What Is It?
A nonprofit social service agency that “strives to supply basic human needs through neighbors helping neighbors“; programs include a children’s clinic, Meals on Wheels, a food pantry, senior services, emergency aid, and more.
Assist at the food pantry, children’s clinic, or resale shops, or with holiday or back-to-school events, or collect needed supplies. Please contact NAM for COVID-related updates.
Minimum Age to Volunteer
16. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Volunteering times vary, as many of our volunteers average two to four hours of service during a shift, depending on what projects they are working on and in which department.
Suitable for Groups of Volunteers?
NAM will provide any training needed. All of our volunteers must complete the volunteer application, which we have online, and go through a background check process before volunteering.
HELP AT FOOD PANTRY
Sort and stock food, and assist clients. Currently volunteers are needed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, mornings and afternoons.
HELP AT CHILDREN’S CLINIC
Translate for Spanish-speaking clients, file and shred documents, help with data entry and other tasks.
HELP AT THE RESALE STORE
Sort, tag, and hang clothes; create displays; and greet customers at the Treasures from the Heart resale store.
Volunteers in the Resale Store must be 18 or older to volunteer independently of a parent or guardian
HELP WITH TOYS, FOOD, SCHOOL SUPPLIES
NAM delivers toys and food to about 1,000 families each holiday season, and also provides school supplies in August. It seeks donations of new, unwrapped toys for boys or girls (ages 8 through 12 are especially needed) or non-perishable foods (a detailed list is available at www.namonline.org). Volunteers may also be needed to help distribute the items.
COLLECT NEEDED SUPPLIES
NAM always welcome donations of needed supplies for its programs, including groceries, toiletry baskets, birthday bags for children and teens, move-in supplies for housing assistance clients, and more.
JOIN YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL
NAM’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of high school juniors and seniors who make a commitment to meet regularly and complete a group volunteer project for NAM. YAC members come from both public and private high schools in the area. Contact NAM for more information.
Please visit the NAM volunteer page for more information.
NORTHWEST ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES
Houston, Texas 77090
Houston, Texas 77090
NAM Volunteer Orientation Video (19 minutes) (2020)
Examples of past Scout projects
Boy Scouts Phoenix District and Troops 217, 300, 321, 920, 1655, 1995, 3461, 1323, 1332, 1550 collected 8,924 pounds of food as part of the Souper Bowl of Caring. (2021)
Boy Scouts Phoenix District delivered more than 8,500 pounds of food as part of the Souper Bowl of Caring, (2020)
Eagle: Ryan B. (Troop 1324) collected many bags of donations for NAM’s Family Violence Center. (2018)
Boy Scouts Phoenix District / Troop 277 donating more than 12,000 pounds of food to NAM’s Joanne Watford Nutrition Center. (2017)
Girl Scout Troop 120009 collected donations of socks, toiletries, and personal care items to make holiday packages for those in need. (2017)
Boy Scout Troop 1234 held a brisket sale to raise money for NAM’s summer camp programs. (2015)
Eagle: Daniel T. (Troop 1665) restriped NAM’s parking lot. (2015)
Eagle: Griffith P. coordinated a community-wide drive for food (for the Joanne Watford Nutrition Center) and clothing (for the NAM Children’s Clinic). (2014)
Girl Scout Troop 5401 made a bookshelf full of free children’s books for the Assistance Program lobby.
Eagle: Girl Scout Troop 13455 collected clothing and household items for NAM’s Interfaith Hospitality Network. (2013)
Eagle: Lee B. built four mobile carts by hand to replace old carts at NAM’s Meals on Wheels satellite office at Windwood Presbyterian Church. The carts are used to transport hot meals to the cars of volunteers. (2010)
Eagle: Tyler S. (Troop 1276) conducted a food drive for NAM’s Survival Over the Summer program, and delivered more than 4,100 food items to NAM’s food pantry. (2005)