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The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands

MISSION

As a 501(c)(3) organization, The Pavilion strives to provide the performing arts and educational outreach programs to The Woodlands community and the Greater Houston area. The Pavilion's main focus is fulfilling the four pillars of its core purpose: education, training, new audiences, and diverse arts.

They provides educational programs about the performing arts, are a catalyst for new audiences, offer training and performance opportunities for young artists, present a diverse offering of performing arts, and enhance appreciation for the arts.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Pavilion Partners is the official volunteer organization of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Launched in 1998, Partners offers opportunities for those who share a love for the performing arts to give back, support the Pavilion, and network with others who have similar interests.

With numerous educational outreach programs that enrich the lives of thousands of people each year, the Pavilion plays an essential role in making the performing arts accessible to the community. Partners is an integral part of making these programs happen, with hundreds of members serving as volunteers at events throughout the year.

There are many different ways to be a member of Partners. Many volunteers join solely by making a financial contribution to the Pavilion. Others choose to serve on committees to help with events and fundraisers. Still others volunteer at the various events at the Pavilion, including both performing arts events and contemporary concerts.

MEMBERSHIP

By making a gift at The Pavilion Partners Fund, you will automatically become a member of The Pavilion Partners. Partners have the ability to choose their membership level: individual ($50), couple ($100), silver ($250), gold ($500), and platinum ($1,000).

BIG EVENT

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion hosts many free, family-friendly events that all members of the family can enjoy, as well as contemporary acts by some of the biggest artists touring right now. Proceeds from these concerts, along with generous donations from corporations and individuals, are then used to provide guests the opportunity to be exposed to more classical forms of entertainment.

These donations afford the ability to offer free mezzanine and lawn seating for all Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, and Houston Ballet performances, as well as free seating at Star-Spangled Salute, Texas Music Festival Orchestra, and Holly Jolly Jingle, making the arts accessible to everyone.

Covenant House Texas

MISSION

Covenant House Texas is a faith-based organization committed to giving homeless youth a safe haven, absolute respect, unconditional love, and a path to lasting independence. In partnership with the community, they are the voice for homeless youth.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Visit the Covenant House Texas website for volunteer information. There is a young professionals group which is regularly involved with volunteering and mentorship.

MEMBERSHIP

No money is required to participate or volunteer. However, fees may exist for membership boards or committees.

BIG EVENT

Sleep Out is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Covenant House Texas. Participants fundraise in weeks leading up to Sleep Out, then spend an evening getting to know some of the young people whose lives will be bettered and spend the rest of the night sleeping on the street in their place. Sleep Out happens on March 20, 2020, from 6 pm-8 am at the Covenant House Texas facility.

A kickball tournament also happens each fall.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

MISSION

The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family's ability to pay.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The regional fundraising offices in Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Houston put on hundreds of fundraising events, such as galas, golf tournaments, and walks and marathons, throughout the year in those cities and surrounding areas. If you are interested in supporting St. Jude, there are several committee openings and event day volunteer opportunities.

MEMBERSHIP

The St. Jude Young Professionals of Dallas are a dedicated group of Young Professionals in the community dedicated to raising funds and awareness to support the mission of St. Jude. You can become involved by joining the leadership board and serving the mission of St. Jude by helping plan upcoming events while creating networking opportunities and happy hours for like-minded young professionals.

The membership fee is $50 annually per person, which includes quarterly happy hours, networking events, and first opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for signature events.

BIG EVENT

St. Jude hosts several events, including:

  • The St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, a national event happens in more than 60 cities on the same day
  • The Rock n Roll Series, a half marathon and marathon in San Antonio and Dallas
  • The Houston Marathon, where St. Jude Heroes register to Run for a Reason and raise money for St. Jude while earning free race entry and other incentives
  • Friends of St. Jude Crawfish Boil, with all-you-can-eat crawfish and live music
  • St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway in Waco and San Antonio, where a $100 ticket enters participants for a chance to win a house with an estimated value of $575,000, or other great prizes
  • The St. Jude Spring Fling Cornhole Tournament at Four Corners Brewery on May 18, 2019.
Urban Green

MISSION

Hermann Park Conservancy's Urban Green is a membership and events group made up of young professionals dedicated to the Conservancy's mission to improve and maintain Hermann Park. Through a variety of events both social and educational, Urban Green strives to inspire new generations of park supporters.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To become involved in Urban Green, you can become a member or donate to the conservancy. 

MEMBERSHIP

Membership to Urban Green is $50 for a single membership and $75 for a dual membership. Membership benefits include discounted tickets to Urban Green events, specially priced tickets to Hermann Park Conservancy events — including the annual gala — invitations to volunteer opportunities and special receptions, and more.

BIG EVENT

Urban Green hosts the Urban Derby in May, complete with bites and beverages from some of Houston's favorite culinary outposts and a DJ, all benefiting Hermann Park Conservancy.

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The Citizens Environmental Coalition

MISSION

The mission of the Citizens' Environmental Coalition (CEC) is to foster dialogue, education, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston/Gulf Coast region. CEC is an alliance of diverse nonprofit, governmental, and educational organizations whose activities impact the environment and quality of life in the Houston-Galveston area. Their approximately 100 member organizations cover a broad spectrum, including professional associations, conservation groups, and activists.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

CEC offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, ranging from positions like government relations coordinator to administrative support. For more information and to apply as a CEC volunteer, head here.

The HUB Houston

MISSION

The HUB is a non-residential program supporting neurodiverse teenagers and young adults as they navigate their personal journey through academics, employability, community involvement, and care. Their mission is to build a sense of real belonging for everyone and use those relationships to discover and practice individual strengths.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are welcome to come to the campus and work hands-on with the young people. These activities can be as diverse as woodworking or a cooking class, or as universal as painting or reading with student members.

MEMBERSHIP

The tuition-based private school serves high school and post-graduate populations. Tuition for high school is $22,000 a year, while post-grad programs are fee-based per participation.

BIG EVENT

The annual Holiday Bazaar and Sing-Along delights audiences and builds self-confidence in the student members.

Blodgett Urban Gardens

MISSION

Blodgett Urban Gardens is dedicated to eradicating the causes of malnutrition and dietary-related diseases through gardening and sustainability practices. It provides education by giving free lectures and demonstrations in schools, libraries, and other public venues, as well as utilizing social media channels and the corporation's website to provide facts, statistics, and other related data on causes, current efforts, and solutions.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To become involved at Blodgett Urban Gardens, you can volunteer at the farm or donate here

MEMBERSHIP

Become a member of Blodgett Urban Gardens to help the day-to-day running of the gardens and help to do more sustainability projects on a local and national level. Each member can choose from a multitude of donation options.

BIG EVENT

Blodgett Urban Gardens hosts a twice-monthly farmer's market in Metro Houston. 

Magpies and Peacocks

MISSION

The nonprofit design house Magpies & Peacocks, Inc. creates an environment for positive change by nurturing arts education, keeping fashion out of landfills, and giving back to the Houston community. Their model rests on four pillars: collaborate, create, educate, and invest. Through that, they build creative connections between local leaders, businesses, donors, artists, designers, educators, and Houston-area nonprofits. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Magpies & Peacocks is run entirely on volunteer power, and you can donate here or sign up to voulnteer in many different capacites here

BIG EVENT

Magpies & Peacocks hosts the annual Catwalks & Classrooms sustainable student design showcase in April. 

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Communities In Schools of Houston

MISSION

The mission of Communities In Schools of Houston (CIS) is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS amplifies the power of each student's potential by connecting them to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. Across the Houston community, they knit together a powerful network of partners — including volunteers, social service agencies, mental health providers, and educators — that help students stay focused so they can go further tomorrow.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Whether you would like to intern, volunteer, or partner with CIS, there are ongoing volunteer opportunities available in many elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as in the central office. Volunteer opportunities include: tutoring in math, science, and reading; college preparation; employment/job preparedness; and mentoring.

You can also make a donation to help connect at-risk students with caring adults, community resources, and support systems to keep them in school and on the path to graduation. Head here to get involved.

BIG EVENT

Business and community leaders dedicated to helping school children in their times of need gather annually for CIS' Stay In School Gala. Generous benefactors learn about CIS and support the fundraising event as educators call on student support specialists from CIS to help more students than ever with mental health and other comprehensive services. For general information about the CIS Stay In School Gala, head here.

SBP Houston

MISSION

SBP's mission is to shrink the time between disaster and recovery. Natural disasters can't be prevented, but some of the suffering they cause can. By increasing resilience before disasters occur and streamlining the post-disaster recovery process, SBP is able to fortify people against unnecessary stress and trauma.

Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area in 2017, and although a good amount of the community has moved on from the storm, a large number of families are still displaced. SBP aims to help shrink the cost and time that it will take for these families to get back home.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The best way to get involved is be to volunteer. You can find more information about signing up to volunteer by emailing TXvolunteer@sbpusa.org. They have homes open every Monday through Saturday from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Volunteers are the main work force when rebuilding homes, so new volunteers are always welcome. There is no experience required; you'll be taught everything you need to know once you get on the work site.

K9s4COPS

MISSION

K9s4COPS was formed to address the need for funding the purchase of K9s for law enforcement agencies. K9s cost around $15,000 to $25,000 per dog, and most agencies struggle when budgeting for the purchase of a K9. What most departments can budget for, however, is the required care, training, and transportation of a K9. K9s4COPs was founded to bridge this gap and ensure that K9 cost never keeps an officer from having their K9 partner.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The K9s provided to law enforcement through K9s4COPS are funded solely by donations from individuals, community-minded businesses, and gifts from charitable foundations who want to help promote a safer future. Gifts to K9s4COPS go directly toward the training, purchase, and placement of K9 officers in communities and schools across the county.

BIG EVENT

The annual Unleashed Fast Dog/Hard Dog gala at the Bayou City Event Center is K9s4COPS' signature fundraising event. Guests are entertained by a Hard Dog/Fast Dog competition, food stations, and dance tunes, and all funds raised go toward providing K9 service dogs to agencies and schools.

Stuff the Sleigh

MISSION

Stuff the Sleigh works to relieve the insidious burden of pediatric cancer and hematological conditions so that every child, sibling, and parent may experience priceless, joy-filled, worry-free moments in time and have an enriched and abundant life.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The best way to get involved is by volunteering for upcoming year-round events, sponsoring families, and shopping for their wishlists for Christmas in July or the Holiday Angels program. You can also host a toy or gift card drive any time of the year, raise awareness, share social media posts, and apply for sponsorship.

BIG EVENT

Bag, Bingo & Bubbles returns on February 2, 2019, at No Label Brewery in Katy for its second annual event. Come out to No Label and play some bingo where you can win luxury purses, including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and more.

Indstri Inc.

MISSION

Indstri Inc.'s mission is to enrich the experience of hospitality professionals everywhere through camaraderie, education, community service, and charitable aid. It also provides staffing for certain applicants planning special events for special causes (i.e. 90th birthday parties, community events, etc.) at deeply discounted and at times complimentary rates as part of the mission to service the underprivileged community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are three main methods: sponsorship, membership, and donation. Businesses, particularly hospitality-oriented businesses, are the group's main sponsors.

Donation is the life blood for most nonprofits, and it is an important factor for Indstri as well. Donations through Facebook, Instagram, Pay Pal, and the like are all welcome.

Membership is arguably the most important way to get involved, but it's also the most difficult. Personal sacrifice in the service of others in the hospitality profession is one of the cornerstones of Indstri. As such, a certain number of hours volunteered toward the mission is mandatory for every member, including the leadership of the organization.

MEMBERSHIP

Along with a somewhat extensive membership process, there are monthly dues for each member. These dues support the programs of the organization. Being a paying member entitles an individual to vote on who receives aid from Indstri and how much. Member voice is the other cornerstone of Indstri Inc.

BIG EVENT

There are two annual events. The first is Last Call which marks the end of the summer season and the beginning of the event season in the fall. The second marks one of the founder's birthdays in March, which also coincides with the birth of the organization.

Beautiful Purpose

MISSION

Beautiful Purpose empowers women through Christian principles to live a purpose-filled life by creating a safe space for sharing, providing personal development workshops and leadership training, and by creating a woman-of-purpose community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can make a difference in the lives of other women by sharing your time and talents today. There are many opportunities waiting for you, and most are easy tasks related to specific events.

Share your Beautiful Purpose story. Consider which category your story aligns with (i.e. you overcame financial struggles, or pushed through being a single mom and still followed your dreams).

When you teach a workshop you are helping someone gain the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to live a life with purpose.

One of the best ways to grow in your life is to get connected. Participate in the next upcoming event to network and learn from like-minded women.

Donate — your support will help bring new training and services, and provide monthly social share support groups to empower women to live a purpose-filled life.

BIG EVENT

The Beautiful Purpose Leadership Retreat is a chance to relax, recharge, and grow in knowledge and purpose for your life. This is a time to surrender all your challenges, renew your energy, and allow God to transform your mind through His word. There are empowering workshops, breakout roundtable sessions focused on various areas in life, and engaging networking opportunities for attendees to share and connect.

Westbury C.A.R.E. - Compassionate Animal Rescue Efforts

MISSION

Westbury CARE (which stands for Compassionate Animal Rescue Efforts) addresses many of the growing animal-related problems in Houston. This includes roaming/stray animals, the trapping and neuter return of feral cats, lost/found animals, and a lack of neutering, spaying, and microchipping.

CARE began in 2014 as a neighborhood-based organization, when a group of neighbors who love animals got together to try to figure out how to help the animals in their area. Although started in Westbury and linked to surrounding areas, Westbury CARE is now rooted in southwest Houston but has expanded to help more animals in other parts of Houston.

​CARE is 100-percent volunteer-run and depends on fosters, volunteers, and donors to continue its critical work and connect with the Houston community through outreach and events, to help people understand the importance of caring for animals with kindness and providing pets with food, water, shelter, and love.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Westbury CARE is always in need of foster homes and volunteers. CARE also keeps a wish list, which is full of the supplies required to give the animals the best medical attention, sound nutrition, and a clean, safe environment.

Your donations also support life-saving programs that find loving forever homes for homeless dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies.

BIG EVENT

Adoption events are held every weekend, along with signature fundraising events and volunteering socials throughout the year.

