Houston volunteer opportunities


What Is It?: A nonprofit organization that helps men, women, and children move from the streets into jobs and safe, stable housing. SEARCH meets clients where they are and gets them back on their feet through services that engage, stabilize, educate, employ, and house.”


Help Needed: Make sack lunches or snack packs, collect needed items, assemble adult holiday stockings, fulfill children’s holiday wish lists, or write holiday cards or letters.


Minimum Age to Volunteer: No minimum age.  All ages may pack lunches off-site or collect items.

Help Needed


SEARCH distributes about 300 sack lunches each week. Volunteers may prepare lunches and deliver them to SEARCH. Each bag contains 2 sandwiches, a bottle of water or juice box, a bag of chips, and a piece of fruit or granola bar. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for detailed instructions, and to set a delivery date, so that different groups don’t deliver duplicate lunches on the same day.




Purchase 3 or more of the items below and package them in zip lock bags. The Mobile Outreach Team distributes snack packs to individuals on the street who are experiencing homelessness. Delivery must be coordinated with Katherine White before donation.

  • Bumble Bee Snacks on the Run
  • Vienna sausage
  • GoGo Squeeze fruit pouches
  • Pudding packs
  • Planters mixed snack pouches / trail mix
  • Fruit cups or applesauce cups
  • Peanut butter or cheese cracker packs
  • Dried fruit crisps packets
  • Raisin snack boxes
  • Granola bars
  • Jif to Go/Nutella & Go snacks
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Non-chocolate protein bars (chocolate melts!)







SEARCH welcomes donations of basic needs items.  Most urgently needed are diapers (sizes 3-5), baby wipes, laundry detergent, men’s casual clothing and shoes, and reusable tote bags (for groceries).

Other needs include

  • Hospital Scrubs (new or gently used)
  • Clothing and shoes (new or gently used); including outerwear and new undergarments
  • Hygiene Products (new and unopened)
  • First Aid Kits, Band-Aids
  • Linens or towels (new or gently used)
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Adult backpacks, gym bags, reusable shopping bags

A current list of needed items is on the SEARCH website. Please coordinate deliveries with the Volunteer Coordinator before dropping off donations.





“We welcome holiday gift stockings from November 1 until December 16 for our adult clients who are so deserving of your generous gifts. These gifts will bring joy and help to provide some basic needs for the holiday season.”

Recommended: $10 gift card (suggestions: Kroger, Fiesta, Dollar Store, Walmart)

Optional: Pair of socks, pair of winter gloves, knit winter hat, winter scarf, key chain, encouraging book or Bible (pocket size), holiday chocolate or cookies (packaged, not homemade).

Please do not include electronics and do not exceed $35 in value per stocking. Delivery must be coordinated with the Volunteer Coordinator before donation.



During the winter months, many SEARCH clients encounter new basic needs. Host a drive to collect new or gently used adult coats (size L), blankets, or winter hats for individuals experiencing homelessness in Houston.

Delivery must be coordinated with the Volunteer Coordinator before donation.






This project pairs members of the community with 300 specific children from SEARCH and The House of Tiny Treasures who submitted their wish lists.

Assignment of Holiday Wish Lists starts in mid-November.  To request one or more lists, email Katherine White at kwhite@SEARCHHomeless.org
Subject: Holiday Wish Lists
Email Content Example: “I would like to sponsor 10 wish lists.”

You will receive a reply with the children’s lists and delivery instructions. Thank you so much in advance for bringing some holiday joy and cheer to our clients!  Delivery must be coordinated with the Volunteer Coordinator before donation.

Time Commitment:
Suitable for Groups of Volunteers?
Training Needed:

Kit Helping the Homeless (student-made film about preparing sack lunches) (3 minutes) (2011)

Available For Scout Eagle or Gold Award Project?

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