DFPS caseworkers rely on our communities to help families struggling with abuse, neglect, and exploitation, and volunteers play a critical role in helping DFPS accomplish its mission. Eleven thousand, five hundred and ninety-six (11,596) trained volunteers and 284 volunteer groups worked with DFPS to help families. Volunteers logged 11,885  hours doing a variety of important things to help Texans who are least able to protect themselves. Examples include answering phones and text messages at the Texas Youth Hotline and building community resources for families. DFPS volunteers donated time worth $2,813,907.75 based on the hourly rate of volunteer time in Texas. You can learn how to become a DFPS volunteer.