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Breakthrough Houston

MISSION

Breakthrough's mission is to prepare students who possess high academic potential but limited educational resources for competitive high school programs and college admission. Through its unique "students-teaching-students" model, Breakthrough also trains talented college and high school students for careers in education.

For 23 years, the program has been a stepping stone to success for underserved students. Ninety-eight percent of Breakthrough alums have been accepted to at least one college or university  — schools like Stanford, Princeton, Duke, Yale, Georgetown, Texas A&M, UT, Baylor, and more.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Motivated students are eligible to apply to Breakthrough via the website. Students must exhibit good behavior, have good grades and standardized test scores, qualify for free/reduced lunch, and possess a desire to attend college preparatory high schools and college.

Others wishing to support the program may donate online or find volunteer opportunities here.

BIG EVENT

A leader in education reform, the organization offers an intensive six-week summer session plus a monthly program during the school year. Breakthrough's signature fundraising event is an annual luncheon in February.

The Periwinkle Foundation

MISSION

The Periwinkle Foundation develops and provides programs that positively change the lives of children, young adults, and families who are challenged by cancer and other life threatening illnesses and are cared for at Texas Children’s Hospital.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Periwinkle Foundation is fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers, doctors, donors, and in-kind contributors who understand how important it is to let Texas Children’s Hospital patients and families leave illness behind, if only for a few days.

Producing these unique camping, recreational, and arts and creative writing experiences for children who have been through so much takes many resources. The Periwinkle Foundation office has four paid staff members, otherwise Periwinkle programs are totally volunteer-driven with over 300 volunteers giving nearly 27,000 hours a year to ensure the Periwinkle programs continue to change lives.

Volunteer opportunities cover a range of skills, from leadership development, accounting, web and social media assistance, running errands, camp support and more.

BIG EVENT

The Periwinkle Foundation offers a variety of annual events, including camps, a gala, and the kickball classic. For more information, head here.

Lone Star Veterans Association

MISSION

Building the community of veterans means creating opportunities for veterans to come together, to connect, to share stories, to feel a part of a whole, and to help one another. This group's founding motto, "We've Been There," comes from founding members who were frustrated at the lack of attention and resources being directed toward Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans in 2009.

While the organization has moved beyond being solely focused on veterans of the post-9/11 era, they believe that the shared experience of military service across all era binds veterans and gives them strength. They focus on building professional networks that allow people to learn, connect, and get hired.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

All the support from members and the community at large is greatly appreciated. You can donate here or volunteer to help veterans create a community. 

BIG EVENT

Lone Star Veterans Association hosts events throughout the year, from networking to other social events. 

Recovery Houston

MISSION

This group rises to lift up others after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. They assist in the rebuild efforts of those that are underserved, without insurance, without funds, and without proper resources to help them recover.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteerism, direct product donations, and direct dollar donations are all greatly appreciated.

Today's Harbor for Children

MISSION

Today's Harbor for Children stops the cycle of abuse by giving children a place, family system, and choice. Through this approach, and a 70-year history of fighting for young people, Today's Harbor for Children has the knowledge, experience, and perspective to be a force of change in addressing all facets of abuse and neglect. These three key elements empower children to overcome self-destructive patterns, break cycles of abuse, develop social skills, learn responsibility, and ultimately take back their own life path, becoming our next generation of neighbors, coworkers, friends, and families.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are a crucial part of the operations, and whether it's assisting at a fundraising event, coaching a Harbor basketball team, or simply sharing the mission to help more children find their new home, there is an opportunity for everyone.

BIG EVENT

There are three major events each year — a gala, a fantasy football draft night at NRG Stadium, and a golf tournament — that together contribute to a large portion of the group's annual budget.

Jewish Family Service of Houston

MISSION

Jewish Family Service is a nonprofit human service agency for people of all ages and walks of life. Its goal is to provide light, hope, and help to individuals struggling with life challenges. JFS's professional, highly credentialed staff offers mental health and support counseling for individuals and families, including a specialized program for individuals who live with persistent and pervasive mental illness. JFS also provides disability services, senior adult services, and case management, employment services, Jewish chaplaincy services at area hospitals, community outreach, financial assistance programs and volunteer opportunities.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are volunteer opportunities available weekly, bi-monthly, monthly, or episodically for special events. Volunteers can work directly with clients, in administrative positions, or in fundraising.

MEMBERSHIP

There is a one-time fee for a background check. Scholarships are available if requested.

BIG EVENT

The ReelAbilities music, art & film festival is held every February, and the annual fundraiser JFS LIVE! is held in May.

Northwest Assistance Ministries

MISSION

NAM's vision, grounded in its mission and true to its values, is a community in which neighbors care for neighbors through collaborative efforts with area congregations, community partners, donors, and volunteers. Resources are pooled and leveraged to meet basic needs and to help individuals regain their self-sufficiency, thereby creating a safer and more stable community for all.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

New volunteer orientations are held the first Wednesday of the month and the third Thursday of the month at 10 am. The class meets in the second-floor conference room at NAM's main building at 15555 Kuykendahl Rd. in North Houston. To volunteer for any program at NAM, head here to download the volunteer application and find a list of volunteer opportunities. You may also contact Courtney Frost-Tadlock, NAM's community relations coordinator, at 281-885-4604 or via email at volunteer@ namonline.org.

BIG EVENT

NAM hosts the NAM endowment fund, Jeans & Jewels gala, volunteer appreciation luncheon, Holiday Food & Toy Project, Back To School Project, and NAM/BJM career fair.

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Southern Smoke

MISSION

Southern Smoke is a nonprofit organization designed to provide support and assistance for people in the Houston food and beverage community and their suppliers. James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd launched the charity in 2015 after learning that his friend and former sommelier, Antonio Gianola, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Southern Smoke has raised $454,000 for the MS Society, making it the largest third-party fundraiser in a five-state area.

Last year, Southern Smoke shifted its focus to provide assistance to people in the food and beverage industry affected by Hurricane Harvey, and donated $501,000 to 139 people in need. Since then, the foundation has expanded to include a year-round emergency relief fund for people in the food and beverage industry, inspired by the success of last year's Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. It also continues to support the National MS Foundation with a goal of donating $300,000 in 2018.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The best way for people to get involved is to attend the annual Southern Smoke Festival. Shepherd recruits top culinary talent from across the country to prepare food for the event. The headliner is always Aaron Franklin of Austin's famed Franklin Barbecue, but the roster constitutes a who's who of barbecue, Southern food, and more. 

BIG EVENT

The Southern Smoke Festival attracts top culinary talent from around the country for a one-day bash of eating and drinking.

Fresh Arts

MISSION

Fresh Arts champions local artists and creative entrepreneurs to succeed in the business of art. Its programs help advance the careers of local artists and creative entrepreneurs by complementing their artistic practices through carefully cultivated communities that facilitate shared resources, knowledge, experiences, and audiences. They achieve this through resource sharing, skill-building initiatives, and through our artist-centered communities programs.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Want to get involved with Fresh Arts? Start by tapping into Houston's freshest art scene every Tuesday with the Art on Tap event newsletter, powered by Fresh Arts. Text ARTONTAP to 22828 or sign up for program newsletters here.

MEMBERSHIP

Fresh Arts' membership program is designed to cultivate meaningful relationships between artists and arts organizations and those businesses and patrons who support their endeavors. Memberships start at $50 annually. To find the membership right for you, visit here.

BIG EVENT

Each year, Fresh Arts hosts one of the wildest and most beloved shindigs in town. Complete with zany costumes, live entertainment, dancing, an art auction, and light dinner and drinks, Fresh Arts' fetes are always memorable.

Whether celebrating shamed celebrities (The Black Ball) or runaway brides (The Ball n’ Chain), space invaders (The Space Ball) or Willy Wonka (The Gum Ball), Fresh Arts' creative fundraisers never fail to "wow" its guests. Most importantly, the annual gala is Fresh Arts' biggest fundraiser each year, raising between 15-20 percent of the organization's revenue.

Kids' Meals

MISSION

The mission of Kids' Meals is to end childhood hunger in Houston by delivering free, healthy meals year-round to the doorsteps of Houston's hungriest preschool-aged children, and through collaboration provide their families with resources to help end the cycle of poverty. It is the only program of its kind in the nation.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer to make sandwiches — it's easy. You can also decorate brown bags and collect juice boxes, resealable bags, or canned goods. You can also make meals at your own location through the Offsite Lunch Pack Program.

BIG EVENT

Every November, the organization's annual Harvest Luncheon draws more than 1,000 to the Marriott Marquis to raise critical funds for the organization.

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Houston Community ToolBank

MISSION

The Houston Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program that serves other nonprofits and community organizations. Since opening its doors in late 2014, the ToolBank has consistently increased its member organizations' capacity to make a difference. The idea is that putting high-quality tools in the hands of thousands of volunteers allows their members to do more for their community — whether that's through home repair, days of service, or charitable events. Over the past three years, the Houston Community ToolBank has equipped more than 95,000 volunteers with tools to complete over 5,900 projects in and around Houston.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donate your time by volunteering in the warehouse to fill Hurricane Harvey recovery tool orders and help manage inventory. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am-4 pm are the when demand is highest. For more information about getting involved, including how to donate tools, head here.

BIG EVENT

The annual Hammers & Ales is a celebatory event featuring giveaways, appetizers, guest appearances, and craft brews, with raised funds going toward the ToolBank's mission and ongoing Harvey recovery efforts.

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Collaborative for Children

MISSION

Collaborative for Children is a nonprofit that strengthens early childhood education throughout Greater Houston. It works with parents, educators, and local leaders to make sure the region's children are ready to succeed in the long term.

Collaborative traces its roots to 1987, with a history grounded in two organizations: the Greater Houston Collaborative for Children and Initiatives for Children. Together, these organizations provided 24 years of combined service to the community. Collaborative for Children was formally founded in 2004, based on the premise that combining the administrative and program infrastructure of these two viable organizations would increase efficiency and strengthen their ability to improve the quality of early childhood care and education.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Collaborative relies on the support of individuals, foundations, corporations, and other partners in several ways — including annual giving, planned gifts, and volunteering — to achieve its goals. Collaborative greatly appreciates committed volunteers who show support to the families, educators, and child care providers most impacted by its services. Through their HELP Houston effort (High-Quality Early Learning Programs), they offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups who want to help build a prosperous future for children in early learning programs in the Greater Houston area. For more information, call 713-600-1204 or visit collabforchildren.org.

BIG EVENT

Collaborative for Children hosts an annual Give a Child a Chance luncheon to benefit its Circle of Friends annual fund.

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New Hope Housing

MISSION

New Hope Housing's core purpose is to provide life-stabilizing, affordable, permanent housing with support services for people who live on very limited incomes. Its vision is to be an enduring institution serving Houston's most vulnerable citizens.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Make a financial gift to help New Hope Housing fulfill its mission and serve those in the community who are in need.

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West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM)

MISSION

In the name of Christ, West Houston Assistance Ministries serves those who come to them for help regardless of their background, belief, or circumstance. They offer short-term social services to people in crisis, that fulfill basic needs like food and clothing, and financial aid to prevent eviction and homelessness or the discontinuation of critical services like water, gas and electricity. They also provide access to mental health counseling, and education and employment resources to lift people out of poverty and promote their economic independence. Together with their other services like disaster relief and seasonal programs, like Back to School or Holiday Meals and Toys, their offerings contribute to achieving their underlying goals: alleviating poverty, building a thriving and healthy community, and giving hope to the hopeless.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

West Houston Assistance Ministries encourages giving back to the community through time, talent, or treasure. Every year they help thousands of people in need, and they are only able to accomplish this thanks to the help of hundreds of volunteers and donors. To learn more about volunteer opportunities or sign up to be a volunteer, visit whamministries.org/volunteer. To support them with a gift that allows them to give a helping hand to the homeless and those who are struggling with crisis and feeling hopeless, visit whamministries.org/donate. To learn more about their work, or have them speak to a community group, association, or congregation, email c.orman@whamministries.org.

MEMBERSHIP

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BIG EVENT

Every year, West Houston Assistance Ministries' annual luncheon takes place in the fall, bringing together community, leaders and friends together to listen to an uplifting and inspiring keynote speaker and to honor volunteers who have selflessly served those in need through their programs, and an individual or organization who by their exemplary service and efforts are building up and making our community a better place to live. They also hold an annual Spring Dash, a timed 5K/1K that participants can choose to walk or run, proceeds from which go to operating their programs to help those in need.

Solel International

MISSION

Solel develops opportunities and resources in multidisciplinary arts for creatives locally and internationally. Solel provides after-school programming, cultural festivals and expos , and other creative services in response to every lack of creative opportunity to improve the health, education, and social welfare status of creative and under-represented communities.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Ready to greater your good? Tell Solel more about what you're trying to achieve and someone from the team will follow up with you.

BIG EVENT

There is an annual fete that this year is spotlighting Moro Americana. Solel is making history by hosting the First Cultural Renaissance in 106 years that highlights the Moorish American community. Special guests will include a fashion line tiered exclusively from an international dignitary and the international entertainer Hotline from the kingdom of Bahrain. There will be Moorish American cultural programming with performances, culinary delights, music, and more.

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Dec My Room

MISSION

Dec My Room enhances the lives of children who are being admitted into a hospital for a prolonged amount of time. Dec My Room volunteers personalize the hospital room upon their arrival with items that complement the special likes and interests of the individual patient. These items are for them to enjoy during their stay, and take home when they leave. The idea is to help improve both the attitudes of patients and their healing process.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The success of Dec My Room depends on its volunteers, who work directly with pediatric and young adult patients who are in the hospital for a prolonged period of time. Dec My Room suggests that volunteers have prior experience volunteering in the community. To learn more, head here.

 

BIG EVENT

At Dec My Room's annual Ladies Lunch, hosted by Neiman Marcus, guests are treated to a chef-driven menu, special guests appearances, and the opportunity to bid on exciting raffle packages. 

His Grace Foundation

MISSION

His Grace Foundation provides physical, emotional, and financial support to the patients and families of the bone marrow transplant unit at Texas Children's Hospital.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are on and off-site volunteer opportunities for individuals and schools — head here for more information.

BIG EVENT

There is an annual charity golf tournament that is typically held in May, but in 2020 will be in September.

