Volunteer Guide 2021: 12 Ways to Help, Get Involved in the Lake Houston Area

Harris County Precinct 4’s Legacy Trees Project is committed to promoting the benefits of trees, supporting Texas cultural heritage, and engaging the public through volunteerism and planting opportunities. (Courtesy of the Legacy Trees Project)

For those looking to help the Lake Houston community, there are several local nonprofit groups that offer volunteer opportunities and accept donations. This list is not exhaustive.

Empower children

Humble ISD Community Development

There are many volunteer opportunities available, such as attending a school book fair, setting up district events, and being a student’s reading buddy. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Examples of activities: serve lunch in school cafeterias, supervise students, become a student’s reading buddy, help with the Junior Achievement program

10203 Birchridge Drive, humble

281-641-8142 • www.humbleisd.net/volunteer

Volunteer needs: application, referral, background check, under 18 allowed

Humble ISD Educational Foundation

Volunteers participate in special events such as the golf tournament, the gala, the Humble Rodeo and the BBQ Cook-off. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Examples of activities: sit on event committees; provide assistance on the day of the event; pro bono services including grant writing, legal assistance, newsletter writing / copy writing and office administrative assistance

10203 Birchridge Drive, humble

281-641-8140 • www.humbleisdfoundation.org

Volunteer needs: request, under 18 allowed

Family YMCA of Lake Houston

This local YMCA serves the Lake Houston community through social programs and services designed to help individuals and families learn, grow and thrive.

Examples of activities: coach of youth sports teams, help with adjustment programs for youth and adults with disabilities, participate in community events, fundraising, mentor youth, serve on the board of directors

2402 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood

281-360-2500 • www.ymcahouston.org

Volunteer needs: application, background check, under 18 allowed

Take care of the environment

Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center

The mission of this 312-acre nature park is to promote wildlife conservation, outdoor recreation, and the education of environmental and Texas pioneers. Weekday and weekend volunteer opportunities are available for those who prefer to work indoors, outdoors, in teams or independently. Parental consent is required for volunteers aged 18 and under; volunteers aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Examples of activities: habitat management, greenhouse work, environmental education, Texas pioneer history programs, event assistance

20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble

281-446-8588 • www.jjpv.org

Volunteer needs: application, background check, under 18 allowed

Legacy Trees Project

Harris County Precinct 4’s Legacy Trees Project is committed to promoting the benefits of trees, supporting Texas cultural heritage, and engaging the public through volunteerism and planting opportunities. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and volunteers are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle, gloves, and closed-toe shoes.

Examples of activities: take care of nursery trees, remove invasive species, plant trees

281-353-8100 • www.hcp4.net/legacytrees

Volunteer needs: under 18 allowed

Mercer Botanical Gardens

Mercer Botanic Gardens has a variety of opportunities both indoor and outdoor, most of which are available to volunteers aged 16 and over. Participation in the orientation is recommended but not compulsory for volunteers and will take place on January 19 and February 16 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The annual March Market Plant Sale will take place on March 25-26.

Examples of activities: assist in gardens and greenhouses and during plant sales and other special events; member of the March Mart and Holiday in the Gardens committee, Mercer Botanical Center assistant or garden tour guide

22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble

713-274-4160 • www.hcp4.net/parks/mercer

Volunteer needs: request, under 18 allowed

Serve seniors

Program Encore from district 4

As part of the programming that Fun4Seniors staff provide to residents 50 and over, Precinct 4 Encore runs regular bus trips to local nonprofits including the Houston Food Bank, Kids Meals, Project CURE and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ Peanut Butter Cannery — for volunteer opportunities. Volunteers must be 50 years of age or older and must wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and no jewelry.

Examples of activities: inspect / sort food at the Houston Food Bank; prepare snacks and sandwiches at the Kids Meals warehouse; assist in sorting and packing medical supplies for shipping, stock storage, shipping preparation and container loading at Project CURE; sort nuts, check jar lids, operate the labeller, and pack jars in peanut butter cannery boxes

Donations accepted: Houston Food Bank accepts food donations; Kids Meals accepts decorated brown lunch bags; Project CURE accepts donations of lightly used medical equipment and supplies.

713-274-4050 • www.hcp4.net/encore/volunteer

Support families

Lake Houston Family Promise

Family Promise of Lake Houston serves low-income families who have become homeless due to an unfortunate circumstance, such as fire, flood, death of a spouse, loss of job, eviction or foreclosure of a house. The association offers daily support and education programs for 90 to 120 days which lead each family to permanent autonomy. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Examples of activities: tutoring / mentoring, hosting dinner or evening, help with curriculum vitae or job search, supplying the day center with necessities, maintenance / repair of facilities

Donations accepted: monetary donations and household items for the day center

111 avenue G S., humble

281-441-3754 • www.fplh.org

Volunteer needs: under 18 allowed

FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center

FamilyTime Crisis & Counseling Center offers volunteer opportunities at its thrift store in Porter and office in Humble, as well as at special events. Volunteer orientation sessions are held quarterly.

Examples of activities: Organize and sort donations, respond to the crisis hotline, assist the Thrift Shop sales area, provide administrative assistance, provide professional services

Donations accepted: The shelter’s most common needs can be found online and include household items, clothing, medical supplies, and hygiene items. Donations from the thrift store can be dropped off Monday through Friday. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

23874 Boucle 494, Porter (thrift store); 1203 S. Houston Ave., Humble (Crisis and Counseling Center)

281-446-2615 • www.familytimeccc.org

Volunteer needs: application, orientation

Ministries of assistance to small areas

Humble Area Assistance Ministries is an interfaith organization that helps community residents in crisis by providing essential resources to move towards self-reliance. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Examples of activities: provide assistance in pantry, retail stores, customer services, meals on wheels, fundraising, education and employment services

Donations accepted: pantry donations are accepted Monday through Thursday. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. donations from resale stores are accepted from Thu through Saturday. from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

1204 First St., Humble (HAAM resale store); 1302 First St., Humble (HAAM Social Services); 22310 Loop 494, Kingwood (Black Cat Junction resale store)

281-446-3663 • www.haamministries.org

Volunteer needs: request, under 18 allowed

Heaven’s Army – Home of Incredible Grace

The religious nonprofit organization, which helps those affected by human trafficking, is looking for volunteers for Home of Amazing Grace, its discipleship training program for women. In addition, Heaven’s Army is looking for volunteers to fill four vacant positions on its Board of Directors; three additional places will open in 2022.

Examples of activities: education; organization; exterior maintenance; administrative tasks; cosmetology services; home repairs; professional services such as legal aid, website design, and accounting

Donations accepted: lightly used items with the greatest current need being event decoration for birthdays, weddings, business and church events

PO Box 197, Cleveland

832-401-7965 • www.heavensarmy-tx.org

Volunteer needs: application, referral, background check, under 18 allowed

Better the city

Friends of Kingwood Library

The non-profit organization supports the Kingwood Branch Library by operating an in-library bookstore as well as an off-site online hub, from which books are indexed, sold and shipped. Proceeds from donated books and other media support the Kingwood Branch Library and volunteers are needed to run both the bookstore and the online center.

Examples of activities: assist customers, tidy up books, manage inventory, list books online, ship books

Donations accepted: Books, DVDs, CDs and puzzles can be donated at the Kingwood Branch Library.

4400 Bens View Lane, Kingwood

281-793-5430 • www.kingwoodfolk.org

Volunteer needs: application, orientation, under 18 allowed

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