The University of North Texas and the Center for Leadership and Service are proud to partner with a variety of local area non-profit and charitable organizations. For more information about our specific partners, we encourage you to view our community partner information below or contact us at leadandserve@unt.

  • Animal

    Community Partner Name

    Description of Organization

    Contact Information

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    Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center

    Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center is dedicated to providing the opportunity for individuals to become all they were Born 2 Be through a partnership with the horse. Born 2 Be TEC provides safe and affordable therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving programs for children and adults with disabilities. We are located in Sanger, Texas. Our instructors are all PATH certified in riding, driving or both. Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center is dedicated to providing the opportunity for individuals to become all they were Born 2 Be through a partnership with the horse. Born 2 Be TEC provides safe and affordable therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving programs for children and adults with disabilities. We are located in Sanger, Texas. Our instructors are all PATH certified in riding, driving or both.

    Sarah McArdke

  • Environmental/Sustainability

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    Description of Organization

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    Aunt Sue's Barn

    Provide homegrown berries to the community for many years such as blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

    Sue Newhouse

    Keep Corinth Beautiful, Inc.

    Keep Corinth-Alcorn Beautiful strives to make our community a clean, green and better place to live. KCAB is committed to increasing green space through our beautification projects. We are working hard to promote responsible handling of waste with our Household Hazardous Waste Day and Litter Prevention Education efforts. Please help us keep Corinth Alcorn a beautiful place to live by doing your part.,

    Keep Denton Beautiful, Inc.

    “To engage our community in creating a clean and beautiful Denton.” For nearly three decades, we have partnered with Denton neighborhoods, businesses, community groups, and families to achieve our vision of a clean, beautiful, vibrant city. 

    Carly Weld

    Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA)

    Vision: "To heal the land and restore the bond between people and nature, ensuring the preservation of our natural heritage for the future." Mission: "To preserve and restore native Texas ecosystems and biodiversity while providing opportunities for environmental education, research, and recreation."

    Richard Freiheit

    Ray Roberts Lake State Park and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

    Opportunities to volunteer at the Texas Park & Wildlife Department in ways such as: boating, state parks, conservation education, fishing & hatcheries, outdoor skills, Texas Master Naturalist, special events & projects, hunting, and wildlife & citizen science.

    Kenneth Saintonge, TPWD Region 6, AmeriCorps VISTA

    River Legacy Living Science Center

    Our key initiative is to educate the next generation of environmental stewards using the resources of River Legacy Parks and River Legacy Living Science Center. Starting with children as young as 3 years old, our environmental education programs expose children to the wonders of nature and their place in it. Through education, we preserve the Trinity River and its unique eco-system.

    Sherrie Ripple
    817-860-6752 x109

    SCRAP Denton

    SCRAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.

    Kari Meyercord-Westerman, Rachel Weaver

  • Education

    Community Partner Name

    Description of Organization

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    Ascendant Community Education (ACE)

    Ascendant Community Education, (”ACE”) is a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to improve the lives of affordable housing residents by providing them with supportive services that are educational and otherwise beneficial. ACE creates and coordinates events, workshops, classes, and other services designed to bolster the long term well-being, self-sufficiency, and quality of life of low income residents of all ages.

    Rachel Naldi

    City Year

    Students who drop out earn roughly $1 million less than high school graduates. Furthermore, out-of-school, out-of-work youths collectively cost Americans about $1.6 trillion in increased social services and lost earnings and taxes over the course of their lifetimes. But there is a solution. Using near-peer mentors in Dallas' most under-served schools to address specific areas that lead to students dropping out, City Year helps close the gap, between what students need to succeed and what schools are designed to provide.


    Communities In Schools of North Texas (CISNT)

    The mission of Communities In Schools of North Texas is to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

    Katie McInnis,

    Community Storehouse

    Closing the gap between opportunity and achievement for the children in our community. Dedicated to the education and well-being of low-income children in our community. 

    Meagan Gilbert

    Explorium Denton Children's Museum

    Our purpose is to provide opportunities for children and their families to learn and play together. We believe that children should be able to explore their curiosities in a safe environment. Engaging the community, including the family unit, is imperative in a child’s development. 

    Anyah Martinez

    Fred Moore Day Nursery School, Inc.

    Our mission is to serve low-income families in our community by offering a comprehensive, affordable and well-balanced care for children 6 weeks old to 5 years old by delivering a positive and quality early childhood educational experience. Resulting in school reediness and positive educational outcomes for children and opportunities of improved economic outcomes for parents.

    Shante Weaver

    United Way of Denton County

    We are a locally-governed, autonomous, 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization that was founded in 1951. United Way of Denton County is a powerful movement of volunteers and donors in our community striving to make a difference. Across Denton County, a diverse range of passionate and compassionate people LIVE UNITED to serve those in need across our Denton County.

