Hours of Operation
Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
9600 Escarpment Blvd., Ste 745-239
Austin, Tx 78749
You can drop off Hope Packs or Most-Needed items during our office hours. Please use our mailing address if you’d like to send a package/donation.
How do I volunteer with Carrying Hope?
Thank you for wanting to volunteer and get involved with Carrying Hope. We rely on our incredible community to help us make a positive difference in the lives of the foster children and families we serve, and we welcome volunteers of all ages to get involved in the process. Whether you’re an individual, couple, family, group of friends, school, team, organization, church, business or corporation, please visit our GET INVOLVED page to find out all of the different ways you can help us bring some much-needed comfort and hope to the kids who need it most!
What is a Hope Pack and what goes in one?
Hope Packs are backpacks containing new, age-appropriate necessities and comfort items designed to ease the transition for children entering the foster care system. Hope Packs are broken down by age (newborns through teens) and designed to provide everything a child needs for the first days and nights in a new placement. Want to make a Hope Pack? Please refer to our HOPE PACK SUPPLY LISTS. Want to donate a Hope Pack, but don’t have time to shop? You can PURCHASE A HOPE PACK here and we’ll handle the rest!
Where do I drop off Hope Packs and most-needed items in Austin?
We accept donations at our Austin office (8711 Burnet Rd. Ste. E-52, Austin, TX 78757) every Wednesday and Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
We also have a mailbox at Postmark’d http://www.postmarkd.com/ (9600 Escarpment Blvd. Ste. 745-239 Austin, TX 78749), which accepts Hope Packs for Carrying Hope during their office hours Monday through Saturday. If these options don’t work, we have a dedicated team of volunteer drivers –– please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate.
Where do I drop off Hope Packs and most-needed items in Houston?
Do you accept donations of previously used clothing or items?
Carrying Hope only accepts new (tags-on or in-the-package), never-used items to include in our Hope Packs. We believe each child going through the often-traumatic transition into foster care deserves his/her/their very own Hope Pack brimming with new, high-quality items that exclusively belong to them.
How does my foster care agency/organization receive Hope Packs?
Carrying Hope distributes Hope Packs directly to CPS and foster care agencies throughout Texas. Our goal is for the Hope Pack to arrive with the child being placed in a new home. To apply to become a partner, request a Hope Pack here.
How do I receive a Hope Pack for my recent foster placement?
While our intent is that every child entering foster care arrives with a Hope Pack, Carrying Hope happily fulfills individual requests from foster and kinship families. Please request a Hope Pack to let us know when you received a placement; the age, gender, clothing/diaper size of the child; and which agency you are licensed with.
What are Carrying Hope’s biggest needs?
More than 22,000 children are removed from their homes by CPS in the state of Texas every year. Carrying Hope’s biggest ongoing need is donations to help us to create more Hope Packs and expand our distribution throughout Texas. If you would like to contribute any amount, please make a donation. Please consider become one of our monthly supporters to help us as we continue to transform the once-heartbreaking scenario of children arriving to a new foster home with nothing but the clothes they are wearing into a transition that begins with hope and healing.
I’m interested in replicating what Carrying Hope does in my own area. How do I do that?
Carrying Hope receives requests and inquiries from people in other cities and states passionate about helping children entering foster care in their own areas. Email us at email@example.com to start the conversation about everything from opening a Carrying Hope affiliate location to holding a Hope Pack drive that benefits foster children in your own community.
Interested in becoming a delivery driver?
Sign up to become a driver for the Austin, Houston or Central Texas area.