Are you interested in volunteering at Fortress? Below are just some of the ways that you can get involved!

Ongoing Needs

MENTOR

Commit to mentoring a child for one hour a week. You will be matched one-on-one with a child in PreK-8th grade. You might paint nails, play basketball, read, play games, or help with homework, but whatever it is that you end up doing, your main goal is to develop a relationship with your mentee that will foster a sense of well-being and self-worth in that child. To become a mentor, complete the volunteer application.

Tutor

Volunteers can assist during homework times for our PreK-1st grade classroom (3:30-4:15) or during our 2nd-5th grade homework time (6:00-6:30). To become a tutor, complete the volunteer application.

Photography & Videography

Portraits, videos and candid photography are always needed so that we can better demonstrate to volunteers, parents and donors what Fortress is doing in the community. If you'd like to lend your photography skills to us for a one-time special event or ongoing, email dani@fortressydc.org.

Read

Great for families with children! Join your child in reading to/with one of our younger students. To participate in our read program, complete the volunteer application.

PReschool Assistant

Volunteers are needed every Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-1:00pm in our preschool classroom to assist teachers with teaching, mealtime, playtime and special activities. Weekly or biweekly commitment required to ensure continuity and comfort for our students. To become a preschool teacher, complete the volunteer application.

Sponsor

We offer incentive field trips to reward kids for hard work and good behavior. Consider sponsoring a trip to Six Flags or a Ranger’s game and help expand our students’ life experiences. Contact us for more information.

Work

We can arrange weekend work projects for your group or family. This can be anything from painting to organizing to cleaning to building repairs to setting up for an event. The possibilities are endless! Contact us for more information.

Tour

For new volunteers and groups, we strongly recommend participating in our Fortress Tour and Prayer Drive, a two-hour tour of our facilities and neighborhood. Contact us for more information.

Pray

Join REVIVE, our prayer team. You’ll be assigned one Fortress student for whom you will pray daily. You’ll receive a photo card which offers information about your student, a weekly email detailing current Fortress praise reports and prayer requests, and occasionally, we may reach out to you with a specific prayer request concerning your student. Visit the REVIVE page for more information.

Raise

Organize a fundraiser (car wash, donation drive, garage sale, etc) or donation drive (see our wish list). Contact us for more information.

Save

Commit as a family or group to saving your spare change, or forgoing one regular outing or frivolous spending each month, and donating the savings to Fortress. Contact us for more information.

Special Events/One-Time Needs

RUN A book DRIVE | January-March

We collect new or gently used children's books to give away at our annual Literacy Carnival. Download our book drive flyer in December and email dani@fortressydc.org to schedule a drop-off or pick-up.

Literacy Carnival | March

Volunteer groups are needed to volunteer at our annual Literacy Carnival. Groups serve food, run carnival-style games, and help pass out books to kids in our community. Email dani@fortressydc.org for more information or to sign your group up.

SUMMER MISSION TRIP | JUNE-JULY

Fortress books youth groups from across the country to spend a week serving in our Summer JAM program. For more information, check out our summer groups page.

SCHOOL SUPPLY AND UNIFORM DRIVE | June-August

In August, we host our annual Back 2 School Bash where we supply kids in our neighborhood with new school supplies and uniforms for the school year. Help us by collecting brand-new backpacks, folders, pencils, pencil sharpeners, binders, notebook paper, spiral notebooks, markers, colored pencils, crayons, and pencil bags.

Our kids follow the Fort Worth ISD dress code for elementary schools. Uniform needs include white or navy polo shirts, navy or khaki shorts and skirts, undershirts, belts and socks in all children’s sizes. All donations due Monday, August 15. Email dani@fortressydc.org to schedule a drop-off or pick-up.

Back 2 School Bash | August

Volunteer groups are needed to volunteer at our annual Back 2 School Bash. Groups serve food, run carnival-style games, and help pass out school supplies and uniforms. Email dani@fortressydc.org for more information or to sign your group up.

Trunk or Treat | OCTOBER

Did you know that our kids can't go trick-or-treating in their own neighborhood? For practical reasons (safety and inability for neighbors to buy candy), kids growing up in the near southeast side have to leave their neighborhood and go trick-or-treating in a strange neighborhood without their friends. 

Trunk or Treat volunteers do the following:

  1. Ask your church group, workplace, or friends to join you in bringing a car (or several!) to Fortress that evening.
  2. Decorate your trunk in a (non-scary) Halloween theme.
  3. Bring at least 200 pc. of candy (at our last community event, we had over 120 kids attend!).
  4. Dress up for good measure!

To sign-up to participate in Trunk or Treat, email dani@fortressydc.org

Run a Thanksgiving Food Drive | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER

Run a Thanksgiving Food Drive to help send our families home with a full Thanksgiving meal. Groups and individuals commit to collecting ONE specific food item (for example, canned green beans, stuffing mix, etc.). Donations must be coordinated through Dani Kocur, Program Coordinator, to ensure all needs are met and not duplicated. Email dani@fortressydc.org for more information.

Christmas Wish List | NOVEMBER-DECEMBER

Run a Christmas Wish List drive for Fortress's mentoring and after-school programs. All items on our wish list go towards maintaining our programs.