HOUSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY | Min. Age: 14
What Is It?: A Central Library complex and 40 branch locations, “providing a network of materials, services and programs to Houston’s diverse neighborhoods.”
Help Needed: Share library information, work with children, process materials, or help with special projects.
HOUSTON SPCA | Min. Age: 16
What Is It?: Houston’s first and largest animal protection organization and shelter, offering a comprehensive array of animal adoption, shelter, rescue, rehabilitation, and other programs.
Help Needed: Volunteers may work directly with animals or in other areas; they must commit to serve for 8 hours a month for 6 months. The shelter also has a wish list of needed items.
HOUSTON ZOO | Min. Age: 13
What Is It?: A nonprofit organization housing more than 6,000 animals, attracting more than 2 million guests a year and “fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world.”
Help Needed: Help with children’s summer camps, educate visitors while serving as a volunteer Naturalist, or perform other tasks.
INNOVATION SPARK – HOUSTON MAKER FAIRE | Min. Age: 14
What Is It?: Innovation Spark is a nonprofit that works to advance STEM education throughout the Houston area. The 2-day Maker Faire will feature over 80 different exhibitors, with key areas including 3D printing, Legos, Robotics, Education, Virtual Reality, and Makerspaces.
Help Needed: Assist in various areas throughout the event, including the Robotic and Creativity Spaces and the Information and Volunteer Booths.
INTERFAITH MINISTRIES FOR GREATER HOUSTON – ANIMEALS ON WHEELS | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: An Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston program that delivers pet food to the disabled adults and homebound elderly clients that Meals on Wheels serves, so they do not feel compelled to share their limited food and resources with their pets.
Help Needed: Collect, organize, or repackage pet food donations, or deliver pet food to needy homebound seniors.
INTERFAITH MINISTRIES FOR GREATER HOUSTON – CHORE CORPS | Min. Age: -5
What Is It?: An Interfaith Ministries program that matches volunteers with homebound clients to help with chores and tasks that the clients may be unable to do on their own.
Help Needed: Lawn care such as mowing and weeding, laundry, kitchen help, and more. Volunteers choose the services they want to provide.
INTERFAITH MINISTRIES FOR GREATER HOUSTON – EID FOR REFUGEES | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: In celebration of the Islamic holiday of Eid, every year IM gives welcome baskets containing basic housewares and toiletries to newly-arrived refugee families.
Help Needed: 100 volunteers are needed to assemble the welcome kits in two one-hour shifts. Children can make cards to include in the baskets. The 2019 workday is on May 13th.
INTERFAITH MINISTRIES FOR GREATER HOUSTON – MEALS ON WHEELS | Min. Age: 6
What Is It?: The largest Meals on Wheels program in Texas, serving about 4,000 homebound seniors and persons with disabilities each day. Clients are unable to prepare their own meals and have no one else to help with their daily nutrition, making their meal delivery absolutely essential.
Help Needed: Assemble breakfast bags, help with meal delivery, work in the warehouse, make greeting cards, and other projects.
JAPHET CREEK | Min. Age: 9
What Is It?: A charity dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the natural beauty of Japhet Creek Nature Park and “to promote low impact outdoor recreation, conservation, and opportunities that are environmentally and socially responsible.”
Help Needed: Activities include picking up trash, planting native trees and bushes, clearing the paths of vines and limbs, mulching around trees and in pathways, and removing non-native plant species. Note: this organization doesn’t seem to be active right now.
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE OF HOUSTON | Min. Age: 12
What Is It?: A non-profit social service agency that serves Houston’s Jewish community and the general SW Houston community, “strengthening family life, laying the foundation for self-sufficiency, and improving both the social and economic conditions of our clients.”
Help Needed: Help create Shabbat boxes, nosh bags, and holiday gifts for Jewish hospital patients; provide needed items for homebound/needy clients; or perform for seniors.
K-9 ANGELS RESCUE | Min. Age: 16
What Is It?: A 100% volunteer, non-profit canine rescue organization “committed to rescuing and rehoming shelter dogs in and around the City of Houston, regardless of their breed or their circumstance.”
Help Needed: Volunteer in the Adoption Center on weekends (walk dogs and help potential adopters find their perfect match), or collect needed items.
KATY PRAIRIE CONSERVANCY | Min. Age: 12
What Is It?: A nonprofit that “works to protect greenspace for its conservation and recreational benefits, enhance wildlife habitat, restore tallgrass prairie and wetlands, sponsor scientific research, and offer public programming and activities.”
Help Needed: Work at the Indiangrass Preserve (remove invasive species, plant native grasses and other plants, work in plant nursery, collect or package seeds, help maintain trails, and more) or help grow plants at home.
KEEP HOUSTON BEAUTIFUL | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: The city’s leading organization focused on litter reduction, beautification, and recycling education; it provides resources and education to inspire individuals and Houston communities toward greater environmental stewardship.
Help Needed: Help with clean-up, planting, and other beautification projects organized by Keep Houston Beautiful or partner organizations.
KIDS’ MEALS | Min. Age: 4
What Is It?: A nonprofit that works to “end childhood hunger” by delivering free, fresh, healthy meals, year-round Monday through Friday, to the doorsteps of hungry preschool-aged children who live within the charity’s delivery areas.
Help Needed: Volunteers can help prepare meals, collect needed items, and help with special events.
LDS PEANUT BUTTER CANNERY | Min. Age: 16
What Is It?: Through its partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Houston Food Bank receives more than 400,000 jars of fresh peanut butter each year from the LDS Peanut Butter Cannery. The Food Bank is responsible for supplying volunteers and paying for the peanuts used.
Help Needed: Volunteers help produce 3,960 jars of peanut butter in each 4-hour shift. Tasks include sorting the nuts, placing lids on jars, operating the label machine, and packing jars in boxes.