Volunteers and Partners Can...

Be a Voice

Long-term Care Ombudsman

Volunteer 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. Learn more about the Long-term Care Ombudsman.

Surrogate Decision Making Program

Help make medical decisions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are unable to make decisions themselves or who don't have a guardian to make decisions for them. Learn more about the Surrogate Decision Making Program.

Lend a Helping Hand

Benefits Counselor

Be a trained volunteer who helps people age 60 and older and people with disabilities who qualify for Medicare understand their benefits, entitlements and legal rights. Learn more about Benefits Counselors.

Community Services Office Volunteer

Work in local DADS offices across the state providing clerical support to case managers, and screen, monitor and track client records to avoid delays in services. Learn more about the Community Service Office Volunteers.


DADS offers unpaid internships and practicum opportunities to enrolled college students. Students can work in almost any part of the agency to gain valuable experience. Learn more about Internships.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities

Share your time and talents at a nursing home or assisted living facility by bringing companionship to someone. Learn more about Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.

State supported living centers

Each 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. Learn more about the State Supported Living Centers.

Support Wellness


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. Learn more about Texercise.

Improve Communities

Age Well Live Well communities

Aging is natural, aging well takes effort. Age Well Live Well communities bring community leaders and citizens together to provide programs and resources that help Texans age and live their very best. Learn more about Age Well Live Well communities.

Aktion Clubs

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. Learn more about Aktion Clubs.

Silver Lining

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. Learn more about Silver Lining.

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