Thank you for your interest in volunteering with The Purple Door!  We appreciate your desire to end violence and help make South Texas a healthy, thriving community. Our volunteers play an integral role in the success of our agency. Everyone is gifted with talents and skills. Whether it’s the ability to organize our donation room, prepare a delicious meal for our clients, or bring characters to life as you read stories to the children in our shelter, we will make sure to match your strengths with our agency needs.

Depending on the type of work, some volunteers may need to attend training required by some of our funding sources. Please contact our Resource Assistant at 361-884-2900 for more details and information on the training schedule.

Below is a list of basic volunteer opportunities available with our agency.  But we welcome your ideas – feel free to call our Resource Assistant or if you’re interested in providing another service or project!







This will require HHSC and OAG training. 

Residential Services

  • Shelter Hotline- We have someone answering our shelter hotline 24 hours a day every day. Volunteers can help us by answering the hotline to assist clients and provide referrals when appropriate.
  • Resident and Youth Advocate – Volunteers work with resident advocates in shelter to assist with client’s needs.

Criminal Justice

  • Criminal Justice Court Accompaniment – Volunteers can accompany clients to court to offer support during the legal process.

Sexual Assault Services

  • Sexual Assault Response Team– Volunteers provide immediate response to victims of sexual assault at Doctor’s Regional Hospital.


This will require an agency overview and simple orientation prior to the project. However, if you plan to volunteer in any of these areas regularly, you must complete HHSC Training.

 Prevention and Education

  • Community Education– Volunteers can attend events with staff or conduct their own information table.
  • Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) – Volunteers can assist with filing and clerical work for the BIPP Program.


  • Clerical– Volunteers may assist with clerical work for various programs as needed.
  • Donation Room– Volunteers may assist with sorting the donation room as needed.

Special Projects

This will require an agency overview and simple orientation prior to the project. Groups or individuals can come in and provide any of these activities for residential clients.

  • Provide and serve dinner for up to 65 people
  • Reading circle with youth
  • Art activities
  • Movie Night at the shelter
  • Spa Day for adults
  • Health and Fitness activities for parents and children
  • Cleaning and sorting commodity room
  • Donation drives







*There are many more ideas and projects that can fall under this category.  We welcome your creativity!


If you’d like more information, please call 361-884-2900 and speak with our Resource Assistant.