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
- 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.
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
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
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.
3838 Aberdeen Way (77025)
For complete information and online signup, visit http://turkeytrot.shelteringarms.org
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.
To home page of Volunteer Houston main website: www.volunteerhouston.org