Organizations within the Houston space need assistance. That is how one can volunteer

Whether you volunteer as part of a group or as an individual, there are many options in Houston. Here are local organizations looking for help:



Alliance for Multicultural Community Services:

The non-profit organization creates opportunities for refugees, immigrants and underserved residents to achieve their self-sufficiency goals and improve their quality of life. Current volunteer offers include mentors for work readiness, administrative tasks, foreign language interpreting, advocacy, awareness raising and public relations work. thealliancetx.org


Buffalo Bayou Partnership:
Volunteers ages 9 and up are invited every third Saturday of the month to tend Buffalo Bayou’s parks and trails by removing invasive plants, pulling weeds, planting native vegetation, picking up trash and debris, and performing other duties as needed. buffalobayou.org


Catholic Charities:
As the organization welcomes families from Afghanistan, volunteer needs include airport greetings, housing facilities, and administrative assistance. Send an email to frassu@catholiccharities.org or visit catholiccharities.org


Food instead of bombs:
This nonprofit caters to the homeless and hungry in downtown Houston; it is aimed at vegetarians and vegans. Bring a healthy dish to 550 McKinney at 7pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays or Sundays. houstonfoodnotbombs.org



Friends for Life shelter:
This dedicated organization provides no-kill solutions for Houston animals and includes programs such as rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, humane education and animal nutrition / care assistance. Volunteers aged 18 and over can help with direct animal care, adoption counselors, grooming, social media and administrative support. friends4life.org


Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center:
The center is always looking for blood donations, only by appointment. To register or find a list of places to donate blood, call 713-791-6608; giveblood.org


Hermann Park Nature Conservation:
Volunteers are needed to increase the visibility, accessibility and use of the park and to educate the public about the importance of conserving green spaces. Outdoor opportunities include gardening, weeding, trash picking, algae removal from McGovern Lake, watering trees, and cleaning the Jones Reflection Pool. Areas include the Japanese Garden, Lake Plaza, Children’s Station, and Centennial Gardens. hermannpark.org


Houston Food Bank:
The Tafel needs volunteers at its Portwall and Knobcrest locations. Volunteer projects vary based on needs and can include inspecting and sorting food, wrapping hot meals, and distributing food off-site. Volunteers sign up in advance at houstonfoodbank.org/ways-to-give/give-time or call 713-547-8604. Make monetary donations online at houstonfoodbank.org


Houston habitat for humanity:
Volunteers are needed to work with Habitat construction staff to help build affordable housing, help with community projects, and support employees and customers in a ReStore. houstonhabitat.org



Houston Humane Society:
The association works with generous donations from the community. This includes volunteers who donate their time and care for Houston’s homeless animals. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Some options include helping potential adoptive parents, walking dogs, grooming dogs, helping with special events, and taking photos and videos of adoptable animals. houstonhumane.org


Houston ToolBank:
The nonprofit organization provides schools, religious organizations, and charities with tools to implement community improvement projects. Volunteers can donate their time in the warehouse to fill tool orders, service tools, and improve warehouse efficiency. Tool donations are also accepted. houstontoolbank.org


Houston welcomes refugees:
The non-profit organization needs “Welcome Kit” donations and volunteers for its Move-In Team and Welcome Team Partners program. houstonwelcomesrefugees.com



Katy Christian Ministries:
The nonprofit nonprofit service serves the Katy / West Houston, Fulshear, and Simonton areas; The group provides emergency financial aid, pantries, a resale store and a crisis center that houses the Domestic Violence Center and the Sexual Assault Center. Most urgent volunteer needs include bilingual case managers, grocery sorters, cashiers, and donation assistants for the resale store. ktcm.org


Children’s meals:
The organization is committed to eradicating hunger among preschoolers by delivering free healthy meals to their doorsteps and providing their families with resources to end the cycle of poverty. They urgently need kitchen help and volunteer delivery drivers. kindermahlzeiteninc.org

Fort Bend County Literacy Council: The nonprofit empowers adults through literacy programs including basic literacy, ESL, GED preparation, U.S. citizenship preparation, transitions to post-secondary education, and basic computer skills. Office volunteers and virtual tutors are required. ftbendliteracy.org


Memorial services:
The non-profit organization offers emergency assistance for rental assistance and other crisis situations as well as educational programs such as ESL. Voluntary services include employment agencies, business assistance, sales assistance, and donation assistants for their resale store. mamhouston.org



Multicultural Education and Advice through the Arts:

MECA is committed to the healthy development of underserved young people and adults through cultural programs. The group relies on the generosity of volunteers to carry out their administrative, programmatic and special projects. Volunteers can act as tutors, mentors, board members, or help with special events, marketing, or fundraising activities. 713-802-9370; meca-houston.org

Mutts and Meow’s rescue: This non-profit organization rescues homeless cats and dogs to bring them to loving homes. Voluntary helpers are required for the transport and care of pets. adoptapet.com/participate


Ronald McDonald House:
The nonprofit provides a home away from home for families of children receiving treatment at Texas Medical Center member facilities. On-site volunteering has been suspended due to COVID-19, but RMH is encouraging donations and food sponsorships. rmhhouston.org/covid-19-update


Star of Hope Mission:
The Christ-centered community is dedicated to the needs of homeless men, women and their children. Volunteer opportunities include meal service, tutoring, and off-site food distribution. 713-748-0700; sohmission.org


Goal hunger:
The organization provides food to vulnerable community members, including senior citizens who are home shackled. They are currently looking for volunteers for warehouses, community gardens, and food distribution. 832-767-1677; targethunger.org


The Arch of Greater Houston:
The non-profit organization serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families by offering social activities, support groups, and recreational services. The Designer Purse Bingo Fundraising Event at the Arc of Greater Houston will be held on October 9th at Campbell Hall, 7601 Red Bluff, Pasadena. aogh.org



The forge for families:

The Christian non-profit organization serves the second and third congregations. The forge uses volunteers as tutors, trainers, mentors and youth group leaders. 713-660-1860; forgeforfamilies.org


Garbage can:
The Bayou Preservation Association is looking for volunteers for its “Clean It Like You Mean It!” Campaign. Trash Bash 2022. Volunteers collect trash and debris along the waterways at the following locations: Armand Bayou (Bay Area Park), Bastrop Bayou (Marlin Marina), Baytown Nature Center, Brays Bayou (Mason Park), Buffalo Bayou Upper (Terry Hershey Park ), Cypress Creek (Collins Park), Dickinson Bayou (Texas 3 Bridge), Galveston Bay (Bay Elementary School and Virginia Point Peninsula Preserve), Kuhlman Gully (cleaning area only; no lunch or activities), Lake Houston (Texas Adaptive.) Aquatics), Little White Oak Bayou (White Oak Music Hall), Oyster Creek (Lake Jackson Dunbar Park), Sims Bayou (Glenbrook / Reveille / Robert C. Stuart Parks), White Oak Bayou North (Ermel Elementary School) and White Oak Bayou Obere (Jersey village). Most projects will take place on March 26, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. trashbash.org


United Way Action Day:
Individuals and families can report in person to the United Way of Greater Houston at the Houston Food Bank or create breakfast bags and snack packages from their homes. 9 October 535 Portwall. unitedwayhouston.org



Aid Ministries in West Houston:
The non-profit organization combats hunger and homelessness by providing needy families with food, clothing, financial aid and job placement. Current volunteer needs include customer and recruitment services, food distribution, emergency responders, and resellers. whamministries.org

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