BEST BUDDIES TEXAS | Min. Age: 14
What Is It?: A nonprofit “dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for friendships, employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
Help Needed: Assist with the Friendship Walk & 5K fundraiser in April, or help with event planning in the office.Learn More
THE BIRTHDAY JOY PROGRAM | Min. Age: 14
What Is It?: A nonprofit dedicated to bringing birthday parties to children in homeless shelters, group homes, & other disadvantaged situations in Harris and Galveston counties.
Help Needed: Help host birthday parties in Houston, LaPorte, and Liverpool; collect gifts or other party supplies; assemble goody bags, make decorations.
BO’S PLACE | Min. Age: 13
What Is It?: A “bereavement center offering grief support services to children, ages 3 to 18, and their families who have experienced the death of a child or an adult in their immediate family, as well as programs for grieving adults.”
Help Needed: Help serve potluck meals that families provide, or bring and serve a meal; help supervise children in the playground.
BOOKS BETWEEN KIDS | Min. Age: 5
What Is It?: A charity that collects gently used books and distributes them to Houston’s at-risk children. Since 2013 Books Between Kids has distributed more than 700,000 books.
Help Needed:Help organize books at the warehouse on Harwin Drive, or collect books to donate.Learn More
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER HOUSTON | Min. Age: 16
What Is It?: A non-profit organization serving thousands of low-income Houston children and teens ages 6 to 17. Programs include education and career development; arts and cultural enrichment; health and nutrition programs; sports, fitness, and recreation; and character, leadership, and community development programs.
Help Needed: Tutoring, coaching, and assistance with summer programs and special events.Learn More
BRIGHTER BITES | Min. Age: 5
What Is It?: A nonprofit that delivers fresh produce and nutrition education to underserved communities where access to grocery stores stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables is sorely limited.
Help Needed: Help unload and bag the fresh fruits and vegetables we send home to our Brighter Biters each week, and other tasks.Learn More
THE BROOKWOOD COMMUNITY | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A God-centered educational, residential, entrepreneurial community that provides spiritual, educational, & vocational opportunities for adults with special needs.
Help Needed: Help with Saturday fitness activities such as team sports, walking, and biking, and/or assist with Sunday worship services.Learn More
BUFFALO BAYOU PARTNERSHIP | Min. Age: 9
What Is It?: A non-profit organization that is revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s most significant natural resource. Work includes addition of major destinations, landscaping, water features, and pedestrian bridges in Buffalo Bayou Park.
Help Needed: Groups or individuals can help with gardening, invasive species removal, trash pickup, trail work, special events such as KBR Kids Day, or administrative tasks.Learn More
CAMP ARANZAZU, INC. | Min. Age: 16
What Is It?: A year-round camp for children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses located near Rockport, Texas. Campers participate in sports, team building, arts and crafts, and water activities at the completely barrier-free facility.
Help Needed: Activity Leader in Training volunteers stay at camp for a week and help with camp activities, in the office and dining hall, and with other projects. Volunteers may also contribute welcome notes and stuffed animals and help with fundraising events.
CASA DE ESPERANZA DE LOS NIÑOS | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV. Casa de Esperanza provides residential care, and coordinates medical and psychological services according to the needs of each child.
Help Needed: Collect basic needs or items for welcome packages; students may propose other projects.
CASA EL BUEN SAMARITANO | Min. Age: 15
What Is It?: A free, non-profit health clinic that “shares the love of Jesus Christ while providing whole-person — body, soul, spirit — healthcare to the low-income and uninsured population in our community.”
Help Needed: Projects could include computer work, child care, patient education materials, website updates, organization, and building maintenance.
THE CENTER | Min. Age: 15
What Is It?: A nonprofit organization that provides “residential, vocational, and day services that promote individual choice, personal growth, and independence for persons with developmental disabilities.”
Help Needed: Assist with campus beautification projects, engage with clients, collect needed items, and/or package gingersnaps and other baked goods for sale.
CHALLENGER BASEBALL – WEST UNIVERSITY LITTLE LEAGUE | Min. Age: 11
What Is It?: A baseball program for boys and girls with physical and mental challenges. The most fundamental goal of the Challenger Division is to give everyone a chance to play baseball and have a rewarding experience, regardless of limitations.
Help Needed: Buddies help their challenged partners by enabling them to play baseball. This might include pushing wheelchair-bound children around the bases or helping the players bat or field the ball.
CHALLENGER FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, & CHEER | Min. Age: 14
What Is It?: An adaptive program for those with a variety of medical, developmental, and intellectual challenges, where all can participate in sports, aided by Buddies, in an inclusive, safe, and protected environment.
Help Needed: Buddies help their challenged partners, enabling them to participate in football, basketball, or cheer. Other volunteers may help with check-in or with other tasks.
THE CHILDREN'S ASSESSMENT CENTER | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A nonprofit that provides a professional, compassionate, and coordinated approach to the treatment of sexually abused children ages 0-17 and their families and to serve as an advocate for all children in our community.
Help Needed: Collect needed items such as backpacks and school supplies, toiletry bags, Halloween costumes, new books, birthday gifts for therapy clients, therapy graduation gifts, or gifts for the children’s holiday party in December. Volunteers may also help at special weekend events.Learn More