CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER (CCSC) | Min. Age: 11
What Is It?: A nonprofit organization that serves “the poor, hungry, disabled, and otherwise needy while respecting their religious, ethnic, or cultural differences. ”
Help Needed: Volunteers help CCSC provide food, clothing, school supplies, and Christmas gifts to its low-income clients.
CHRISTMAS BOXES OF BLESSING – CHRIST THE KING PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH | Min. Age: 3
What Is It?: A program that “engages families experiencing food insecurity when their children are on Christmas break without school-provided meals.” It fills thousands of Boxes of Blessing with enough food to feed a family for about a week during the holiday. Partner schools and ministries distribute the boxes to families that they work with all year.
Help Needed: High school & college age volunteers assemble the cardboard boxes during one evening in November, and 600 volunteers of all ages fill the boxes in December.
CITIZENS FOR ANIMAL PROTECTION (CAP) | Min. Age: 14
What Is It?: A private, non-profit organization that provides shelter, adoption, foster care, rescue, and other services, as well as humane education and community outreach programs to encourage love and respect for animals.
Help Needed: Help care for shelter animals, assist visitors, help at the clinic, represent CAP at festivals or other events, help at the Pet Supply Shop, and more.
CLOTHED BY FAITH | Min. Age: 12
What Is It?: A nonprofit that “demonstrates God’s love through the provision of gently used clothing to those in need” in Houston, Katy, and surrounding areas.
Help Needed: Help sort and bag clothing and shoes; assist with deliveries/pickups, repairs, or other “heavier” tasks; work at community events; or help in office.
COLLEGE MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY ASSOCIATION | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: An historic five-acre cemetery that was founded in 1896 and served as the burial site for Houston’s freed slaves who lived in the historic Fourth Ward. The cemetery was neglected for many years.
Help Needed: Restoration began in 2007 and is ongoing. Volunteers are needed to help with work such as mowing, trimming weeds, and cleaning up litter.
CORRIDOR RESCUE – A STREET DOG RESCUE | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A nonprofit that works to rescue, rehabilitate, and find permanent, loving homes for abandoned animals in Houston’s “Corridor of Cruelty” ( east of I-59 off Little York).
Help Needed: Help replenish feeding stations, transport animals or supplies, work at adoption events, take photos or videos, donate needed items, and more.
CYCLE HOUSTON | Min. Age: 6
What Is It?: A children’s charity, formerly called Elves and More, that is dedicated to improving literacy in Grades K-3 by rewarding students with new bicycles for achieving better academic performance in the classroom.
Help Needed: Build bicycles in 3 or 4 hour shifts. (Training is provided.)
CZECH CENTER MUSEUM HOUSTON | Min. Age: 13
What Is It?: A museum that provides “unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, art, music, stories, and lives of Czechs, Slovaks, and people of all cultures who left their country to seek liberty and democracy in America.”
Help Needed: Help with seasonal celebrations, stuffing envelopes and other office work, gardening, organizing, cataloging items, and more.
DEPELCHIN CHILDREN’S CENTER | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A nonprofit agency that works to break the cycles of child abuse and neglect, integrating “prevention, foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children who are at risk of entering or are in the State’s child welfare system.”
Help Needed: Collect and donate new items such as school supplies, holiday gifts, household items, toys, and clothing. The Center provides holiday wish lists and other information.
DESCENDANTS OF OLIVEWOOD, INC. | Min. Age: 0
What Is It? A nonprofit organization that is working to clean, beautify, and revitalize the 6-acre Olivewood Cemetery, Houston’s first incorporated African American cemetery, which had suffered decades of neglect.
Help Needed: Tasks include mowing grass, clearing weeds and brush, and planting flowers.
DON GREENE NATURE PARK | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A one acre neighborhood pocket park near the edge of Bellaire that “Eagle Scout, Outfitter, Outdoor Educator, and Conservationist” Donald Greene left to Harris County at his death in 2014.
Help Needed: Help restore the park by attending a monthly workday, or scheduling a planting/restoration project.
DRESS A GIRL AROUND THE WORLD | Min. Age: 0
What Is It?: A program that “delivers dresses & hope to girls in need & at risk around the world,” including within the U.S. The program is run by Hope 4 Women International, a Christian organization based in Arizona.
Help Needed: Make simple cotton sundresses from instructions provided; the dresses are then delivered to needy girls.
DRESS FOR SUCCESS HOUSTON | Min. Age: 16
What Is It?: A nonprofit that works to “empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and life.”
Help Needed: Help watch clients’ children (ages 4-11) during meetings, which take place about four times a month.
EAST SPRING BRANCH FOOD PANTRY | Min. Age: 12
What Is It?: A volunteer-run organization that provides food free of cost to people who need assistance and live in zip codes 77043, 77055, 77080, and 77024.
Help Needed: Sort food, stock shelves, unload deliveries, help give out Thankgiving bags, collect food to donate, and other tasks.
EASTER SEALS GREATER HOUSTON – CAMP BUCKAROO | Min. Age: 13
What Is It?: A week-long day camp for children ages 6-14 with disabilities and their siblings to attend together.
Help Needed: Volunteers work one on one with a camper and act as his or her buddy all week at camp, developing a strong bond.