SIRE THERAPEUTIC HORSEMANSHIP | Min. Age: 13
What Is It?: A non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of life for people with special needs and disabilities through therapeutic horsemanship activities and therapies, and educational outreach.
Help Needed: Volunteers may be side-walkers or horse leaders, or assist with special events, administrative work, barn cleaning, or other tasks.
SMALL STEPS NURTURING CENTER | Min. Age: 12
What Is It?: A non-profit organization that operates two preschools for economically at-risk children, providing a high-quality education, social and emotional support, a nurturing Christian environment, transportation, and nutritious meals.
Help Needed: Summer camp volunteers to help teachers in class, at meals, and on the playground; donations of needed items are also always welcome.
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – ARCHDIOCESE OF GALVESTON-HOUSTON | Min. Age: 8
What Is It?: A nonprofit that helps people in need get back on their feet; it provides short-term financial, material, and emotional support and works one-on-one through advocacy, education, and referral to break cycles of poverty, empower people, and promote self-sufficiency.
Help Needed: Help at resale shops or food pantries, help in the office, or collect needed items.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS TEXAS – GREATER HOUSTON AREA | Min. Age: 8
What Is It?: A charity that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, “giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.”
Help Needed: Help with competitions / events by serving as a timer, scorekeeper, escort, or similar position.
STAR OF HOPE | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A “Christ-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men and women and their children. Positive life changes are encouraged through structured programs which focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and recovery from substance abuse.”
Help Needed: Volunteers may help serve meals, provide evening snacks to women and children, collect school supplies and other needed items, write notes of encouragement, and help with other projects.
STORM WATER INLET MARKING (SWIM) PROGRAM | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: This program’s goal is to mark every storm drain in Harris County in order to prevent pollution from entering our local waterways.
Help Needed: Affix special markers to neighborhood drains that say “No Dumping, Flows to Galveston Bay.” These remind residents to keep pollutants and trash out of the drains. More than 41,000 markers have been placed so far.
STUDENT CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION HOUSTON – CONSERVATION CREW | Min. Age: 14
What Is It?: SCA’s Community Programs “aim to build the next generation of conservation leaders and environmental stewards by getting local Houston youth out into their community and environment to do hands-on service to the land.”
Help Needed: Work on conservation projects throughout Houston, learn about environmental issues, and enjoy outdoor recreation during a 4-week summer program or during 5 weekends during the school year.
TARGET HUNGER | Min. Age: 6
What Is It?: A nonprofit that distributes 3.9 million pounds to food each year to food insecure seniors, children, and families who face the risk of going hungry every day. Its services include food pantries, community and educational gardens, senior home delivery routes, and a free breakfast program.
Help Needed: Volunteers help with the food pantries and distribution center, educational food fairs, community gardens, special events, and administrative tasks. Some organizational work may also be done from home.
TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL | Min. Age: 15
What Is It?: A not-for-profit organization, recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the U.S., whose mission is “to create a healthier future for children and women throughout our global community by leading in patient care, education, and research.”
Help Needed: Serve as a Junior Volunteer for 8 weeks in the summer, or during the school year, create activity kits for patients, or donate other needed items.
TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE ADOPT-A-BEACH PROGRAM | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A program that helps keep Texas beaches clean through annual all-volunteer cleanups; educates Texans about harmful marine debris; and rallies support for intiatives to clean coastal waters.
Help Needed: Join thousands of other volunteers in picking up trash along the Texas coast.
THEATRE UNDER THE STARS: THE RIVER PERFORMING & VISUAL ARTS CENTER | Min. Age: 12
What Is It?: The River provides accessible, affordable, fine arts education for children and young adults with disabilities or chronic illnesses, or who are economically disadvantaged. It offers year-round, barrier-free classes in music, art, drama, and dance.
Help Needed: Assist students and teachers as needed, to provide support for students with disabilities to achieve their creative ideas and goals.
TIRR MEMORIAL HERMANN | Min. Age: 15
What Is It?: One of the nation’s leading rehabilitation and research hospitals, offering personalized treatment programs for individuals who have experienced catastrophic illness or injury.
Help Needed: Volunteers help throughout the hospital, for 3-6 hours per week, for a minimum of 3 months.
TREES FOR HOUSTON | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A charity that plants, protects, and promotes trees throughout the greater Houston area. Since 1983 it has planted more than 500,000 trees along streets, esplanades, and trails; in parks; and around schools.
Help Needed: Help plant trees on Saturday planting days that take place several times each year, usually in November and December.
TWRC WILDLIFE CENTER | Min. Age: 14
What Is It?: An urban wildlife emergency and rehabilitative care facility that cares for injured, orphaned, or ill wild animals brought in by the public. TWRC also conducts outreach programs for youths and adult groups to promote living in harmony with nature.
Help Needed: Assist with education programs, caring for animals, and maintaining the animal care center. Volunteers also feed baby birds, squirrels, and opossums and collect needed items.
UNDIES FOR EVERYONE | Min. Age:
What Is It?: A nonprofit that “enhances the self-esteem, dignity, hygiene, and success of Houston’s disadvantaged students by providing them clean underwear, keeping kids in class and bullies at bay.” It has also distributed nearly a million pairs of underwear to victims of Harvey, Irma, Maria, and the California wildfires.
Help Needed: Help sort and pack donated underwear packages for distribution, or collect underwear to donate.