May 9, 2017

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What Is It?: A charity that offers “the comforts of home and community” — including meals, accommodations, Jewish chaplaincy, child care, and transportation — to patients who come to the Texas Medical Center from around the world.

 

Help Needed: Deliver meals, create holiday food or crafts for patients, help care for children of patients or family members, sing holiday songs for patient families, and perform other helpful tasks.

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Must be 13 to participate in the Junior Volunteer Program.

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What Is It?: A day program that provides fellowship, memory care, and wellness for adults with mild to moderate memory loss, and support to their families and the community.

 

Help Needed: Visit with participants and join them in activities and outings, or participate in the STARS summer internship program.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16

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What Is It?: A family-friendly bicycle ride dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes. It includes a variety of routes, a 5k walk/run, and a festival. 2020 date is September 26.

 

Help Needed: Setup, registration, rest stops, start/finish line cheer teams, children’s area, lunch tent, clean up, and more.

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 12

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What Is It?: A transitional home for women coming out of incarceration. “Through comprehensive programs and partnerships, Angela House residents are given the opportunity and tools to maintain a positive lifestyle.”

 

Help Needed: Projects could include helping organize the clothing room or other areas, tutoring women in GED topics or basic computer skills, helping with special events or holiday decorations, helping with administrative tasks, or collecting needed items.

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 14 with a teacher/parent/guardian, and 16 and up without an adult

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What Is It?: A global non-profit that serves as “the leading force in forging closer ties between Asia and the West through arts, education, policy, and business.

 

Help Needed: Help with ExploreAsia or Dances of Asia Summer Camps, or assist with AsiaFest (May).

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16 for Summer Camps and AsiaFest, with 15-year-olds permitted to assist in some circumstances.

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What Is It?: A non-profit that works to end family violence by advocating for the safety and self-determination of victims, promoting accountability for abusers, and fostering a community response to abuse.

 

Help Needed: Assist with office tasks or special events, or help translate for clients.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 14. Volunteers must be in – or about to enter – high school.

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What Is It?: A non-profit organization that provides educational services to children and young adults with autism. Services include a year-round day school, a smaller day habilitation program for young adults, and three residential group homes.

 

Help Needed: Help with activities such as games, crafts, and celebrations; assist with special events; help spruce up grounds or facilities; or collect needed items.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: There is no specific minimum age, but all volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (a parent, or their teacher/adult volunteer if they are on a class field trip).

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What Is It?: BakerRipley is a United Way agency that brings resources, education, and connection to more than half a million Texans each year, offering “innovative solutions to help low-income families in emerging neighborhoods get a foothold in the region’s economy.

 

Help Needed: Help applicants complete their naturalization (citizenship) applications at monthly Citizenship & Immigration forums, serve as runners or interpreters, or assist at registration.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16  

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What Is It?: A Thanksgiving Day foot race for about 15,000 runners; the event supports BakerRipley, formerly Neighborhood Centers, the largest community development organization in Texas.

 

Help Needed: Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help with packet pickup, race day setup, water stations, serving food, and more.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 15.

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What Is It?: A city agency that cares for and helps find homes for thousands of animals each year, and provides many other services.

 

Help Needed: Needs include animal care, help with adoption and other events, foster pantry organization, facility beautification, and administrative help.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 13. Volunteers aged 13-15 must volunteer with a parent or guardian at all times. 16 and 17 year olds can volunteer on their own after attending orientation with a parent or guardian. No minor can volunteer with or handle adult dogs.

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What Is It?: Each year the nonprofit Art Colony Association produces the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown (fall) and Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park (spring) to raise money to support local nonprofit organizations.

 

Help Needed: Help at the Children’s Creative Zone or Information Booth, take tickets, greet guests, check in volunteers, provide refreshments to artists and volunteers, or take photos.

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 13. Volunteers under age 18 must have written permission and release of liability signed by parent or guardian and must be properly supervised during the entire shift: one adult, age 21 and over for every five minors ages 13 – 17 and/or one adult per one minor under the age of 15.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit that provides weekend meals to elementary school-aged children who are eligible for school lunch programs during the week, but are in danger of going hungry on weekends.

 

Help Needed: Volunteers may assemble bags of easy-to-prepare food, deliver the bags to the children’s schools, and/or donate pantry items.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 2

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What Is It?: A nonprofit that provides services — meals, showers, laundry service, case management, medical and psychiatric care, pro bono legal services, and pastoral care — that help restore dignity, self-respect, and hope to Houston’s poor and homeless.”

 

Help Needed: Volunteer activities include helping prepare and serve meals, laundering and folding clothes, and greeting clients.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16 to volunteer independently. Young adults ages 13-15 may volunteer with an adult guardian. Due to safety concerns and liability reasons, no children under the age of 13 are permitted to volunteer.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit dedicated to restoring dignity and hope to abused and neglected children involved in Harris County Child Protective Services. BEAR provides basic necessities to the children in care, and support to the caseworkers of CPS.

 

Help Needed: Help provide and/or organize donations of basic supplies, holiday gifts, or school supplies, or help with celebrations for youth who are graduating from CPS care.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 12

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What Is It?: A nonprofit “dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for friendships, employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

 

Help Needed: Assist with the Friendship Walk & 5K fundraiser in April, or help with event planning in the office. The 2019 date was April 13.

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 14 to help at the Friendship Walk, and 16 to help in the office.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit dedicated to bringing birthday parties to children in homeless shelters, group homes, & other disadvantaged situations in Harris and Galveston counties.

 

Help Needed: Help host birthday parties in Houston, LaPorte, Liverpool, and Texas City; collect gifts or other party supplies; assemble goody bags, make decorations.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 14 independently; younger children may volunteer with a parent. Parents must sign a waiver for volunteers under 18.

