Organizations in the Houston area need help. Here’s how you can volunteer



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

Alliance for Multicultural Community Services:

The association creates opportunities for refugees, immigrants and underserved residents to achieve their goals of self-reliance and improve their quality of life. Current volunteer opportunities include job preparation mentors, administrative duties, foreign language interpretation, advocacy, outreach and awareness.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership:
Volunteers ages 9 and up are invited every third Saturday of the month to help take care of Buffalo Bayou’s parks and trails by removing invasive plants, weeding, planting native vegetation, picking up litter and debris and performing other tasks as needed.

Catholic Charities:
As the organization welcomes families from Afghanistan, the volunteer needs include airport receptionists, apartment fittings and administrative support. Email [email protected] or visit

Food, not bombs:
This non-profit organization feeds the homeless and hungry of downtown Houston; it is aimed at vegetarians and vegans. Bring a healthy meal to 550 McKinney at 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday.

Friends for Life Animal Shelter:
This dedicated organization provides solutions without killing Houston’s animals and includes programs such as rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, humane education, and animal feeding and supply support. Volunteers, ages 18 and older, can help with direct animal care, adoption counselors, foster care, social media, and administrative support.

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

Hermann Park Conservatory:
Volunteers are needed to increase the visibility, accessibility and use of the park, as well as to educate the public on the importance of conserving green spaces. Outdoor opportunities include gardening, weeding, garbage collection, removing algae from McGovern Lake, watering the trees, and cleaning the Jones Reflection Pool. Areas include the Japanese Garden, Lake Plaza, Kinder Station, and the Centennial Gardens.

Houston Food Bank:
The food bank is in need of volunteers at its Portwall and Knobcrest sites. Volunteer projects vary according to need and may include inspecting and sorting food, packing hot meals, and distributing food off-site. Volunteers register in advance at or call 713-547-8604. Donate money online at

Houston Habitat for Humanity:
Volunteers are needed to help build affordable housing alongside Habitat construction staff, help with community projects, and help ReStore staff and clients.

Houston Humanitarian Society:
The organization operates thanks to generous donations from the community. This includes volunteers who volunteer their time and take care of Houston’s homeless animals. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Some opportunities include helping potential adopters, dog walking, dog groomers, helping out with special events, and taking photos and videos of adoptable animals.

Houston Tool Bank:
The association lends tools to schools, faith-based organizations and charities to implement community improvement projects. Volunteers can volunteer their time in the warehouse to fill tool orders, maintain tools, and improve warehouse efficiency. Donations of tools are also accepted.

Houston welcomes refugees:
The non-profit organization is in need of donations and volunteers for the “Welcome Kit” for its moving team program and welcoming team partners.

Katy’s Christian Ministries:
The social services association serves the Katy / West Houston, Fulshear and Simonton areas; the group provides emergency financial assistance, pantries, a resale store and a crisis center that houses the Domestic Violence Center and the Sexual Assault Center. Urgent volunteer needs include bilingual case managers, pantry sorters, cashiers and donation reception assistants for the resale store.

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

Fort Bend County Literacy Council: Nonprofit organization empowers adults through literacy programs including basic literacy, English as a second language, GED preparation, US citizenship preparation, transitions to teaching post-secondary and basic computer skills. Office volunteers and virtual tutors are needed.

Memorial Assistance Ministries:
The association offers emergency aid for rental assistance and other crisis situations, as well as educational programs such as ESL. Volunteer opportunities include employment services, administrative support, sales support, and donation reception assistants for their resale store.

Multicultural education and counseling through the arts:

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

Mutts and Meows Rescue: This non-profit organization rescues homeless cats and dogs and places them in loving homes. Volunteers are needed to transport and accommodate pets.

Ronald McDonald House:
The nonprofit organization provides a home for families of children treated at Texas Medical Center member institutions. On-site volunteering is suspended due to COVID-19, but RMH encourages donations and meal sponsorships.

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

Target hungry:
The organization provides food to vulnerable members of the community, including elderly people confined to their homes. They are currently looking for volunteers for warehouses, community gardens and food distribution. 832-767-1677;

The Greater Houston Arc:
The non-profit organization serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families by providing social activities, support groups and respite services. The Arc of Greater Houston Designer Purse Bingo fundraiser event takes place on October 9 at Campbell Hall, 7601 Red Bluff, Pasadena.

La Forge for Families:

The Christian association serves the second and third quarters. La Forge uses volunteers as tutors, coaches, mentors and youth group leaders. 713-660-1860;

Bayou Preservation Association is looking for volunteers for its Clean It Like You Think! »Trash Bash 2022. Volunteers will collect garbage and debris along the waterways at the following sites: 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 (clean-up site only; no lunch or lunch 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 Supérieur (Jersey Village). Most projects take place from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 26, 2022.

Centraide Day of Action:
Individuals and families can volunteer in person with the United Way of Greater Houston at the Houston Food Bank or create breakfast bags and snacks at home. October 9, 535 Portwall.

Western Houston Aid Departments:
The non-profit organization fights hunger and homelessness by providing families in need with food, clothing, financial assistance and employment services. Current volunteer needs include customer and employment services, food distribution, emergency responders, and resale store helpers.

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