Special Needs


Alzheimer's Association-North Central Texas Chapter

What: The Alzheimer's Association has two main fundraisers each year that we could use volunteers on.

  • Walk to End Alzheimer's: Saturday, September 21, 2013  7 a.m. - Noon
  • Steppin' Out for Memories: Saturday, March 22, 2014, 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Location:  301 S. Pioneer, Ste. 105 Abilene, TX 79605
Contact: Libby Connally; 325-665-5588: lconnally@alz.org
Date Added: 9/13



Cancer Services Network

What: Cancer Services Network provides help and hope to cancer patients and their families through financial, emotional, spiritual and social support from diagnosis through cancer treatment.  Each year we host fundraisers to benefit our programs and services, and local groups and organizations hold fundraisers to benefit Cancer Services Network as well.  Contact us if you are interested in hosting an event, volunteering during our events, or would like to donate goods or services for an event.  Participants and volunteers are needed for the following upcoming events:

  • 10th Anniversary Fashions for the Cure Style Show and Silent Auction: Volunteers will be needed to help with set up/tear down the day before, the day of, and during the event at the Abilene Civic Center. Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
  • 6th Annual Run Together: 5K/Walk/Waddle to honor those who have survived cancer, in memory of someone who fought the courageous fight, and to encourage physical activity for friends of Cancer Services Network.  This event takes place downtown beginning and ending at Frontier, Texas. Saturday, October 5, 2013, 8 a.m.

Location: 100 Chestnut, Suite 100, Abilene, TX 79602
Contact: Nancy Tyler; 325-672-0040; nancy@cancerservicesnetwork.org
Date Added: 9/13



Friends For Life

What: We work with the elderly and people with disabilities, focusing on those that don't have family or friends to care for them.  Some live in nursing homes and some live independently. For nursing home clients, we have friendly visitation, reading to the blind, entertainment, play games, help write letters, special holiday recognition, adopt a grandparent and Gifts for Grannies and Grandpas at Christmas. For those living independently, we have minor household repairs, transportation to the grocery store or doctor appointments, run errands, reassurance calls , change light bulbs and mow lawns. 
Date and Time: Dates and times are flexible and able to work around students' schedules. 
Location: 301 Oak  Abilene, Texas  79602
Contact: Cecilia Barahona; 325-672-2635; cecilia@friendsforlife.org
Date Added: 9/13



Hendrick Hospice Care

What: Hendrick Hospice Care is a not for profit providing supportive care to individuals and their families dealing with an end of life care issue wherever they call home. Hendrick Hospice Care serves a 65 mile radius of Abilene. We are always looking for volunteers to help support our patients, families, and our team.
Date: Ongoing
Time: Flexible
Location: 1682 Hickory St., Abilene, TX 79601
Contact: Leslie Weber; 325-670-6960; lweber@ehendrick.org
Date Added: 9/13



HERO (Hendrick Equine Rehabilitation Opportunities)

What: HERO is a hippotherapy program that needs volunteers to walk beside or lead a horse that is used for therapy while clients ride. Each client rides for 30 minutes so all we need is an hour of your time one day a week.
Date: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location:  89 CR 272 Breckenridge, TX 76424
Contact: Beth Byerly; 325-660-3465;  herocoord@gmail.com
Date Added: 9/13



New Horizons

What: New Horizons has several different areas for service opportunities. At the office, we are in need of help with various administrative tasks such as filing as well as graphic design assistance and newsletter implementation. If you like working with kids, the kids at the Audrey Grace House enjoy doing various crafts. You provide the crafts and come visit our kids. We are also in need of various items around the House on a regular basis. We would love to have someone who is willing to organize and implement a shoe drive, a blanket drive, a computer drive, etc. whether on or off campus to help us continue providing for our kids!
Location: 500 Chestnut, Ste. 1101, Abilene, TX
Contact: Hannah Wiginton and Lisa Dickison; 325-437-1852; hannah@newhorizonsinc.com
Date Added: 9/13

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Please Note: Due to the volume and breadth of opportunities we post, Ministry & Service cannot screen off-campus host sites, their work environment, or the content of the activities offered. Therefore, before volunteering off-campus, it is essential for each student to (1) evaluate whether his or her goals can be achieved through the experience; (2) assess his or her mental, physical, and academic readiness for the opportunity; (3) research the safety of the environment and activity; and (4) assume all risk involved with the opportunity.