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What Is It?: A bereavement center offering grief support services to children, ages 3 to 18, and their families who have experienced the death of a child or an adult in their immediate family, as well as programs for grieving adults.”

 

Help Needed: Help serve potluck meals that families provide, or bring and serve a meal; help supervise children in the playground.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 13-15, depending on the project.

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What Is It?: A charity that collects gently used books and distributes them to Houston’s at-risk children. Since 2013 Books Between Kids has distributed more than 1,600,000 books.

 

Help Needed:Help organize books at the warehouse on Harwin Drive, or collect books to donate.

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Children as young as 5 are welcome, but all children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please provide 1 adult to supervise every 2 children under age 10 and 1 adult for every 5 children ages 10-15.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit that delivers fresh produce and nutrition education to underserved communities where access to grocery stores stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables is sorely limited.

 

Help Needed: Help unload and bag the fresh fruits and vegetables we send home to our Brighter Biters each week, and other tasks.

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16, with a valid ID. Younger children may assist if a parent or guardian is volunteering as well.

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What Is It?: A God-centered educational, residential, entrepreneurial community that provides spiritual, educational, & vocational opportunities for adults with special needs.

 

Help Needed: Help with Saturday fitness activities such as team sports, walking, and biking, and/or assist with Sunday worship services.

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Sports Fitness volunteers must be 6th graders and up. All ages are welcome to help with worship services.  

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What Is It?: A non-profit organization that is revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s most significant natural resource. Work includes addition of major destinations, landscaping, water features, and pedestrian bridges in Buffalo Bayou Park.

 

Help Needed: Groups or individuals can help with gardening, invasive species removal, trash pickup, trail work, special events such as KBR Kids Day, or administrative tasks.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Volunteers ages 9-17 years are welcome with a chaperone 21 years of age or older. There must be one adult per ten youth present.

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What Is It?: A safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV. Casa de Esperanza provides residential care, and coordinates medical and psychological services according to the needs of each child.

 

Help Needed: Collect basic needs or items for welcome packages; students may propose other projects.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: In general, volunteers must be 18 to participate in hands-on activities with the children, but volunteers of all ages may collect items. The agency may also consider one-time group projects with volunteers under 18.

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What Is It?: A free, non-profit health clinic that “shares the love of Jesus Christ while providing whole-person — body, soul, spirit — healthcare to the low-income and uninsured population in our community.”

 

Help Needed: Projects could include computer work, child care, patient education materials, website updates, organization, and building maintenance.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16 to volunteer independently; 14-15 year olds are considered for specific tasks on a case-by-case basis.

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What Is It?: The most comprehensive resource for pediatric hearing loss in Texas, offering health services and “enabling children with hearing loss to reach their full potential by teaching them listening, speaking, and literacy skills.”

 

Help Needed: Help with Via Colori, the annual street painting festival that supports the Center. Via Colori usually takes place on a November weekend.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16

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What Is It?: A nonprofit organization that provides “residential, vocational, and day services that promote individual choice, personal growth, and independence for persons with developmental disabilities.”

 

Help Needed: Assist with campus beautification projects, engage with clients, collect needed items, and/or package gingersnaps and other baked goods for sale.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 15 to volunteer independently. Any volunteer younger than 15 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian/teacher.

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What Is It?: A baseball program for boys and girls with physical and mental challenges. The most fundamental goal of the Challenger Division is to give everyone a chance to play baseball and have a rewarding experience, regardless of limitations.

 

Help Needed: Buddies help their challenged partners by enabling them to play baseball. This might include pushing wheelchair-bound children around the bases or helping the players bat or field the ball.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Minimum Age: Volunteers must be in 6th-12th grades.

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What Is It?: An adaptive program for those with a variety of medical, developmental, and intellectual challenges, where all can participate in sports, aided by Buddies, in an inclusive, safe, and protected environment.

 

Help Needed: Buddies help their challenged partners, enabling them to participate in football, basketball, or cheer. Other volunteers may help with check-in or with other tasks.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Volunteers must be in high school.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit that provides a professional, compassionate, and coordinated approach to the treatment of sexually abused children ages 0-17 and their families and to serve as an advocate for all children in our community.

 

Help Needed: Collect needed items such as backpacks and school supplies, toiletry bags, Halloween costumes, new books, birthday gifts for therapy clients, therapy graduation gifts, or gifts for the children’s holiday party in December. Volunteers may also help at special weekend events.

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Volunteers of all ages are invited to help by collecting needed items.

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What Is It?: A museum that delivers innovative learning opportunities for children birth through 12 years of age and serves more than 1 million children and families annually.

 

Help Needed: Discovery Squad volunteers help with exhibits and programs throughout the Museum. Commitment is a minimum of 75 hours per school year or per summer.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Students aged 14 -17 may participate.

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What Is It?: A multi-ethnic, comprehensive social service agency, working “to bridge East and West by enriching families with educational, cultural, and social service programs.”

 

Help Needed: Help with week-long summer day camps; must commit to at least 80 hours of service.

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 14

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 11-15 year olds may volunteer for some activities with an adult. Volunteers must be in high school to volunteer independently.

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 3 years old

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 14. Youth age 14-15 must have a parent or legal guardian attend training and volunteer side-by-side with them at all times. When volunteering, one parent may supervise only one child at a time. Youth age 16-18 may volunteer without parental supervision, but a parent or legal guardian must sign a legal release.

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 12, for community events, with an adult. Warehouse and “muscle group” volunteers must be at least 14, and 14 & 15 year olds must volunteer with an adult. See details below.

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: All ages may help, but children must be accompanied – and well supervised by – an adult. All volunteers must submit a volunteer waiver.