Amazing Place

MISSION

The mission of Amazing Place is to provide fellowship, memory care, and wellness for adults with mild to moderate memory loss, and support to their families and the community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Contact volunteer services director Susie Howard at showard@amazingplacehouston.org or contact the community and church liaison, Susan Giles, at sgiles@amazingplacehouston.org to schedule a presentation with one of their speakers.

BIG EVENT

An annual fundraising luncheon is held at River Oaks Country Club, with tables of 10 starting at $5,000. Highlights include a keynote speaker and informing the audience of the group's mission and educating them about dementia and brain health.

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Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra

MISSION

This nonprofit orchestra provides a unique artistic outreach of musical study, cultural education, and performances to all ages and socio-economic levels in the Southeast Houston and Bay Area. They partner with area junior and senior high school orchestras for concerts and musical mentorship, and many of the concerts are free.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donations are always appreciated, and volunteers can learn more about available opportunities on the website.

The Monarch School and Institute

MISSION

The Monarch School is dedicated to providing an innovative, therapeutic education for individuals with neurological differences, such as those associated with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder, learning disabilities, Tourette Syndrome, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, traumatic brain injury, and seizure disorders. Offering a learner-centered approach that helps students progress in four core goal areas, the Monarch School is a service of the Monarch Institute for Neurological Differences.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Monarch volunteers open the doors to parents and the community, assisting in a number of departments including advancement, admissions, therapy services, Chrysalis Program, Butterfly Program, Life Academy, and transition services. Head here for a volunteer application.

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

MISSION

Girl Scouts is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of 2.6 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, the organization helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. In Girl Scouting — and its special girl-only environment — girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together.

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is a pluralistic movement, committed to understanding our similarities and differences, building relationships, and promoting a dialogue of acceptance and respect. Each individual involved must uphold the tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are always needed. Head here to learn more. If you are interested in episodic volunteer opportunities, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

You must be a member to volunteer. Dues are $25 annually.

BIG EVENT

Success to Significance is GSSJC's signature fundraising event held each year in late April/early May. Funds raised go toward providing programs, financial assistance, and more for girls across southeast Texas.

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Helping A Hero

MISSION

Helping a Hero empowers severely wounded veterans, primarily by partnering with the wounded hero to provide specially adapted homes to reintegrate them into their community. They also provide additional support programs such as marriage retreats, caregiver retreats, recreational activities, emotional support, and financial support.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donations are always appreciated, and the public is encouraged to attend the group's Welcome Home and Groundbreaking ceremonies.

BIG EVENT

At the Helping A Hero National Gala, you can expect celebrity guest speakers and donor opportunities throughout the night. The National Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon is a way to show gratitude toward the group's volunteers.

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Arms Wide Adoption Services

MISSION

Arms Wide Adoption Services' mission is to transform the lives of children in need of safe and nurturing adoptive families. They work to expertly guide Greater Houston and South Texas families through the adoption process, connecting each child to the right family and supporting them along the way and beyond.

Services include: adoption and foster care services for no fee; experience placing more than 2,100 children in permanent, loving adoptive homes; specialization in placing older children, sibling groups, minority children, and children with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities or delays, who often wait longer than their peers to be adopted; a 40-year history of personalized, honest adoption-competent programming for children and families.

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Arms Wide holds several client appreciation events each year where volunteers are needed, as well as various child and family events at third-party locations where volunteers help supervise children and engage them with fun activities. For more information on event volunteering, head here.

In addition, the foster care resource room, the Angel Room, is always in need of certain in-kind donations in order to ensure foster families have the resources they need when a child or children come into their care. Volunteer efforts to initiate supply drives for the Angel Room have been very successful and ensure Arms Wide's Angel Room has the supplies necessary to help foster families. 

BIG EVENT

Arm Wide's annual Fulfilling Families Luncheon at Houston Country Club supports the children and families Arms Wide Adoption Services serves, and is an uplifting afternoon featuring a delicious lunch and guest speakers. Each year, the luncheon helps ensure Arms Wide Adoption Services can continue to expand its reach in order to help even more children in foster care connect with the loving adoptive families they need and deserve.

Houston: reVision

MISSION

An independent 501(c)3, Houston: reVision was created in 2012 through a groundbreaking partnership between St. Luke's United Methodist Church, St. Martin's Episcopal Church, and the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department.

Houston: reVision works with youth enmeshed at every point of the school-to-prison pipeline — teens in trouble at school, in juvenile detention, on probation — as well as "certified" youth in adult prison. Intervening in the lives of male and female youth of all ethnicities, reVision has come into contact with hundreds of youth whose pathway into the criminal justice system began in their home schools, where they found themselves suspended, removed to alternative schools, and arrested and expelled.

Many of our system-involved youth are also in the foster care system, experiencing homelessness, are refugees, or are gang-affected. There is no other organization in Harris County with the capacity, expertise, and existing relationships to access this difficult-to-reach population. By connecting one kid at a time to caring adults, positive peers and a program that works, they offer disconnected youth the opportunity to revision hopeful pathways. Since its founding, Houston: reVision has grown to serve more than 1,100 youth per year with the help of over 400 volunteers.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The staff of trained professionals provides comprehensive and sustained training, resources, matching, and ongoing support to hundreds of faithful, caring adults who serve in a variety of roles, including mentors. A reVision mentor builds a caring, consistent, relational connection with a youth while he/she is detained, on probation, or involved in the school-based program. Mentors help youth transition successfully from system involvement, providing encouragement, support, and positive role-modeling.

The first step is a willingness to be a someone to a kid who has no one. On the last two Thursdays of every month, they host orientation and training sessions about disconnected youth and opportunities to get involved. The events are open to everyone and refreshments are provided.

They work with every youth (age 14-17) in the state of Texas who has been certified to stand trial as an adult or is currently serving an adult prison sentence in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Youth serving adult sentences are incarcerated at the Ellis Unit in Huntsville. They match youth with mentors, write them letters, and send them birthday cards. Once a month, they travel to Huntsville (transportation provided) for the First Friday program, bringing kids pizza and hope through art, music, and dance projects.

For more information on how to participate, email carrie@houstonrevision.org. The reVision staff are experts on issues involving the school-to-prison pipeline and other issues specific to the juvenile justice system. Request a speaker for your church, school, or other civic group at sean@houstonrevision.org.

BIG EVENT

CommUnity Night is a weekly gathering at reVision's southwest Houston headquarters on the Gethsemane Campus of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Every Thursday from 7-9:30 pm, nearly 100 youth, volunteers, and community supporters gather to share a free hot meal prepared by volunteers, and cheer on hip-hop, breakdance and krumpers during dance battles.

Each April also brings about the Radical Revisionaries Luncheon fundraising event.

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CAM Fort Bend

MISSION

CAM Fort Bend curates a self-sustaining, community-centric art museum and engages the public with thought-provoking art exhibitions, educational programming, and art-centered events.

It is the only art museum in Fort Bend County, with more than 45,000 visitors a year and 36 exhibitions.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Friendly, art-loving volunteers are always wanted. The four-hour shifts typically revolve around indoor and outdoor events, and while some art knowledge is needed it's not required. Training is provided, and volunteers must be 16 years and older.

Donations help ensure the programming and overall longevity of CAM Fort Bend. They help fund the new home of the museum, the multitude of programs available to the public, and sustain the group's mission and outreach of CAM Fort Bend. 

BIG EVENT

Art is the Sauce: The Un-gala is the group's annual fundraiser.

Autism Speaks Houston

MISSION

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions — across the spectrum and throughout the life span — for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It does this through advocacy and support, increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder, and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Visit our website to search for volunteer opportunities, including helping or participating in the annual 8K run/1k family fun run in April, the annual Walk for Autism Speaks Houston in October, or the inaugural Chef Gala for Autism Speaks Houston in November.

BIG EVENT

Light It Up Blue, World Autism Awareness Day is April 2. The annual 8K run/1k family fun run in Sugar Land is April 27 (held every April), while the annual Walk for Autism Speaks Houston is October 19 (held every October). The inaugural Chef Gala for Autism Speaks Houston is November 14 at Hotel Derek.

Memorial Park Conservancy

MISSION

The mission of the Memorial Park Conservancy is to preserve, restore, and enhance Memorial Park for the enjoyment of all Houstonians, today and tomorrow. Founded in 2000, Memorial Park Conservancy aspires to implement principles of exceptional park management and stewardship in a successful public-private partnership with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. Memorial Park Conservancy advances its mission through several areas of focus, including conservation and community involvement and eduction.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are an integral part of the restoration and maintenance of the park. Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals, groups, schools, and corporations of all types — head here for more information and to get started.

MEMBERSHIP

Friends of Memorial Park is the Conservancy's principal membership program that seeks to connect park-loving individuals and community-minded organizations. Becoming a Friend of Memorial Park supports critical preservation and capital improvement projects of Memorial Park Conservancy. Friends of Memorial Park are invited to participate in friends-only activities, including private tours and lectures, networking events, and other opportunities to experience the park in a deeper way.

BIG EVENT

Nearly 400 guests turn out annually for Picnic for the Park, Memorial Park Conservancy's annual gala. The evening features laid-back attire (deemed "bee casual, no ties"), and French country-inspired picnics complete with blue-checkered tablecloths, lavender, and wildflowers. Attendees fuel up on rustic fare packed in wicker picnic baskets before hitting the dance floor.

Lupus Foundation of America Lone Star Chapter

MISSION

The Lone Star Chapter is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support, and advocacy

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Community outreach is the best way to connect with the chapter. Volunteering for event committees, advocacy, or board membership are just a few ways to invest time in the organization. Call its office, email, or follow on social media platforms to get started.

BIG EVENT

There are several events throughout the year, including the Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. in March and the Purple and White Gala in the fall. They host four walks in cities during April and September, and Lupus Awareness Month in May brings educational panels throughout the year.

Recipe for Success

MISSION

Recipe for Success was launched in 2005 by Gracie and Bob Cavnar to lead the way in combatting childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate, and eat their food, and by helping the community provide healthier diets for kids. They envision a world where healthy eating is the norm and a culture where nutritious food is shared, appreciated, and celebrated.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Recipe for Success has dozens of opportunities for you to lend a hand in the fight against childhood obesity. One is by volunteering, and for more information click here. Sponsorship and donations are also greatly appreciated. 

BIG EVENT

Recipe for Success' special events reflect their philosophy of putting people back in touch with their food and celebrating the best of what Houston's finest chefs have to offer. Their gatherings range from exuberant parties and exquisitely intimate dinners to casual community get-togethers on the farm.

Seasonal Chefs in the Field suppers at Hope Farms feature high-profile Houston chefs producing three- to five-course meals at the farm on April 7, June 17, and October 6, 2019. Tickets are $250 per person, and the event is limited to 100 people.

The Delicious Alchemy Banquet is held the first Monday in May (May 6, 2019). Ten extraordinary chefs, 10 exquisite courses, all for one exceptional cause. The cost is $2,500 per person, and the event is limited to 100 people.

The Fashion in the Field Brunch and Show at Hope Farms, presented by Neiman Marcus, will be November 10, 2019. Tickets begin at $300; tables from $3,000.

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Coalition for the Homeless of Houston

MISSION

The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership in the development, advocacy, and coordination of community strategies to prevent and end homelessness. Although the Coalition does not provide any direct services to clients, it serves as the backbone organization to many other groups that do, serving those who serve the homeless through research, project management, system capacity building, and public policy.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Coalition accepts general volunteers for projects, and community volunteers for major events such as the Houston Homeless Count that's conducted in January each year, and the Homeless In Memoriam held on or about December 21 each year. You are encouraged to volunteering with one of the region's many homeless service providers. Head here for an interactive map showing the names, locations, and contact information of Houston's homeless service providers. 

MEMBERSHIP

Because education and advocacy is vital in addressing homelessness effectively, the Houston/Harris County Continuum of Care is composed of several volunteer committees and networking/task groups which have various roles and responsibilities. To learn more, head here.

BIG EVENT

The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County's annual World Homeless Day Luncheon features a keynote speaker and includes the presentation of the annual World Homeless Day Awards, which are presented at the event to partner agencies and staff, community influencers, and formerly homeless individuals. This event aims to provide updates about the region’s progress toward solving homelessness.

Houston SPCA

MISSION

For nearly 100 years, the Houston SPCA has been Houston’s first and largest animal protection agency in the Gulf Coast region. It provides more than a dozen vital services and programs for the community, including adoptions, 24-hour injured animal rescue ambulance, and educational programs and outreach that promote commitment to and respect for all animals to help free them from suffering, abuse, and exploitation.

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

All new volunteers are considered trainees and complete their first 20 hours in one of four direct animal care areas: large dogs, small dogs, cattery, and small mammals. After 20 hours are accrued, volunteers are eligible to apply for additional volunteer opportunities. For more information and to begin the application process, head here.

 

BIG EVENT

A room full of compassionate and generous animal lovers come together each year for the Houston SPCA's annual gala, a special evening that raises money and celebrates the accomplishments of the organization.

Epilepsy Foundation Texas

MISSION

The Epilepsy Foundation leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Epilepsy Foundation Texas offers a variety of programs and services to help live life to the fullest. All of its programs and services — camps, clinics, and education — are designed to help people overcome the challenges created by epilepsy.

BIG EVENT

The Walk To End Epilepsy is held in the spring in Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth. Houston's gala is the Safari Party, and the Dallas gala is called Race On Over for Epilepsy

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

MISSION

The mission of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is to ensure the right and ability of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing health services, education, and advocacy.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Your time is vital to Planned Parenthood's success, as each gift of time as an investment in the health and well-being of your community. Head here to find out more about volunteering and attending events.

MEMBERSHIP

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Young Leaders are groups of 20- and 30-something professionals in Houston, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge who recognize that the future of reproductive freedom and quality health care depends on the determination and dedication of their generation. PPYL members attend monthly meetings, complete Planned Parenthood training (offered biannually), volunteer at least 12 hours annually, and give at least $120 in annual operating support. Head here to learn more and see how to sign up.

BIG EVENT

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast hosts a number of special events throughout the year to celebrate and honor the supporters and the patients they serve. Save the date for the annual Roe v. Wade luncheon on January 31, 2020.

