AISHEL HOUSE | Min. Age: 13
What Is It?: A charity that offers “the comforts of home and community” — including meals, accommodations, Jewish chaplaincy, child care, and transportation — to patients who come to the Texas Medical Center from around the world.
Help Needed: Deliver meals, create holiday food or crafts for patients, help care for children of patients or family members, sing holiday songs for patient families, and perform other helpful tasks.Learn More
AMAZING PLACE | Min. Age: 16
What Is It?: A day program that provides fellowship, memory care, and wellness for adults with mild to moderate memory loss, and support to their families and the community.
Help Needed: Visit with participants and join them in activities and outings, or participate in the STARS summer internship program.
AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION TOUR DE CURE (HOUSTON) | Min. Age: 12
What Is It?: A family-friendly bicycle ride dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes. It includes a variety of routes, a 5k walk/run, and a festival. 2019 date is September 21.
Help Needed: Setup, registration, rest stops, start/finish line cheer teams, children’s area, lunch tent, clean up, and more.Learn More
ANGELA HOUSE | Min. Age: 14
What Is It?: A transitional home for women coming out of incarceration. “Through comprehensive programs and partnerships, Angela House residents are given the opportunity and tools to maintain a positive lifestyle.”
Help Needed: Projects could include helping organize the clothing room or other areas, tutoring women in GED topics or basic computer skills, helping with special events or holiday decorations, helping with administrative tasks, or collecting needed items.
ASIA SOCIETY TEXAS CENTER | Min. Age: 15
What Is It?: A global non-profit that serves as “the leading force in forging closer ties between Asia and the West through arts, education, policy, and business.”
Help Needed: Help with ExploreAsia or Dances of Asia Summer Camps, or assist with AsiaFest (May). AsiaFest was postponed to June 29-30 this year (2019) because of rain in May. Volunteers needed!Learn More
ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF HOUSTON – ASSISTEENS | Min. Age: 14
What Is It?: An all-volunteer organization “committed to serving the educational and emotional needs of disadvantaged children and young adults, as well as families in crisis, in the greater Houston area.” Programs include providing school uniforms, scholarships, and holiday celebrations.
Help Needed: The Assisteens group works on projects throughout the year, including providing birthday party supplies to needy elementary students and helping with holiday celebrations for senior citizens.
AVDA (AID TO VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE) | Min. Age: 14
What Is It?: A non-profit that works to end family violence by advocating for the safety and self-determination of victims, promoting accountability for abusers, and fostering a community response to abuse.
Help Needed: Assist with office tasks or special events, or help translate for clients.
AVONDALE HOUSE | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A non-profit organization that provides educational services to children and young adults with autism. Services include a year-round day school, a smaller day habilitation program for young adults, and three residential group homes.
Help Needed: Help with activities such as games, crafts, and celebrations; assist with special events; help spruce up grounds or facilities; or collect needed items.
BAKER RIPLEY CITIZENSHIP & IMMIGRATION FORUMS | Min. Age: 16
What Is It?: BakerRipley is a United Way agency that brings resources, education, and connection to more than half a million Texans each year, offering “innovative solutions to help low-income families in emerging neighborhoods get a foothold in the region’s economy.“
Help Needed: Help applicants complete their naturalization (citizenship) applications at monthly Citizenship & Immigration forums, serve as runners or interpreters, or assist at registration.
BAKER RIPLEY HOUSTON TURKEY TROT | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A Thanksgiving Day foot race for about 15,000 runners; the event supports BakerRipley, formerly Neighborhood Centers, the largest community development organization in Texas.
Help Needed: Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help with packet pickup, race day setup, water stations, serving food, and more.
BARC | Min. Age: 13
What Is It?: A city agency that cares for and helps find homes for thousands of animals each year, and provides many other services.
Help Needed: Needs include animal care, help with adoption and other events, foster pantry organization, facility beautification, and administrative help.
BAYOU CITY ART FESTIVAL | Min. Age: 13
What Is It?: Each year the nonprofit Art Colony Association produces the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown (fall) and Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park (spring) to raise money to support local nonprofit organizations. 2019 fall dates are October 12 & 13.
Help Needed: Help at the Children’s Creative Zone or Information Booth, take tickets, greet guests, check in volunteers, provide refreshments to artists and volunteers, or take photos.Learn More
BAYOU CITY BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK | Min. Age: 2
What Is It?: A nonprofit that provides weekend meals to elementary school-aged children who are eligible for school lunch programs during the week, but are in danger of going hungry on weekends.
Help Needed: Volunteers may assemble bags of easy-to-prepare food, deliver the bags to the children’s schools, and/or donate pantry items.
THE BEACON | Min. Age: 13
What Is It?: A nonprofit that provides services — meals, showers, laundry service, case management, medical and psychiatric care, pro bono legal services, and pastoral care — that “help restore dignity, self-respect, and hope to Houston’s poor and homeless.”
Help Needed: Volunteer activities include helping prepare and serve meals, laundering and folding clothes, and greeting clients.
BEAR / BE A RESOURCE FOR CPS KIDS | Min. Age: 12
What Is It?: A nonprofit dedicated to restoring dignity and hope to abused and neglected children involved in Harris County Child Protective Services. BEAR provides basic necessities to the children in care, and support to the caseworkers of CPS.
Help Needed: Help provide and/or organize donations of basic supplies, holiday gifts, or school supplies, or help with celebrations for youth who are graduating from CPS care.