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: All ages are welcome, but volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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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.)

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 5. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 13. If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must sign your volunteer application.

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None, to collect/donate needed items. (Volunteers must be at least 18 to help with the children at the Center.)

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None.

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None, but volunteers should be able to sew a simple but high-quality dress.

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16. Parent waivers are required for volunteers under 18.

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 12 (middle school). Middle school students are welcome to sort food. High school students may assist guests once they have had experience volunteering in other areas of the pantry.  

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 14 independently; 13 with a parent/guardian.

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A week-long overnight camp for children ages 6-14 with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders, at the barrier-free Camp for All. Each day campers participate in typical outdoor camp activities like rock climbing, fishing, paint ball, karaoke, swimming, and many more; all activities been adapted to fit the needs of each camper.

 

Help Needed: Each teen counselor spends a week at camp with a camper buddy.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16

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What Is It?: An interfaith organization that collaborates to provide temporary assistance in the form of food, clothing, and other basic needs, with an emphasis on serving the working poor.

 

Help Needed: Organize, pack, and serve food at the food pantry; help at the clothing center; distribute school supplies; and many more options.

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16. Younger children may volunteer with an adult; exact age depends on their ability to follow instructions.    

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What Is It?: The Houston Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for families and patients receiving medical care within MEDVAMC. It is available free of charge to families of Veterans being treated for long-term illnesses.

 

Help Needed: Provide meals or snacks, decorate for various holidays and bring holiday treats, collect needed items; help enhance the landscaping; and other projects.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None, but volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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What Is It?: The primary provider of assistance services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Fort Bend County, offering a shelter and a range of other services.

 

Help Needed: Help at the Center’s four resale stores, collect needed items for the Center’s clients, help with landscaping or other projects.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 12. Students must be 15 to volunteer without a parent or guardian present. Students ages 12-14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  

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What Is It?: A Christian nonprofit that fights teenaged human trafficking in Houston through aftercare, prevention, deterrence, and awareness, partnering with non-profits, law enforcement, and government agencies in the fight against modern day slavery.

 

Help Needed: Help with annual events such as the Freedom Fest & 5K, Christmas Market, and OTC Outreach Event, or sponsor a trafficked teen for Christmas.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None

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What Is It?: A nonprofit that collects used bicycles; refurbishes them to safe, reliable condition; and distributes them to refugees and other recent arrivals in Houston who need a way to get to work or school.

 

Help Needed: Help repair, maintain, and/or clean donated bikes (instruction provided); help distribute bikes and equipment to refugees.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Volunteer mechanics must be high school juniors and seniors, ages 16-18. Volunteers age 12 and up may help clean bikes and perform routine maintenance.

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What Is It?: A No Kill shelter and adoption agency. Other services include free spay/neuter services for animals in low-income communities, an animal food bank, and free behavioral services.

 

Help Needed: Care for cats and dogs, work at adoption centers, help with administration/reception, assist with “Fix Houston” programs in local communities.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16

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What Is It?: The Friends processes books that have been donated by Houston Public Library branches and by the community, then sells the books at affordable quarterly book sales and on its Amazon storefront. The sales fund literacy and cultural programs for the Houston community.

 

Help Needed: Sort and scan books, list books for sale on Amazon, help move boxes in the warehouse,or similar tasks.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 13

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What Is It?: The mission of the Friendship Circle is to create meaningful relationships between local teen volunteers and children with special needs.

 

Help Needed: Opportunities include helping at inclusive Jewish and social programs including bowling parties, challah baking, tennis outings, and Shabbat dinners; making regular visits to buddies with disabilities; and assisting with the annual Friendship Walk.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 11. Volunteers must be in or entering 6th grade for group events, and in or entering 8th grade for the one-on-one Friends@Home program.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit that works “to preserve and enhance Galveston Bay as a healthy and productive place for generations to come” though advocacy, conservation, education, and research.

 

Help Needed: Help with Abandoned Crab Trap Removal (February), the Armand Bayou Trash Bash (March), Marsh Mania marsh grass planting (April), or the Bay Day Festival (May), or assist in other ways.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None. All ages are welcome for most activities.

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What Is It?: Galveston County’s major hunger-relief organization, distributing food via pantries, mobile pantries, emergency food, & programs for children and homebound residents.

 

Help Needed: Sorting donations, packing food bags, giving bags to clients, helping in office, collecting food, making art for clients, and more.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 11. Volunteers aged 11–14 must serve with an adult. Volunteers aged 15-17 must have parental/guardian approval on the volunteer waiver form. Students must be at least 16 to help in the office.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit ministry committed to the spiritual growth & physical rebuilding of the impoverished areas of the Third Ward. Programs include a school, home repair and other neighborhood revitalization programs, mentoring, and a children’s summer program.

 

Help Needed: Help with after school or summer programs, mentor students, help with lot clearance and home painting, or collect needed items.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: No minimum age.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit “Down syndrome achievement center” that provides educational and therapeutic programs for all ages, one-on-one tutoring and support for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. All programs are free.

 

Help Needed: Volunteer opportunities include leading or assisting with programs; helping with crafts, games, and other activities; assisting with social/awareness events or fundraisers; and taking photos.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 15, to volunteer independently. Individual volunteers aged 15-17 need parental waivers. There is no minimum age, but each volunteer under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent /guardian.

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What Is It?: A not-for-profit equine protection agency committed to the prevention, rescue, and rehabilitation of neglected, abused, and homeless equine. It operates a rehabilitation ranch, an adoption/education center, a 160 acre therapy center, and an equine retirement facility.

 

Help Needed: Help with ranch work, yard work, or construction / repair projects, or collect needed items.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 13. Youth aged 13–17 must have a parent or guardian present and volunteer with them.