    Alicia McElroy
    940-566-5851 x19

    UNT B.S. in Nonprofit Leadership Studies

    Are you interested in making a difference in your community? Do you have a passion for helping children or are you looking to pursue a career with a cause? Are you ready to prepare yourself to be ready for future leadership and career opportunities? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a Bachelor of Science in Nonprofit Leadership Studies at the University of North Texas may be for you.

    Laura Keyes

  • Food Insecurity

    Community Partner Name

    Description of Organization

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    Christian Community Action

    For more than 40 years, Christian Community Action (CCA) has been healing, feeding, and educating families in need throughout Collin, Dallas, Denton, Tarrant, and Wise counties. What started as a Bible study group of seven people in 1973 has grown into an organization of over 150 staff members, and more than 2,500 volunteers. Headquartered in Lewisville, CCA is one of the largest private nonprofits in North Texas, providing more than 10,000 individual services each year.

    Thelma Cantu


    Our mission is to fight the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy, and friendship. Our biggestvolunteer need is at our Food Pantry. Open Tuesday through Friday, our Food Pantry serves over 800 food insecure neighbors each week.

    Meredith Parrott

    The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

    Nancy Ann Pace

    UNT Food Pantry

    The University of North Texas is taking action to address food insecurity among its students, and is doing so with a vision of partnership and community building. The Dean of Students Office has established a pantry that will provide an accessible on-campus food source for students in need. The food pantry launched at the start of the spring 2015 semester and is currently housed in the Union.

    Rosie Ridgway

  • Homelessness

    Community Partner Name

    Description of Organization

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    Giving Hope Inc.

    Giving Hope, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that serves individuals and families experiencing or at-risk of homelessness in Denton County, Texas. Our agency receives federal, state, and local government grants as well as funds from private donors and other grantmakers. Since 1986, our housing assistance programs have helped thousands to stabilize and become self-sufficient.

    Kevin Campbell
    940-382-0609  x305

    Monsignor King Outreach Center

    The mission of the Monsignor King Outreach Center is to render emergency assistance, care, and comfort to members of the Denton County community who are experiencing homelessness by providing shelter, a nourishing meal, and supportive services in collaboration with other community agencies.

    Debbie Millican

  • Human Rights

    Community Partner Name

    Description of Organization

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    Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center

    Our staff and trained advocates are available to help those impacted by sexual violence navigate the journey of healing in a safe and confidential environment. Sexual violence doesn’t discriminate. We serve all individuals who have been impacted by sexual violence with respect and compassion. This includes women, men, the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, refugees, and all other survivors of sexual violence. DARCC’s comprehensive program includes counseling, crisis intervention and advocacy for those whose lives have been affected by sexual violence. DARCC is also committed to social change through prevention, education and outreach programs to the community.

    Sean Woods

    Denton County Friends of the Family

    We provide compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, while partnering with our community to promote safety, hope, healing, justice, and prevention.

    Stephanie Honeycutt
    940-387-5131 x103

    Refuge for Women

    Refuge for Women is a non-profit, faith-based organization providing specialized long-term care for women who have escaped human trafficking or sexual exploitation. With multiple locations across the U.S., Refuge for Women offers up to twelve months of safe housing, at no charge to the resident, with around the clock care as clients progress through evidence-based, trauma-informed programming. The compassionate staff is trained to help residents work through the program to reclaim their identities and reach their goals to overcome addictions, heal from trauma and develop life skills leading to healthy, balanced living and financial independence. Refuge for Women strives to help each woman complete the program with a vision for her future, equipped to succeed and sustain a life marked with dignity and hope.


    The Turning Point

    OUR MISSION is to provide counseling, education, and advocacy for those impacted by sexual violence. OUR VISION is to deliver the highest quality of comprehensive treatment services for survivors of all forms of sexual violence and to set the standard for prevention education that promotes social change to end bullying, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.

    Breanna Lewis, Jessica Mase

  • Health

    Community Partner Name

    Description of Organization

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    Ability Connection

    Ability Connection is committed to providing world-class services designed to enrich the lives of people with disabilities…one person at a time. 

    Felecia McBride

    Accord Hospice

    Accord Palliative and Hospice Care, Inc. provides hospice services for the patients in their preferred setting. Our staff can provide hospice care for the patient in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, independent livings or in the patient’s own home.

    Theresa Johnston

    American Red Cross

    The American Red Cross of North Texas serves a population of over 9 million people across 121 counties in some of the state’s most geographically and weather-diverse landscapes. Our compassionate volunteers care for and support our friends and neighbors who face the worst moments of their lives due to disasters. The Red Cross in North Texas works with the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and the international Red Cross and Red Crescent network to serve our neighbors down the street, across the country and around the world. Our mission at the Red Cross empowers people to become survivors. Through trainings and reinforcing preparedness steps, knowledge becomes action and action saves lives.