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KNOWAutism

MISSION

KNOWAutism was founded in 2013 with the goal of helping families of children with autism better navigate the process of diagnosis, treatment, intervention, and education. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Gifts made to KNOWAutism help support the organization's work and continue its mission of serving children with autism.

BIG EVENT

KNOWAutism's 5th annual gala is Friday, February 22nd, 2019, at The Briar Club. The theme for this year is "As I Am" and will focus on the influence of acceptance and inclusion.

Be Alex

MISSION

The Be Alex Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing financial resources to maximize educational opportunities by funding scholarships to develop leadership and academic success for students in local schools who have been affected by human trafficking

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donating helps ensure that every step, every dollar, and every voice matters. You can also help by volunteering, as the advocates and partners ensure that the fight against human trafficking remains a priority among state and national policymakers. 

Lemonade Day

MISSION

Lemonade Day's mission is to help prepare youth for life through fun, proactive, and experiential programs infused with life skills, character education, and entrepreneurship. The foremost objective is to help today's youth become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers, and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow. They want to build self-esteem and new mindsets that can propel youth to success they likely would not have pursued otherwise.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Become a volunteer mentor, donor, or corporate sponsor. Visit the website for more information.

The Currents

MISSION

The Currents is a young professionals group for Houstonians in their 20s and 30s who are dedicated to Bufalo Bayou Partnership's mission to transform and revitalize Buffalo Bayou, Houston's greatest natural resource. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Check out the group's volunteer opportunities or make an online donation to Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

 

MEMBERSHIP

Becoming a member of The Currents is a great way to meet people who share this common interest, and includes free entry to happy hours; free or discounted entry to Currents events; exclusive invitation to participate in Buffalo Bayou Partnership events and volunteer activities; two passes aboard BBP’s pontoon boat, Spirit of the Bayou (good for Second Saturday Boat Rides or Twilight Tours); discounts on select Bayou Boutique merchandise; subscription to Buffalo Bayou Currents e-newsletter; discount to the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern tours; and discounted entry to the Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta. Annual Currents membership is $50 for individuals, $90 for couples.

 

BIG EVENT

The Currents hosts different events to gather members, like their annual regatta in March. 

Houston Arts Alliance

MISSION

Houston Arts Alliance's mission is to commission, conserve, and promote public art, and to enliven public spaces on behalf of the City of Houston. Ultimately, HAA works to improve the quality of life for Houstonians and visitors alike, while advancing Houston as a premier arts and culture destination.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Houston Arts Alliance is a public-private initiative that invests in Houston's arts and cultural sector. To get involved, you can donate here

BIG EVENT

Houston Arts Alliance hosts many events throughout the year that celebrate the arts. Some notable events include film and food festivals.

Great Age Movement

MISSION

Great Age Movement, a nonprofit organization founded by Fritz McDonald, is committed to mobilizing the senior population through sustainable community projects in Houston and surrounding areas. The organization aims to build senior playgrounds in green spaces and develop programs lead by volunteers that promote health, learning, and socialization. The organization also plans to expand outdoor activity programs and educational classes focused on mental and spiritual wellness at the senior playground sites.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

For information on the Great Age Movement, including benefits and opportunities, sponsorship, and general donations, head here, email greatagemovement@gmail.com, and follow the organization on Facebook and Instagram.

BIG EVENT

Houston philanthropists, artists, designers, and loyal supporters attend the Great Age Movement's annual Jazz Luncheon in the spring. 

Amaanah Refugee Services

MISSION

Amaanah empowers women and youth who are "new Americans" (refugees, asylum seekers, victims of human trafficking) to become productive members of society.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Ways to help including volunteering, bringing awareness to the organization, and attending an event. The group is always seeking persons with HR, strategy, sales, IT, and marketing backgrounds to serve on the advisory board.

BIG EVENT

Rock the Block: Help package thousands of grocery items and deliver it to 500-700 families in Houston on the same day.

Rays of Change benefit dinner: More than 500 attend raise money for Amaanah's services at this annual event.

Human Rights Campaign

MISSION

The Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation together serve as America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

HRC's volunteer-led events and activities are about engaging lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people and allies; educating the public; and raising funds necessary to support the work of HRC locally and nationally. Head here for more information.

MEMBERSHIP

 Becoming an HRC Partner ensures that the work of HRC is sustained with your secure, monthly donation.

BIG EVENT

The Houston Human Rights Campaign's annual gala is one of Houston's glitziest and most star-studded fundraising events of the year, attended by 800 Houstonians — including business leaders, TV personalities, and politicians — who gather to show support for the organization and raise funds. Expect emotional videos and passionate speeches during the three-course meal and auction. After the dinner and presentations, guests hit the dance floor while a DJ spins beats and the champagne freely flows. This year's gala will be held at the Marriott Marquis Houston on Saturday April 6th, 2019. 

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Grace Blankets

MISSION

Grace Blankets was started in Kansas City but now branches out to 15 hospitals in six states, included Texas. It provides new NICU linens to children's hospitals, where the blankets are used for NICU bed linen rotation, givealways to needy families, sibling comfort, and bereavement circumstances. Grace Blankets currently gives to JPS Fort Worth, Cook Children's, Medical City Arlington, Medical City Las Colinas, and Houston Women's Hospital of Texas.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can host a blanket drive to supply a hospital in your area or mail new baby blankets of any size for Grace Blankets to disperse and donate to the hospitals it serves.

BIG EVENT

Every summer, Grace Blanket hosts drives to accumulate new blanket donations for the upcoming year's hospital deliveries.

Holly Hall Retirement Community

MISSION

Holly Hall is a nonprofit retirement community operated on Christian principles. It has the physical safety, well-being, and spiritual, social, and intellectual growth of its residents as its highest priority, while striving to be innovative in its desire to deliver person-centered care to all residents.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Holly Hall is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to further its mission. Volunteer opportunities include assisting with weekly activities and classes such as exercising, bingo, card games, bible study, attending Sunday services, special events, and more. You can be a friend to someone by simply coming to visit and assist with reading, writing letters, taking a walk, or having an engaging conversation. The administrative staff can also use assistance with paperwork, filing, writing notes, decorating bulletin boards, and administering programs.

BIG EVENT

Each year Holly Hall hosts two traditional fundraisers, which provide financial assistance to residents who are no longer able to cover their cost of care. The Holly Hall Siler Tea is a Houston holiday tradition dating back to the early 1950s. Guests gather together in early December to view a lovely home, honor a very worthy individual, and raise funds for a cause close to everyone's heart.

The Book Review Series began in 1949 as one of many fundraisers held in the Houston area to fund the initial building of Holly Hall. Today, proceeds from the Holly Hall Book Review Series are used to defray the cost of living for those residents who can no longer afford the full amount of their care. Guests join together four times a year in September, October, January, and March to enjoy an entertaining book review without the pressure of reading the book beforehand.

Birthday Bash Box

MISSION

Birthday Bash Box provides the gift of a personalized birthday celebration to children in the Greater Houston area. They do this while placing a special emphasis on literacy and social-emotional learning.

They work to make sure each child has a happy birthday.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Want to help a child celebrate their birthday?​ Register to volunteer with HISD Volunteer in public schools (VIPS) by heading here. Choose Foerster Elementary, and then on the third page, under "Affiliations, Functions, and Organizations" type "Birthday Bash Box." The process takes 2-3 weeks.

After you receive a confirmation from Reptorware, the HISD volunteer background check system, forward it to Volunteer@BirthdayBashBox.org. Then sign up for a volunteer shift by clicking here.

Or you can donate your special day, and turn a day that's meaningful to you into a day that could help someone else by asking for donations instead of gifts. A birthday, wedding, anniversary, or any other day can become a fundraising opportunity.

BIG EVENT

There are no signature events yet, but subscribe for email updates on the website or follow @BirthdayBashBox on Instagram to find out about future events.

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Junior League of Houston

MISSION

The Junior League of Houston, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Its committed corps of nearly 5,000 trained volunteers participate in a comprehensive, hands-on training and education program focused on promoting leadership skills and addressing community issues. This is accomplished through the League’s long-term involvement with established organizations, such as the Houston Food Bank and Star of Hope, that directly impact the Houston community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donations to the League Legends Annual Fund provide necessary financial support for the Junior League’s building preservation, community efforts, and operating expenses. By supporting these financial pillars, your contribution enables the Junior League to continue its legacy of community outreach and volunteer initiatives. 

MEMBERSHIP

Junior League of Houston members have access to a broad range of volunteer opportunities, learn more about the community the League serves, and have the opportunity to network and make lasting friendships. To join the Junior League of Houston, an applicant must have a commitment to volunteerism. For more information, head here.

BIG EVENT

The Junior League of Houston's Annual Charity Ball is a black tie affair, celebrating the beauty in the lives it touches both within the League’s membership and throughout the community. Guests begin the evening by enjoying cocktails while browsing silent auction items, then make their way to the ballroom to enjoy a delectable dinner along with the live auction and an exciting show. The French-inspired fête continues into the night as guests are invited to stay and enjoy drinks, dessert, and dancing.

American Liver Foundation

MISSION

ALF's mission is to promote education, advocacy, support services, and research for the prevention, treatment, and cure of liver disease.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

With your generous contribution, you help the American Liver Foundation provide education and support services to the 30 million Americans affected by liver disease and help to fund critical research that one day will make liver disease a thing of the past.

The American Liver Foundation relies on volunteers, not only because the generosity of their presence allows them to maximize resources, but also because they embody the spirit and ideal of what ALF does.

Make a Difference allows you to fundraise your way for the American Liver Foundation. Host a bake sale, bowling night, tag/garage sale, or participate in a local race. Whatever idea you have, the American Liver Foundation will provide you with the tools needed to fundraise and make a difference in the fight against liver disease. Want more information? Email events@liverfoundation.org

BIG EVENT

Liver Life Walk Greater Houston will be held on April 27, 2019. Walkers and teams can register now here. The Liver Life Walk Dallas will be held on September 21, 2019.

Houston Angels

MISSION

Houston Angels walks alongside families in the foster care system through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The best way to get involved is to become a Love Box leader, a Dare to Dream mentor, or a monthly giver.

MEMBERSHIP

There are no membership fees; however, volunteers must pay for their background checks and TBRI training.

BIG EVENT

Houston Angels serves the community through regular events, such as a back-to-school event that provided backpacks, school supplies, and new shoes to children in Houston’s foster care system.

Houston Pets Alive!

MISSION

Houston Pets Alive!'s mission is to rescue animals most at risk of euthanasia, reduce the number of unwanted animals, and find the animals forever families.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Individuals and groups can get involved as a volunteer (dog care, cat care, behind the scenes, thrift store) or foster (care for a pet while it waits for its forever family).

BIG EVENT

Houston Pets Alive! has a monthly special adoption weekend at its facility at 2800 Antoine Dr. the last weekend of the month from 12-6 pm.

Houston Pets Alive! Thrift has a monthly event called Sip Shop Adopt at the store at 2532 Nottingham Dr. the first weekend of the month from 12-4 pm. Sip Shop Adopt has adoptable animals on-site, a special "sip" (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), delectable treats, and a huge store-wide sale.

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Trees for Houston

MISSION

Trees For Houston is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to plant, protect, and promote trees. The organization initially focused its efforts on planting street trees in the heart of Houston, but as the city grew, so did the need for strategic, large-scale planting to counteract the impact of expansion on the region's tree canopy. As the only tree-planting organization of its kind in the region, Trees For Houston is the go-to organization for trees and information for other nonprofits, municipalities, and area residents.

While retaining street tree plantings is still a core element of its mission, Trees For Houston has methodically expanded its reach and now includes a wide variety of planting projects that range from esplanades and trails to parks and schools. Beyond the beauty that trees provide to communities, they also provide more vital functions such as filtering harsh pollutants form our air, providing energy conserving shade, controlling storm water runoff, and providing habitat for wildlife. Trees For Houston works to make sure all of Houston can reap those benefits.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Trees For Houston is able to get tens of thousands of trees in the ground each year thanks to the support of dedicated volunteers and members. Head here for more information on volunteering. For more information on how you can sponsor a planting, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

Since 1983, members have made it possible for Trees For Houston to add over 570,000 trees and seedlings to parks, schools, streets, and other public spaces throughout the region. The need for green extends far beyond the city proper, so if you don't have a Houston address, don't let that stop you from becoming a member. Head here to view the membership levels. Unique benefits at each membership level include a 3-5 gallon pine or oak tree that will be made available during the peak planting season (November-March).

Trees For Houston also offers a young professional membership called RedBuds that includes social events, networking, and volunteer events.

BIG EVENT

Trees For Houston's fundraising events include the annual Root Ball gala and the Annual Roots & Shoots Sporting Clays Classic. Both events benefit Trees For Houston directly and their mission to plant, protect, and promote trees.

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Social Motion Inc.

MISSION

Social Motion Skills is the only nonprofit organization in the Houston area offering life path solutions for individuals with autism and similar special needs. The programs help individuals reach their full potential through social skills classes for children, peer mentorship for teens, job coaching for young adults, driver's education, and more. They partner with businesses in the community to place young adults on the spectrum in jobs that match their interests and skills, and they provide onsite job coach support to ensure each individual's success.

They are also home to Aspire Accessories, a micro-enterprise employing young adult artisans on the spectrum who make fashion and home accessories while receiving fair wages, building friendships, and enjoying a sense of community. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Check out the website to determine what age level you'd like to work with, then email info@socialmotionskills.org or call 713-461-7200 for more information.

BIG EVENT

The annual fundraiser called Spectrum of Tastes Gala will be held on September 23, 2019.

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The Thread Alliance

MISSION

The Thread Alliance is dedicated to ending child abuse in our community. For those seeking child abuse prevention, intervention, or treatment information and services, The Thread Alliance provides a central registry of local, state, and national resources, promoting individual and community participation to create a safety net of "threads of love" to end child abuse.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Thread Alliance welcomes and appreciates all donations received by those who support its mission. 

Nick Finnegan Counseling Center

MISSION

The center's mission is to help people of all beliefs address emotional stress by connecting them with professional counseling, support groups, and referrals. NFCC is a unique nonprofit providing high-quality counseling at affordable rates for everyone.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The best way to help NFCC serve the community is to invite one of their counselors to visit your organization for a free outreach talk on various topics. They do talks for parent groups, schools, churches, and employee groups. Contact the community relations specialist, Jacel Dickson, at 713-402-5050 or jdickson@finnegancounseling.org.

