“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” – Aesop
Volunteers are an essential part of the work we do to end the cycle of child abuse. Your willingness to share your hobbies, talents, encouragement and time with our Texas children makes a tremendous impact on the lives of the boys and girls we serve. Simply by showing up, you are helping to create a new story for each child, one where someone believes in them, laughs with them and chooses them.
Learn more about the volunteer opportunities available with Upbring and apply today!
- Adult volunteers must be 21 years of age and graduated from high school or equivalent
- Able to communicate well in English (second language skills are a plus)
- Complete the entire volunteer application (found here)
- Attend a 1-hour orientation session
Applications can take 1-2 weeks to process. Once your application has been processed, we will contact you to arrange an appointment for a personal interview to discuss a volunteer role that will be fulfilling for you and meet the needs of our Upbring family.
Krause Children's Center
Point Store: Young women at Krause earn points throughout the week by demonstrating responsibility and good behavior. They can use their points on stuffed animals, shampoos, conditioners, hair products, journals, blankets, snacks and other items at the Krause point store.
- Donation Drive for Point Store: In conjunction with their church, organization, community, school or friends, volunteers will coordinate and organize a donation drive for the Krause point store. (Examples: Bath & Body Works Items, shampoo, conditioner, hair products, decoration, make-up foundation and lip gloss only.)
- Point Store Volunteer: About once a month, we need help tidying up, re-stocking and occasionally rearranging the point store.
Mentoring: Mentoring will take place between a young woman and an older, more experienced person acting in a nonprofessional, helping capacity. The mentor will provide support for the young woman and advocate for her in special education training meetings. Example: Sitting in on educational meetings.
Chicktime: Volunteers come together every second Saturday of each month to do an activity with the young women at New Life. Chicktime has included participating in an etiquette class, yoga, a basketball clinic, arts and crafts and a carnival, as well as crocheting, writing thank you notes to soldiers, packing beans and rice for a food bank and taking glamour shots. Women are welcome to bring their daughters if they are at least 12 years old.
Christmas Donations: Every year, Upbring is fortunate to receive specific Christmas donations requested by the young women from churches, organizations, communities, schools and friends.
- Donation Drive for Christmas: In conjunction with their church, organization, community, school or friends, volunteers will coordinate and organize a donation drive for specific Christmas gifts.
- Organization Volunteer: Each young woman requests specific items after the donations are collected, so volunteers help organize and sort the items.
- Wrapping Volunteer: Volunteers gift-wrap items after they are sorted and organized.
Spiritual Care Volunteers: The spiritual health of the young women at Krause is very important. Volunteers are encouraged to spend time with the young women to help grow their spiritual walk by leading a worship service, Bible study, devotion time or book study.
Hair Care Volunteers: Self-care is a very important lesson we teach our young women. Volunteers are people that can teach these young women how to properly manage and maintain their type of hair style.
Good Bye Bags: When a young woman leaves Krause, we provide them with a bag filled with toiletries and other necessities. Volunteers are needed to help prepare these bags. All items will be provided.
Campus Maintenance: We want the young women at Krause to know they are in a place of love and safety. Your energy and expertise can keep the Krause Children’s Center looking good and running well for our residents. We appreciate your time and skills in painting, power washing, landscaping and participating in other repair projects.
- Garden Maintenance: Krause has a vegetable garden for the young women to enjoy and help them feel they are in a nurturing environment. Volunteers are needed to help maintain the garden.
Genesis Room: Krause has a trailer that stores and offers items to the young women. Genesis items are obtained by donation drives and donations. Some are items that the young women bring with them and do not have space to store in their own room.
- Genesis Room Volunteer: Volunteers will organize incoming donations by size/category that make it easy for a staff member to pick up needed items. Volunteers will also take regular inventory of the hideout room.
Host a Benefit/Drive Event: Host a garage sale, bowling tournament, chili cook-off or lady’s tea party, and donate the proceeds to help the young women at Krause. You can also host a drive for toiletries, school supplies or gift cards.
Musical Performance: We welcome all kinds of musicians out to entertain the young women, or better yet, help them tap into their own creative potential by teaching them how to sing or play a musical instrument.
Event Planning: Krause has a gala and golf event each year to help support our ministry. Your administrative skills, ability to network, enthusiasm and ideas are needed to help plan these events.
Group Activities: Gather a group and provide social interaction and fun to our young women. You can share crafts, sports, dance, theater, board games or just about anything you can think of.
Holiday Party: Host a party, picnic or festival to celebrate holidays like Christmas, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras and the Fourth of July.
Provide a Meal: You can provide any commercially prepared food. Sorry, but not home-cooked meals. Examples include pizza, sandwiches and pancakes. We serve 80 people three times a day.
Quilts for Kids: Every young woman who arrives at Krause receives a new quilt. If you enjoy quilting, you can help provide the gift of comfort.
Camps and Activities: During spring and holiday breaks, help plan and execute sports camps, teen retreats, fun “how to” classes, fairs, Bible camps and more. All camps can be modified and brought to Krause during the breaks.
Academic Tutors: Academics are a priority at Krause. Volunteers are needed to provide extra tutoring to students in math, English, science and/or social studies.
Seasonal Decorators: Put your decorating skills to use each season by helping transform our lobby to make it look festive. We want the Krause young women to feel the spirit of each holiday.
New Life Children's Center
Point Store: Young Women at New Life earn points throughout the week by demonstrating responsibility and good behavior. They can use those points to shop for things like stuffed animals, shampoo and conditioner, journals, blankets and snacks.
Donation Drive for Point Store: Partner with your church, place of work, community, school, or friends to organize a donation drive for the Point Store.
