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SEARCH HOMELESS SERVICES – HOUSE OF TINY TREASURES

What Is It?: “A nationally accredited early childhood education program that provides developmentally-appropriate education for children ages 2-5 whose lives have been impacted by homelessness.  The full-day, year-round, entirely free to families program includes learning grounded in the Reggio Emilia curriculum, meals and snack, transportation services, and art/speech/play therapy.”

 

Help Needed: Make tablecloths, help with seasonal festivals, collect holiday wish-list gifts or basic supplies, or help organize anin-house field trip” at HTT.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 12, if serving onsite. Volunteers age 12-17 must serve with an adult chaperone unless cleared with Volunteer Coordinator Molly Martin in advance. Volunteers must be at least 18 to volunteer onsite without an adult chaperone.

Help Needed

 

MAKE TABLECLOTHS

“At HTT, the students eat breakfast and lunch daily using reusable tablecloths, plates, and cutlery.  We run through tablecloths fairly quickly and love it when volunteers create them to replenish our supplies.  Any durable and washable fabric (e.g. cotton) works well, and volunteers can cut the fabric to size and decorate the tablecloths with fabric paint, fabric markers, etc.  We have 36” round tables and 30” x 44” rectangular tables.”

 

 

 

HELP WITH SEASONAL FESTIVALS

“We run these events carnival-style and ask volunteers to get involved by supplying and manning one of our carnival booths!  Options would include the classic duck pond and/or fishing games, a cupcake/cake walk, face painting, balloon art, a photo booth, or decorating seasonal objects like holiday trees or mini pumpkins.  We are also very open to volunteer suggestions and interests!  We usually request about 4 volunteers per station.  Please reach out to Volunteer Coordinator Molly Martin to inquire about dates and times.”

 

 

ORGANIZE AN “IN-HOUSE FIELD TRIP”

Volunteer groups can work with outside organizations (Houston Museum of Natural Science Docents to Go, The Health Museum Health Adventures, Houston Zoo ZooMobile, etc.) to bring mobile education programs to HTT.  They can also plan their own creative presentations for the students based on their expertise/industry!  HTT tries to tie these events into subjects the students are currently studying, such as Paleontology or Ocean Life. This opportunity often works well when groups have a budget of about $300-$500 for the event.  HTT can schedule these “field trips” most Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 AM-noon.  If desired, volunteer groups can offer a creative activity related to the presentation (such as this dinosaur-related project). SEARCH staff is happy to offer suggestions!

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SPONSOR CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY WISH LISTS

“In October, each volunteer sponsor is matched with a SEARCH client and his or her holiday wish list of three items.  As our neighbors often struggle to meet their daily needs, volunteers who purchase wish list items play a crucial part in making holiday cheer available to all!  Volunteers typically spend no more than $150 per wish list, often much less.  Most lists include one outfit, one pair of shoes, and one “just for fun” toy for the child.  Wish list item drop-off occurs throughout November and in early December, from Monday through Friday, 8 AM-4 PM. We typically fulfill more than 250 lists between HTT and our housing programs that serve families!”

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The school is located at 2323 Francis Street, Houston, TX, 77004.

Donations should be delivered to SEARCH’s offices at 2015 Congress Avenue, Houston, 77002. Please coordinate donations with the Volunteer Coordinator before dropping them off.

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