Our purpose is to inspire a more engaged community by helping people find their purpose and act on it.
Our vision is to transform the world by cultivating volunteers and enabling leaders in the South Plains.
Our mission is to connect, empower, and transform the community through purposeful volunteerism and leadership development.
The Volunteer Center of Lubbock was first established in 1990 to connect volunteers with community needs and to provide nonprofit management assistance to area nonprofit organizations. When you ask us what we do, we will tell you we are in the business of community engagement. When you ask us why, we will tell you that we believe a more engaged community has the potential to transform the world. Our work is made possible due to our history of strong collaborative partnerships. We strive to keep a close relationship with our 100+ Agency Partners in order to build a culture of service throughout the South Plains. Beyond that, we strive to develop the next generation of leaders through our partnerships with 40 area middle and high schools, as well as through service and leadership programming specifically geared towards youth and young professionals.
We are committed to developing high performing teams in all areas of our community, whether for profit, nonprofit, or otherwise. We also work to obtain and sustain partnerships with local organizations and businesses in an effort to help the entire community grow and flourish. We are affiliated with the Lubbock Area United Way, Texas Association of Volunteer Centers, Nonprofit Management Association of Texas, Board Source, and Hands On Network. These collaborations provide wide access to information and resources dealing with volunteerism and nonprofit management. In 2020, the Volunteer Center of Lubbock provided services to over 50,000 people across the South Plains.
Sharon Hyde Bass
Sharon has the joy of overseeing all programs and services of the Volunteer Center’s community engagement business. Her delight is in seeing people with a desire to help being connected with opportunities that need what they have to offer. Her personal mission of facilitating, encouraging, and supporting people in maximizing their uniqueness to change the world has been an ideal fit with the Volunteer Center’s purpose. Her roles include enterprise strategy and alignment, program development, staff development, and relationship building. She also provides training, facilitation, and consultation on a wide range of topics. She has a BS in Elementary Education from UT-Austin and a MS in Human Development from TTU.
Sharon has volunteered extensively. Currently, she serves on the TTU Center for Public Service Advisory Board, and the Junior League of Lubbock Advisory Board. She has been honored with the YWCA Woman of Excellence Award (2010), the Association of Fundraising Professionals Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award (2013), the Women in Communications George Mahon Award (with Byrnie – 2014), the Rita Harmon United Way Award (with Byrnie – 2015), and the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Connect Award (2016).
Besides cooking, Sharon enjoys reading, gardening, eating yummy foods (at places near and far) and spending time with family and friends.
Melissa is a transplant to Lubbock as of August 2019. She is originally from the Pacific Northwest, but has lived throughout the country, including Chicago and New York most recently. She spent most of her career in the Private sector in Human Resources and the for profit business side until her time in Chicago when she switched over to serving in the Social Justice Non-Profit sector. She continued that type of work in New York, so was thrilled to connect with Sharon in the Fall of 2019 after moving to Lubbock. She has a passion for hearing and telling people's stories, believing that hearing and sharing stories displays how much we have in common and has the ability to build bridges instead of walls. She is inspired by the ways she says the Youth Divisions serve so selflessly in the Lubbock area, and loves the connections that are made between agency partners through the Leaderships series and workshops that the VCL offers. There's nothing more inspiring than seeing people from different walks of life come together for the common good.
Melissa and her husband Brady (a TTU Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and the reason they are in Lubbock) met at Washington State University, where they both graduated from, and are the proud parents of 3 grown wonderful daughters and one son in law.
Riley is from Frisco, Texas and came to Lubbock in 2016 to attend Texas Tech University. During her senior year of college, Riley started an internship at the Volunteer Center as the Media & Communication Intern and in the spring, became a Student Assistant. Riley graduated in 2020 with a degree in Communication Studies from the College of Media and Communication. After graduating, she decided to stay in Lubbock and work full-time at the Volunteer Center as the Engagement Coordinator. She loves being able to work with adults, youth and families to find their best volunteer fit and to give back to the Lubbock community.
Riley enjoys quality time with her friends and family, diet lemonade from Chick-fil-A and walks with her black lab, Beau.
Kaley Ihfe moved to Lubbock in 2012, quickly becoming involved in the life of the community through volunteer work with Lubbock ISD, several nonprofits, and her church. Kaley grew up mostly in the Dallas area then lived in Abilene and Austin before moving to Lubbock. She has a BS in Communication, a MEd in School Counseling, and a MA in Ministry—all from Abilene Christian University. She loves getting to know people, hearing their stories, and helping connect them with others in the community. She also enjoys helping people better understand themselves and each other and helping them develop skills that will lead to success in different arenas of life. She is excited to be a part of the Volunteer Center since it is doing all of these things! She will be working in Leadership Development.
Kaley and her husband, Karl, have a teenage son and daughter who stay busy with all kinds of high school activities. Kaley enjoys reading, writing, cooking, gardening, exercising, and traveling.
Kayla was born and raised in Lubbock. After graduating from Coronado High School, she went on to get her degree at Texas Tech University. There she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Electronic Media and Communication. Kayla started as an intern at the Volunteer Center, and now works full time doing all things communications and operations. As a Lubbock native, she is excited to give back to the city and help it thrive.
In her down time, Kayla enjoys mountain biking, roller skating, and spending time with her two dogs, Charlie and Colt.
Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, D'Ann got involved in serving in the community and connecting with the Volunteer Center of Lubbock at a young age. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Business, focusing in marketing and nonprofit management. After working at the Volunteer Center post college, D'Ann relocated to the Pacific Northwest with her family. She rejoined our team in 2020, coordinated communications and digital engagement remote. She loves Tex-Mex, her husky dog, tea lattes and paddle boarding.
Candace was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. She attended Hutchinson Middle School and Lubbock High school and decided to stay in Lubbock to attend Texas Tech University where she is currently in her sophomore year. Candace was a United Way Youth Division officer during high school. Before that, she had participated in volunteerism, but once she became involved in Youth Division, she realized how great an impact volunteering really has in her community. Along with volunteering, Candace also enjoys many activities such as reading, biking, and listening to podcasts.
Our Board of Directors