CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER (CCSC) | Min. Age: 11
What Is It?: A nonprofit organization that serves “the poor, hungry, disabled, and otherwise needy while respecting their religious, ethnic, or cultural differences. ”
Help Needed: Volunteers help CCSC provide food, clothing, school supplies, and Christmas gifts to its low-income clients.
CHRISTMAS BOXES OF BLESSING – CHRIST THE KING PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A program that “aims to meet the challenges of food insecure families with dignity and hope.” It fills more than 5,000 Boxes of Blessing with enough food to feed a family for one week during the Christmas holiday. Partner schools and ministries distribute the boxes to families that they work with all year.
Help Needed: High school & college age volunteers assemble the cardboard boxes during one evening in November, and 600 volunteers of all ages fill the boxes in December.
CITIZENS FOR ANIMAL PROTECTION (CAP) | Min. Age: 14
What Is It?: A private, non-profit organization that provides shelter, adoption, foster care, rescue, and other services, as well as humane education and community outreach programs to encourage love and respect for animals.
Help Needed: Help care for shelter animals, assist visitors, help at the clinic, represent CAP at festivals or other events, help at the Pet Supply Shop, and more.
CORRIDOR RESCUE – A STREET DOG RESCUE | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A nonprofit that works to rescue, rehabilitate, and find permanent, loving homes for abandoned animals in Houston’s “Corridor of Cruelty” ( east of I-59 off Little York).
Help Needed: Help replenish feeding stations, transport animals or supplies, work at adoption events, take photos or videos, donate needed items, and more.
CYCLE HOUSTON | Min. Age: 6
What Is It?: A children’s charity, formerly called Elves and More, that is dedicated to improving literacy in Grades K-3 by rewarding students with new bicycles for achieving better academic performance in the classroom.
Help Needed: Build bicycles in 3 or 4 hour shifts. (Training is provided.)
DEPELCHIN CHILDREN’S CENTER | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A nonprofit agency that works to break the cycles of child abuse and neglect, integrating “prevention, foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children who are at risk of entering or are in the State’s child welfare system.”
Help Needed: Collect and donate new items such as school supplies, holiday gifts, household items, toys, and clothing. The Center provides holiday wish lists and other information.
DESCENDANTS OF OLIVEWOOD, INC. | Min. Age: 0
What Is It? A nonprofit organization that is working to clean, beautify, and revitalize the 6-acre Olivewood Cemetery, Houston’s first incorporated African American cemetery, which had suffered decades of neglect.
Help Needed: Tasks include mowing grass, clearing weeds and brush, and planting flowers.
DON GREENE NATURE PARK | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A one acre neighborhood pocket park near the edge of Bellaire that “Eagle Scout, Outfitter, Outdoor Educator, and Conservationist” Donald Greene left to Harris County at his death in 2014.
Help Needed: Help restore the park by attending a monthly workday, or scheduling a planting/restoration project.
DRESS A GIRL AROUND THE WORLD | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A program that “delivers dresses & hope to girls in need & at risk around the world,” including within the U.S. The program is run by Hope 4 Women International, a Christian organization based in Arizona.
Help Needed: Make simple cotton sundresses from instructions provided; the dresses are then delivered to needy girls.
DRESS FOR SUCCESS HOUSTON | Min. Age: 16
What Is It?: A nonprofit that works to “empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and life.”
Help Needed: Organize donations of clothing and accessories, or help watch clients’ children (ages 4-11) during meetings.
EASTER SEALS GREATER HOUSTON – CAMP BUCKAROO | Min. Age: 13
What Is It?: A week-long day camp for children ages 6-14 with disabilities and their siblings to attend together.
Help Needed: Volunteers work one on one with a camper and act as his or her buddy all week at camp, developing a strong bond.
EASTER SEALS GREATER HOUSTON – CAMP SMILES | Min. Age: 16
A week-long overnight camp for children ages 6-14 with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders, at the barrier-free Camp for All. Each day campers participate in typical outdoor camp activities like rock climbing, fishing, paint ball, karaoke, swimming, and many more; all activities been adapted to fit the needs of each camper.
Help Needed: Each teen counselor spends a week at camp with a camper buddy. Camp takes place in July.
EMERGENCY AID COALITION | Min. Age: 5
What Is It?: An interfaith organization that collaborates to provide temporary assistance in the form of food, clothing, and other basic needs, with an emphasis on serving the working poor.
FISHER HOUSE – MICHAEL E. DeBAKEY VA MEDICAL CENTER | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: The Houston Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for families and patients receiving medical care within MEDVAMC. It is available free of charge to families of Veterans being treated for long-term illnesses.
Help Needed: Provide meals or snacks, decorate for various holidays and bring holiday treats, collect needed items; help enhance the landscaping; and other projects.
FREE THE CAPTIVES HOUSTON | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A Christian nonprofit that fights teenaged human trafficking in Houston through aftercare, prevention, deterrence, and awareness, partnering with non-profits, law enforcement, and government agencies in the fight against modern day slavery.
Help Needed: Help with annual events such as the Freedom Fest & 5K, Christmas Market, and OTC Outreach Event, or sponsor a trafficked teen for Christmas.