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: 10/24/13)

 

 

HOLIDAY  SEASON

 

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

Contact: Ashley Bryant ,  713-273-3223

 nmartinez@neighborhood-centers.org

"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.)

 

 

HOLIDAY SEASON

 

Target Hunger

2814 Quitman; Houston, Texas   (77026)

Contact:  Mitzi Coleman

 (713) 226-4953

mitzi.coleman@targethunger.org

 

Target Hunger is a United Way agency focused on alleviating hunger and its root causes in Houston's inner city neighborhoods.  It needs volunteers to assist with the following projects geared to distribution of food for Thanksgiving:

 

 November 5th – 9th & November 12th – 15th  (9 am -- 4 pm)

Location:  Langston Family life Center --2814 Quitman (77026)

Volunteers will be packing food bags to hand out for the Thanksgiving holiday. These bags will be a compliment to the turkeys that will distributed as well.

 

November 8, 9, & 15th ( 9 am -- 3 pm)

Location:  Denver Harbor Multi Service Center -- 6402 Market Street (77020)

Volunteers will be packing food bags to hand out for the Thanksgiving holiday. These bags will be a compliment to the turkeys that will distributed as well.

 

 

November 16 ( 10 am -- 3 pm)

Location:  Denver Harbor Multi Service Center -- 6402 Market Street (77020)

Volunteers will be needed to hand out the Thanksgiving food bags and turkeys.

 

HOLIDAY  SEASON

 

Bay Area Turning Point

210 South Walnut Street

Webster, Texas 77598

Contact: Sheryl Dickerson, Volunteer Services Manager,

281.204.8845

sdickerson@bayareaturningpoint.com

 

Fill-the-Truck Food Drive -- November 16 & 17 (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, & Friendswood). 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 16, 2012 (Friday)

10:00am – 12:30 pm

12:00pm – 2:30 pm

2:00pm – 4:30 pm

4:30pm – 7:00 pm

November 17, 2012 (Saturday)

9:00am – 11:30 am

11:30am – 2:00 pm

2:00pm – 4:00 pm

Click here to view a flyer listing the participating locations.

 

 

HOLIDAY  SEASON

 

Volunteer Houston
3015 Richmond, Suite 100 (77098)
Call: Walter Black
(713)964-0229

 

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. (See below for further details about the visits.) 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 are at www.volunteerhouston.us/cards. Also see "Family Volunteer Day" entry immediately below for Volunteer Houston's in-house card-making session on Saturday, November 17.

 

 

 

FAMILY VOLUNTEER DAY

 

Volunteer Houston
3015 Richmond, Suite 100 (77098)
Contact: Khristey Walker
(713)964-0217

 

On Saturday, Nov. 17th, 2012 (National Family Volunteer Day),  families with children ages 5-years of age and up are invited to participate in Volunteer Houston's "Holiday Card Project" from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. After the card making project, these families will be invited to enjoy a BYOL lunch in Levy Park, immediately behind the 3015 Richmond building.  Click here for fuller details and an online signup form.

 

 

 

HOLIDAY  SEASON

 

Center for Hearing and Speech

3636 W. Dallas (77019)

Contact: Katharine Schaafs

713-523-3633, Ext. 119

kschaafs@centerhearingspeech.org

 

Via Colori:    Via Colori is an annual street painting festival benefiting children with profound hearing problems will be held at and around downtown's Sam Houston Park on November 17 and 18. This unique event will feature entertainment, gourmet cuisine, and over 200 artists creating pastel masterpieces on the street.

 

Volunteers will be needed to help with setup, ticket and food sales, assisting at vendor booths, and overseeing children's areas. Daytime and evening shifts will be available. The minimum age for volunteers is 18 (10 are welcome if accompanied by a parent). Available volunteer shifts: Saturday 10am-2pm or 2pm-6pm as well as Sunday 10am-2pm and 2 pm-6 pm. More detailed information about the event can be found at:

 

www.houstonviacolori.com

 

On-line signup is available by going to the above website and clicking on "Be a Volunteer" near the center of the page. Links to Parking and Driving Directions,  Volunteer Check-In Information,  Volunteer FAQs are on the signup page.