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What Is It?: A vegetable garden, in an area of Houston where fresh produce is scarce, that gives local residents the resources to grow their own fresh produce and teaches them about nutrition.

Help Needed: Help maintain the garden and assist with other projects.

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 15 independently; younger children may volunteer but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

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What is It?: The HCHSA works “to attract sporting events to Houston and to promote the city as a home for sports-related activities, to ultimately enhance Houston’s economic development and bring better quality of life for its residents.”

 

Help Needed: Volunteers assist at various events during the year, including championship games and other competitions.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Minors aged 16-17 may volunteer, but a waiver form must be signed by a parent/legal guardian and a chaperone (at least 18 years old) must be present with the minor at all times during each event.

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What Is It?: Run by the Harris County Veterinary Public Health division, this busy shelter receives an average of 40-60 lost, neglected, and abandoned animals each day. It also offers a low-cost clinic and other services.

 

Help Needed: The shelter always needs compassionate volunteers to help care for its animals. “Whether you enjoy working with cats, dogs, or people in our community, we have opportunities available that are sure to fit your interests and schedule.”

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16. Volunteers under age 18 must have a parent’s or guardian’s form on file but can volunteer independently.

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What Is It?: A healthcare system that cares for all residents of Harris County and includes community health centers, school-based clinics, mobile health units, a rehabilitation and specialty hospital, and two full-service hospitals.

 

Help Needed: Prepare Waiting Room Survival Kits, Toiletry Kits, or Diversion Kits; collect books, magazines, toys, or inexpensive prizes; or make baby hats, no-sew blankets, or other items.

Minimum Age to Volunteer: All ages are welcome to collect, assemble, and make items.

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What Is It?: A healthcare system that cares for all residents of Harris County and includes community health centers, school-based clinics, mobile health units, a rehabilitation and specialty hospital, and two full-service hospitals.

 

Help Needed: Volunteers serve at least 4 hours per week for 8 weeks; duties may include being a host/greeter, performing clerical duties, or assisting in a nursing station.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 14 (entering 9th grade).

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What Is It?: A nonprofit, interactive learning center that inspires passion and curiosity about health, the medical sciences, and the human body, attracting more than 2.5 million visitors a year.

 

Help Needed: Assist with week-long Summer Discovery Camps relating to medicine, forensic science, and sports.

 

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Camp volunteers must be 16 by May 1.

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What Is It?: A volunteer-run food pantry, providing nutritious groceries to Houston families who seek help, and delivering frozen meals and groceries to the homebound.

 

Help Needed: Help organize donations and stock shelves, help distribute food to clients, assist with monthly food fairs, help unload deliveries, conduct food drives.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16  

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What Is It?: A nonprofit organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park – today and for generations to come.

 

Help Needed: General park care such as weeding, planting, caring for picnic tables and benches, and repairing trails, or helping with special events.

 

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Varies. Job shadow participants must be 13-17. Special event volunteers may need to be at least 16. In general, applicants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult, or a parent/guardian must give written permission to participate.

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What Is It?: A museum dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, and using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides to teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice, and apathy.

 

Help Needed: Projects could include helping with the Museum’s store or in its resource center & library, or with administrative tasks.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 17

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What Is It?: A non-profit organization that assists people in need through emergency food pantry operations and services designed to assist individuals in gaining healthy families and meaningful employment, and achieving self-sufficiency.

 

Help Needed: Help organize and distribute food in the Emergency Food Pantry, collect items for or help at the the resale shop, or help with the Christmas celebration.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None. Volunteers under age 13 are welcome to volunteer with a parent or guardian. Volunteers between the ages of 13 and 15 must be accompanied by a parent the first time they volunteer. Volunteers under age 18 must have a parent or guardian’s signature on the registration form.

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What Is It?: A 155-acre non-profit urban nature sanctuary that provides education about the natural environment to people of all ages, and plays a vital role in protecting native plants and animals in the heart of the city where development threatens their survival.

 

Help Needed: Help with conservation and maintenance of the trails and grounds, summer and school break camps for children, holiday parties and other special events, and/or administrative tasks.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16. Youth group volunteers must be at least 14.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit that provides advocacy, counseling, shelter, and resources to individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence, and works to end domestic and sexual violence through community awareness and education.

 

Help Needed: Collect needed supplies, including personal items for clients and their children, clothing that women can wear home from the hospital, books for the shelter library, and activity bags for children who testify in court.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None (to collect / donate items).

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What Is It?: A conservation, education, and advocacy organization that focuses on protecting the natural environment for birds and people. It owns and manages 17 nature sanctuaries to protect habitat for birds and to give people recreational opportunities in nature.

 

Help Needed: Trail maintenance, invasive species removal, filling bird feeders and baths, litter pick-up, native gardening, and other habitat improvement projects.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Varies. For most events, everyone is welcome, but volunteers under 14 must to attend with a parent or other adult. Volunteers must be 15 to work on trails.

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What Is It?: Scheduled to open in Fall 2020, the HBG will be “an oasis of great beauty allowing for contemplation, learning, inspiration, and research,” offering displays and programs, serving as a model for sustainability, and inspiring visitors to be stewards of the natural world.

 

Help Needed: Volunteer projects include horticulture & gardening support, administrative work, cultivating the community garden, and helping with classes and special events.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 5. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian while volunteering. Students must be 18 to volunteer independently.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit tool lending program that serves other nonprofits by providing fast and easy access to large volumes of high-quality tools to increase the impact of service projects and community revitalization efforts.

