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: 12
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.
TXU ENERGY HOUSTON TURKEY TROT | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A Thanksgiving Day foot race for about 15,000 runners; the event supports BakerRipley, formerly Neighborhood Centers, the largest community development organization in Texas.
Help Needed: Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help with packet pickup, race day setup, water stations, serving food, and more.
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.
URBAN HARVEST | Min. Age: 3
What Is It?: A nonprofit that, through its community gardens, education, and Farmers’ Markets, “inspires and empowers people of diverse backgrounds to grow and share healthy foods, in the process enriching the city we all call home.”
Help Needed: Gardening; helping with classes or events, such as the annual fruit tree sale; working on large-scale Earth Day projects.
VITA LIVING, INC. | Min. Age: 14
What Is It?: A non-profit that provides lifelong support programs for adults and children with disabilities like cerebral palsy and autism, “to help them live meaningful, independent lives in the communities we share.” Current programs include 17 group homes; respite care; nursing; and transportation.
Help Needed: Volunteers are invited to lead activities with clients, such as making cards, doing crafts, and playing sports, or work on home improvement projects such as painting, gardening, and organizing.
VOLUNTEERS FOR ANIMAL PROTECTION, INC. | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A non-profit, no-kill, volunteer-run animal welfare organization in Kingwood that rescues and places abandoned, abused, and neglected cats and dogs into permanent loving homes.
Help Needed: Help care for animals (socialize them, clean living spaces), assist with adoption events, collect needed items, do chores around shelter, including outdoor work.
WILDLIFE CENTER OF TEXAS | Min. Age: 16
What Is It?: A non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured, sick, oiled, and orphaned native wild animals.
Help Needed: Care for animals, help with community education or special events, or collect needed supplies.
WILLOW WATERHOLE GREENSPACE CONSERVANCY | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: This 290-acre greenway offers Houstonians recreational opportunities and helps control flooding, and includes ponds, native plants, walking trails and gazebos, and a variety of wildlife.
Help Needed: Help with planting; cleaning and maintaining the landscape; refurbishing, replacing, or adding signs or other features; or volunteering at the annual MusicFEST.