West Side San Antonio


Thank you in advance for your volunteering inquiries. We could not fulfill our mission without the work of our volunteers!

Requirements:

  • Volunteers MUST be 18 years or older.
  • Volunteers MUST receive background check clearance prior to participation.
  • We do NOT accept court-ordered service hours.

*Exceptions may apply for group projects.


Year-Round Volunteer Opportunities


Childcare Assistant - Monday – Friday, 9am - 5pm
Our Child Care Department serves ages 6 weeks old to 5 years of age. Our trained, professional staff focus on providing our children with a fun curriculum in a safe classroom setting. Volunteers will serve as an extra set of hands and eyes in the classrooms. Activities include helping serve meals and snacks, sleeping schedules, changing diapers, sanitizing toys, etc. In addition, volunteers are expected to participate and engage in programming to ensure that clients have an enjoyable experience.

Senior Center Assistant - Monday – Friday, 9am - 2pm
With the only Nationally Accredited Senior Center in South Texas, we strive to provide a safe, enjoyable and active environment for our clients. Volunteers help in all aspects of our daily program. Activities include, but are not limited to, morning walks, bingo, serving meals, arts and crafts, and activity monitors. Each of these activities are in place to stimulate the mind, body and spirit of our clients. In addition, volunteers are expected to participate and engage in programming to ensure that clients have an enjoyable experience.

Food Pantry & Commodities Day Assistant - First Tuesday each month, 12pm - 3pm
Each week, our Family Development Services Department provides food assistance to families and individuals in need. This project includes bagging and organizing the food as it arrives from our partners at The Food Bank. Once this food is bagged and ready to be distributed, our volunteers, called "Runners," help our clients carry this food to their vehicles. The Runners who assist during these busy days are a huge help to the entire agency!

Mentor - At least four (4) consecutive monthly visits at an hour each time
At Good Samaritan, we want to set the best example for our students. Mentoring provides them with a positive adult role model in their life. Through a program that focuses on the 40 Developmental Assets set by the Search Institute, we target areas where our students might need some extra attention. Students that show signs of risk are paired with a mentor.  By engaging with our students, our mentors will provide a demonstration of these assets, like integrity and goal setting. Mentors must be at least 18 years of age and obtain a GED or high school diploma. 

School Year: 
Mentoring is available during our Afterschool Program from 4pm - 7pm
Summer: Mentoring is available during our Camp Good Sam program, June 10 - July 18 (Monday - Thursday)


Summer Camp Volunteer Opportunities

Classroom Decorator - June 6 & 7, 8am - 5pm
Volunteers assist staff on transforming our campus into the book series theme for camp. For example, if Harry Potter were the book series chosen, then you would transform campus into the Hogwarts School. This requires artistic volunteers who are willing to take initiative and use their creativity to decorate. In addition, volunteers are expected to participate and engage in programming to ensure that clients have an enjoyable experience.

Camp Assistant - Monday - Thursday, June 10 - July 18, 8am - 5pm
Volunteers assist staff with day-to-day activities such as gathering materials, distributing program supplies, and assisting with demonstrations and hands-on activities in the classroom. In addition, volunteers assist staff day-to-day in behind the scenes activities such as signing youth in and out, registration information, making copies, answering phone calls, or any other general office tasks.

Meal Monitor - Monday - Thursday, June 10 - July 18, 8am - 5pm
Each week, our Family Volunteers assist staff during meal time by supervising youth, distributing meals and providing general assistance. In addition, volunteers are expected to participate and engage in programming to ensure that clients have an enjoyable experience.

Break Down Crew - July 22 - 26, 8am - 5pm
Volunteers assist staff on breaking down all decorations and properly storing all GSCS supplies. Great opportunity for large group volunteering experience, and to build up your organizational skills. Join us to test your Marie Kondo Skills!


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There are no fees associated with the volunteer membership. There is a suggested donation of $25.00 to cover the cost of the background check and volunteer tee-shirt.


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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer.coordinator@goodsamtx.org, or 210-434-5531.