BIG EVENT

There are two annual fundraisers: a fall gala and spring crawfish boil. More information about both events is available here.

Scout's Honor Rescue

MISSION

Scout's Honor rescues animals from city pounds, local shelters, and the streets to provide them with a second chance in a loving home. The organization will take in animals regardless of their health or breed, and has helped many disabled animals find second homes.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Many times Scout's Honor Rescue is limited by its funding, which prevents the group from being able to save animals in need. Click here to donate. 

BIG EVENT

Scout's Honor Rescue hosts adoption events, which are posted on its website.

Dress for Success Houston

MISSION

Since 1998, Dress for Success Houston has provided business attire, a much-needed boost of confidence, and job retention and career advancement services to more than 40,000 women in the Houston community. Its mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and life.

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Dress for Success Houston is always seeking passionate and committed individuals to join its team of dedicated volunteers. From mentors to instructors, the personal touch added by a volunteer is often the connection a client needs to inspire them along the path to self-sufficiency.

BIG EVENT

A Night Out, Dress for Success Houston's annual fundraising event at River Oaks Country Club, features a dinner, fashion show, boutique shopping, silent auction and an exciting game of "Heads or Tails" — all contributing to the goal of generating funds to provide professional attire for low-income women transitioning into the workforce.

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Amigos de las Americas

MISSION

Amigos de las Américas inspires and builds young leaders through collaborative community development and immersion in cross-cultural experiences. It believes in a world where each young person becomes a lifelong catalyst for social change.

Founded in 1965, Amigos is the safest, most authentic volunteer and immersion program in Latin America for young people ages 13 to 22. Volunteers get the opportunity to explore a new country, learn Spanish, bond with their host family, and make a positive impact by working on a community service project side by side with local peers and community partners.  Their relationships with local and international organizations — built over 50 years — enable authentic engagements in communities across the region. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Learn more about Amigos Summer Programs, Discover Amigos Programs, and Gap Year Programs here.

To help support the next generation of world changers, you can make a gift directly to Amigos here.

For those in Houston wanting to get more involved, the Amigos Houston chapter is part of a 25 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports Amigos volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from around Houston train together as a group before leaving for their summer experience in Latin America. The board supports volunteers with packing, pre-departure immunizations, fundraising, and overall preparation.

MEMBERSHIP

Youth interested in applying to the Amigos Houston Chapter should head here.

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Love146

MISSION

Love146 is working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care and prevention. The goal of its prevention education is to reach children before traffickers do, equipping them to recognize vulnerabilities and protect themselves and their peers from exploitation. In 2015, Love146 completed and began implementing a youth curriculum, called “Not A #Number."

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To find a Love146 volunteer team near you, head here.

BIG EVENT

Hope is Brewing is a night of meaningful fun where abolitionists and activists can come together for a good cause: to end child trafficking and exploitation. Ticket prices include dinner, craft beer, pub games, trivia, and a donation to Love146. Bring a friend and your favorite board game. Families welcome – root beer will be served for those under the age of 21.

Plant It Forward

MISSION

Plant It Forward offers economically disadvantaged refugees an opportunity to become self-sufficient through growing, harvesting, and selling produce from a sustainable urban farm within the city of Houston. Each farm has the potential to generate a fair wage for a family of four while providing premium-brand, sustainably-grown produce to Houstonians.

Plant It Forward secures land; selects, trains, and mentors farmers; and establishes each on their own urban farm to sell under the Plant It Forward brand.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are many ways to get involved: you can volunteer, purchase produce, donate, sign up for the newsletter, follow Plant It Forward on Facebook, or tell a friend about what Plant It Forward is doing.

BIG EVENT

Plant It Forward farmers sell at farmers markets, through Farm Share subscriptions, at farm stands, and to chefs throughout the Houston area.

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Houston Children's Charity

MISSION

Houston Children’s Charity (HCC) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Houston's underprivileged, abused, and disabled children who have been otherwise left behind. Programs include Chariots for Children, which is dedicated to providing safe and efficient transportation to families of disabled, wheelchair-bound children through handicapped accessible vans. Since 1996, through an array of capital and operating support, HCC has provided program services for over 300 agencies and more than 3,500,000 children.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

For volunteer opportunities with HCC, first fill out a volunteer registration form here. From there, HCC will send updates as volunteers are needed.

BIG EVENT

Houston Children's Charity's 22nd Annual Gala is on Friday, February 15, 2019, at the Post Oak Hotel.

Trees of Hope

MISSION

Trees of Hope transforms lives with fundraising and outreach activities for the exclusive benefit of children's programs at Star of Hope, Houston's largest mission for the homeless.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Guild volunteers are the enthusiastic, organizational, and creative force behind the Trees of Hope Gala and the special events for the children at Star of Hope. Guild volunteer opportunities include serving during the Mother's Day Party and New Shoe events, serving on a Gala committee, assisting in the Trees of Hope office, and volunteering at Star of Hope. Whether you have time to volunteer on a regular schedule or can help on a one-time basis, there is a place for you within the Trees of Hope Guild.

MEMBERSHIP

There are four Guild levels: Patron ($50+), Sponsor ($100+), Benefactor ($200+), and  Lifetime ($1,000+).

BIG EVENT

As a one-of-a-kind fundraising effort with a holiday theme, the Trees of Hope Gala has become Houston’s unofficial "kick-off" to the holiday season. What began as a week-long Festival of Trees in 1990 has evolved into an annual black-tie gala. Each year, the net proceeds of the gala are donated directly to the Children’s Critical Care Fund at Star of Hope. The event represents the consummate "party with a purpose," combining a delightful evening of dinner, shopping, and dancing with a celebration of the important mission of Trees of Hope. In the last 29 years, Trees of Hope has donated over $10 million dollars to Star of Hope.

Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC)

MISSION

The Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC) is the premier resource in Houston for those whose lives are affected by aphasia. HARC is dedicated to generating awareness and support, facilitating research, and fostering wellness and recovery in a life-affirming environment. It offers language-based programs that provide various opportunities for participants to further their language recovery in a supportive environment. By coming to HARC, members gain communication confidence to live successfully with aphasia and to improve their overall quality of life.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Every year, approximately 4,000 Houstonians acquire aphasia. One day they communicate effortlessly and the next they may have limited language skills or none at all. The effect on them and their loved ones is devastating. Head here to volunteer and here to donate.

BIG EVENT

The annual Let's Talk luncheon benefits HARC's 26 different rotating programs that provide wellness, education, advocacy, and resources for people with aphasia, their caregivers, and the greater Houston medical community.

El Centro de Corazón

MISSION

El Centro's mission is to be the leader in improving the well-being of the communities they serve through the provision of quality health care and the delivery of innovative programs.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

El Centro needs volunteers who want to make a positive impact on the lives of its patients. Volunteers are needed for outreach and community engagement events throughout the year. For a listing of our volunteer opportunities, head here.

BIG EVENT

El Centro de Corazón hosts several signature events including:

  • Making a Difference Luncheon to raise funds to support its four health center locations that provide high-quality healthcare services.
  • Be Healthy Family Expo/Back to School event to provide elementary-aged children from local schools in the East End and community families with school supplies and backpacks for the upcoming school year.
  • East End Holiday event to provide gifts during the holiday season for underserved elementary-aged children from local schools in the East End and community families.
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Changing Young Children's Lives through Education (CYCLE)

MISSION

Changing Young Children's Lives through Education (CYCLE) is a children's charity dedicated to improving literacy in second grade students in Title One schools in the Greater Houston area. CYCLE envisions every student achieving grade-level reading or above by the end of third grade, putting them on the path to success and empowering them to reach their full potential in school and life.

CYCLE gives young students the opportunity to earn a bicycle for achieving their set goals, and in return they learn that hard work equals reward. They believe that learning this lesson can put school children on the path to a brighter future.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The best way to get involved is through CYCLE's annual bicycle builds. Since the start of their mission, CYCLE has awarded more than 160,000 bicycles to hard-working students in the Greater Houston area. Each of the bicycle programs lead up to these momentous occasions. Companies and members of the public make donations and register to help build and deliver bicycles to excited students across the city of Houston. Volunteers build each bicycle by hand that will then be delivered to each deserving student. CYCLE also accepts new helmet donations to give to the students along with their bike.

Volunteers can also sign up for delivery day, where they can pair up with a student and help them pick out their bike of choice. It is a great charity for volunteers looking to feel like they made a difference because it's not just donating money, it's building a bike and delivering it to a hard working student and seeing the joy on their face when they receive their reward.

MEMBERSHIP

Registration for the bicycle build is $45, which goes toward providing the bike kit that each volunteer will build.

BIG EVENT

The annual Bicycle Ball is CYCLE's biggest fundraiser. Guests can expect a night of celebration, dinner, and dancing, along with live and silent auctions.

f.r.e.s.h. Young Professionals

MISSION

f.r.e.s.h. is an action-oriented service organization consisting of socially conscious young professionals who are motivated to take action and bring awareness to the issue of hunger through fundraising, advocacy, social, and volunteer efforts.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To get involved in f.r.e.s.h., you can become a member, donate through the Houston Food Bank, or volunteer. 

MEMBERSHIP

The f.r.e.s.h. committees assists the f.r.e.s.h. board with planning, implementation, and execution of events and programs through the targeted areas of fundraising and membership. You can apply to be a f.r.e.s.h. committee member here or sign up here to become a f.r.e.s.h. member. 

BIG EVENT

In February, f.r.e.s.h. hosts its annual Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook Off.

Best Friends Animal Society

MISSION

The mission of Best Friends Animal Society is to bring about a time when there are no more homeless pets. The organization helps end the killing in America's animal shelters through building community programs and partnerships all across the nation. Best Friends works collaboratively with city shelters, local animal welfare organizations, and passionate individuals, and believes that by working together we can save them all. To guide this work and help Houston become a no-kill city for cats and dogs, Best Friends launched the Coalition to Save Houston's Pets in April 2018.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Get involved with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary by donating or signing up to volunteer

MEMBERSHIP

Membership at Best Friends helps to save the lives of pets in shelters across the nation.

BIG EVENT

Click here to find information about pet events hosted by Best Friends Animal Society near you and around the country.

An-Nisa Hope Center

MISSION

An-nisa provides services and resources to bring individuals and families to self-sufficiency. Services include case management, counseling, and education.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Head here to learn about opportunities to volunteer.

BIG EVENT

In addition to the yearly women's conference, there is also a domestic violence prevention workshop and an annual gala.

Pearland House Concerts

MISSION

Pearland House Concerts exists to encourage a spirit of generosity that extends beyond altruism. They do this by connecting the community with local causes through live music concerts featuring talented bands and artists, including Grammy-winning songwriters. Each event provides a unique artist and audience connection, and all the proceeds support local charities.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Attend a concert, have fun, and learn about small local charities that need volunteers and supporters.

MEMBERSHIP

No membership fee, and concert tickets are $35 or less which includes dinner and the concert. Kids are free, and events are BYOB and family-friendly.

BIG EVENT

Each monthly concert is a signature event. The artists, including Grammy winners, mingle with guests, take photos, and sign merchandise.

ChildBuilders

MISSION

ChildBuilders' mission focuses on preventing trauma and abuse by teaching children ages pre-K through high school the skills they need to protect themselves and each other, while also empowering parents and teachers to keep their children and communities safe.

The three-tiered approach to primary prevention offers cost-effective, sustainable education and awareness solutions for training school personnel, community volunteers, and parents to help Houston's youth to identify and avoid unsafe situations, develop empathy and strong decision-making skills, and establish and maintain healthy relationships now and in the future.

All children and families in the greater Houston area are served, with the belief that every child can benefit from this training.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are always needed for event planning, board participation, and teaching training sessions. Call the office 713-481-6555 with any questions.

BIG EVENT

ChildBuilders hosts various smaller events throughout the year, with the State of the Union event in October.

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Easter Seals of Greater Houston

MISSION

Nationally, Easter Seals is the leading nonprofit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, other special needs, and disabled veterans. For about 70 years, Easter Seals Greater Houston has been offering help, hope, and answers to people of all ages with disabilities and their families. Through therapy, training, education, and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work, and play.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Easter Seals of Greater Houston welcomes potential volunteers to joing any of its upcoming programs and events — helping hands are always needed.

MEMBERSHIP

YUPES is a group within Easter Seals that was formed to support the organization in accomplishing its mission. YUPES gives Houstonians the opportunity to meet and socialize with other savvy professionals while helping raise awareness and resources for Easter Seals. Members have the opportunity to attend quarterly social events and volunteer with the agency. Membership eligibility is based on willingness and ability to support and participate in YUPES activities. Net proceeds of all fundraising events directly benefit programs of Easter Seals.

BIG EVENT

Easter Seals Greater Houston honors Houston mothers who have made significant contributions to their families and the Houston community at its annual Hats Off To Mothers Luncheon, which features a reception, seated luncheon, and informal fashion show by Neiman Marcus Galleria.

Philanthrartist

MISSION

Philanthrartist integrates the work of the artists it collaborates with and the philanthropic causes that they feel strongly about: homelesness in Houston, HIV/AIDS nationwide, and the elderly and homeless in the Caracas Metro area.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Become a corporate or individual sponsor, attend the events, buy merchandise in the website store, or volunteer when needed in a community event.

BIG EVENT

A yearly concert is held in the Zilkha Hall of the Hobby Center. Philanthrartist also celebrates Giving Tuesday, National Latinx Awareness Day in October, and World AIDS Day in November.

The Women's Resource

MISSION

The Women's Resource is the leading provider of free financial literacy services for low-income women and girls in the Houston area. They are dedicated to helping women and girls make choices toward becoming independent, productive, and financially stable. The Women's Resource offers several programs to the community including: YourLife finance classes, which teach the basics of personal finance; YourLife Possibility Groups, which guide and support clients in a group coaching setting; YourLife financial coaching, which offers one-on-one financial coaching' and RISE!, a program to help economically disadvantaged high school girls achieve their full potential.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer, donate, or attend the annual luncheon.

BIG EVENT

The annual spring luncheon attracts over 500 community leaders and a celebrity keynote speaker.

The Troubled Movement, Inc.