 

Help Needed: Organize, repair, and/or paint tools; help fulfill tool orders; assemble disaster readiness kits; help with data entry or photography.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16

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What Is It?: A nonprofit that feeds 800,000 hungry people each year by distributing food through nearly 600 hunger relief agencies in 18 southeast Texas counties.

 

Help Needed: Projects include sorting and packaging food, preparing meals, helping provide school supplies to teachers, organizing food drives, posting on social media, and helping with special events.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Minimum age to volunteer: Children as young as age 6 are welcome for many projects. Volunteers under age 17 must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian while volunteering.

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What Is It?: A non-profit that collects home furnishings and distributes them at no cost to families and individuals who have found housing through a social service agency or are assisted through a non-profit community organization.

 

Help Needed: Needs include assembling or moving furniture, helping with mattress recycling, organizing donated items, or helping in the office.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: No minimum age to volunteer with a parent or guardian. Volunteers must be 18 to serve independently.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit that, with thousands of sponsors and volunteers, helps build homes for low-income Houstonians. Future homeowners contribute “sweat equity” and complete home maintenance and financial training to buy homes with zero interest mortgages.

 

Help Needed: Assist with home construction or help at ReStore, Habitat’s donation-based retail store.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16 or older to work on the build site, and at least 18 to use power tools and to participate in roof work.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit that is “dedicated to, and working towards, ending cruelty, abuse, and the overpopulation of animals while providing the highest quality of life to those in our care.” Programs include pet adoptions, humane education, cruelty investigations, and a low-cost spay/neuter and wellness clinic.

 

Help Needed: Collect needed items, such as animal food and treats, grooming items, and cleaning supplies.

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 18, but youth under age 18 are invited to collect and donate needed items.

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What Is It?: A program in which teen volunteers provide supplemental services in the hospital, while gaining personal satisfaction, personality development, maturity, and an understanding of various potential health careers.

 

Help Needed: Possible assignments include administrative tasks, patient support, and hospitality.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 15, with a maximum age of 18. Applicants under 18 must have parental consent.

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What Is It?: One of the most popular museums in the U.S., housing the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, and Cockrell Butterfly Center, as well as a variety of traveling and permanent exhibits.

 

Help Needed: Assist with week-long science summer camps or participate in the Moran EcoTeen summer program.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: High school and university students who will be at least 16 by June 3 may apply to the teaching assistant program. The application deadline for the teaching assistant program is at the end of March, and the EcoTeen application deadline is in January.

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What Is It?: A no-kill rescue organization that creates programs to save animals most at risk of euthanasia. Its goal is to “prevent animals from entering a shelter, and for those that do, get them out alive.”

 

Help Needed: Help care for cats, assist in the donation center, help with adoption events, collect needed items.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 14. Volunteers ages 14-17 must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian and may not volunteer in the dog area for liability reasons.

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What Is It?: A Central Library complex and 40 branch locations, “providing a network of materials, services and programs to Houston’s diverse neighborhoods.”

 

Help Needed: Share library information, work with children, process materials, or help with special projects.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 14

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What Is It?: Houston’s first and largest animal protection organization and shelter, offering a comprehensive array of animal adoption, shelter, rescue, rehabilitation, and other programs.

 

Help Needed: Volunteers may work directly with animals or in other areas; they must commit to serve for 8 hours a month for 6 months. The shelter also has a wish list of needed items.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16

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What Is It?: A nonprofit organization housing more than 6,000 animals, attracting more than 2 million guests a year and “fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world.”

 

Help Needed: Help with children’s summer camps, educate visitors while serving as a volunteer Naturalist, or perform other tasks.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 13, with a maximum age of 17. (18-year-olds may volunteer in the adult program.)

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What Is It?: An Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston program that delivers pet food to the disabled adults and homebound elderly clients that Meals on Wheels serves, so they do not feel compelled to share their limited food and resources with their pets.

 

Help Needed: Collect, organize, or repackage pet food donations, or deliver pet food to needy homebound seniors.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 17 to volunteer independently. Children aged 6-16 may volunteer with parental supervision on-site (at the IM offices); no minimum age to volunteer with a parent off-site. Youth under the age of 17 must have a parental consent form signed by an adult who has attended orientation and additional trainings. Volunteers aged 17 years or older must attend orientation.

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What Is It?: An Interfaith Ministries program that matches volunteers with homebound clients to help with chores and tasks that the clients may be unable to do on their own.

 

Help Needed: Lawn care such as mowing and weeding, laundry, kitchen help, and more. Volunteers choose the services they want to provide.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 17, to volunteer independently. No minimum age to volunteer off-site (at food pantry or a client’s home) with a parent.

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What Is It?: In celebration of the Islamic holiday of Eid, every year IM gives welcome baskets containing basic housewares and toiletries to newly-arrived refugee families.

 

Help Needed: 100 volunteers are needed to assemble the welcome kits in two one-hour shifts. Children can make cards to include in the baskets. The 2019 workday was on May 13th.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None.

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What Is It?: The largest Meals on Wheels program in Texas, serving about 4,000 homebound seniors and persons with disabilities each day. Clients are unable to prepare their own meals and have no one else to help with their daily nutrition, making their meal delivery absolutely essential.

 

Help Needed: Assemble breakfast bags, help with meal delivery, work in the warehouse, make greeting cards, and other projects.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 17 to volunteer independently. Children aged 6-16 may volunteer with parental supervision on-site (at the IM offices); no minimum age to volunteer with a parent off-site. Parental consent required for volunteers 17 or younger.

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What Is It?: A non-profit social service agency that serves Houston’s Jewish community and the general SW Houston community, “strengthening family life, laying the foundation for self-sufficiency, and improving both the social and economic conditions of our clients.”

