The holiday season is the perfect time to donate your time, services or goods to those who are in need. There are several opportunities for you to assist in making the holidays special for less-fortunate Houstonians. Volunteer duties range from crafting Christmas cards to adopting a family. Below is a list of organizations and charities that are in need of volunteer efforts of the community this holiday season.
Head Start is a program that provides preschool education to children from low-income households. This Christmas, individuals or community organizations have the opportunity to "adopt" a family and create a clothing, food or toy drive dependent on that family's personal needs.
Neighborhood Center Head Start
9700 Bissonnet Suite 2000
Houston, TX 77036
Those that are unable to attend Volunteer Houston's holiday visits to local nursing homes can still take part in this special event by creating handmade Christmas cards to deliver to residents. Volunteers may create the cards in the privacy of their homes and deliver or mail them to the address below.
3015 Richmond Ave., Suite 100
Houston, TX 77098
Serve as one of Santa's elves in the Secret Santa Warehouse and help stock, sort and wrap gifts for Houston's underprivileged children and seniors. The minimum age requirement for volunteers is 16 years and volunteer times are available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Light refreshments will be provided.
The Salvation Army
Houston, TX 77002
Houston Food Bank's annual Share Your Holidays Food Drive provides a variety of ways in which volunteers can assist those in need. Phone bank volunteers will register clients for food delivery via telephone. Food packaging volunteers are stationed at the Houston Food Bank and will box meals to feed a family of four for three days. Food drive collection volunteers will be stationed at Channel 13 studios and will be responsible for collecting and organizing food donated by the general public.
Houston Food Bank
3811 Eastex Fwy.
Houston, TX 77026
B.E.A.R. (Be a Resource for CPS Kids) will be sponsoring a toy drive that is expected to raise over 20,000 gifts for over 6,000 children in CPS custody. The greatest number of volunteers are needed to work in the toy warehouse matching gifts to children's wish list. Other positions include gift distribution and warehouse clean-up. Minimum age for unsupervised volunteers is 16 years, however, children between age 12 and 16 are welcome to volunteer if accompanied by an adult.
Harris County Children's Protective Services
2223 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027
City Wide Club of Clubs: Christmas Eve Feast
Over 35,000 Houstonians are expected to attend the feast that will take place on Christmas ever at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Volunteers are needed for setup, serving, canned good distribution cleanup and many other duties. Volunteer times are available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and teenagers are welcome.
City Wide Club of Clubs
Houston, TX 77004