THE HEALTH MUSEUM | Min. Age: 16
What Is It?: A nonprofit, interactive learning center that inspires passion and curiosity about health, the medical sciences, and the human body, attracting more than 2.5 million visitors a year.
Help Needed: Assist with week-long Summer Discovery Camps relating to medicine, forensic science, and sports.
HERMANN PARK CONSERVANCY | Min. Age: 13
What Is It?: A nonprofit organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park – today and for generations to come.
Help Needed: General park care such as weeding, planting, caring for picnic tables and benches, and repairing trails, or helping with special events.
HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON | Min. Age: 17
What Is It?: A museum dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, and using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides to teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice, and apathy.
Help Needed: Projects could include helping with the Museum’s store or in its resource center & library, or with administrative tasks.
HOUSE OF AMOS | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A non-profit organization that assists people in need through emergency food pantry operations and services designed to assist individuals in gaining healthy families and meaningful employment, and achieving self-sufficiency.
Help Needed: Help organize and distribute food in the Emergency Food Pantry, collect items for or help at the the resale shop, or help with the Christmas celebration.
HOUSTON ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER | Min. Age: 14
What Is It?: A 155-acre non-profit urban nature sanctuary that provides education about the natural environment to people of all ages, and plays a vital role in protecting native plants and animals in the heart of the city where development threatens their survival.
Help Needed: Help with conservation and maintenance of the trails and grounds, summer and school break camps for children, holiday parties and other special events, and/or administrative tasks.
HOUSTON AREA WOMEN’S CENTER | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A nonprofit that provides advocacy, counseling, shelter, and resources to individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence, and works to end domestic and sexual violence through community awareness and education.
Help Needed: Collect needed supplies, including personal items for clients and their children, clothing that women can wear home from the hospital, books for the shelter library, and activity bags for children who testify in court.
HOUSTON BOTANIC GARDEN | Min. Age: 5
What Is It?: Scheduled to open in 2020, the HBG will be “an oasis of great beauty allowing for contemplation, learning, inspiration, and research,” offering displays and programs, serving as a model for sustainability, and inspiring visitors to be stewards of the natural world.
Help Needed: Volunteer projects include horticulture & gardening support, administrative work, cultivating the community garden, and helping with classes and special events.
HOUSTON COMMUNITY TOOLBANK | Min. Age: 16
What Is It?: A nonprofit tool lending program that serves other nonprofits by providing fast and easy access to large volumes of high-quality tools to increase the impact of service projects and community revitalization efforts.
Help Needed: Organize, repair, and/or paint tools; help fulfill tool orders; assemble disaster readiness kits; help with data entry or photography.
HOUSTON FOOD BANK | Min. Age: 6
What Is It?: A nonprofit that feeds 800,000 hungry people each year by distributing food through nearly 600 hunger relief agencies in 18 southeast Texas counties.
Help Needed: Projects include sorting and packaging food, preparing meals, helping provide school supplies to teachers, organizing food drives, posting on social media, and helping with special events.
HOUSTON FURNITURE BANK | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A non-profit that collects home furnishings and distributes them at no cost to families and individuals who have found housing through a social service agency or are assisted through a non-profit community organization.
Help Needed: Needs include assembling or moving furniture, helping with mattress recycling, organizing donated items, or helping in the office.
HOUSTON HABITAT FOR HUMANITY | Min. Age: 16
What Is It?: A nonprofit that, with thousands of sponsors and volunteers, helps build homes for low-income Houstonians. Future homeowners contribute “sweat equity” and complete home maintenance and financial training to buy homes with zero interest mortgages.
Help Needed: Assist with home construction or help at ReStore, Habitat’s donation-based retail store.
HOUSTON HUMANE SOCIETY | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A nonprofit that is “dedicated to, and working towards, ending cruelty, abuse, and the overpopulation of animals while providing the highest quality of life to those in our care.” Programs include pet adoptions, humane education, cruelty investigations, and a low-cost spay/neuter and wellness clinic.
Help Needed: Collect needed items, such as animal food and treats, grooming items, and cleaning supplies.Learn More
HOUSTON METHODIST HOSPITAL CARING TEENS PROGRAM | Min. Age: 15
What Is It?: A program in which teen volunteers provide supplemental services in the hospital, while gaining personal satisfaction, personality development, maturity, and an understanding of various potential health careers.
Help Needed: Possible assignments include administrative tasks, patient support, and hospitality. 2019 application deadline was March 8.
HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE | Min. Age: 16
What Is It?: One of the most popular museums in the U.S., housing the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, and Cockrell Butterfly Center, as well as a variety of traveling and permanent exhibits.
Help Needed: Assist with week-long science summer camps or participate in the Moran EcoTeen summer program.
HOUSTON PETS ALIVE! | Min. Age: 13
What Is It?: A no-kill rescue organization that creates programs to save animals most at risk of euthanasia. Its goal is to “prevent animals from entering a shelter, and for those that do, get them out alive.”
Help Needed: Help care for cats, assist in the donation center, help with adoption events, collect needed items.