A Holiday Sampler for Volunteers


Note: Volunteer Houston is in the process of gathering current information on holiday season projects for volunteers. The following are some selected opportunities ideal for individuals and for groups of volunteers. ("Grayed out" information relates to projects which have been completed as of our last updates or no longer need volunteers.)

(Last updated: 11/8/14)







Neighborhood Centers - Choices in Education -Head Start/Early Head Start
6200 Savoy, Suite 1100; Houston, Texas 77036

Contact: Ashley Bryant , 713-273-3223


"Adopt a Family". Thanksgiving or Christmas. (Head Start/Early Head Start serves preschoolers from low-income families) Volunteers can read life stories submitted by families and "adopt" one or more families for a personalized clothing, food, or toy drive. The volunteers can deliver the donations themselves or have them delivered by family service workers.

(Click here for additional information.)







Bay Area Turning Point

210 South Walnut Street

Webster, Texas 77598

Contact: Sheryl Dickerson, Volunteer Services Manager,




Fill-the-Truck Food Drive -- November 21 & 22 (Friday & Saturday)

The Bay Area Turning Point, Inc. maintains a shelter for abused women and their children, and provides a broad array of other services to domestic abuse victims, both those staying at the shelter and those served on an out-client basis. The Fill-the-Truck Food Drive will benefit the latter (as well as other at-risk families served by BATP) and will be based at selected grocery stores in the Bay Area (Clear Lake, Dickinson, Friendswood, League City, & Seabooker). Volunteer duties will consist in accepting food donations from store patrons and sorting the items into simple categories for temporary storage. Individuals, families, and groups (including youth groups) are cordially invited to help out. The following shift times are available:

November 21, 2014 (Friday)

10:00am – 12:30 pm

12:00pm – 2:30 pm

2:00pm – 4:30 pm

4:30pm – 7:00 pm

November 22, 2014 (Saturday)

9:00am – 11:30 am

11:30am – 1:00 pm

1:00 -- 3:00 pm

3:00pm – 4:00 pm

Click here to view a flyer listing the participating locations.





Volunteer Houston
3015 Richmond, Suite 100 (77098)
Call: Walter Black


Volunteers will make Thanksgiving or Christmas cards which will be used by Volunteer Houston's Holiday Project volunteers in connection with Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day visits to residents of local nursing homes. No skills are required. They may make the cards on their own and deliver them to Volunteer Houston at the address listed above. Guidelines for making the cards can be found by visiting the Holiday Project page at http://www.volunteerhouston.org/holiday-project and clicking on the link in the last paragraph on that page.



City Wide Club of Clubs
4715 Caroline (77004)

Register online at: http://www.citywideclub.com/donate.php
Call: (713) 752-2582


36th Annual Thanksgiving Big Feast. Will take place the morning of Thanksgiving Day (November 27) at the downtown George R. Brown Convention Center. 35,000 to 40,000 persons are expected to attend. Volunteers are needed to help with setup, serving the meals, distribution of canned goods to the needy, cleanup, etc. Shift times can be arranged for morning or afternoon. Volunteers are invited to partake in the meal. Teenagers are welcome.


Additional Note:: City Wide Club is best known for its Annual Events however, "We are committed to serving the community on a daily basis through our Program Services. Your support is needed. To help meet our goals, we can use non-perishable foods, and household items. Perhaps you can hold a Food/Toy Drive benefiting City Wide Club with your company, group or other affiliations."






The 65th annual downtown Thanksgiving Day Parade is now called the "H-E-B Holiday Parade". Some key volunteer assignments will include Seating Ushers/Crowd Control, Banner Carriers, Back Lot/Staging Volunteers, Balloon Handlers, Volunteer Headquarter Assistance, and Pre Parade Setup (11/26 @ 5:30 pm). Volunteers as young as 16 are cordially welcome. Additonal information about the event and online volunteer signup can be found at: http://www.houstontx.gov/thanksgivingparade.
Proceeds generated in connection with the parade support the Houston International Festival Foundation. Volunteers will be needed between 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., with the parade itself officially starting at 9 a.m. (Exact shift times may vary accrding to assignments.) In return for your time you'll be accorded free parking, breakfast and a commemorative tee shirt. 






