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.
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.
Several students from Strake Jesuit & Episcopal high schools cooked and delivered dinner for the children and houseparents at Casa, 2016
Cadette Girl Scout Troop 16435, 2015
NCL Memorial Chapter volunteers
Girl Scout volunteers
NCL volunteers with backpacks they collected for Casa de Esperanza
University of St. Thomas volunteers
St. Cecilia Catholic School volunteers
Volunteers from St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Pearland