 

Help Needed: Help create Shabbat boxes, nosh bags, and holiday gifts for Jewish hospital patients; provide needed items for homebound/needy clients; or perform for seniors.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: No minimum age for most projects; volunteers must be 12 for some projects.

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What Is It?: A 100% volunteer, non-profit canine rescue organization “committed to rescuing and rehoming shelter dogs in and around the City of Houston, regardless of their breed or their circumstance.”

 

Help Needed: Volunteer in the Adoption Center on weekends (walk dogs and help potential adopters find their perfect match), or collect needed items.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16. A parent’s or guardian’s signature is required for 16-17 year old volunteers.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit that “works to protect greenspace for its conservation and recreational benefits, enhance wildlife habitat, restore tallgrass prairie and wetlands, sponsor scientific research, and offer public programming and activities.”

 

Help Needed: Work at the Indiangrass Preserve (remove invasive species, plant native grasses and other plants, work in plant nursery, collect or package seeds, help maintain trails, and more) or help grow plants at home.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16, to volunteer independently. Volunteers age 12 and up are welcome when accompanied by a responsible adult.

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What Is It?: The city’s leading organization focused on litter reduction, beautification, and recycling education; it provides resources and education to inspire individuals and Houston communities toward greater environmental stewardship.

 

Help Needed: Help with clean-up, planting, and other beautification projects organized by Keep Houston Beautiful or partner organizations.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: All ages are welcome unless a particular project specifies otherwise. Adult supervision is required for all volunteers under 18 years of age.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit that works to “end childhood hunger” by delivering free, fresh, healthy meals, year-round Monday through Friday, to the doorsteps of hungry preschool-aged children who live within the charity’s delivery areas.

 

Help Needed: Volunteers can help prepare meals, collect needed items, and help with special events.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Minimum age to volunteer: 8, for kitchen volunteers. Volunteers under age 8 can help by decorating lunch sacks with crayons, markers, and stickers.

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What Is It?: Through its partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Houston Food Bank receives more than 400,000 jars of fresh peanut butter each year from the LDS Peanut Butter Cannery. The Food Bank is responsible for supplying volunteers and paying for the peanuts used.

 

Help Needed: Volunteers help produce 3,960 jars of peanut butter in each 4-hour shift. Tasks include sorting the nuts, checking lids on jars, operating the label machine, and packing jars in boxes.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16

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What Is It?: A program run by Magnificat Houses, a Christian assistance ministry, that serves 200-400 nutritious, home-cooked lunches per day, six days a week (Tuesday-Sunday), to downtown Houston’s needy.

 

Help Needed: Assist Loaves & Fishes’ cooks as they prepare the food, help serve the meal, chat with diners, and help clean up.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16

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What Is It?: A nonprofit home for a broad spectrum of Houston’s arts organizations, and an accessible destination that brings Houstonians together to enjoy art and enliven the surrounding neighborhood.

 

Help Needed: Serve as a volunteer usher, handling tickets and assisting guests.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Students in high school and above may volunteer.

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What Is It?: The largest children’s festival in the U.S., which raises money for Child Advocates and the abused and neglected children it serves. Usually held in spring; the new date for 2020 will be announced soon.

 

Help Needed: Collect tickets, greet guests, provide information, sell beverages, check in volunteers, and more.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16. Youth aged 13-15 may volunteer with a parent or guardian.  

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What Is It?: One of the world’s most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education, and prevention.

 

Help Needed: Assist for 4 weeks in the summer, helping in various positions including refreshment carts, patient navigation, and clinic assistant.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Students must be between the ages of 14 (by June 1) and 18 to be considered.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit that “strives to bridge the healthcare gap by procuring medical, dental, and surgical supplies and equipment for redistribution to qualified organizations and medical missions“, primarily in the developing world.

 

Help Needed: Sort and package donated medical supplies in preparation for shipment to medical professionals helping those in need in developing countries.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 15, and adult chaperones are required for volunteers age 15-18: one adult per every three teen volunteers. No exceptions made.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit that “helps people bounce back from a crisis and care for their families.” Volunteer and paid caseworkers help MAM clients address their immediate needs with an array of emergency services, then help find long-term solutions to underlying issues that will continue to threaten families’ long-term stability.

 

Help Needed: Assist customers, sort and price donations, and help in other ways at MAM’s popular resale store.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 13; youth aged 13-15 must be accompanied by an adult while volunteering. Students under the age of 18 need written parental permission to volunteer.

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What Is It?: MH-TMC is one of the nation’s busiest Level I trauma centers and the primary teaching hospital for McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.

 

Help Needed: The 7week program allows teen volunteers to assist in various areas of the hospital.

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 15, with a maximum age of 17.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit organization that works to preserve, protect, and enhance Memorial Park for the enjoyment of all Houstonians, today and tomorrow.

 

Help Needed: Projects range from working outside beautifying landscaped areas, picking up trash, rehabilitating natural surface trails, working on park conservation efforts, and supporting fundraising events.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Volunteers aged 12-15 are welcome with a chaperone 21 years of age or older. There must be at least one adult per ten youth. Volunteers 16 years old and up may be allowed to volunteer without a chaperone at Conservancy events; email [email protected]memorialparkconservancy.org for details.

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What Is It?: The primary health care provider for almost 130,000 veterans in southeast Texas, and provider of specialized care for veterans from around the country.

 

Help Needed: Participants in the Summer Teen Volunteer Program perform tasks throughout the hospital. Volunteers may also collect needed items.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 14, with a maximum age of 17.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit dedicated to bringing together veterans and non-profit community partners to address issues facing our communities. The projects also empower veterans to find purpose through community impact, and inspire future generations to serve.

