Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) employees dedicate themselves to ensuring that Texans receive the benefits for which they are qualified. But we can only go so far. We rely on caring people in our local communities giving their time and talents to provide things the state does not, such as mentoring children and learning to manage their benefits.
- Age Well Live Well brings community leaders and citizens together to provide programs and resources that help Texans age and live their very best.
- The Community Partners Program engages community organizations to help people learn to manage their benefits, including food, cash and medical assistance using the YourTexasBenefits website.
- Faith- and Community-based Initiatives forges stronger ties between HHS and faith- and community-based organizations, which in turn strengthens the capacity of those organizations.
- The Office of Community Access and Services brings information about HHS services to their communities by helping organize community events and coordinate public meetings.
- Aktion Clubs bring together adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and local Kiwanis clubs members to create service clubs at the state supported living centers.
- The Foster Grandparent Volunteer Program recruits adults age 55 and older to provide one-on-one emotional support, mentoring and tutoring to children with exceptional needs.
- HHS offers unpaid internships and practicum opportunities to enrolled college students. Students can work in almost any part of the agency to gain valuable experience.
- Work in local HHS offices across the state providing clerical support to case managers, and screen, monitor and track client records to avoid delays in services.
- Share your time and talents at a nursing home or assisted living facility by bringing companionship to someone.
- Girl Scouts can earn the Silver Lining badge by connecting and doing projects with people living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and state supported living centers.
- Each state supported living center has its own volunteer and internship program that provides opportunities and activities to enhance the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Make your health a habit with the free resources and tools available through Texercise. Want to help others get healthy? Texercise has programs that you can implement in your community to help others enjoy the gift of health.
- Volunteer long-term care ombudsmen help people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities resolve concerns. They are trained problem-solvers who help ensure residents’ rights and choices are respected.
- Volunteer benefits counselors are a trained to help people age 60 and older and people with disabilities who qualify for Medicare understand their benefits, entitlements and legal rights.