Give back with volunteer and donation opportunities in Houston

Give back with volunteer and donation opportunities in Houston

Many organizations in the greater Houston area need volunteers to achieve their goals of helping those in need. Here’s how to help:

Alliance for Multicultural Community Services:

The non-profit organization creates opportunities for refugees, migrants, and disadvantaged residents to achieve self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life. Current volunteer opportunities include career readiness mentors, administrative assignments, foreign language translation, advocacy, outreach, and networking.

Animal Shelter and Adoption from BARC:

The city’s facility for pet shelters and adoptions provides volunteers with practical responsibilities, including animal care, assistance with adoptions and special events, foster homes, pantry organization and administrative assistance. Volunteers must complete orientation to prepare for specific jobs. Open for ages 13 and up, parental supervision required for those under 16.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership:

Volunteers ages 9 and older are invited every third Saturday of the month to help care for Buffalo Bayou gardens and trails by removing invasive plants, weeding, planting native plants, picking up trash and debris, and other tasks as needed.

Catholic Charities:

The organization provides food, clothing, shelter, and a network of support services to people from all walks of life and religious backgrounds. They are currently looking for volunteers to help pack and distribute food to families in need at their regional food pantries.

Food, not bombs.

This nonprofit organization feeds the homeless and hungry in downtown Houston, catering to vegetarians and vegans. Bring a healthy plate to 550 McKinney at 7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, or Sundays.

Friends for an Animal Shelter:

This dedicated organization provides no-kill solutions for Houston’s animals and includes programs such as rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, humane education, and animal food/supply support. Volunteers aged 18 or over may assist with direct animal care, adoption advisors, foster care, social media and administrative support.

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center:

The center is always looking for blood donation by appointment only. To register or find a list of places to donate blood, call 713-791-6608;

Hermann Park Preserve:

Volunteers are needed to increase the park’s visibility, accessibility and use, as well as to teach the public the importance of preserving green spaces. Outdoor opportunities include gardening, weeding, litter picking, algae removal from McGovern Lake, watering trees, and cleaning up the Jones Reflection Pool. Areas include the Japanese Garden, Lake Plaza, Kinder Station, and Centennial Gardens.

Houston Food Bank:

The Food Bank needs volunteers at their Portwall and Knobcrest locations. Volunteer projects may include food screening and sorting, hot meal packaging, and off-site food distribution. To volunteer, register in advance at
Or call 713-547-8604. Make cash donations online at

Houston Habitats for Humanity:

Volunteers are needed to help build affordable housing alongside Habitat’s construction staff, assist with community projects, and assist ReStore employees and customers.

Houston Humane Society:

The organization operates on donations from the community, including volunteers who care for homeless animals. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Some of the opportunities include helping potential adopters, walking dogs, dog breeders, assisting special events and taking photos and videos of adoptable animals.

Houston Tool Bank:

The nonprofit provides tools for schools, faith-based organizations, and charities to implement community improvement projects. Volunteers can donate their time in warehouse filling tool orders, maintain tools and improve warehouse efficiency. Tool donations are also accepted.

Houston welcomes refugees.

The nonprofit needs Welcome Kit donations, Move-In Team volunteers, and Welcome Team Partners.

Just Serve:

The religious nonprofit works to connect volunteers with relief efforts and special projects in Houston and surrounding areas.

Katy Christian Ministries:

The nonprofit social service organization serves the Katy/West Houston, Fulshire, and Simonton areas; The group offers emergency financial assistance, food pantries, a resale store and a crisis center that includes a domestic violence center and sexual assault center. Volunteers’ urgent needs include bilingual case managers, food sorters, cashiers, and donation-receiving assistants for the resale store.

Kids meals:

The organization aims to end hunger among preschoolers by providing free healthy meals to their homes and providing families with resources to end the cycle of poverty. Volunteers’ shifts are 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30-2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Children aged 8 and over are welcome to volunteer. Donations requested include zip-top bags, non-perishable pre-packaged food items, and 6-pound brown lunch bags.

Fort Bend County Literacy Board:

The nonprofit empowers adults through literacy programs, including Basic Literacy, English as a Second Language, GED Preparation, US Citizenship Preparation, Transition to Postsecondary Education and Basic Computer Skills. Teachers and volunteers are needed in the office and event.

Memorial Assistance Ministries:

The nonprofit offers emergency assistance to assist with rent and other crisis situations, as well as educational programs such as ESL. Volunteer opportunities include employment services, clerical support, sales support, and receiving donations for the resale store.

Multicultural education and counseling through the arts:

MECA is committed to the healthy development of underserved youth and adults through cultural programming. The group relies on volunteers to accomplish its administrative, programmatic and special projects. Volunteers may serve as teachers, mentors, or board members, or help with special events, marketing, or fundraising. 713-802-9370;

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