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CASA DE ESPERANZA DE LOS NIÑOS

What Is It?: A safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV. Casa de Esperanza provides residential care, and coordinates medical and psychological services according to the needs of each child.

 

Help Needed:  Collect basic needs or items for welcome packages; students may propose other projects.  

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: In general, volunteers must be 18 to participate in hands-on activities with the children. Volunteers of all ages may collect items.  The agency may also consider one-time group projects with volunteers under 18.

Help Needed

COLLECT BASIC NEEDS ITEMS

A current list is on the charity’s website, but needed items usually include:
Paper/Plastic Items: paper towels, toilet paper, kleenex / facial tissue, kitchen trash bags, ziploc bags
Diapers: diapers (all sizes, especially 4,5,6), pull-ups (L & XL), diaper wipes.
Household Items: liquid hand soap, Clorox disinfecting wipes, bath towels and twin sheets (neutral colored), Bed-in-a-Bag (twin size for both adults and children), duffle bag or rolling suitcase.

 

 

COLLECT ITEMS FOR WELCOME PACKAGES

Children typically come to Casa with only the clothes they are wearing. Each child needs some basic items of their own when they arrive. They will take these personal items with them when they leave. Welcome package items may be donated individually or as a complete package.

Basic Welcome Package: digital thermometer (non-ear) & covers; nail clippers; Cetaphil lotion; toothbrush & toothpaste; hair brush or comb; shampoo & conditioner; children’s sunscreen (SPF 50 or higher); children’s plastic bowls, spoons, & forks; (for girls: hair elastics, barrettes, & bows).

Baby Welcome Package: bottles / nipples. pacifiers, sleep sacks (Halo brand), teething rings, rattles, onesies.

Clothing Welcome Package: pajamas, socks & underwear, some new clothes (sizes newborn – children’s size 10; lighter weight for Houston weather), new shoes (sizes newborn – children’s size 13), lightweight jacket.

 

SPONSOR A CHILD AND/OR FAMILY

Each year, Casa volunteers help make the holidays special for more than 400 children.  In November, Casa can provide a list of each child’s wishes as well as his/her clothing sizes and needs.  Holiday sponsors help by giving a child or family one — or more — of their needs.  Contact Taelor Powell for more information.

GROUP VOLUNTEER PROJECTS

The agency may consider one-time service projects that students propose, depending on the children’s and the agency’s’ particular needs at that time. Possible projects include: an activity morning or afternoon for the children; lunch or dinner for the “neighborhood” (the community of children and caregivers); yard or house maintenance projects; or planning and execution of a fundraising event.

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Casa de Esperanza Video (3 1/2 minutes) (2015):

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Comments / Reviews

Comments about “CASA DE ESPERANZA DE LOS NIÑOS

  • I haven’t done a whole lot with Casa so far, but the children are really sweet and often come from very difficult backgrounds – it’s a great cause and perfect for donating baby supplies/other items!

  • It seems from reading this description that it’s hard for teens to volunteer here, and it’s true that Casa de Esperanza doesn’t really seek out teen volunteers, but you can contact them and ask what they need. Do they have a week when there’s not much going on? If you have an idea for your group, like some kind of lunch or project or party they will definitely consider it.

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