Volunteer Hub

Hi everyone and welcome to our Volunteer Hub! As the Volunteer Coordinator at CitySquare, I am dedicated to keeping you informed about what’s happening in the CitySquare community. I’ll be posting here at least once a week about new and urgent volunteer opportunities, general updates and shout-outs to all of you out there making a difference for our neighbors.

We’re a lean staff and can’t fight poverty without you. Volunteers play a vital role in implementing our mission and amplifying our impact. With 17 unique programs, there are a variety of ways to get involved. For more information on how to get involved in specific programs, please sign up for one of our volunteer orientations. Orientations are usually held one Saturday morning and one Tuesday afternoon each month. You can find the full schedule of upcoming orientations on the left hand on this page. If you are eager to get started right away, CitySquare Thrift Store and CitySquare Food Pantry are always in need of extra hands. We have specific applications for our Thrift Store and Food Pantry that you can find at the bottom of this page.

As a community organization, we welcome all organizations to partner or volunteer with us. If your organization, religious institution or group is interested in getting involved, please fill out our group volunteer application here, and I will get back to you within a timely manner.

In the meantime, take a look around our Volunteer Hub to learn more about what’s going on at the Square! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me by phone: 214.303.2146 or email: sostad@citysquare.org

Date added: February 22, 2017

Neighborhood kids helping out at the Clinic

Our staff members at the Clinic are always busy with patients, and sometimes it can get a bit crazy. It’s always nice with a little extra help. Luckily, the neighborhood kids are always happy to help if needed. These kids live close to the Clinic and stop by several times a week to visit and see if they can help. Sometimes as many as 12 kids stop by! With any group of young youth, it can get a little rowdy, but the kids are always welcome. Sometimes they bring their homework and just hang out; other times they seek refuge to avoid or escape a fight. There is only one rule when you are at the Clinic: Be Kind.

The Clinic serve as a community center for them, which is why they are so excited when they can give back. This week’s shout-out goes to this group of neighborhood kids. They love to help out at the community garden or help out with sorting papers or office supplies. Under is a video of the neighbor kids assisting with putting together first aid packets, including the clinic’s contact info, a poison control magnet, band aids, pain relief medicine and other basic medical items. Every new patient at the Clinic receives one of these packets.

Date added: February 22, 2017

CitySquare Food Pantry is 587.5 lb food richer!

Earlier this month, a few of our staff members were lucky to assist a group of Boy Scouts collect food for CitySquare Food Pantry as a part of their annual “Scouting For Food” event. The young boys courteously welcomed students and collected any food items brought by families as parents dropped off their kids for school. After collecting the food items, the Boy Scouts efficiently transferred the food into the CitySquare Food on the Move van. That morning, the troop collected 587.5 lb worth of food! This will go a long way to serving our neighbors and we are so thankful for your partnership in fighting poverty!

Thank you again to all the boy scouts and their support system, as well as to everyone that donated food to this event.

Community Garden Volunteers Needed
Date added: January 23, 2017
Date of Opportunity: February 25, 2017, from 9 am-11 pm

Lunch: Hot dogs will be provided
Volunteers needed: unlimited
Contact: Sandra Ostad
Program: CitySquare Clinic
This upcoming weekend, CitySquare is getting our community garden ready for spring. We have eight trucks coming loaded with dirt, but need extra manpower to unload all the dirt. If you’re ready to get your hands dirty, contact Volunteer Coordinator Sandra Ostad.

Tax Preparation Volunteers Needed
Date added: January 23, 2017
Date of Opportunity: Mondays, 1 – 6 p.m. from Feb 6 – Apr 10
Volunteers needed: 2
Contact: Sandra Ostad
Program: CitySquare Financial Empowerment
CitySquare’s Financial Empowerment program is hosting a free tax preparation service at the CitySquare Opportunity Center in partnership with the Community Tax Centers of Dallas. Volunteers will help us provide Dallas’ working poor with free tax preparation, a service that would normally cost more than $275. Responsibilities include helping the neighbors collect paperwork, dropping off the tax return documents and providing each neighbor with counsel/guidance on his/her tax returns. The commitment will be eight Mondays total as well as attending a 2-4 hour tax preparation training.

Administrative Volunteers Needed
Date added: January 23, 2017
Date of Opportunity: Every Tuesday or Thursday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 12 – 5 p.m.
Volunteers needed: 3-4
Contact: Sandra Ostad
Program: The Cottages at Hickory Crossing
CitySquare is looking for volunteers to staff our service center at The Cottages at Hickory Crossing. Responsibilities include taking calls, greeting visitors and answering general questions or concerns for our neighbors.