What Is It?
A nonprofit agency that works to break the cycles of child abuse and neglect, integrating “prevention, foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children who are at risk of entering or are in the State’s child welfare system.”
Collect and donate new items such as school supplies, holiday gifts, household items, toys, and clothing. The Center provides holiday wish lists and other information. Please contact the Center for COVID-related updates.
Minimum Age to Volunteer
None, to collect/donate needed items. (Volunteers must be at least 18 to help with the children at the Center.)
Suitable for Groups of Volunteers?
Yes. Groups can get together to collect needed items or sponsor children by providing gifts from their holiday wish lists.
Many of the Center’s families use large quantities of household cleaning items because of the complex issues they face with the children in their homes. The families are grateful to receive laundry baskets filled with basic household necessities like paper towels, washcloths, toilet paper, Windex, antibacterial wipes, bleach, and other household cleaners. (Ideally, the Center would like for each basket to value a total of $50-100.) Other basket ideas are here.
SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
The Center partners with generous supporters to provide basic school supplies for its children to ensure that they are ready to learn on their first day of school. All supplies should be delivered to the donation station during the first week of August. For a list of needed school supply items, please contact the Center.
COLLECT NEEDED ITEMS
The Center always needs NEW toys, household items, diapers, and clothing to give to children when they come through its programs. Hosting a donation drive is a great way to help. For a list of needed items, please contact the Center.
Kelsey Pett, Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager
DEPELCHIN CHILDREN’S CENTER
Houston, Texas 77007
Houston, Texas 77007
Examples of past Scout projects
Eagle: Zach G (Troop 55) conducted a donation drive that resulted in a donation of nearly 400 toys and gift cards, as well as cash donations. (2010)
Eagle: Woodley B. (Troop 354) designed and made cornhole game boards and built ten bookshelves. (2018)
Gold Award: Roni K. assembled 120 welcome kits (including clothing and toiletries) and 150 fleece blankets, and built a large display case to exhibit children’s art at the Memorial campus. (2008)
Gold Award: Assembled 280 themed birthday bags, including cake mix & frosting.