Volunteer Opportunities / Service Learning

Engaging in community service provides students with the opportunity to become active members of their community and has a lasting, positive impact on society at large. Community service or volunteerism enables students to acquire life skills and knowledge, as well as provide a service to those who need it most.

Participating in community service not only makes a difference to the organization and people being served but also makes a difference in every student’s career prospects. Participating in community service activities helps to enhance student resumes by allowing students to obtain work-related skills prior to graduation, builds good references for employers in regards to community involvement, and provides a forum to network with future potential employers. It also helps students develop civic and social responsibility skills and become more aware of what their community needs.

Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.


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Service Learning Opportunity! Attend "Leading Through Service" offered through the Student Life office on Friday, February 21st and earn your service learning credit! Click here for more info! *Check with your instructor to verify acceptance.

Participating Organizations:

Choose a location below to complete your your service.

Salvation Army

400 S Harrison Street
1211 SE 27th Avenue
Contact: Annette Travis  |  Phone: 806-379-8482

Students are able to go in and volunteer 10-5:30 Monday through Saturday. When volunteering, students will be asked to park on the right side of the carport at the 1211 SE 27th location. No appointment is needed to volunteer, although it is highly recommended. Students will be sorting through and distributing donations that come in, as well as cleaning the donations and the store itself. Please dress comfortably with no short shorts, and please wear closed toe shoes. Students can volunteer individually or as a group if needed. No forms will need to be filled out in order to volunteer.

Bethesda Outreach

1101 Fritch Highway
Contact: Alisa  |  Phone: 806-383-6990

Bethesda Outreach is a food distribution ministry that is a part of Trinity Fellowship. Students will be able to volunteer on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-12. Students are asked to call ahead before volunteering for logistical purposes. Students will be handing out groceries to local families in the community. Students are asked to dress in comfy clothing that is appropriate and to not wear shorts that are shorter than fingertips when arms are at the side. Students can volunteer individually or in a group if needed. There are no forms that will be need to be filled out in order to volunteer.

The Bridge

804 Quail Creek Drive
Contact: Haley Marshall  |  Phone: 806-372-2873  |  Email:

The Bridge offers help and therapy to abused children in the foster system, and helps local law enforcement agencies in their investigation into child abuse. Students will be able to volunteer Monday through Friday 8:30-5:30. Students will need to have an appointment in order to volunteer at this location. Students will be playing with kids, sorting donations, and organizing files while volunteering. Comfy, non-offensive clothing is required and criteria will be covered in a training session. Students can volunteer individually or in a group if necessary. Students will have to pass a background check and are asked to make a 6-month commitment to volunteering. Packets for volunteers are available at


11901 S Coulter
Contact: Terri Hunnicutt-Hayes  |  Phone: 806-622-0555  |  Email:

The Amarillo S.P.C.A (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) offers a home to abused animals and gives them the opportunity to be adopted into a loving home. Students will be able to volunteer Tuesday-Saturday 12-5. Students are not required to have an appointment to volunteer, although it is recommended that they call ahead. Volunteers will be cleaning cages and litterboxes, cleaning the animals, playing with the animals, and feeding the animals. Students are asked to wear non-offensive work clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty. No forms are necessary, but students will be asked to login at the front for bookkeeping purposes. Individual or group volunteering opportunities are available.

Eveline Rivers

314 South Jefferson St
Contact: Melissa Hendricks | Phone: 806-372-3985

The primary mission of the Eveline Rivers Christmas Project is to improve educational outcomes and supply basic childhood needs to economically disadvantaged children during the Christmas and winter season. This organization, which has been operating for over thirty-five years, is unique to Amarillo and the surrounding area and serves primarily children, adolescents and teenagers in the Amarillo/Canyon community. Volunteer opportunities occur only in the Fall season and include assistance in the Coatroom and Christmas gift sorting, wrapping, and distribution. Individuals are encouraged to call for availabilities.

Ronald McDonal House Charities

1501 Streit Drive
Contact: Jan Plequette | Phone: 806-358-8177 | Email:

Volunteers make the difference by providing administrative assistance, cooking, cleaning, listening, and by simply being there and helping. Many families each year are helped by RMHA. Volunteering at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Amarillo is easy. Hours are flexible and it is encouraged to volunteer doing things that maximize your talents. There are volunteer opportunities at two different locations: Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room at Northwest Texas Hospital. Some volunteer options require an application process and a time commitment. 

Habitat for Humanity

2700 S Wilson
Contact: Brenda Austin | Phone: 806-383-3456 | Email:

Amarillo Habitat for Humanity aims to seek passionate individuals and organizations to join in the fight against substandard housing in Amarillo. No experience is needed, just a willingness to lend a helping hand. All volunteers are required to fill out a waiver before working on the jobsite/ReStore. Volunteers register, complete their waiver, and schedule their hours online.

High Plains Food Bank

815 Ross Street
Contact: 806-374-8562

The High Plains Food Bank seeks to alleviate hunger in the Panhandle, but cannot do it without the dedication of the countless volunteer. Volunteers help in The Garden, sort food in the product recovery warehouse, or help serve a meal in Kids Cafe. Hours vary by volunteer opportunity and are listed online. Kids Cafe volunteers are required to complete an application and a background check.