MISSION

The Troubled Movement, Inc. is dedicated to creating spiritual and educational programs, events, and activities for teens and young adults around the world. They also focus on building victims of depression, abuse, financial hardship, loss, and more into survivors who will ultimately turn their pain into purpose.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers and internships: The Troubled Movement, Inc. is always looking for hard-working, energetic individuals or groups to assist in reaching goals.

Donations: They rely on generous contributions and occasional grants in order to fund programs and events.

Sponsorships: Your sponsorship will be used to provide these boys and girls with the perseverance they need with events and activities.

BIG EVENT

The fourth annual Spring Into The Future fundraising gala is set for May 2, 2020, from 6-9 pm. In addition to dinner, a silent auction, and raffle, this year there will be a special award ceremony for Heroes & Survivors in the community.

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Ronald McDonald House Houston

MISSION

Ronald McDonald House Houston offers a home away from home, providing care, compassion, and hope to families with seriously ill children being treated in Texas Medical Center member institutions. In the last three decades, its vision has grown to include: the Holcombe House, a freestanding, 50-bedroom home for longer term stays; a house inside Texas Children’s Hospital with 20 bedrooms; a house inside Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital with 14 bedrooms; four Family Rooms inside Texas Children’s Hospital; and more.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Over 600 volunteers serve the eight locations throughout the Texas Medical Center, providing love and support to thousands of families each year by baking cookies, greeting families at check-in, hosting meals and activities and so much more. Head here to learn more about volunteering with Ronald McDonald House Houston.

MEMBERSHIP

Friends is a membership organization of dedicated volunteers who offer their time, talents, and resources to coordinate family events and fundraising efforts. Annually, Friends members participate in group meetings, family dinners, birthday parties, and more.

Young Friends is an organization of passionate young professionals who focus on volunteering, fundraising, socializing, networking, and supporting special events. Young Friends bring enthusiasm and fun to all the children who call RMH Houston home. Annually, Young Friends members participate in meetings, family dinners, socials, community fundraising events, and more.

BIG EVENT

RMH Houston's annual Boo Ball is a whimsical gala filled with spooktacular entertainment including auctions, mystery trick or treat bags, and guests suited in black-tie gear or optional Halloween flare. 

Casa de Esperanza

MISSION

With an original donation of $500 and the help of many friends, Kathy Foster and Bill Jones opened Casa de Esperanza's first home for children in crisis in 1982. Additional programs have been developed in the following years, including developmental and educational services. In 1986, Casa de Esperanza became the second agency in the nation and the first in the greater Houston area to recognize and respond to the need for specialized residential care of children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. It's now the longest running program of its kind in the country.

Casa de Esperanza also provides safety, hope, and a home to children whose families are affected by domestic violence, substance abuse, poverty, homelessness, and mental illness. The facility cares for children from birth to age six, and referrals come from family shelters, hospitals, and Children's Protective Services. The organization provides residential care and coordinates medical and psychological services according to the needs of each child. Since opening nearly 30 years ago, Casa de Esperanza has cared for over 4,000 children and their families.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Neighborhood volunteers assist the Casa de Esperanza staff with daily child care and participate in activities such as reading, art projects, outdoor play, holding and feeding infants, meal preparation, and light household chores, and are also asked to make a six-month commitment to volunteer once a week for three hours at a specified time. To learn more about neighborhood volunteering and other opportunities to get involved, such as support services and helping with special events, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

Casa de Esperanza's Young Professionals was formed to support the mission of Casa de Esperanza through volunteerism, fundraising, and increasing public awareness of the needs of children. Members enjoy networking opportunities and social events with an emphasis on philanthropy and fun. This talented group of young professionals has brought fresh energy and excitement to the work of Casa de Esperanza.

BIG EVENT

Casa de Esperanza's annual signature fundraising event, the Building Hope for Children Gala, raises funds for Houston's abused and abandoned children who otherwise would live without a safe home. For over five years, the event has brought in over $1 million in support. Because Casa de Esperanza does not charge for any of its services and does not receive government funding, it depends on the generosity of the community for continued support and growth. This year's gala is May 5th, 2019, at The Hobby Center for Performing Arts.

Community Artists' Collective

MISSION

Established in 1985, the Community Artists' Collective believes that an education in the arts stimulates the talents and creative abilities necessary to solve the economic, cultural, and social challenges facing mankind. The Collective's goal is to make arts education more accessible to both children and adults by providing and/or participating in hands-on classes, including painting, sculpture, quilting, and other artistic disciplines, both at The Collective and in the community.

The Collective assists artists in sustaining themselves by providing arts-related services, training, and employment, and exhibiting the production of original work by living artists, young and old. Its mission is to provide the educational link between African American artists and all communities, inspiring unlimited creativity.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers can contribute financially and in-kind and can assist with exhibitions, classes, and word-of-mouth promotion.

BIG EVENT

The Collective presents a minimum of six exhibitions a year, including the year-end Ashe Holiday Market. Seasonal canvases and an annual fundraiser are presented then.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

MISSION

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Texas and raise funds for critical MS research.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donate here to help create a world free of multiple sclerosis. You can also volunteer to support fundraising events, help people living with MS, contribute professional skills, and much more. Learn more here

BIG EVENT

Throughout the year, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society hosts walks in different cities in Texas to raise money and awareness about MS.

Child Advocates

MISSION

Child Advocates, Inc. mobilizes court-appointed volunteers to break the vicious cycle of child abuse. They speak up for abused children who are lost in the system and guide them into safe environments where they can thrive.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Become a court-appointed advocate, whose main job is to provide the court with recommendations about where the children they represent should live on a permanent basis. Throughout the case, volunteers maintain contact with everyone involved in the children's lives, from foster parents, biological parents, and therapists to Child Protective Services caseworkers and attorneys appointed by the court.

They make sure the children are receiving the medical and psychological help they need, and they meet with teachers and principals to help the children thrive in school. Most importantly, they serve as a 'constant' person for the children to count on during this tumultuous time. Essentially, volunteers do whatever it takes to ensure that the needs of the children are being met while they are in care.

BIG EVENT

Child Advocates' largest annual fundraiser is the Pull for Kids Classic, which includes a daytime sporting clays tournament for both individual and corporate teams at the American Shooting Centers. The "shoot" includes great food, games, and fun giveaways. The following evening there's a signature evening party with dinner, dancing, and hundreds of live and silent auction items in a unique and casual atmosphere.

The Angels of Hope luncheon is held in December and features a salute to an honoree and a fashion presentation by Neiman Marcus Galleria, showing off couture and ready-to-wear fashion from a variety of designers.
 

Christian Community Service Center

MISSION

The mission of the Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) is to serve the poor, hungry, disabled, and otherwise needy while respecting their religious, ethnic, or cultural differences. CCSC is a community-based, nonprofit organization serving the inner-city Houston community. It was incorporated in 1980, and since that time CCSC has grown to encompass a coalition of 42 churches united in service.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Thanks to over 2,500 volunteers, CCSC currently offers services through the following outreach programs: Emergency Services, JobNet, Martha’s Way, Jingle Bell Express, Back To School, the Louise J. Moran Vision Care Program, and the Sunshine Resale Shop.

For more information on how to get involved, click here.

MEMBERSHIP

For a list of member churches, please click here.

BIG EVENT

CCSC offers two annual events: The Azalea Dinner & Auction is hosted in the spring, and Grow, Gather, Give! is hosted in the fall.

American Cancer Society

MISSION

Breakthrough research. Free lodging near treatment. A 24/7/365 live helpline. Rides to treatment. This is far from a complete list, but it makes one thing clear: when it comes to cancer, American Cancer Society is the only organization attacking it from every angle.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Become a volunteer, make a tax-deductible donation, or participate in a fundraising event to help save lives. Call 1-800-227-2345 for volunteer opportunities in fundraising, patient programs, advocacy, and other volunteer needs.

BIG EVENT

American Cancer Society puts on several events, including Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the Cattle Barons Ball, Real Men Wear Pink, Holiday Shopping Card, and many other events in communities across the state of Texas.

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Houston Center for Literacy

MISSION

Houston Center for Literacy strengthens providers of adult education who, in turn, provide necessary skills for underemployed citizens to fulfill their potential and become economically self-sufficient.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Houston Center for Literacy is accepting volunteers at all three of its learning centers. Volunteers opportunities range from helping with general office support to giving your time at community outreach events and annual fundraisers to working with Houston Center for Literacy Learners. All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer tutor training session. For more information and to apply, head here.

BIG EVENT

The annual Great Grown-up Spelling Bee benefits Houston Center for Literacy and features a fun and competitive spelling bee for adults. The evening begins with a cocktail hour followed by unique eats, and concludes with a coffee and dessert bar and music from a DJ. The highlight of the event is the adult spelling bee, where multiple teams of two compete against each other until one emerges victorious.

Chance for Hope Foundation

MISSION

The charitable mission of the Chance for Hope Foundation is to provide support services for children with cancer and their families, funding for pediatric cancer research and treatment, and educational resources to the general public regarding pediatric cancer.

The Chance for Hope Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization formed in April 2014 to honor the legacy of Chance Davidson, a 13-year-old boy who lost his battle with brain cancer in October 2013. Having been a previous pediatric cancer family, the organization's founders have an acute understanding of the needs of the pediatric cancer community and the challenges faced by these courageous children.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Email them at info@chanceforhopefoundation.org to find out about donation and volunteer opportunities.

BIG EVENT

The Chance for Hope Foundation's annual fundraising event is held every April — the 2019 event will be held on April 5.

Houston Furniture Bank

MISSION

The Houston Furniture Bank's mission is to furnish hope by making empty houses into homes. The vital organization has the potential to make Houston a city where a child will never have to sleep on a cold hard floor — ever.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Houston Furniture Bank depends upon donated furniture and gently-used household funishings. For a list of donations that the Houston Furniture Bank accepts, click here. In addition, you can help the Houston Furniture bank by donating here and by volunteering at furniture drives or fundraisers. 

BIG EVENT

The Houston Food Bank hosts furniture drives and other collection events to gather donations of furniture from the community. 

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Bel Inizio

MISSION

Bel Inizio helps disadvantaged women develop self-confidence and life skills through fitness and nutrition. They help women learn to harness the power of exercise to make and keep a commitment, set and achieve a goal. Bel Inizio's eight-week program culminates in the women completing their first 5K race, while learning coping skills to overcome a history of abuse and addiction and building a strong foundation for their future.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteering is as simple as walking or running with the clients. You show how much you care and how much they matter just by showing up! If you have any questions, please email theresa.strong@bel-inizio.org.

BIG EVENT

Bel Inizio's Giving Thanks 5K/10K Kids' K and Festival sponsored by REV 365 is set for November 23, 2019, at Sugar Land Memorial Park. This is a great 5K and a competitive 10K for runners, walkers, and families. There is a USATF-certified course, 1K Kids' Fun Run, and a Kids’ fall festival with games, snacks, and prizes. The fast, flat course for racers, strollers, and everyone in between. The 10K has a $150 cash prize for fastest male and female. Finish off the run with a party at the finish line with breakfast tacos, bagels, and Karbach beer.

Houston Habitat for Humanity

MISSION

Houston Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Head here to learn more about volunteering.

BIG EVENT

The third annual Building a Dream luncheon will be held on October 22, celebrating another year of strengthening communities in Houston through decent, safe, and affordable housing. Majora Carter, an urban revitalization strategist, will be the guest speaker.

The Veterans Build event also kicks off on November 11.

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Transgender Foundation of America Houston chapter

MISSION

Organized in 1998, the Transgender Foundation of America (TFA) is a Houston-based grassroots nonprofit with the mission of improving the quality of life for transgender people. TFA provides homeless services and removes barriers to mental health support through free group therapy, counseling, and vetted referrals, and by engaging in advocacy, education, and outreach. What makes TFA unique is that it is an agency run by the transgender community itself. Every program, meeting, educational effort, and service is created by the transgender community for members of the transgender community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

TFA Houston has a variety of volunteer teams, including a Trans Relief Fund Volunteer Support team (that was established during Hurricane Harvey) and a Unity Banquet Volunteer team. For more information and to join any or all of TFA Houston's volunteer teams, head here.

BIG EVENT

The Houston Transgender Unity Banquet is presented by the Houston Transgender Unity Committee (HTUC) and has become one of most anticipated  transgender community events held in Houston each year. The banquet raises money for scholarships, Houston Pride activities, small grants, and more, and is attended by leading local, state, and national equality advocates, business leaders, and, importantly, younger members of the transgender community.

The Women's Fund

MISSION

Because health is a resource for everyday life and not just the objective of living, the mission of The Women's Fund is to provide Houston-area women and girls with the tools they need to be advocates for their health. The health education classes are unique because they include preventative, curriculum-based classes that teach resiliency skills, and relate those skills to current health risks.

Resiliency is a key strategy to empowering individuals and communities to either increase or decrease long-term health outcomes; therefore, resiliency skills increase self-efficacy, decision-making, goal-setting and communication, and resourcefulness to ensure positive health outcomes for individuals and communities.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Attend events, become a volunteer, and donate.

BIG EVENT

The Rockin' Resiliency luncheon is held in October, and the annual Wine Dinner at Tony's is on April 29, 2020.

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JJ Watt Foundation

MISSION

The JJ Watt Foundation serves middle schools in Wisconsin and Texas, as well as deserving schools in any other state that have insufficient funding for after-school athletic programs — or that have no after-school athletics whatsoever. Participation in athletic programs gives children the opportunity to expand their horizons and learn valuable life lessons that will serve them well beyond their years on the playing field.

The goal of the JJ Watt Foundation is to provide these opportunities for children in the community to not only give them a safe, supervised, and structured setting in which to spend time after school, but also to teach the children how to work together within the context of a team, how to persevere in the face of adversity, and that hard work is the best path to success in any situation. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donations to the JJ Watt Foundation will be exclusively used to fund after-school athletic programs.

BIG EVENT

JJ Watt's Annual Charity Classic is a star-studded, for-fun-only competitive softball game held at Minute Maid Park, with proceeds going toward the foundation.

Family Houston

MISSION

Family Houston's mission is to create a stronger community for tomorrow by helping individuals and families meet the challenges they face today. Caring counselors, financial and employment coaches, and case managers help strengthen individuals and families, leading to a healthier, more stable community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

For Family Houston volunteer opportunities or information on the young professional group, contact Lama Murad at 713-867-7764 or lmurad@familyhouston.org.

