HHS values our volunteers and interns. Their assistance is vital in providing human services to enhance the quality of services provided by HHS and making a positive difference in the lives of the people we serve. Our volunteers contribute in a variety of ways:
- Help educate people about their Medicare benefits
- Connect with state supporting living centers residents and state hospital patients
To volunteer or intern with a HHS office or state supported living center please fill out the volunteer/intern application and take the required online training. You will be contacted by a program employee when your application is received.
The minimum age to volunteer with HHS is 14; however, an SSLC or state hospital may specify a minimum age over 14 for specific assignments.
SSLC and state hospital volunteers must undergo a criminal background check. Convictions of criminal offenses that bar being accepted as a volunteer can be found in the Health and Safety Code 250.006.
More information about volunteering or interning with an HHS office or state supported living center can be found through the links below.
- Each state supported living center and state hospital 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.
- HHS offers internships and practicum opportunities to enrolled college students. Students can work in almost any part of the agency to gain valuable experience.
The volunteer opportunities below have their own application and orientation process. Visit their webpage to learn more about the program and how to apply.
- 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.
- 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.