 

 

 
THANKSGIVING DAY

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 22) 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 welcome.

 

 

THANKSGIVING DAY

 

Houston International Festival Foundation
5373 W. Alabama, Ste. 235
Houston, TX 77056
Register online at: www.ifest.org/
For questions, contact: Paul Pettie,  Special Events Manager
713-654-8808
volunteer@ifest.org

 

 
The 63rd annual downtown Thanksgiving Day Parade is now called the "H-E-B Holiday Parade". 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. Assignments that morning will include helping with concessions, tending a reserved seating area, escorting VIPs, ticket-taking, and assisting with various other needs that arise. (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. Volunteers as young as 16 are cordially welcome. Additonal information about the event and online volunteer signup can be found at: www.ifest.org
 

 

THANKSGIVING DAY

 

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

3217 Montrose Boulevard (77006)

Online volunteer signup is available at:

www.imgh.org/meals-on-wheels/thanksgiving-day-volunteer

Or contact:  Dorothy Broussard at 713-533-4936

or Karina Hernandez at 713-533-4948.

 
Annual Thanksgiving Day Meals on Wheels Delivery brings traditional Thanksgiving meals on Thanksgiving Day (11/22/12) to seniors who receive Meals on Wheels. These seniors have few or no home visits and experience loneliness, sadness and hunger daily. Volunteer drivers will be needed to deliver the meals on Thanksgiving Day.  The meals will be picked up at First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main Street (77004), with delivery routes available in different areas of greater Houston. 

Additional details, including FAQs, are at www.imgh.org/meals-on-wheels/thanksgiving-day-volunteer.

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THANKSGIVING DAY

 

Sheltering Arms
3838 Aberdeen Way (77025)
For complete information and online signup, visit
http://turkeytrot.shelteringarms.org

Thanksgiving morning (November 22)  -"20th 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.

 

 

THANKSGIVING DAY

 

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

For questions:

Contact: Walter Black
(713)964-0229

thanksgiving@holidayprojecthouston.org

 

Volunteer Houston's Holiday Project organizes visitations to institutional shut-ins in connection with selected holidays throughout the year. On Thanksgiving  Day (11/22/12), 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) 

 

KATY

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

(CLICK ON ANY OF THE LOCATION REFERENCES FOR A MAP OF THE RESPECTIVE AREA)

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

http://www.holidayprojecthouston.org

 

 

 


 CHRISTMAS SEASON
 
The Salvation Army
1500 Austin; Houston 77002
Contact: Monica Santillán
(832) 201-8018
Monica_Santillan@uss.salvationarmy.org

 

The Salvation Army offers the following 4 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 during the following time-frame:. 
 
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:
The Galleria
Katy Mills 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.

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS SEASON

B.E.A.R. Program
Harris County Children's Protective Services
2223 West Loop South (77027)
Call: Michelle Searles at (713) 295-2794

michelle.searles@dfps.state.tx.us

 

 "BEARing Gifts" Toy Drive, benefiting children served by Harris County Children's Protective Services who otherwise would have no Christmas at all. (The sponsoring program is called B.E.A.R. -- "BE A Resource for CPS Kids". The drive typically provides approximates 20,000 new gifts to over 6,000 CPS kids. ) Volunteers will be most critically needed at the toy drive warehouse to match gifts to children's wish lists, but volunteers will also be needed to assist with distribution and cleanup. Volunteer shifts will be available Mondays through Fridays between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ,  December 3 through December 20. Volunteers can commit to one or more 3-hour shifts during the drive. (Typical shift times will be 9 a.m. to 12 Noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Some evening shifts may be available for organized groups of 10 or more persons.) The warehouse is on West 6th Street, near I-10 and Shepherd, in the lower Heights. Minimum age = 12, but all volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

CHRISTMAS SEASON

 

Harris County Psychiatric Center

2800 South MacGregor Way;  Houston, Texas 77021

Contact: Carol Rone

713-741-8692

Carol.J.Rone@uth.tmc.edu

 

