We're glad you're here to learn more about education and literacy in the community. Whether you're one of our students going through our GED, ESL, or ABE program, or are a potential volunteer, tutor, or donor, you might be in need of some assistance... and don't know where to start looking. That's why we've compiled this list of other nonprofits and organizations right here in Lubbock! We've outlined what services they provide and how to get in touch with them. Because knowledge is power and who doesn't want a little more power in their lives?
After-School Programs, Summer Programs, and Mentorship for Kids
YWCARE After School Care by the YWCA: YWCAre is a licensed after-school program in collaboration with many area schools. Each site offers educational and recreational activities for pre-K through 5th grade. YWCAre gives working parents a safe, affordable alternative to leaving children home alone. Children also receive a healthy snack every day as a part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Children & Adult Care Food Program.
Guadalupe-Parkway After School Care & Summer Programs: Today, the Guadalupe-Parkway Sommerville Centers provide multiple opportunities for children to grow and learn. Instruction in computers, literacy, competitive sports and fine arts are offered. Enrichment classes provide opportunities for children to develop self-presentation, character, confidence, leadership and discipline.
Early Learning Centers of Lubbock: Early Learning Centers offers an educational, hands on program to help all children grow and develop in their own unique way, but with the end goal being all children leave Kindergarten ready.
Boys & Girls Club of Lubbock After-School & Summer Programs: The Boys & Girls Club of Lubbock provides a safe, positive space for kids at 5 different locations. Through fitness, recreation, sports, leadership development, and character growth, kids make lasting connections and have fun.
Boys Scouts: For more than 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.
Girl Scouts: Supported by adult volunteers and mentors right here in our community, as well as millions of alums around the globe, Girl Scouts lead the way as they discover who they are and how they can make the future a brighter place.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock: Helps children ages 6 to 18 years old reach their full potential through professionally supported, one-to-one matches with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth. Programs include a community-based program and a school-based program. Individuals and couples can serve as mentors.
Armed Forces & Military/Veteran Assistance
The Red Cross: Helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service. From the first day of enlistment, service members are their families are eligible for Red Cross assistance.
Children's Health, Education, & Advocacy
The Children's Advocacy Center: This nonprofit agency is designed to provide child abuse victims with a friendly, culturally-sensitive, non-threatening and neutral environment that offers support and protection.
Lubbock Children's Health Clinic: This nonprofit provides quality health care services for children and care is provided, regardless of an ability to pay for it.
Communities in School: This nonprofit strives to empower kids to stay in school and works within the school system to make it happen.
Family Counseling Services: Our main goal is to provide access to those in need of affordable counseling services. We offer individual, family, marriage, and group counseling to individuals regardless of their ability to pay.
Catholic Charities: Provides persons age 60+ with emergency assistance for dentures, medicines, hearing aids, eyeglasses, and transportation.
Emergency Shelter & Social Services
Lubbock Impact: Social Workers and TTU students studying social work are available each week to advise and help Lubbock Impact families. Dr. Margaret Elbow and Dr. Debra Lavender-Brasher lead the team that meets with our families individually and offers help in all areas.
Lubbock Library: The library now has a social worker at each of their branches during certain times, and can help with topics such as public assistance, homelessness, medical forms, resources for child care, medical directives, and power of attorney forms. Please call your preferred branch location to verify hours!
The Salvation Army: The homeless shelter provides lodging, meals, telephone voicemail, mailboxes, showers, laundry facilities, clothing, casework, referrals and hygiene kits. Family services assist with rent, utilities, prescriptions, food vouchers, and hygiene boxes.
Catholic Charities Parent Empowerment Program: Assists mostly low-income families, with at least one child under the age of 18. We can help low-income people who live in Lubbock even if they do not have children. Those in the program can be assisted with aid in rent, childcare, utilities, books, uniforms, tuition, and mileage reimbursement.
Learn, Inc.: We provide college and career Services for qualifying residents of Lubbock and surrounding counties. We help students of all ages obtain funds to attend college and/or receive training.
Job Training & Placement
Goodwill: Services at the Career Resource Center are offered for free. Lubbock & Amarillo centers have face-to-face and online training opportunities.
Workforce Solutions of the South Plains: Whether you need help in workforce development, need to find a new job, or need training, they can help!
Legal Aid Society: Our office provides assistance in many aspects of family law and elder law. Our office may also be able to offer free legal advice and direction for almost any problem.
Nutrition, Wellness, & Health
Catholic Charities: Free consultations, by appointment, for all ages, on topics including diabetes education (monitoring diet & medication), weight loss, and nutritional advising.
Upbring: The clinic and outreach nurses provide education, screening and referrals to identify persons with undiagnosed chronic health conditions including diabetes, hypertension and chronic obesity, as well as for those with existing complications who wish to maintain their health. In-depth education and nutritional counseling, along with personalized meal plans and medication management occur at the main clinic located at the YWCA on University.
Women’s Health Initiative by the YWCA: Focuses on medically underserved women, uninsured women, low-income, minorities, and younger women by providing them with access to breast and cervical cancer education, screening, treatment and post-diagnosis support.
City of Lubbock: If you need a little more time or other assistance in paying your bills, check out the City of Lubbock Payment Assistance page. It has ways you can extend your current payment date plus other recourses and organizations who can help offer assistance with the money itself.
Women's Protective Services
Voice of Hope: Provides victims of sexual assault and/or sex trafficking with free confidential crisis assistance, advocacy, and support. Also provides case management, follow-up, judicial accompaniment, individual and group counseling to survivors and their loved ones. All services are free.
Women's Protective Services: Women’s Protective Services of Lubbock is an innovative, battered women’s shelter designed to de-institutionalize shelter living, helping families heal and grow into an independent life free from violence. WPS provides crisis intervention, emergency shelter, and support services to battered women and their dependent children across the South Plains. The WPS shelter is designed to provide a complete healing environment for families who seek protection.