Volunteer

Get Involved

Carrying Hope is always in need of volunteers willing to help serve our mission and further our cause. From large-scale corporate events that create hundreds of Hope Packs at a time to community drives to family service projects, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved. 

Opportunities

Make a Hope Pack

A Hope Pack is a backpack filled with comfort items and essentials intended to help ease the transition for children who are entering a new foster home.

Sponsor a child

Most children who are entering the foster care system arrive at a new foster home, often on the most traumatic day of their lives, with nothing at all. You can change that narrative by sponsoring a child or a sibling group.

Be a Monthly Donor

Most children who are entering the foster care system arrive at a new foster home, often on the most traumatic day of their lives, with nothing at all. You can change that narrative by sponsoring a child or a sibling group.

Organize A Corporate Drive

Whether it’s a 10-person packing drive in our office or a 600-employee corporate drive, Carrying Hope is grateful for the support of the amazing businesses we work with. Find out how to get involved.

Join Our Annual Drives

We are always in need of volunteers during our Summer and Winter Hope Pack Drives. 

Make a Donation

Your donation allows us to continue to support the children who need it most, and any amount is welcome and needed. 

Involve the Kids

Carrying Hope has a multitude of ways for children to be involved in giving, from our Hope’s Heroes program to birthday parties.

Become a Gala Sponsor

Our annual Fostering Love Gala is a magical night and our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we are always in need of sponsors!

Visit our Online Store

Check out our online store, which allows you to buy some really cool swag while giving back to a great cause, as 100 percent of the proceeds from every purchase supports Carrying Hope’s mission of providing Hope Packs to Texas foster children.

Donate Most-Needed Items

You can support Carrying Hope by organizing a drive to collect our most-needed items such as new pajamas, new toys or new books. You can also order Carrying Hope’s most-needed items and have them shipped directly to us using our Amazon list. Make sure to use this link to support us through our AmazonSmile partnership!

Most Needed Items
Baby:
  • Diapers, any size 0-5 (small pack)
  • Wipes (small pack)
  • Formula (box of single-serve packets or small can)
  • Small bottle set (includes one or two bottles)
  • Pacifiers
  • Pull-ups, boys or girls size 3T-4T (small pack)
  • Soft blankets (boy, girl or gender neutral)
  • Receiving blankets (small pack)
Clothes:
  • Onesies and jammies, boy or girl ages 0-18 months
  • Jammies, boy or girl, any age 2- to 16-year-old
  • Outfits, boy or girl, any age 2- to 16-year-old
  • Boys and girls underwear packs, any age between 3-year-old and 16-year-old
  • Socks, any age between 3-year-old and 16-year-old
Plush Animals/Toys:
  • Soft stuffed animals (8″ – 12″)
  • Small toddler girl toys (Sesame Street, Daniel Tiger, Sofia the First, Disney princess, etc.)
  • Small toddler boy toys (Sesame Street, Daniel Tiger, Thomas, trucks, Disney Planes/Cars, etc.)
  • Small boys toys (Legos, small Disney Car/Planes, trucks, Play-Doh, superheroes, etc.)
  • Small girls toys (baby doll/accessories, Play-Doh, Disney princess, Shopkins, Littlest Pet Shop, LEGO Friends, etc.)
  • Tween/teen girl toys and activities (necklace/bracelet making kit, craft kit, games, etc.)
  • Tween/teen boy toys and activities (LEGOs, Minecraft figures, Star Wars, etc.)
Books:
  • Books for any age 1-16 (board books, nighttime books, early readers, tween/teen options, etc.)
Other:
  • Travel-size toiletries for teen boys or girls (body wash, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, body spray, etc.)
  • Flashlights
  • Nightlights
  • Amazon, Target and Walmart gift cards

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Attend a Themed Volunteer Event at Our Office

We offer one in-office themed volunteer opportunity each month, ranging from a "Girls Night Out" to a "Date Night" to a "Donuts and Doing Good" morning for kids. These activities are $50 per person and include all Hope Pack supplies, snacks, beverages and more; max of 20 participants.

Feburary - Date Night

Thursday, Feb. 17, 6-7:30 p.m.

Grab your sweetie and celebrate your love with a heartwarming night that will include creating Hope Packs for children who are entering the foster care system. This experience includes all of the supplies you’ll need to create a Hope Pack that will go directly to a child entering foster care as well as bites and your choice of wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage.

March - Donuts And Doing Good

Sunday, March 6, 10-11:30 a.m.

There’s nothing better than kids helping kids, and when doughnuts are involved, it really can’t get any sweeter! This experience includes all of the supplies you’ll need to create a Hope Pack that will go directly to a child entering foster care as well as doughnuts, juice and coffee (for the grownups). Age limit 6 and up.

April - Girls Night Out

Thursday, Apr. 14, 6-7:30 p.m.

Grab your best gals for a fun and moving night out creating Hope Packs for children entering foster care! This experience includes all of the supplies you’ll need to create a Hope Pack that will go directly to a child entering foster care as well as bites and bubbles for the group.

Make a Donation

Choose an amount to donate

Donate Monthly

No matter the season, the need never ends for children in the foster care system. Your recurring monthly donation allows us to provide ongoing support in the form of Hope Packs and most-needed items to the children, youth and teens who need it most. 

Sponsor a child

Hope Pack is often the first thing to provide comfort to a child on what is often the worst day of his, her or their life. You can help make sure that every child who is entering the foster care system in Texas has a fresh start by sponsoring Hope Packs for babies, children and teens in care.