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Volunteering at Resource Center makes a difference in our community. While the Center employs paid staff, the mission of the Center could not be achieved without people like you. The talents, skills, time and energy donated by our volunteers are a valued resource.

Each year, more than 1,200 dedicated volunteers help Resource Center serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) and HIV communities in North Texas. Volunteers serve hot meals, answer telephones, stock shelves, and help at fundraising events. The Center has volunteer opportunities for individuals, as well as community, corporate, church and school groups. Our volunteer coordinator can work with you to organize a volunteer project that fits your group’s needs.

There are various opportunities depending on your availability. For information about internships, click here.

The Center's Food Pantry has increased need for volunteers. If you are not considered high-risk (as defined by the CDC), we need your help. Complete the volunteer registration form and click the submit button to send your application form to the Center's volunteer coordinator.

Once your application has been submitted, the volunteer coordinator will contact you as needs arise. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, volunteer orientation trainings have been suspended until 2021.

If you are a court-appointed (community service) volunteer, see instructions below.


Resource Center has an established volunteer program that successfully collaborates with various community groups and businesses throughout the year. The Center will work with your group to organize a project for your group’s needs and provide a group orientation. If your organization, business or school is interested in a volunteer project, please contact the volunteer coordinator.


Take a break from the usual routine, get out of the office and give back to your community. Volunteering for one-day events has become a favorite team-building exercise for companies big and small. People who work well together as a team are one of the most valuable assets any employer can have. This is a way for your organization to improve communication and camaraderie on all corporate levels. The satisfaction that comes from helping others will leave your group humbled, inspired and motivated.

To maximize the benefits of your group’s experience, we ask for a three-week, advance notice.

If your company is interested in a volunteer project, please contact Deborah Cavazos, Volunteer Coordinator at 214-540-4497 or Send Email.


All community service volunteers must have a referral from the Volunteer Center of Dallas, the Day Reporting Center of Dallas, the County of Denton or on the advice of an attorney.

Volunteers must ensure that Resource Center is approved by the referring agency or supervisor for their case. Resource Center accepts only non-violent offenders and no one with an offense against a child.


All community service volunteers must have the following:

  • Timesheet
  • Name of probation officer or attorney
  • Phone Number and fax number or probation officer or attorney
  • Case Number

The first step to volunteering is to submit an application. Once your application has been submitted, the coordinator will contact you as needs arise. For further questions contact Deborah Cavazos, Volunteer Coordinator at 214-540-4497 or Send Email.

Food Pantry: task includes stocking shelves, checking clients in and checking clients out, assisting with donation pick up and maintaining a clean work area. A volunteer shift requires flexibility to perform various tasks as needed, work well with others, and have a good attitude.

Hot Meals: Volunteers assist in the kitchen, serve food, wash dishes, and perform other tasks necessary for safe food handling. Flexibility and patience are key; volunteers work in close proximity with each other and with clients. Attention to detail is also important since this program is monitored by funding agencies and the county health department.

Attire: Volunteers must wear clothing appropriate for a kitchen environment: closed-toed shoes, T-shirts, jeans, and a ball cap or hairnet.

Resource Center will make a reasonable effort to accommodate community service volunteers by providing adequate training, program opportunities, and computer hours tracking for those who enter the program. Resource Center, its staff or volunteers are not obligated to create special accommodations for individuals who do not follow the instructions of the program or those who do not allow reasonable time to complete their hours. Placements are not permanent either the supervisor or volunteer may terminate the arrangement if not agreeable or acceptable at any time.