What Is It?
A non-profit that provides educational services to children from low-income families. Services include a year-round middle school, an after-school program, a pre-k program, and college prep support. Nehemiah also helps new parents and those learning English.
Tutor and mentor students from grades K-12 during the year, or help students during the summer program. Please contact the Center for COVID-related updates.
Minimum Age to Volunteer
14. Students younger than 14 must serve with a parent / guardian.
Suitable for Groups of Volunteers?
Yes. Projects such as painting, cleaning, and landscaping are particularly good for groups.
Volunteers with the After-School Program or the Pre-Kindergarten Program do not need to attend training sessions. Summer Volunteers must attend one of the training sessions that take place in May and June. All volunteers must fill out an application and e-mail it to the Volunteer Coordinator at the address below.
AFTER-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
Tutor, mentor, and give homework help to children from grades K-12 after school, from 4:30-5:30 pm on Monday-Thursday.
MORNING PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM
Help prepare three and four year old students for kindergarten by reading with them, playing with them, helping with craft projects, and helping them learn English. Nine am to noon on Monday-Friday.
Help students in grades K-5 to play games, make crafts, and participate in enrichment activities. Volunteers will also accompany students on field trips to movies, museums, and parks. The program takes place on throughout June, Monday-Friday, 8 AM-6 PM. Hours are flexible; many volunteers leave at noon or come when they can.
HELP REFRESH THE CAMPUS
Volunteers can help with painting, cleaning, landscaping, and other projects. Please contact the Center for more information.
THE NEHEMIAH CENTER
Houston, Texas 77004
Houston, Texas 77004
Examples of past Scout projects
Eagle: Wilson W. (Troop 55) worked with his troop to assemble and deliver 32 bicycles and helmets for the pre-schoolers. (2019)
Gold Award: Morgan L. (Troop 120365) presented a week of dance classes to summer campers. (2019)
Gold Award: Lily S. hosted a week-long summer STEM camp for 20 girls in 3rd-6th grades. (2017)
Eagle: Laird G. (Troop 55) planted a butterfly garden. (2015)
Gold Award: Kianna H. joined forces Nehemiah and other local organizations to coordinate a vision screening event for teens and collected more than 300 pairs of gently used eyeglasses. (2015)
Eagle: Stuart S. (Troop 55) planted a new garden and installed a sprinkler system. (2013)
Eagle: Matthew U. (Troop 55) weeded and removed grass from play area and built a sand pit. (2013)
Gold Award: Katherine B. planned and held a week-long camp for second graders to learn about maintaining a healthy lifestyle through exercise and healthy snacks and recipes. (2013)
Eagle: William M. (Troop 641) conducted a donation drive. (2010)
Gold Award: Amelia S. created a coding camp for at-risk girls, teaching them skills including programming circuits (Arduino) and programming games (Python). (2019)
I volunteered at the Nehemiah Center for two years. It was delightful to be able to work one-on-one with a child who needed homework help and to be able to develop a relationship with her over time. We always had some time for just chatting or for playing a game when homework was finished. I miss her, but have visited and she is doing well.