Amarillo Housing First

200 S Tyler Ste. 1A
Phone: 806-414-2243 | Email:

Volunteer with Amarillo Housing First and provide a much needed service to the homeless in our community. Amarillo Housing First is a non-profit organization funded through private community donations and grants to provide permanent housing and supportive services for the chronically homeless. Flexible schedules are available, and training is provided. 

America's Best Thrift Store

3015 Plains Blvd
Contact: Julie Young | Phone: 806-376-1300

Volunteers will help with sorting donations.

American Cancer Society

3915 Bell St
Contact: Susan Richardson | Phone: 806-353-4306

As an American Cancer Society volunteer you can honor a survivor or a loved one lost to cancer, help save lives of people in your local community, and around the world. It only takes a little time to do a lot of good. Discover how rewarding it is to be a volunteer. Volunteer opportunities include patient services and support, administrative work, and event assistance.

American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation

6910 Manor Cir
Contact: Jack Barnes | Phone: 806-681-1418

The AFWMF is looking for businesses, families or individuals to donate their time, energy, and personal interests to help strengthen and carry out their mission. Volunteers can do that by providing support to specific programs, raising awareness and funds, taking a leadership role in our board, or planning and managing community events.

Another Chance House

209 S Jackson St
Contact: Bobby Nixon or Ryan Peters | Phone: 806-372-3344

Founded in 1988, Another Chance House is a non-profit provider of emergency shelter and permanent, low-income rental housing to homeless males. Volunteers may help with cleaning and landscaping duties.

CareNet Pregnancy Center Amarillo

1507 S Taylor
6709 Woodward
Contact: Kelli Bullard | Phone: 806-354-2288 | Email:

The mission of CareNet Pregnancy Centers, an outreach ministry of Jesus Christ, is equipping parents, teens and pre-teens to live lives of purpose, ministering to pregnant women and providing support to women and families through education and resources. Female volunteers only. Volunteers may assist with organizing and sizing clothes.

City Church

205 S Polk
Contact: Danny Wallace | Phone: 806-371-0089

Citychurch now operates a free after school program, a feeding program called CityKid Cafe, which will serve over 150,000 meals delivered to children each year, a recreation program which includes two climbing facilities, and a youth and children's Bible Study program that teaches the Word Of God along with ministering to the emotional and physical needs of over 300 young people a week. Volunteers may assist teachers, with community events, and preparing and delivering sack lunches.

Cornerstone Outreach Center

1111 N Buchanan
Contact: Kaye Cross | Phone: 806-381-2131

Cornerstone Outreach Center is an extension of the Cornerstone Ministries' missions vision and is in its 19th year feeding and caring for the poor in Amarillo.

Special Olympics Texas

203 SW 8th Ave Ste 400
Phone: 806-374-7171

Special Olympics Texas would not exist today - and could not have been created without the time, energy, and dedication of thousands of volunteers throughout Texas. Volunteers are the backbone of the organization; so on behalf of the athletes they serve across the state, thank you for your interest and commitment to their movement. Volunteers mat help with daily competitions, fundraising or coaching.

Dove Creek Ranch & Equine Rescue

16201 Gordon Cummings Rd, Canyon, TX
Contact: Frank Castillo | Phone: 877-322-5622

Volunteering is a chance to make a difference in the lives of those who do not have a voice, and at Dove Creek Equine Rescue those that want to help are welcome! Volunteer opportunities will depend on your skills, abilities, and expertise. DCER wants their volunteers to have fulfilling and rewarding experiences! 

Youth 12 and over and adults are welcome. If under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  All volunteers start at beginning level with the option of moving to our most advanced level - evaluated by staff. Volunteers must complete a volunteer application online.

Faith City Mission

401 SE 2nd
Contact: Hope Holman | Phone: 806-373-6402

Faith City Mission now includes not only chapel and food services, but women’s ministries, children’s ministries, clothing outreach, and recovery Hope Programs for Men and Women, and even help the mentally & physically ill. Volunteers may assist with dining services, chapel services, or donation sorting.

The Open Heart of Hospice

6818 Plum Creek Dr
Phone: 806-372-1506

Locally owned and administered, the mission at Amarillo Hospice of the Plains, LLC, is to provide the best possible End of  Life care to Texas Panhandle patients and their families, wherever they call home, with hospice services provided by experienced, compassionate professionals and volunteers. Volunteers may sit with patients and read or play card games with them, run errands, make phone calls, landscaping, or simple maintenance. 

Martha's Home

1204 SW 18th
Contact: Theresa Gillenger | Phone: 806-372-4035

Martha's Home provides homeless women and their children with shelter and support while guiding them towards a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. Martha's Home is always in need of volunteers to help with housing assistance, employment assistance, social activities and tutoring, assistance with fundraising, assistance with home maintenance and general mentoring.

AP Health and Palliative Care

1800 Washington St
Contact: Susan Thomason | Phone: 806-350-7100

AP Health & Palliative Care is a local hospice that is seeking volunteers that are interested in spending time with our patients or just simply doing administrative volunteer hours. Volunteer hours with patients include running errands, activities such as games or reading to them. Patients just like company. The Administrative volunteers would do on clerical work. This would include filing, answering phones and putting together packets. All volunteers come in for a training.

Amarillo Angels

Contact: Gwen Hicks | Phone: 806-570-2010

The Amarillo Angels mission statement is to "walk alongside children in the foster care system, as well as their caretakers, by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building and mentorship". Volunteer to be part of the "Angel Army"!