denton)-CASA provides court advocacy for children, volunteers must be 21 years of age.  Check here for volunteer opportunities.

Jonathan’s Place (Dallas)-Volunteers need to be 18 and have a high school diploma.  Check here for volunteer opportunities.

Tarrant Literacy Coalition (Fort Worth)-They can always use ADULT volunteers to tutor adults who need help to learn to read or improve their reading skills.

They also need volunteers to help in their office one morning or one afternoon a week, answering phone calls from adult students, helping them find a GED class, filing, making copies for lesson plans and preparing materials for GED classes.

They can also use adult volunteers who are willing to work with adults who are attending their GED classes in White Settlement on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Volunteers are asked to commit to one night a week for at least one semester.

All of their volunteers must be adults at least 21 years old.

Anyone who wants to help should call 817-870-0082 or email


If one of these non-profits interest you, use the information provided or click their name to go to their website for volunteer and contact information.

Now all you have to do is decide where you want to go!!  Kudos to all the kids out there working to make our communities better and changing lives one at a time!

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