Sharing Hands Team Volunteer: The Point Store has a seasonal or holiday-appropriate theme each month. Come and decorate, restock and spruce up the store. Volunteers are welcome to bring their ideas and helping hands.
Mentor: Mentoring will take place between a young woman and an older, more experienced person. In a nonprofessional capacity, the mentor supports, encourages and advocates for the young woman.
Donation Divas: New Life receives donations throughout the year from various community partners. We are always looking for volunteers to help sort and organize all donations that are given to New Life.
Chicktime: Volunteers gather the 2nd Saturday of each month to do an activity with the young women at New Life. Chicktime in the past has included: an etiquette class, yoga, crocheting, a basketball clinic, arts and crafts, a carnival, writing thank you notes to soldiers, packing beans and rice for a food bank, taking glamour shots and more. Women are welcome to bring their daughters (ages 12 and up) to this volunteer opportunity.
Christmas Donations: Upbring is fortunate to receive Christmas gift donations from various churches, organizations, communities, schools or friends in response to the items requested by the young women at New Life.
Donation Drive for Christmas: Partner with your church, place of work, community, school or friends to organize a donation drive for Christmas gifts.
Organization Volunteer: Once all donated gifts are collected, we need volunteers to help organize and sort through all the Christmas items, making sure each girl receives the items they specifically requested.
Wrapping Volunteer: Once all the gifts are sorted and organized, volunteers are needed to wrap all the Christmas gifts!
Helping Hands Mentor: Mentoring will take place between a young woman and an older, more experienced person (or group). In a nonprofessional capacity, mentors provide relationship-based support that benefits one or more areas of the young adult’s development, like cooking a meal.
Spiritual Care Volunteers: The spiritual health of the young women at New Life is a key component to their healing journey. Volunteer with our Spiritual Care Director to help lead chapel once a week (Monday from 4-5 p.m.).
Bags of Hope Transporter: Bags of Hope are toiletry bags filled with essential items made for the young women who are just arriving at New Life. Volunteer to help transport those bags to our New Life campus.
Pop-up Birthday Transporter: Pop-up Birthday currently fulfills birthday requests from our young women at New Life. Once they receive a request, they prepare a custom party in a Pop-Up Birthday box, a plastic tote filled to the brim with party supplies, theme decorations, paper goods, games/crafts, cake, candles, balloons, goody bags, a personalized card and gifts for the young woman. Volunteer to pick up these boxes and deliver them to our New Life campus each month.
Jayne’s Salon: New Life has an on-campus salon to help the young women look and feel great. If you are a licensed stylist, we would love for you to volunteer. The salon is fully stocked, and the hours are flexible.
Foster in Texas Volunteer Opportunities
Rainbow Room: Our Foster in Texas team has a room located at our corporate offices that stores and provides items to foster families. Items are donated by the community and include baby items, gently used clothes and shoes, diapers in all sizes and more.
Rainbow Room Volunteer: Volunteer to organize incoming donations by age/gender into bags, making it easy for a foster family to pick up needed items. Volunteers will also be asked to take regular inventory of the Rainbow Room.
FIT Donation Drive: Partner with your church, place of work, community, school or friends to organize a donation drive for much-needed items when a child is placed in a foster home. Items to collect include: gift cards, baby wipes, gently used clothes and shoes, bags, car seats that are less than 5 years old, and diapers in all sizes.
Transportation Team: Foster families sometimes have multiple children they care for, and with that can come a variety of appointments and obligations. Volunteers for our transportation team are there when a foster family is required to be in more than one place, or a family needs help with transportation to family visitations, therapy appointments, etc.
FIT Driver: The assigned volunteer is responsible for transporting foster families in their car to and from authorized appointments, medical appointments, counseling sessions, visits, events or errands that are authorized and arranged by our Volunteer Coordinator.
Childcare Provider: Provide childcare to children and youth of all ages for our foster families when needed and during the four events Upbring hosts for foster families.
Childcare Volunteer: Assist with crafts, games or free-play, and act as a positive role model to provide positive reinforcement to promote healthy, nonviolent behaviors.
Austin Diaper Bank: Foster In Texas partners with Austin Diaper Bank to collect diapers for our foster families in need. Austin Diaper Bank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing diapers to Austin families in need to strengthen the community.
Austin Diaper Bank Transport Volunteer: Volunteer to pick up diapers from Austin Diaper Bank that have been ordered by our Volunteer Coordinator and transport them to our various Foster In Texas offices.
BeREAL Volunteer Opportunities
Mentoring Program: Mentoring will take place between a young adult in the BeREAL program and an older, more experienced person in a nonprofessional capacity to provide relationship-based support that benefits the young adult’s development. Mentoring could include (but is not limited to) offering help preparing for a job interview or assisting a young adult with managing their finances.
Community Gathering: Once a month, the BeREAL community gathers to participate in an activity together. Volunteers will get to know the young adults involved in BeREAL in a casual/nonthreating environment.
Apartment Changeover: Upbring BeREAL helps young adults successfully transition from foster care to self-sufficiency and independence by providing Supervised Independent Living. When a young adult exits the program, volunteers help prepare the apartment for the next young adult.
Cleaning: Volunteers will provide their time to help clean the apartments in preparation for the next young adult.
Furniture Transport: Volunteers will help remove furniture from vacated apartments, transport furniture from our storage unit to new apartments, pick up furniture donations and take them to Upbring storage units.
Decorate an Empty Apartment: With previously donated furnishings and household items collected by Upbring, volunteers will transform and decorate an empty apartment into a warm, welcoming home for a young adult.
Donation Drive: Partner with your church, place of work, community, school, or friends to organize a donation drive for much-needed household and seasonal items.