To make a donation, head here.

BIG EVENT

Family Houston's signature event is the annual Pillars of Strength luncheon, where a member of the community is honored each year for exceptional service to the community.

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GiGi's Playhouse Sugar Land

MISSION

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center's mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. They offer free therapeutic and educational programming to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Contact GiGi's Playhouse Sugar Land to volunteer, or visit the website to donate or to find out about upcoming fundraisers. With ever-increasing demand to expand its free programs — all designed to help improve participants' speech, literacy, math, wellness and career skills. Fundraising and donations will help children and adults with Down syndrome succeed by greatly improving speech and literacy skills, by combating low muscle tone via wellness programs, and by expanding real-world career skills.

BIG EVENT

The gala is the largest, most important fundraiser of the year for GiGi's Playhouse Sugar Land, and will be centered around celebrating individuals with Down syndrome. The event is a fun-filled evening with a sit-down dinner, open bar, entertainment, wine and whiskey pull, live auction, a raffle, and much more.

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Archway Academy

MISSION

Archway Academy is a high school created to provide a supportive and sober learning environment to meet the individual educational needs of adolescents in recovery. Established in 2003 by concerned parents and adolescent addiction recovery experts who recognized the need for a school that was dedicated to supporting teens in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse or dependency, Archway is an official Recovery High School, meeting all membership criteria for the national Association of Recovery Schools (ARS). Located on the campus of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, Archway is an independent organization that aims to create a community of diversity, compassion, and mutual respect. Archway is not affiliated with any religious organization but is spiritual in nature, following the 12-step recovery model.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Only 27 percent of Archway Academy's income comes from school fees; the school relies upon the generosity of donors and in-kind gifts for the remaining 73 percent. Approximately half of the students attending Archway are receiving full or partial scholarships. To date, no student has been turned away due to lack of funds, but the need for financial aid has grown steadily. Tax-deductible donations can be made to Archway by credit card, check, or stock transfer, or by clicking here

The Archway staff is always looking for interesting things to do with the students during "Friday Fill-up." If you have a skill, hobby, or story you would like to share, please let them know.

BIG EVENT

The annual Athletes for Archway event is a fun, high-energy afternoon where teams compete in a calorie-burning competition and all proceeds go directly to the scholarship fund for Archway students. Live music, a silent auction, and student testimonials ensure a fun and inspiring day. 

 
Assistance League of Houston

MISSION

This volunteer group is committed to serving the educational and emotional needs of disadvantaged children and young adults, as well as families in crisis in the greater Houston area. Founded in l968 in Houston, they have since provided free school uniforms to more than 70,000 children in need.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Become a voting, non-voting member, or a community volunteer.

Members help disadvantaged children through Operation School Bell(R) by taking them shopping for uniforms. With the scholarship fund, students are assisted in obtaining higher education. Other activities include: Head Start Readers, a literacy program in which kids are read to and given books to take home, a holiday party for patients and families at Texas Children's Hospital, and an art show for emerging Texas artists.

MEMBERSHIP

Fees are $100 for voting membership and $125 for non-voting.

BIG EVENT

The Assistance League hosts several events, including an art show for emerging Texas arts, luncheons, holiday coffee, a scholarship brunch, and a crawfish boil. 

Lone Star Justice Alliance

MISSION

The mission of Lone Star Justice Alliance is to redirect youth and young adults out of the Texas justice system and into community-based treatment programs, thus increasing public safety and saving taxpayer dollars.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Interns usually volunteer for a semester at a time, while other volunteers help with coordinating events and donation campaigns.

BIG EVENT

The Second Look Summit brings together families and friends of individuals who are incarcerated, where they share stories and hardships, and talk about what the organization does.

Team Catapult

MISSION

It is the mission of Catapult to facilitate a lifestyle of health and fitness to physically challenged individuals, so that they may meet their personal goals. Catapult works with individuals in the community and nationally, connecting them with opportunities, training, education, accessibility, and funding, so they may compete at all levels of athletics, from finishing a 5k to competing in the Paralympics. Catapult aims to motivate and unite the community by demonstrating that disabilities are no limit to an individual's capabilities.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Team Catapult meets every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning (except for holidays) at the Memorial Park Tennis Center. They are often looking for guides to help visually impaired athletes run around the track or the loop (don't worry, they will teach you how).

If you have a physical disability and are looking to get into running, cycling, swimming, or triathlons, email them at hello@teamcatapult.org. All skill levels are welcome for both athletes and volunteers, including walkers. You can also email hello@teamcatapult.org to get more information on some of its other fundraisers and team events.

BIG EVENT

Team Catapult holds several events throughout the year as well as participates in local triathlons and running races. An annual fundraising gala is held the Friday before the Chevron Houston Marathon. The next gala will be held on January 18, 2019.

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Literacy Advance of Houston

MISSION

Since 1964, Literacy Advance has provided free English and reading classes to adults in Houston with the goal of transforming lives and communities through the doorway of literacy. Reasons for wanting literacy classes are varied, but often involve family, jobs, or both. And whatever the reason, the aim is to find out each student's learning goals and provide them with the personalized and practical assistance to help them reach those goals.

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Literacy Advance Houston has opportunities to volunteer as a tutor and in other ways. All volunteers need to register first. Head here for more information.

BIG EVENT

When is the last time you played Scrabble and formed a conga line or entered a costume contest for additional points or extra tiles? Chances are never — unless you've attended Literacy Advance of Houston's Scrabble in the City event in previous years.

Competitive grown-ups will enjoy zany Scrabble, hearty dinner bites, Saint Arnold's famous brews, and raffle drawings. The top prize? Mr. T, the coveted "Scrabble in the City" trophy, and a year's worth of bragging rights. 

Medical Bridges

MISSION

Medical Bridges mends the healthcare gap worldwide by procuring and distributing medical equipment and supplies to underserved communities.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are many ways to get involved: volunteer, donate, or sponsor a shipment. Call for a tour of the facility or to learn more.

BIG EVENT

The One People One World gala is September 17, 2020. Head here to learn more.

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

MISSION

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration, and service. Its programs include Meals on Wheels, aniMeals, Refugee Services, Volunteer Houston, and Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The strength of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston lies in the selfless contributions made by its dedicated corps of volunteers. Each year, more than 4,000 volunteers lend their time and talents toward helping refugees and homebound seniors who turn to IM for help.

BIG EVENT

Best Friends Brunch raises money to feed 1,200 dogs and cats of Meals on Wheels clients. Tapestry Gala raises money for Meals on Wheels, Refugee Services, Volunteer Houston and Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships. IMpulse young professionals group is dedicated to embracing diversity and service. Operation IMpact distributes emergency storm meals for 4,000 Meals on Wheels seniors. Thanksgiving Volunteer Day recruits volunteers to distribute Thanksgiving dinner to 4,000 Meals on Wheels seniors. The Dialogue Project introduces people to new religions and people through the Dinner Dialogue and Faith in Our City programs. Eid for Refugees has volunteers assemble welcome packages for new refugees in the Houston area.

The Hearts Company

MISSION

The Hearts Company's work is based on a simple but powerful goal: provide opportunity and educational resources to children in vulnerable, poverty stricken, and disenfranchised communities.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donate directly to the website, or join The Hearts Company across the world on one of its group trips to Bali, Indonesia, or Siem Reap, Cambodia, where volunteers help build school buildings. You can also sponsor a fundraising event in Houston or sponsor an entire initiative at one of the flagship schools.

MEMBERSHIP

There are no membership fees unless you join one of the group trips. The entire 10-day group trip cost is $1,400 and includes:

  • All accommodations
  • Sim card for LTE data
  • Travel insurance
  • Breakfast daily
  • Workday lunches
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Island excursion on Gili T Island
  • The Hearts Company T-shirt
  • Transportation (round trip to airport, round trip to Gili T, all transportation to job site)
  • Donation to project ($400 for new volunteers)

For more information, head here.

Women in Aviation International, Houston Chapter

MISSION

WAI is a dedicated to promoting women in all fields of aviation in the aerospace industry. It provides scholarships, mentorship, and several outreach events each year, influencing the next generation of aviators.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

WAI is always looking for more way to serve the community, and the more volunteers it has, the more it can accomplish.

MEMBERSHIP

High school and college students pay $10 a year, while all others pay $20 a year.

BIG EVENT

The annual event Girls in Aviation Day invites girls ages 8-17 to learn about aviation and meet aviation professionals for free.

Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue

MISSION

Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue is a breed-specific group dedicated to the rescue of German Shepherd dogs, and does not knowingly accept mixed-breed dogs into the program. The dogs are obtained from public shelters where they are scheduled to be euthanized, or they are given to the group directly by their owners. All dogs receive necessary healthcare, including spaying/neutering, and are micro-chipped before being placed in a foster home until they are adopted.

The group also provides information and education to the community with emphasis on the importance of spaying/neutering and heartworm prevention, and it works with transporters, animal shelters, and other rescue organizations to develop a better life for all German Shepherds. This year marks its 10th anniversary making a difference for discarded, ill, or surrendered dogs deserving a life of health, love, and companionship.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Adopt or foster a dog. Volunteers are also needed in many categories — visit the website for more details. Health fees for one dog average $600, so donations are greatly appreciated.

MEMBERSHIP

To celebrate the group's 10th anniversary, please consider donating $10 for 10 years. These tax deductible donations help with medical needs, from spay, neuter, vaccines, microchipping, antibiotics, heartworm treatment, mange treatments, other disease care, surgeries ranging from minor ones to amputations, food, supplements, and more.

BIG EVENT

The annual event Jingle Bell Bark & Brew is the first Saturday in December. This fundraiser has photos with Santa, a terrific silent auction, and a bake sale.

Texas Children's Cancer Center

MISSION

As the largest pediatric cancer and hematology center in the United States, Texas Children's Cancer Center provide medical treatment for patients with childhood cancer and childhood blood disorders. The nationally acclaimed children's clinic, along with research and drug development programs, have helped Texas Children's Hospital rank among the best children's hospitals for cancer

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Whether you make a donation to research, in honor of a patient, or for a specific cause, your involvement and support is welcomed and appreciated. Volunteers at Texas Children's Cancer Center play a huge role in providing an inviting atmosphere for visiting patients and families. 

BIG EVENT

Throughout the year, Texas Children's Hospital hosts events and conferences. For more information on upcoming events, click here

Small Steps Nurturing Center

MISSION

Small Steps Nurturing Center's mission is to provide an exemplary early childhood program to instill and foster the social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth of economically at-risk children and their families.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer Buddy Program: Being a Buddy means having a special one-on-one friendship with a Small Steps student. A volunteer spends 30 minutes each week with his/her Small Steps Buddy, engaged in child-directed play that includes games, puzzles, conversation, and other fun activities. Many Buddy relationships last for three years of the student's tenure, although only an eight-month commitment is required.

Weekend Warriors: Volunteers help Small Steps in many significant ways, including participating in on-site work projects on the weekends. Projects could include gardening, playground beautification, van cleaning, and building maintenance.

Parent education events: During the school year, volunteers are needed for childcare at evening parent education events. While parents are meeting, staff and volunteers supervise free play and lead activities for the children. Parents have the security of knowing that their children are having a good time in a safe place, and volunteers enjoy playing with the children. For more information on volunteering with Small Steps, head here.

Monetary donations: Small Steps depends exclusively on private donations from individuals, corporations, churches, community groups, and foundations. Donations can be made by check (sent to 2902 Jensen Drive, Houston, TX, 77026), credit card, or by phone at 713-236-0330. Small Steps also accepts gifts of stock and encourages planned gifts.

In-kind donations: Small Steps is continuously in need of classroom supplies and hygiene items for its students. Examples include: washable markers, crayons, glue sticks, construction paper, paintbrushes, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, children's underwear, and wipes. Small Steps' full wish list can be found here.

MEMBERSHIP

Small Steps offers membership to the Young Professionals Group for an annual fee of $50. Small Steps Young Professionals seek to promote the education of children living in inner-city Houston as volunteers, fundraisers, and advocates within their business and personal communities. Members enjoy fun opportunities to network and volunteer with other young professionals in Houston. For more information and/or to become a member, head here.

BIG EVENT

Small Steps currently raises more than 50 percent of its operating expenses from four annual fundraising events: Energy Classic, Nurture & Nourish Luncheon, Clays Classic, and Wine Classic. Also, the Small Steps Young Professionals group hosts the annual Two Step for Small Steps.

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Homemade Hope

MISSION

Homemade Hope provides hands-on cooking classes and holiday celebrations in homeless and transitional living shelters where children experience the joy of family meals, the nurturing power of creating healthy dishes, and the stability of developing traditions centered around food.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are many ways to get involved, whether you wish to help behind the scenes or volunteer directly with some amazing kids. You can also become a Homemade Hope sponsor or donate directly to the organization. 

BIG EVENT

Homemade Hope host an annual Home is Where the Heart is gala, typically in the fall.

NAMI Greater Houston

MISSION

NAMI Greater Houston provides advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Contact the office at 713-970-4419 or namigh@namigreaterhouston.org to volunteer. All of the no-cost education classes, support group meetings, and community outreach programs are taught by trained volunteers with first-hand experiences in mental health challenges.

BIG EVENT

Every May, NAMI Greater Houston hosts Texas' largest grassroots mental health event in its annual NAMI Walk. Every year, over 3,000 individuals, families, area businesses, and like-minded stakeholders come together to celebrate mental health and wellness. The NAMI Walk is held in Sam Houston Park/Downtown Houston.

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DePelchin Children's Center

MISSION

An accredited foster care and adoption agency, DePelchin serves the most vulnerable children and families in Texas and works to break the cycles of abuse and neglect. Their approach to caring for children integrates prevention, foster care, adoption, and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children who are at risk of entering or are in the state's child welfare system.

Friends of DePelchin is a group of young professionals who are committed to supporting DePelchin's mission through philanthropy, volunteerism, and raising awareness within the Houston community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Friends of DePelchin group provides frequent opportunities for Houston-area young professionals to give back to the children of their community through volunteer events. If you are interested in volunteering with Friends of DePelchin, contact Lauren Brezger at LBrezger@depelchin.org. You can also donate to DePelchin here

MEMBERSHIP

Members pay an annual fee of $35 for an individual membership or $45 for a dual membership. Click here to become a member.