Sheltering Arms
3838 Aberdeen Way (77025)
For complete information and online signup, visit

Thanksgiving morning (November 27) -"22th Annual TXU Energy Turkey Trot"-- a 10K, 5K, and Kids Run/Walk event benefiting Sheltering Arms.

The race starts and ends in front of Dillard's Galleria, Westheimer @ Post Oak.

Volunteers will be needed to help with set-up, registration, water stations, course monitoring, etc. Volunteers report for duty as early as 5 a.m. Minimum age for volunteers = 15 (no minimum if accompanied by adult). Volunteers will receive free commemorative tee shirts.





Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

3217 Montrose Boulevard (77006)

Info and online volunteer signup is available at:



26th Annual Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving Event.

During the Thanksgiving Day meal delivery event, volunteers deliver 4,000 Thanksgiving meals to homebound Houston seniors (persons who are enrolled in the "Meals on Wheels" program during the rest of the years.

Volunteer Opportunities:

-- Volunteer Delivery Vehicle Driver - Volunteer to deliver meals to 2-3 homebound seniors in Houston on Thanksgiving day. PLEASE NOTE: For each delivery vehicle in your party you must complete a separate registration. Each registration will reserve only one delivery route. -

-- Volunteer at the Distribution - Volunteer at the distribution site: set-up tents, check-in delivery drivers, assist with post event clean-up, etc.


Location: First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main Street, from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

For questions, please contact Micaela Johnson, Part-Time Volunteer Coordinator, at mjohnson@imgh.org or 713.533.4936.

The Interfaith Ministeries home page is www.imgh.org






Volunteer Houston
3015 Richmond, Suite 100 (77098)
Register online at: www.holidayprojecthouston.org

For questions:

Contact: Walter Black



Volunteer Houston's Holiday Project organizes visitations to institutional shut-ins in connection with selected holidays throughout the year. On Thanksgiving  Day (11/27/14), volunteers are invited to come to either of the following 3 meeting locations from which the Thanksgiving visits will be organized:

CENTRAL (Greenway Plaza/Upper Kirby District area):

Volunteer Houston offices -- 3015 Richmond, Suite 100 - Conference Room (77098)


NORTHWEST (near Huffmeister and Hwy 290):

Grace Care of Cypress -- 9602 Huffmeister (77095) 



Grace Care of Katy -- 23553 West Fernhurst Drive (77494) 


The meeting time at all three locations is 9:30 a.m. The volunteers will divide off into teams, each team to visit one nursing home. They will be provided with maps to their respective destinations, as well as handmade Thanksgiving cards to take to the persons they visit. Time spent on-site at the facilities can vary, but generally the visits last from 1 to 2 hours. For complete information and online signup, visit





The Salvation Army
1500 Austin; Houston 77002
Contact: Carmen Zermeno
(832) 201-8018
The Salvation Army offers the following multiple options for volunteer involvement during the lead-up to Christmas:
Secret Santa Warehouse
Volunteers come to the Salvation Army's giant toyshop and help sort and package gifts for underprivileged children and seniors.  Groups and individuals alike are encouraged to come out during November and December to help Santa get ready for Christmas Day.  Volunteers must be 16 or older.  Light snacks and beverages will be provided for volunteers by The Salvation Army.   Volunteer slots are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday and some Saturdays from mid-November 15 - December 31. Volunteer shifts are:  9 a.m. to  1 p.m.  or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Northwest Houston - inside the Beltway. (Exact address is semi-confidential for security reasons)
Host a Toy Drive
Help The Salvation Army provide gifts to underprivileged children this Christmas and collect new unwrapped toys.  Get creative and decorate a box with wrapping paper to make your own collection container.  Please contact The Salvation Army about gift ideas and to get information about when and where to drop off your collected items. Additionally, potential donors are also invited to participate in the KHOU Spirit of Texas Toy Drive benefiting The Salvation Army. Starting Thanksgiving Day, new, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at any Randalls store or at the Channel 11 studio located at 1945 Allen Parkway.
Mall Angel Tree
Starting on November 20, you can visit one of six Houston area shopping malls and adopt a child or senior from one of our Mall Angel Trees.  You can shop while you are there and place your gifts under the tree.   Locations:

Baybrook Mall

Deerbook Mall


Memorial City Mall

Pasadena Town Square

The Woodlands Mall

Willowbrook Mall



Adopt a Kettle
Come with your family, friends, church or organization and adopt a kettle location and help The Salvation Army raise funds for the Salvation Army's Christmas programs.  On the weekdays or Saturdays of your choice, you'll station yourself next to a red donation kettle at a mall, supermarket, or store in your preferred area and ring a classic Christmas bell to invite passersby to make donations.  (If you like to sing or play an instrument ,  you're certainly encouraged to exercise that talent and transform your volunteer shift into a "gig"!)  Assignments are available November through December.





Christian Community Services Center

3230 Mercer  (77027)

No prior registration needed -- "Please just show up."


The "Jingle Bell Express" is an annual project providing toys, books, and holiday food packages to over 3000 children from low-income families. It will be based at a church in Bellaire.


Volunteers are wanted for two phases:

Sort & Set-up (Prepare toys and food for distribution) -- Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 through Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014  (6 PM  - 8 PM).


Distribution (Assist clients as they gather toys, books & food) -- Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 and Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, 7:30AM - 1 PM.


If volunteers have any questions, they may contact CCSC at 713-961-3993. 





The Heritage Society

1100 Bagby

Houston, TX 77002


Event:  52nd Annual Candlelight Tour

Date: Saturday & Sunday, December 13 & 14, 2014, 5:00-9:00 p.m

Location:  Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby in downtown Houston

Description: The Heritage Society's 52nd Annual Candlelight Tour showcases eight of Houston's oldest historic structures trimmed to perfection in traditional 19th century décor. The flicker of candles carefully set out specifically for the event illuminates Sam Houston Park. As visitors tour the park, they will find that each of the structures offers a different variety of family-friendly entertainment including everything from storytellers and re-enactors to local children's choirs. Additionally, The Heritage Society Museum Gallery will feature More than a Toy: Dolls from the Victorian Era exhibit. Children may also have their photo taken with Santa, play in the snow, enjoy a holiday story reading, and make crafts at Santa's Workshop.

Volunteer activities:  Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 4:00–10:00 p.m. and/or Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 4:00–10:00 p.m. – volunteers are needed in the areas of Hospitality, Event Ticket Sales, Entertainment, Security, Surveying, Santa’s Workshop and various other event services.

Contact: Carol Watson, 713.655.1912, ext. 112, or at cwatson@heritagesociety.org.








YMCA- Tellepsen Family Downtown Branch

808 Pease (77002)

Call: Damitra Myles

(713) 758-9148



“Jingle Bell Run & Walk”- a fun run event taking place in downtown Houston on Sunday, December 14. It will begin and finish in front of the new Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA located at 808 Pease. The event will feature a kids fun run (for those 13 and under), the 5-mile adult run, and the 3-mile family run/walk. Preparations will begin before noon, with the first race kicking off at 1 p.m. Volunteers will be needed to help with set-up, registration, course monitoring, staffing of water stations, etc. In return for their time, volunteers will receive free refreshments and commemorative t-shirts. Further information can be found at: www.ymcahouston.org/jingle-bell-run


Volunteer Opportunities include:

    Parking Attendants

    Starting Line Aides

    VIP Hospitality Aides

    Volunteer Information Center Aides

    Water Station Attendants

    Course Cheerleaders



Volunteer Orientations:

   Thursday, December 4 | 5 pm - All Volunteer areas

    Thursday, December 11 | 5 pm - Water Stations, Beverage Trailer and Food Service Volunteers






City Wide Club of Clubs
4715 Caroline (77004)

Register online at: http://citywideclub.com/donate.php
For questions, call:(713) 752-2582

Christmas Eve Feast. Will take place the morning of Christmas Eve (December 24) at the downtown George R. Brown Convention Center. 35,000 to 40,000 persons are expected to attend. Volunteers are needed to help with setup, serving the meals, distribution of canned goods to the needy, cleanup, etc. Shift times are flexible and can be arranged for almost anytime between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Volunteers are invited to partake in the meal. Teenagers are welcom




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