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: 14
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.
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.
WESTBURY COMMUNITY GARDEN | Min. Age: 16
What Is It?: A 7-acre community garden featuring 62 raised beds, an outdoor learning pavilion, orchards, compost areas, a rainwater collection system, and a butterfly garden with native plants.
Help Needed: Help maintain the garden by weeding, mulching, picking up litter, pruning trees and shrubs, transplanting plants, and/or other tasks.
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.