As you are aware, we - along with countless other nonprofits - are daily assessing and managing the impact of COVID-19 on our critical services. Aunt Bette's Community Pantry is one of the few pantries still operating during this coronavirus pandemic.
In an effort to safeguard our staff, volunteers and clients, we have modified our operations in accordance with current social distancing guidelines. Our pantry has migrated to a "low touch" assembly and distribution model where we are providing pre-packaged boxes of staple foods for curbside distribution to our clients. This new temporary model enables us to reduce the number of individuals needed to serve our clients on a daily basis and to utilize a consistent daily workforce in lieu of our traditional volunteer model. The efficiency of the process allows us to condense our client appointments to Mondays and Tuesdays beginning the week of April 6th, while still enabling us to serve an increasing number of neighbors in need We prayerfully look forward to resuming our client choice shopping model and seeing you, our faithful volunteers, once again. We will notify you once our operations return to normal or if we become aware of an opportunity for you to serve our community in a different capacity. May God bless you and keep you and your families in good health.
Thank you for your support.
The Difference is You
Every cause needs people more than money, because when people are with you giving your cause their attention, interest, confidence, advocacy and service; financial support almost takes care of itself. Without volunteers of the right quality and quantity and in the right spirit of giving, St. Philip’s might not exist.
The volunteer has become a major force in our lives because; it is not possible for humankind to live separated from others. We are involved in each other’s lives, not by choice but by necessity. Volunteering and Community service contributes to the quality of life at St. Philip’s, in our neighborhoods, and in our country.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the form below.
Volunteer Opportunity Information
D.E.A.R. Time – Drop Everything and Read takes place every weekday morning from 7:50 to 8:05 in our Early Childhood classrooms, grades Pre-K2 through Kindergarten. Volunteers are needed to read to an entire class of 2 – 5 year olds once a week or once a month.
Kidpreneur Expo – The Expo is an initiative highlighting an increased focus on helping young entrepreneurs ages 5 – 15 in the Dallas/Fort Worth community start and succeed in creating small businesses and other entrepreneurial ventures. The mission of the expo is to help students embrace their passion, funnel their creative energy, and gain profitability around their talents and gifts with entrepreneurship and achieve independent success. Volunteer roles include: seminar support as timekeepers, registration, exhibitor support, and Kid Tank judges.
Aquaponics Garden – The aquaponics garden produces fruit and vegetables that are used to supplement food in the on campus food pantry. Volunteers are needed to assist with gardening chores, which include the enjoyable tasks of feeding the fish and tending and harvesting the plants.
Library – On-going assistance is needed with shelving, covering and cataloguing books and various other library materials.
Meals on Wheels Depot –St. Philip’s has served as the only depot in South Dallas for over 25 years. Hot meals are distributed weekly Monday - Friday in collaboration with the Visiting Nurses Association.
Kids Café – This program is held weekly Monday – Friday evenings (6:00 – 8:00 pm). Volunteers are needed to help serve meals to 50 - 100 kids.
Our Community Pantry – Operated in partnership with North Texas Food Bank, volunteers are needed to assist with stocking and distributing food through this unique neighborhood pantry that is set up like a grocery store.
Thanksgiving Community Dinner – This annual program provides a “free” Thanksgiving dinner for the community residents and the homeless population in the South Dallas/Fair Park area. The dinner is usually held on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve food, decorate, act as greeters, and for set-up/clean-up.
Fancy Hat Tea Party – This social event is typically held on the second Saturday in September for our elderly clients. Volunteers are needed to serve dinner, decorate, perform, and create gift bags for attendees.
Legal Clinic – St. Philip’s “free” legal aid is offered the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. through the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program.
Senior Transportation – St. Philip’s provides neighborhood seniors with transportation to run local errands to the grocery stores, pharmacy, and some doctor’s visits. Volunteers can assist with riding with seniors and assisting them with their grocery shopping needs. Senior Transportation is offered every Thursday, beginning at 9 a.m.
Girls Night Out Sleepovers – This program is held every 2rd Friday of the month, (7:00 pm – 7:00 am). Volunteers are needed to serve as a mentor, assist as chaperone on field trips; assist with arts and crafts activities or meal/snack preparation and serving.
Mother’s Day Store – This store is designed for children of all ages to shop for “free” gifts for their mothers, grandmothers, aunts or other special women in their lives. This is an annual event that serves 300 + youth in the community on a first-come, first-served basis. The store will open on the second Saturday of May from 9 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Volunteers are needed to assist with setting up the “store” and work in the store to assist children with their shopping needs.
Christmas Store – Organize a “gift drive” to collect donations of new toys, clothing and/or household items for St. Philip’s Annual Christmas Store for families in need. The store will open the week before Christmas from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to serve as personal shoppers for participating families, wrap gifts, set-up, clean-up, serve as greeters, cashiers and be overall Santa’s helpers.
Playground clean up, Landscaping, Mulching, Window Washing, Power-washing grounds and building exteriors, Repainting of outdoor trims, Repainting classrooms and offices, Storage clean up (involves lifting), Athletic Field clean up, Vendor procurement, Inventory management, “Handyperson” work, Technology wiring tracing
Athletic Programs – St. Philip’s athletics program includes football, cheerleading, dance, basketball, baseball, volleyball, lacrosse and track on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Sports are offered only during the appropriate season for that particular sport.