 

Help Needed: Events include helping at back-to-school events, sprucing up parks and schools, storm recovery projects, working at food banks and farmers’ markets, placing flags at military cemeteries, and more.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None. Children and teens are welcome at most projects.

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What Is It?: A summer program that gives teen volunteers an opportunity to help Moody Gardens, a nonprofit educational destination, while gaining experience in a variety of career fields, including biology and education.

 

Help Needed: SAVY volunteers help staff with various duties and responsibilities, help educate visitors, and learn about a variety of career fields such as biology and education.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 14. Maximum age is 17.

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What Is It?: A museum offering more than 65,000 artworks from antiquity to the present, as well as educational programs, films, and more.

 

Help Needed: Youth volunteers may be needed at some events, including family days at the Museum and Bayou Bend, and the annual Children’s Party at Bayou Bend.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 13, with a maximum age of 17. (18-year-olds may volunteer as adults.) Youth volunteers must submit an online application as well as the volunteer expectations and waiver forms. A parent or guardian must sign the waiver and application as well.

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What Is It?: A “unique and treasured education center and nature park,” located in Bellaire’s Russ Pitman Park, which serves as an outdoor classroom for its nature science programming and also offers a nature play area.

 

Help Needed: Counselors for camps held during the summer and during school breaks, animal care assistants and Discovery Room guides, special event assistants. The Center welcomes Scout projects.

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 13

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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.

 

Help Needed: Tutor and mentor students from grades K-12 during the year, or help students during the summer program.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 14. Students younger than 14 must serve with a parent / guardian.

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What Is It?: An affordable home away from home for transplant patients and their families who travel to the Texas Medical Center for their surgery. The facility offers “a warm, loving, and home-like environment so guests can focus on what is truly important – getting well.”

 

Help Needed: Meal preparation, gardening, playing games and doing art activities with guests, collecting kitchen supplies or other needed items, help maintain website.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 15

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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.

 

Help Needed: Assist at the food pantry, children’s clinic, or resale shops, or with holiday or back-to-school events, or collect needed supplies.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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What Is It?: A non-profit that improves the lives of young refugees as they face the great challenges of learning a new language and adapting to a new way of life. “Our programs assist youth in adjusting to American life, achieving academic success, and becoming self-sufficient and engaged members of our community.”

 

Help Needed: Serve as an after-school mentor and tutor, or help lead the middle school summer program, including field trips and other activities.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16. Parental permission is required if volunteer is under 18.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit that offers economically disadvantaged refugees an opportunity to become self-sufficient through growing, harvesting, and selling produce from a sustainable urban farm in Houston, while providing fresh, local produce to Houstonians.

 

Help Needed: Help with farming activities, prepare produce for market, sell produce at farmers’ markets, work on fundraisers or other special projects, take photos, help with social media, or assist in the office.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 7. Volunteers age 7-16 must have adult supervision. Students over 16 can work independently (or in groups) with parental approval.

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What Is It?: The largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. Since its inception, it has delivered medical relief to needy people in over 130 countries.

 

Help Needed: Sort and pack medical supplies, help in the warehouse, or donate Kits for Kids.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 15, to help at the warehouse. All ages may help with Kits for Kids.

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What Is It?: A national nonprofit that delivers handmade blankets to children in local hospitals, child abuse centers, and other facilities where a child might feel anxious or unsafe. Since 1996 the Houston chapter has distributed more than 21,000 blankets.

 

Help Needed: Volunteers make blankets and bring them to a drop-off location; the chapter then distributes the blankets to needy children.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None, but volunteers must be able to make a blanket suitable for presentation to a needy child.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit organization focused on “community service, social development, and unity within our community.” It promotes the practice and obligation of Zakat (charity), one of the five Pillars of Islam, and welcomes volunteers of all faiths.

 

Help Needed: Help with serving meals at Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen, distributing food to the homeless at various locations, and other projects.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None

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What Is It?: A nonprofit that rescues pregnant dogs, nursing litters, and orphaned puppies from the streets, shelters, and other life-threatening situations and matches them with permanent adoptive homes.

 

Help Needed: Fostering, helping with events, fundraising, hosting supply drives, and more.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16, to volunteer independently. If aged 12-15, the volunteer must be accompanied at all times by an adult (preferably a parent).

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What Is It?: A nonprofit organization that offers a home away from home providing care, compassion, and hope to families with seriously ill children being treated in Texas Medical Center member institutions.

 

Help Needed: Offer a family meal and/or a family activity, bake cookies, help with events, or collect needed items.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16. Volunteers at the MD Anderson facility must be 18.

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What Is It?: A program that invites individual donors to provide Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children and seniors in the Houston area.

 

Help Needed: In November, choose a wish list from a disadvantaged child or senior, purchase items (average $60-70), and return them to Angel Tree.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None.

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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 snack packs, assemble hurricane kits, make welcome-home mugs or keychains for clients, decorate grocery bags and write notes, or collect needed items.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: No minimum age to make or collect items. Minimum age to serve onsite is 12. Volunteers age 12-17 must serve with an adult chaperone unless cleared with Volunteer Coordinator Molly Martin in advance. Volunteers must be at least 18 to volunteer onsite without an adult chaperone.  

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What Is It?: “A nationally accredited early childhood education program that provides developmentally-appropriate education for children ages 2-5 whose lives have been impacted by homelessness. The full-day, year-round, entirely free to families program includes learning grounded in the Reggio Emilia curriculum, meals and snack, transportation services, and art/speech/play therapy.”

 

Help Needed: Make tablecloths, help with seasonal festivals, collect holiday wish-list gifts or basic supplies, or help organize anin-house field trip” at HTT.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 12, if serving onsite. Volunteers age 12-17 must serve with an adult chaperone unless cleared with Volunteer Coordinator Molly Martin in advance. Volunteers must be at least 18 to volunteer onsite without an adult chaperone.