UT-Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC) is in need of clothes for its patients. Volunteers --individuals and groups -- are invited to initiate personalized  clothing drives.  There is need of men's and  women's pants, jackets and shoes (not heels).   There are approximately 225 adult patients, 26 teens, and  8 younger children.  HCPC is also welcoming  of holiday gifts of toiletries & games for each unit. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS SEASON

 

The Heritage Society

1100 Bagby; Houston, Texas 77002

Contact: Jennifer Jackson, 

713-655-1912, Ext. 109
jjackson@heritagesociety.org

The Heritage Society's 50th Annual Candlelight Tour, December 7, 8, & 9, 2012 (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday), 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., showcases nine of Houston's oldest historic structures, now situated in downtown Houston's Sam Houston Park, trimmed to perfection in traditional 19th century décor. The flicker of candles carefully set out specifically for the event will illuminate park with a holiday glow. Visitors touring the park 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. 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.

Volunteers are needed in the areas of hospitality,  ticket sales, entertainment, security, conducting a survey, Santa’s Workshop, and various other event services. The minimum age for volunteers is 16. Volunteers will be accorded free refreshments and parking passes.

 

 

CHRISTMAS SEASON

 

Memorial Assistance Ministries

1625 Blalock Road

Houston, TX 77080

Contact: Sara Rice

713-574-7540

srice@maministries.org

 

MAM Christmas Share

This program will provide children from newborn to age 10 (5th grade) with toys, and children ages 11 (6th grade) through age 16 (10th grade) with gift cards so that parents can momentarily forget about the worry of day-to-day living and just celebrate the joy of the holidays with gifts for their children. Each child will also receive a thick twin size blanket.

 

The families participating in our program are those with the greatest need. All reside in the zip codes supported by MAM. All have experienced significant financially difficulty during the four or five months preceding Christmas. We anticipate helping well over 150 families and approximately 600 children during the 2012 holiday season.

 

Volunteers are needed to help raise money, promote the program, plan toy/blanket drives,  and donate gift cards/toys to MAM.

 

Seasonal volunteers are also needed in the MAM Resale Store. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to assist with sorting and pricing donations and providing customer service in the store. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.   and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Sara Rice at 713-574-7540 or srice@maministries.org for additional information.

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS SEASON

 

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 Bellaire United Methodist Church at 4417 Bellaire Boulevard (just inside Loop 610 at Newcastle.)

 

Volunteers are wanted for two phases:

Sort & Set-up (Prepare toys and food for distribution) -- Monday, Dec. 3, 2011 through Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012  (6 PM  - 8 PM).

 

Distribution (Assist clients as they gather toys, books & food) -- Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 and Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, 7:30AM - 1 PM.

 

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

 

 

CHRISTMAS SEASON

 

YMCA- Tellepsen Family Downtown Branch

808 Pease (77002)

Call: Damitra Myles

(713) 758-9148

mailto:JBRinfo@ymcahouston.org

 

 

 

“Jingle Bell Run & Walk”- a fun run event taking place in downtown Houston on Sunday, December 9. 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

 

 

CHRISTMAS EVE

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 welcome.

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS DAY

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

For questions:

Contact: Walter Black
(713)964-0229

walter3829@gmail.com

Volunteer Houston's Holiday Project organizes visitations to institutional shut-ins in connection with selected holidays throughout the year. On Christmas Day (12/25/13), volunteers are invited to come to any of the following 4 meeting locations from which Christmas 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) 

 

KATY:

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

(CLICK ON ANY OF THE ABOVE LOCATION REFERENCES FOR A MAP OF THE RESPECTIVE AREA. )


To accommodate differing schedule preferences of volunteers, two different meeting times are offered at all three locations: 9:30 a.m. and 12 Noon. The volunteers will divide off into teams, each team to visit one nursing home. They will be provided with maps to their respective destinations, copies of Christmas carols, as well as Christmas cards to take to the persons they visit. Time spent at the facilities will vary, but generally the visits last from 1 to 1 1/2 hours

 

 

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