    Pat Sherwood

    Camp Summit, Inc.

    Camp Summit is a one-of-a-kind camp for individuals with disabilities where the emphasis is on each campers' abilities rather than their disabilities. Traditional camp activities are adapted to each individual, provided in our barrier-free facilities, and implemented by trained, caring staff. Our campers are grouped by age, providing the opportunity to make friends within peer groups while having fun and experiencing new adventures.

    Lisa Braziel

    Comfort Care Hospice

    Comfort Care Hospice specializes in providing comfort and palliative care to terminally-ill patients when curative treatment is no longer an option. Our care focuses on comfort and support to both patients and families through pain and symptom management, nursing care, psycho-social, emotional, and spiritual services.

    Jessica Wauson

    Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

    The Northeast Texas Chapter - Dallas of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation welcomes you! Volunteers are the key to our success and the lifeblood of our organization. We have many opportunities for you to get involved. Your participation in any way will help us achieve our mission – finding a cure for all people with CF. Take a moment to check out our upcoming events and learn more.

    Angela Earle

    Denton Rehab & Nursing

    Our skilled nursing staff works around the clock to deliver expert care with a personal touch.  Denton Rehab is known for its long-standing excellence in physical therapy, compassionate skilled nursing care, and outstanding customer service.

    Brenda Elliott
    940- 397-8508

    Heart to Heart Hospice of Texas

    Heart to Hospice is dedicated to providing compassionate care and support while fostering the highest quality of life possible during this challenging period for yourself or a loved one.  Please view the contact information below to find a Heart to Heart Hospice program in your area.

    Debra Wyatt

    Magnolia Hospice

    Magnolia Hospice offers medical care toward a different goal: maintaining or improving quality of life for someone whose illness, disease or condition is unlikely to be cured.

    Tonya Eisenhauer

    Make-A-Wish North Texas

    Since 1980, Make-A-Wish® has been creating life-changing wish experiences for children with critical illnesses around the world. Wishes have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give children with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope. Wishes even reunite families and enrich entire communities. Every eligible child needs a wish to count on!

    Jennifer Fomin

    Muscular Dystrophy Association

    Families are at the heart of MDA's mission. We wake up every morning to create more hope and answers for families living with muscular dystrophy and related diseases that take away physical strength and mobility. We do this by finding research breakthroughs across diseases, caring for kids and adults from day one and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.

    Amanda Johnson

    Solaris Hospice

    Solaris provides award-winning hospice care. We are committed to providing exceptional care and service to our patients and their families, allowing them to put life first. Our team of doctors, nurses, aides, therapists, and counselors bring comfort and support to both patients and families.


    The Good Samaritan Society of Lake Forest Village

    Good Samaritan Society – Lake Forest Village is the only retirement community in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that offers a country-like atmosphere just minutes away from shopping and medical facilities. Our 80-acre campus provides a variety of options to help enhance your life.

    Jamie Compton

  • Poverty

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    Description of Organization

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    Chisholm Trail RSVP, Inc./ AmeriCorps VISTA program

    The VISTA North Texas program embraces the idea that private citizens can contribute, on a voluntary basis, to the solution of poverty and poverty-related problems. The VISTAs’ role in addressing the problems of poverty in a particular community is to mobilize community resources and increase the capacity of the low-income community.

    Christina Penland

  • Youth

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    Description of Organization

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    CASA of Denton County

    When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate®, or CASA.

    Hannah McCurrin

    Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Home

    In response to Christ's love and example, we serve children and families by providing healing and hope.

    Debbie Garrett
    940-382-5112 x249

  • Other

    Aquatics Rules: Policies are subject to change to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all participants. Lifeguards have authority over patrons regarding policy enforcement.

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    Denton Black Film Festival

    Storytelling is the core of any culture. And at the Denton Black Film Festival, we share stories of the Black community – it’s traditions, ideas, and experiences – in a multitude of ways. Each festival, held annually in January, features Black cinema, music, art, spoken word, comedy, food, and fashion. It’s our way of bringing the Black experience to life.

    Goodwill Dallas Industries

    Goodwill empowers individuals with disabilities and disadvantages to invest in themselves, stretching the boundaries of what’s possible, and serving as a roadmap to achieve personal success and strengthen families.

    Habitat for Humanity Restore

    Habitat for Humanity of Denton County is part of a global, nonprofit organization operated on Christian principles. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and should be a matter of conscience and action for all.


    The Greater Denton Arts Council

    The Greater Denton Arts Council has served the Denton community for almost 50 years. The Arts Council provides foundational support for Denton’s artists and community arts organizations and collaborates frequently with area universities, the Denton Independent School District, and the City of Denton. The Arts Council presents a full schedule of programs and exhibitions in its flagship facility in historic downtown Denton, the Patterson-Appleton Center Arts Center.

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