Volunteer Guide: 11 ways to give back in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake

Kids Matter International hosts its Around The Block program every year in partnership with Kohls to give clothes to kids in need. (Courtesy Kids Matter International)
Kids Matter International hosts its Around The Block program every year in partnership with Kohls to give clothes to kids in need. (Courtesy Kids Matter International)

Kids Matter International hosts its Around The Block program every year in partnership with Kohls to give clothes to kids in need. (Courtesy Kids Matter International)

For those looking to help out in the Grapevine, Colleyville, and Southlake communities, there are several local nonprofit groups that offer volunteer opportunities and accept donations. This list is noncomprehensive.

Empower children

Kids Matter International

Kids Matter International serves kids by promoting literacy and distributing essentials, such as clothes, backpacks and books. Sample activities: shop for kids, pass out books, interact with kids. Donations accepted: money, buy stock. 535 S. Nolen Drive, Ste. 300, Southlake | 817-488-7679 | www.kidsmatterinternational.org | Volunteer requirements: Orientation, under age 18 allowed

Unlikely Heroes


Unlikely Heroes provides safe homes and restoration services for human trafficking victims worldwide. Sample activities: help with outreach, events, fundraising, office administration, gala host committee and community awareness. Donations accepted: money. P.O. Box 518, Grapevine, TX 76099 | 818-255-5441 | https://unlikelyheroes.com | Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, orientation, under age 18 allowed

The Miracle League of Southlake

Miracle League of Southlake provides opportunities for kids with disabilities to play Miracle League baseball and advocates for the construction of facilities that meet the needs of Miracle League players. Sample activities: assist athletes, coach, announce games, help with fundraising events. Donations accepted: money. P.O. Box 92173, Southlake, Texas 76092 | 817-675-8701 | www.miracleleagueofsouthlake.com | Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, under age 18 allowed

Support health and wellness

Songs & Smiles

Songs & Smiles helps keep families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease connected. Sample activities: be a singalong leader, connect with someone with Alzheimer’s, help with the nonprofit’s magazine. Donations accepted: money. 129 S. Main St., Ste. 260, Grapevine | 817-631-0569 | www.songsandsmiles.com | Volunteer requirements: Application, orientation, under age 18 allowed

National Alliance on Mental Illness Tarrant County

NAMI of Tarrant County offers mental health education classes and support groups for individuals living with a mental health condition and their loved ones. Sample activities: help with administration, events, fundraising or programs; become a board member. Donations accepted: money, business matching. 3136 W. 4th St., Fort Worth | 817-332-6677 | www.namitarrant.org | Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, orientation, under age 18 allowed

Serve families

GRACE Grapevine

GRACE Grapevine helps individuals and families in need in a variety of ways through its food pantry, medical clinic, resale stores, transitional housing, seasonal programs, a community garden and more. Sample activities: deliver groceries, restock food pantry, help at medical clinic, sort clothes, plan events, sort donations. Donations accepted: money, clothes, food, toiletries, over-the-counter medication, furniture, books, household goods, toys. 837 E. Walnut St., Grapevine | 817-488-7009 | www.gracegrapevine.org | Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, orientation, under age 18 allowed

Empower women/girls

Valiant Hearts


Valiant Hearts serves women in the sex industry or those vulnerable to sexual exploitation through support groups, counseling, mentorship, classes and emergency housing. Sample activities: help with events, outreach, office support and support groups. Donations accepted: money. P.O. Box 92511, Southlake, TX 76092 | 817-329-6921 | www.valianthearts.org | Volunteer requirements: Application, orientation

Girls Inc. of Tarrant County

Girls Inc. of Tarrant County advocates for girls and their futures by offering programs that encourage health, education, career readiness and independence. Sample activities: work as a program assistant, share your story, speak at a workshop, offer administrative support, chaperone a field trip, join a committee. Donations accepted: money. 1226 E. Weatherford St., Fort Worth | 817-259-1050 | www.girlsinctarrant.org | Volunteer requirements: Application, background check

Help animals

Canine Soulmates Rescue

Canine Soulmates Rescue helps save the lives of and find homes for abandoned, abused, neglected and lost dogs. Sample activities: work adoption events, transport dogs, foster dogs, help with fundraising, help with veterinarian checks. Donations accepted: money. 1251 William D. Tate Ave., Ste. 494, Grapevine | 888-490-6270 | www.caninesoulmates.org | Application, background check, orientation, under age 18 allowed

Salvaged Souls Pet Rescue

Salvaged Souls Pet Rescue helps unwanted, abused and abandoned animals find homes through partnerships with local shelters, veterinarians and other organizations. Sample activities: handle animals, help out at adoption events. Donations accepted: money, pet store gift cards, pet supplies. 600 Summertree Court, Colleyville (mailing) | [email protected] | www.salvagedsoulspetrescue.org | Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, under age 18 allowed

Care for the environment

Keep Grapevine Beautiful

Keep Grapevine Beautiful helps preserve and enhance the local environment through educational programs and volunteer-based projects. Sample activities: clean up litter, plant trees. Donations accepted: money, consumer rewards programs, in-kind donations. P.O. Box 95104, Grapevine, TX 76099 | 817-410-3490 | www.keepgrapevinebeautiful.org | Volunteer requirements: Under age 18 allowed
By Bailey Lewis
Bailey Lewis covers the cities of Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake, as well as Keller, Roanoke and northeast Fort Worth. In December 2020, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma with her Bachelor's degree in journalism. Previously, she worked and interned for various publications, such as Local Profile, the OU Daily, the Malheur Enterprise and News21. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her cat and watching documentaries.