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What Is It?: Houston’s only prepared food rescue organization; it picks up surplus unserved food from caterers, hotels, sports venues, and other regulated food businesses and delivers it the same day to dozens of approved charity meal sites, serving more than 6,500 needy people a week.

 

Help Needed: Help rescue food at various events and venues and load the refrigerated vehicles for delivery to charity sites, or help at the office with internet research, analysis, and administrative tasks.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Volunteers age 12 and up are welcome. Volunteers must be at least age 16 to ride in Second Servings’ vans.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit facility specifically designed for adults who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, providing effective and appropriate programs throughout the day.

 

Help Needed: Join in planned activities, visit with individual members, help with holiday or birthday celebrations, provide entertainment, and more.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16

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What Is It?: A non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of life for people with special needs and disabilities through therapeutic horsemanship activities and therapies, and educational outreach.

 

Help Needed: Volunteers may be side-walkers or horse leaders, or assist with special events, administrative work, barn cleaning, or other tasks.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 14

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What is It?: A national, volunteer-run organization that provides beds, complete with mattresses and bedding, to needy children. There are three chapters in the Houston area.

 

Help Needed: Help build beds on regular Build Days; possibly help deliver beds.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 12. Volunteers age 12-17 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

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What Is It?: A non-profit organization that operates two preschools for economically at-risk children, providing a high-quality education, social and emotional support, a nurturing Christian environment, transportation, and nutritious meals.

 

Help Needed: Summer camp volunteers to help teachers in class, at meals, and on the playground; donations of needed items are also always welcome.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Volunteers must be entering 7th to 12th grade.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit that helps people in need get back on their feet; it provides short-term financial, material, and emotional support and works one-on-one through advocacy, education, and referral to break cycles of poverty, empower people, and promote self-sufficiency.

 

Help Needed: Help at resale shops or food pantries, help in the office, or collect needed items.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 15, to volunteer independently. Youth between the ages of 8-14 must be accompanied by an adult.

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What Is It?: A charity that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, “giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.”

 

Help Needed: Help with competitions / events by serving as a timer, scorekeeper, escort, or similar position.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 15, to volunteer independently. Ages 8-14 must have an adult chaperone. (Children aged 7 and younger are welcome to come as spectators with an adult chaperone.)

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What Is It?: AChrist-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men and women and their children. Positive life changes are encouraged through structured programs which focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and recovery from substance abuse.”

 

Help Needed: Volunteers may help serve meals, provide evening snacks to women and children, collect school supplies and other needed items, write notes of encouragement, and help with other projects.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Kitchen volunteers must be high school age (with chaperone); all ages may serve snacks or write encouraging notes.

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What Is It?: This program’s goal is to mark every storm drain in Harris County in order to prevent pollution from entering our local waterways.

 

Help Needed: Affix special markers to neighborhood drains that say “No Dumping, Flows to Galveston Bay.” These remind residents to keep pollutants and trash out of the drains. More than 41,000 markers have been placed so far.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None

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What Is It?: SCA’s Community Programs “aim to build the next generation of conservation leaders and environmental stewards by getting local Houston youth out into their community and environment to do hands-on service to the land.”

 

Help Needed: Work on conservation projects throughout Houston, learn about environmental issues, and enjoy outdoor recreation during a 4-week summer program or during 5 weekends during the school year.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Applicants must be 14-19 years old and be enrolled in high school.

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What Is It?: A nonprofit that distributes 3.9 million pounds to food each year to food insecure seniors, children, and families who face the risk of going hungry every day. Its services include food pantries, community and educational gardens, senior home delivery routes, and a free breakfast program.

 

Help Needed: Volunteers help with the food pantries and distribution center, educational food fairs, community gardens, special events, and administrative tasks. Some organizational work may also be done from home.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16 independently; children in first grade and older may volunteer with a parent /guardian.

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What Is It?: A not-for-profit organization, recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the U.S., whose mission is “to create a healthier future for children and women throughout our global community by leading in patient care, education, and research.”

 

Help Needed: Serve as a Junior Volunteer for 8 weeks in the summer, or during the school year, create activity kits for patients, or donate other needed items.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Junior Program volunteers must be aged 15-18.

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What Is It?: A program that helps keep Texas beaches clean through annual all-volunteer cleanups; educates Texans about harmful marine debris; and rallies support for intiatives to clean coastal waters.

 

Help Needed: Join thousands of other volunteers in picking up trash along the Texas coast.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None, but all youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or chaperone.

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What Is It?: The River provides accessible, affordable, fine arts education for children and young adults with disabilities or chronic illnesses, or who are economically disadvantaged. It offers year-round, barrier-free classes in music, art, drama, and dance.

 

Help Needed: Assist students and teachers as needed, to provide support for students with disabilities to achieve their creative ideas and goals.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 15 independently, 12-14 with a parent or guardian

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What Is It?: One of the nation’s leading rehabilitation and research hospitals, offering personalized treatment programs for individuals who have experienced catastrophic illness or injury.

 

Help Needed: Volunteers help throughout the hospital, for 3-6 hours per week, for a minimum of 3 months.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 15

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None, but volunteers under 18 must have a parent’s waiver, and parents should accompany young children.

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 14. Volunteers must be at least 12 (with a guardian) for baby bird and baby squirrel programs.

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None, but children under age 6 require adult supervision.

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 3. Volunteers under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the activity. Volunteers aged 12-17 must provide a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 14

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Must be at least 15 to care for/walk/socialize animals, and have parental permission. Volunteers under 12 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16. Volunteers under 18 need a signed release from a parent / guardian.

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16

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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.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None

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