Recommendations for Children Who Need Volunteering Hours


We have always embraced the beauty of volunteering and serving at our church, schools, and with PTA (Parent Teacher Association).

We like collaborating as a family as much as we can because it becomes a natural action for our children to do.

During the spring semester, it is common for a lot of our students to be asked to complete volunteer hours. Coupled with meeting the requirements for their student organizations, it can also potentially earn them awards or scholarships. Gathering volunteer hours can be hard, especially if they are already involved in other activities. It is especially hard to find the time and know where to look.

Recommendations for Children Who Need Volunteering HoursHere are some recommendations for various areas in our city where volunteers are always needed:

Humane Society of El Paso

Our city’s animal shelter is a perfect place to serve as a volunteer. As long as your student is at least 16 years of age, they can get more details to volunteer.

El Pasoans Fighting Hunger

The city food bank is always seeking support. On their main website, they provide a calendar with times, days, and locations where distributions will take place and may need support. Often, the schools collaborate by making a call out for volunteers to all their students which facilitates the process for them.


Yes, you heard right. Our school’s PTAs are always in need of volunteers for support in their upcoming events and meetings. They also need help with internal activities such as copies and reading to other students. Reach out to the PTAs in the schools nearby for upcoming events or volunteer opportunities in which they can provide support.

Local Churches

Our local churches (of any denomination) provide so much support to the community, that finding volunteers is always hard. Reach out to a local church to see if they need support, whether it is sorting donations or even guiding people to classes or the cafeteria. Those are hours of support where your student can easily earn that time.

Non-Profit Organizations

El Paso has a lot of non-profit organizations that are always in need of an extra pair of hands. The Rescue Mission, Dame La Mano, and Salvation Army are just some examples of places that need support from putting donations away, reading to the children, or even cleaning the yard.

My recommendation: Start seeking volunteer activities as early as the fall semester. Your child will be able to start earning volunteer hours earlier in their academic year and make it easier to meet those extra requirements without being under a lot of pressure at the last minute.

Becoming a volunteer is something that your child can add to their resume. Start teaching them the importance of a relevant resume where they can add their skills, experiences, and education. Volunteering not only provides those needed hours, but it also helps your child to network by meeting new people, embrace empathy, and even find those special connections and meanings to what they want to do in the future.

Happy Volunteering!!


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Ana L. Diaz
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ana Diaz was raised by her mother and her grandmother between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, TX. She became the first generation graduate in her family. Today, Ana is a devoted mother of three wonderful children: a 12-year-old son, a 4-year-old daughter, and a 2-year-old daughter. Balancing the responsibilities of parenthood with her career and community involvement, Ana exemplifies unwavering dedication and love for her family and community. Professionally, Ana is a valued member of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of El Paso. In addition to her professional endeavors, Ana is actively involved in various aspects of her children's lives. She serves as an engaged member of the PTA, supporting educational initiatives and fostering a sense of community within her children's school. As an orchestra and football mom, Ana dedicates her time and energy to enriching her children's extracurricular experiences, nurturing their talents, and cheering them on with unwavering enthusiasm.


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