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: 10/20/14)








Houston Food Bank

535 Portwall; Houston, TX 77029

Contact: Millie Jones




Halloween Costume Party Night


Date: Friday, October 31, 2014 - Friday, October 31, 2014

Time of the event: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: 535 Portwall Houston, TX 77029




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


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.





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) -"21th 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.






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