To apply to be a volunteer, you may either complete the PDF linked below online, by submitting it to us via clicking the button in the form.
- Volunteer/Intern Application Packet (PDF form, requires Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader version 9 or newer)
Note: To view or print any forms that are in Adobe Acrobat PDF, you must download and install the Adobe Reader on your computer. If you do not have the software, you can download it free from the Adobe website: Download Adobe Reader.
If you are unable to see the form in your browser, please see the information from the Adobe on how to configure your browser to use the official Adobe Reader/Adobe Acrobat as its default PDF viewer.
If you have any questions, please email us at VolunteerDADS@dads.state.tx.us or call 1-800-889-8595.
You may also submit the application by printing it, filling it out and mailing the completed application to:
DADS Volunteer and Community Engagement
P.O. Box 149030
Austin, TX 78714-9030
All DADS volunteers are required to take the following computer-based training (CBT) courses. The material is designed to help you learn about DADS and better understand the people we serve. It should take about 20 minutes or less to complete each CBT.
There is a short test at the end of most of the CBTs that reviews the course materials. But don't worry — you can refer to the material in the CBT if you need to do so when answering the questions.
If you are unable to access the online volunteer application or have any questions, please email VolunteerDADS@dads.state.tx.us or call 1-800-889-8595.
- Volunteer Orientation
At the end "Rights of Individuals" course you will be given instructions to create a certificate of completion as proof you completed orientation. A copy must be provided to the volunteer supervisor or emailed to VolunteerDADS@dads.state.tx.us.
Depending on your assignment, you may also need to take the following courses:
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