Volunteer Guide: 10 ways to give back in Keller, Roanoke and Northeast Fort Worth

Community Storehouse works with Keller, Carroll, Argyle and Northwest school districts by providing programs that address unmet needs for kids in the community. (Courtesy Community Storehouse)
Community Storehouse works with Keller, Carroll, Argyle and Northwest school districts by providing programs that address unmet needs for kids in the community. (Courtesy Community Storehouse)

Community Storehouse works with Keller, Carroll, Argyle and Northwest school districts by providing programs that address unmet needs for kids in the community. (Courtesy Community Storehouse)

For those looking to help out in the Keller, Roanoke and Northeast Fort Worth communities, as well as surrounding areas, there are several local nonprofit groups that offer volunteer opportunities and accept donations. This list is noncomprehensive.

Empower children

Christ’s Haven for Children

Christ’s Haven for Children provides support for kids, teens, young adults and families in need with its various programs. Sample activities: mentor, backup caregiver, volunteer at food pantry, help out in resale shop (some activities do not require background check). Donations accepted: monetary, in-kind gifts, food, gently used clothes, household items, toys, furniture. 4200 Keller-Haslet Road, Keller | 817-431-1544 | www.christshaven.org | Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, under age 18 allowed

Community Storehouse


Community Storehouse works with Keller, Carroll, Argyle and Northwest school districts by providing programs that address unmet needs for kids in the community. Sample activities: read to kids, tutor, plan events, stock the resale store, help out in the food pantry, sort donations. Donations accepted: monetary, food, clothing, furniture, household items. 12001 Katy Road, Fort Worth | 817-431-3340 | www.communitystorehouse.org | Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, under age 18 allowed

Pajama Rama

Pajama Rama gives new pajamas to children’s hospitals and other organizations that serve disadvantaged, abused, and neglected kids and teens. Sample activities: label, sort and bag pajamas; host a pajama drive; distribute and collect Pajama Rama boxes; help with events. Donations accepted: new children’s pajamas, monetary. P.O. Box 851, Roanoke, TX 76262 | 210-860-6041 | www.pajama-rama.org | Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, under age 18 allowed

Stepping Stones Foundation

Stepping Stones Foundation serves youth in crisis throughout North Texas by providing access to emergency housing, food, clothing and medical care. It also offers programs and services aimed to equip youth to make positive life choices. Sample activities: sort clothing, home decor and furniture; assist kids in choosing clothing, toiletries and food; help out in non-perishable food pantry; assist the boutique; repurpose furniture; deliver food and donations to families; assist with home makeovers. Donations accepted: new and gently used clothing, jewelry, purses, home decor, small furniture, grocery and food gift cards, new packages of underwear or socks, cash and online donations. 139 E. Taylor St., Keller | 817-575-7092 | www.steppingstoneskeller.org | Volunteer requirements: Application, under age 18 allowed

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. The nonprofit offers volunteer opportunities through its programs. 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: monetary. 1226 E. Weatherford St., Fort Worth | 817-259-1050 | www.girlsinctarrant.org | Volunteer requirements: Application, background check

Serve seniors

Metroport Meals on Wheels, Inc.


Metroport Meals on Wheels, Inc. is a volunteer-based support group for the elderly and those in need that provides home-delivered meals, senior luncheons and other services. Sample activities: meal and other driving deliveries, help with senior luncheon programs, help at donation and consignment store (some activities do not require a background check). Donations accepted: monetary; single-serving, shelf-stable food. 428 US 377, Roanoke | 817-491-1141 | www.metroportmow.org | Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, orientation, under age 18 allowed

Meals on Wheels Inc. of Tarrant County

Meals on Wheels Inc. of Tarrant County provides and delivers 1.7 million meals per year to homebound, elderly and disabled clients as well as other needed items and services. Sample activities: regular delivery route volunteer, substitute delivery route volunteer, group delivery opportunities, meal distribution site greeter, client assistance (case-by-case; includes minor home repairs and yard work, for example). Donations accepted: monetary; new items such as pantry items, incontinence supplies, pet food, toiletry items, microwaves, shower chairs, loud doorbells, house slippers. 5740 Airport Freeway, Fort Worth••817-336-0912 | www.mealsonwheels.org |Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, orientation, under age 18 allowed

Support families

Roanoke Food Pantry

The Roanoke Food Pantry assists families in need, typically serving families in the Northwest ISD area. On average, the pantry helps provide 75 families a month with food and other items, according to its webpage. Sample activities: sorting food and donations, packing meal boxes for families to pickup. Donations accepted: monetary; non-perishable food items; toiletries; diapers. 108 Pecan St., Roanoke | 817-491-4451 | www.roanokefoodpantry.org | Volunteer requirements: under age 18 allowed

Support veterans

GallantFew


GallantFew supports and serves veterans transitioning into civilian life. Sample activities: fitness-based fundraisers, help with VetXpo event, promote GallantFew on social media, start a monthly veteran coffee hour. Donations accepted: monetary, company matching. P.O. Box 1157, Roanoke 76262 | 817-797-0201, 817-600-0514 | www.gallantfew.org | Volunteer requirements: Application, under age 18 allowed

Support health and wellness

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: monetary, business matching. 3136 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth | 817-332-6677 | www.namitarrant.org | Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, orientation, under age 18 allowed

Bailey Lewis contributed to this report.
By Steven Ryzewski
Steven Ryzewski is the editor for Community Impact Newspaper's Grapevine-Colleyville-Southlake and Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth editions. Before joining Community Impact in 2021, he worked in hyperlocal journalism for nine years in Central Florida as an editor, sports editor and correspondent.