BIG EVENT

DePelchin Children's Center host its annual luncheon in the spring to highlight the need for more loving foster and adoptive families for children. 

National Math and Science Initiative

MISSION

National Math and Science Initiative believes STEM education is the greatest lever to accessing opportunity, and is unmatched in unlocking student potential.​ Thus, its mission is to advance STEM education to ensure all students, especially those furthest from opportunity, thrive and reach their highest potential as problem-solvers and lif​e-long learners who pursue their passions and tackle the world's toughest challenges​

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can help more students reach their highest potential by donating, or reach out to your school or district administrators to encourage them to bring the program to your schools.

To read more about their impact, click here.

Gratia Plena

MISSION

This nonprofit provides mental and spiritual health services for mental illness, addictions, marriage/family problems, and the spiritual distress that can accompany these issues. All people are welcome, but the group is unique in that they deliver their services in keeping with the teachings, values, and traditions of the Catholic church.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers and people who may be interested in serving on the board of directors or committees are always welcome. Contact the office at 832-532-0129 to learn more.

IssueVoter

MISSION

IssueVoter is a non-partisan online platform and your guide to contacting Congress. Since its founding, IssueVoter has become the first-ever technology platform to provide a 21st-century constituent relationship — at the individual level — in every district in the United States.

Individuals use IssueVoter to get alerts about new bills, send opinions to their rep before Congress votes, and track whether s/he represents them. IssueVoter summarizes bills in plain language, along with what both sides are saying, and is the only platform providing a personalized rep scorecard — helping you keep elected officials accountable and be a more informed voter at the next election.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Become a patron at any level and your tax-deductible contribution goes straight to solving the root causes of civic disengagement, making our democracy work again. Recurring donations are the best way to give steady support.

Show off your support by shopping IssueVoter merchandise. Follow and share @IssueVoter on social media; you can even expose the exact percentage that your representative actually represents your viewpoints.

IssueVoter is looking for people interested in serving as advisors and organizations who want to provide civic engagement for their community. For more details, email founder Maria Yuan at info@issuevoter.org.

BIG EVENT

The organization will be kicking off a series of Community Conversations in 2020. These events bring together individuals who sent opinions on opposite sides of bills to practice active listening and civil discourse.

The Arts of Healing Foundation

MISSION

The Arts of Healing empowers physicians to connect to the medical community as they share their artistic talents and appreciation for the matters closest to their hearts: the spread of creativity and the support of their patients.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Sponsor or donate.

BIG EVENT

The Arts of Healing is an annual art show where physicians exhibit their work. From the visual displays of painting and photography to the musical offerings of rock or classical, these doctors and surgeons showcase their talent during this special event. Funds for the selected charity are raised in a variety of ways: direct donation, sponsor/physician dinner, and a percentage of the total sales throughout the hosting retailers.

In addition to being an enlightening evening, these doctors' artwork deepens their connections between one another, their patients, and the Houston medical community at large.

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Therapists Beyond Borders

MISSION

Therapists Beyond Borders is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that partners with communities around the world that have expressed a need for therapy services. They collaborate with partner sites to co-design programs that provide care for individuals with special needs and empower those who care for them. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy volunteers carry out the programs until they can be locally sustained. By using a model that fosters community involvement, they allow individuals to progress beyond borders to reach their own unique potential.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer your time and skills to contribute to the local program-building, as well as carrying out programs internationally, and donate! Contact info@tbbinc.org.

Folds of Honor

MISSION

Since 2007, Folds of Honor has carried forth this singular, noble mission: To provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America's fallen and disabled service-members.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

A Folds of Honor Wingman dutifully supports the pursuit of education for military families affected by war. Commit to provide aid in the form of a recurring donation, starting at $13 a month.

BIG EVENT

There is an annual gala held the Saturday of Veterans Day weekend every November.

Kadampa Meditation Center Houston

MISSION

Through a presentation of modern Buddhism and meditation practices, KMC offers people methods to become self-empowered to deal with life's difficulties. Ordinary problems like worry, stress, anxiety, anger, and depression, and commonly faced issues like difficulties with relationships, poor communication problems, and misunderstandings, can be successfully resolved with wisdom and a peaceful mind. They provide the tools and techniques for people to be able to solve their problems, improve their quality of life, and experience better relationships.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Before people volunteer, they often like to participate in classes.

MEMBERSHIP

Fees are paid according to event attendance or, as supporters, on a monthly basis.

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Houston PetSet

MISSION

Houston PetSet is an umbrella organization that provides grants to​ animal welfare-related nonprofits in the Greater Houston area. By providing critical funds and working together with strategic partners, PetSet seeks to end homelessness and alleviate suffering for the animals, with the goal to help those who are "in the trenches" on a daily basis rescuing, spaying, neutering, fostering, adopting, and protecting Houston's animals. The group believes that the animal homelessness crisis in our community is a solvable problem.

MEMBERSHIP

Members of Club PetSet Young Professionals have the opportunity to participate in exciting events and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. The tax-deductible donations help fund the work that is needed to protect and save Houston's animals all year long.

BIG EVENT

Every year in September, Houston PetSet hosts the annual Fierce & Fabulous Soiree. The event serves to raise money to support Houston PetSet and its animal welfare grantee partners. Partygoers can look forward to an evening of dinner, drinks, and dancing. The 2020 event will be hosted on September 11 and will take place at The Post Oak Hotel.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

MISSION

AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. It creates a culture that's smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies: funding scientific research, educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention, advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention, and supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Suicide prevention starts with everyday heroes like you. You can walk in one of the Out of the Darkness Walks, volunteer, become an advocate, and bring prevention to your school or workplace.

BIG EVENT

Each year, suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. Yet suicide prevention doesn't receive anywhere near the funding as other leading causes of death. It's up to Walkers like us to make a difference. Together we can change the conversation about mental health and put a stop to this tragic loss of life.

As AFSP's signature fundraising series, the Out of the Darkness walks bring together friends, family, and supporters in more than 400 communities nationwide. Campus Walks engage young adults in AFSP's mission and programs with 5K walks each spring at colleges and high schools across the country. AFSP's flagship fundraising event, the Overnight, is a challenging endurance walk from dusk to dawn that rotates cities each year.

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The Parish School

MISSION

Since 1983, The Parish School has educated children who have communication delays and learning differences, empowering them with the tools to succeed.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Parish School depends on volunteers — whether parents, alumni, high school and college students, or community organizations — for the success of events and programs. There are a number of ways for families and friends to get involved throughout the year. For info, email advancement@parishschool.org or head here.

BIG EVENT

The Giving Voice to Children luncheon is held in the fall.

The 2019 annual gala will be held on on January 25 at The Ballroom at Bayou Place.

The Parish School also offers free adult education sessions that are open to the public, as they believe in nurturing a love of lifelong learning not only in their students, but also in each other and the community. They believe that educating parents is essential to the growth and development of every child. Parents, grandparents, alumni, community members, and professionals are welcome at the daytime and evening sessions (free childcare for ages 2 and up is provided with RSVP for most evening sessions). Please RSVP online here.

Camp For All

MISSION

Camp For All is a unique, barrier-free camp that works in partnership with other not-for-profit organizations to enrich the lives of children and adults with challenging illnesses or special needs and their families by providing camping and retreat experiences throughout the year.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The best way to get involved with Camp For All is to volunteer — head here to find out more.

MEMBERSHIP

Camp Friends, Brenham Auxiliary Group, and Camp For All Young Professionals are $50 for an individual membership and $75 for couples. 

BIG EVENT

Camp For All hosts three events per year: one gala in Brenham, one gala in Houston, and Camp For All Goes Over the Edge. All information about upcoming events and how to attend can be found here.

 

HOPE- Homeless & Orphaned Pets Endeavor

MISSION

HOPE is a coalition of animal advocates who are dedicated to ending the homelessness of dogs and cats in Houston through foster to adoption, feral cat Trap-Neuter-Return, and education of the community. Since it was formed in 1999, HOPE has adopted out over 7,000 cats and dogs and TNR'd over 2,600 feral and/or community cats. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The organization is totally volunteer-driven and happily accepts donations toward helping care for the many animals that are abandoned or homeless in Houston.

The Council on Recovery

MISSION

Since its founding in 1946, The Council on Recovery has been at the forefront of helping individuals and families whose lives have been affected by alcoholism, drug addiction, and co-occurring mental health disorders. As these afflictions continue to affect society, relentless efforts with prevention, education, treatment, and recovery are helping reverse the trend these problems have created for the community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Council on Recovery offers a variety of volunteer opportunities with flexible schedules and assignments that fit your skill set and interests. Anyone who wants to make a difference in the lives of those affected by addiction is welcome. For more information on volunteering, click here.

In addition to volunteering, you can help by donating. Every donation, large or small, helps achieve the mission to keep the community healthy, productive and safe by providing services and information to all who may be adversely affected by alcohol, drugs, and related issues. 

BIG EVENT

The Council on Recovery hosts the Annual Spring Luncheon, which is a speaker series featuring a different famous speaker each year who talks about the process of recovery. 

Revels Houston

MISSION

Revels Houston is a unique, community-based performing arts organization and a living tradition that welcomes participation from those of all backgrounds and ages. Revels performances celebrate the rituals and traditions drawn from many lands and peoples through different eras. Revels leads children and adults to discover that the timeless traditions of the different cultures throughout the world really are shared by all mankind. The celebration of these traditions is the common thread that binds us all.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can help out as an audience member, performer, chorus member, or behind-the-scenes volunteer during the Christmas production, or volunteer to help with year-round operations.

BIG EVENT

Revels has held its signature The Christmas Revels — A Celebration of the Winter Solstice for 28 of its 29 years in Houston. Each year's production depicts a different culture and a different era, such as Elizabethan England, Italian Renaissance, or 1920s Appalachian. Each show is a theatrical production featuring a chorus of children, teens, and adults singing choral music; professional musicians playing period music; storytelling; plays; dances; and theatrical costumes from the specific culture/era.

Traditional elements include a Mummers play every year and the entire audience dancing and singing toward the lobby to "Lord of the Dance" at intermission. The 2019 production of The Christmas Revels is An English Victorian Celebration of the Winter Solstice, with five performances held December 13-15, 2019, at the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (The MATCH), Main Street at Holman Street in Midtown Houston.

Youth In View, Inc.

MISSION

The mission of Youth in View is to promote the well being of families through community based services. They believe we must work together, sharing both responsibility and accountability for those who cannot take care of themselves.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can foster a child or donate to help improve the life of a foster child in Texas.

BIG EVENT

There is an annual camp, Christmas toy drive, and backpack and school supply drive.

The Alliance

MISSION

The Alliance works to create opportunities for refugees, immigrants, and under-served residents to achieve their goals for self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

They are always welcoming volunteers, as well as donors at all levels. There are 17 programs, ranging from mental health to driving school, adult literacy to youth program/mentoring, financial opportunity center to vocational training, and many more.

Corporations can conduct workshops to help clients obtain jobs and interviewing skills, whereas the back-to-school drive requires over 200 volunteers, putting together kits for the under-served.

BIG EVENT

The Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee will be on May 8 at the Junior League, while Back-To-School give 3,000 backpacks with supplies to children in need. United We Dine is an international food festival, and the group's biggest fundraising event.

Single Moms United

MISSION

Single Moms United is a nonprofit organization designed to empower single moms to success by equipping them to be self-sufficient and financially independent. They are driven to "educate, equip, and empower" women through life skills, mentoring, leadership, and community development in the Greater Houston area.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Single Moms United welcomes donations, volunteers, and ammenities that would aid those single mothers in need. 

BIG EVENT

Single Moms United hosts its Annual Empowerment Brunch, "Still I Rise," in July. 

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HoustonCaseManagers.com

MISSION

HoustonCaseManagers.com is a website that provides medical professionals and citizens with easy step-by-step guides on connecting people to community resources. Navigating social services or government agencies is difficult, which is why they have created guides to walk you through the process.

Whether someone is needing options for Houston housing, employment assistance, or has a mental health crisis, you will find guides to explain what to do and who to call in these situations.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Medical professionals: Go above and beyond to help those outside your organization understand exactly what you do. While many of us can perform our own jobs without much thought, those outside of our offices may need more clarification on what we do. Just be mindful of this.

Organizations: Email to let HCM know what services (health, housing, employment, etc.) you provide so that they can share this information with other professionals and citizens in the community.

Citizens: If you find articles that are helpful on our website, share those with others in the community. There are nonprofits out there that address nearly any problem you may encounter, so be sure to pass helpful information you find on to your neighbors and friends.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

MISSION

Catholic Charities helps people in southeast Texas by providing caring, compassionate services and advocating for social justice in collaboration with parishes and communities.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

For 75 years, people like you have helped Catholic Charities offer hope to more than 80,000 people annually as they create better lives for themselves and their families. With your donation, Catholic Charities can provide food, clothing, shelter, and a network of support services to people of all ages and from all walks of life and religious backgrounds.

Volunteers are essential in fulfilling the mission at Catholic Charities. They help ensure that the stranger gets welcomed, the senior is looked after, the hungry are fed, and the children are served. Catholic Charities constantly evolves to meet the needs of the community, and so do the jobs of its volunteers.

Catholic Charities also promotes social justice, serving as a voice for the poor and vulnerable. Visit the Parish Social Ministry page to sign up for the newsletter and learn more.

BIG EVENT

The Spirit of Charity gala and Wine & Dine benefit all Catholic Charities programs and services and are held every other year. A Cardinal's Christmas is held every December.

Wreaths Across America (WAA)

MISSION

Wreaths Across America (WAA) is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. WAA's mission — Remember, Honor, Teach — is carried out in part by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington, as well as at veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states.

Since its founding, the organization has expanded to include nearly 2,000 local fundraising groups in all 50 states, representing more than 1,600 participating locations, in addition to Arlington National Cemetery.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

When you sponsor a wreath for a veteran grave, you remember their lives and service. Join WAA for wreath placements on December 14, 2019, at 11 am CST to coincide with wreath placement at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, including the national cemeteries at DFW, Houston, and San Antonio and Texas State Cemetery-Austin and 108 other WAA-Texas locations.

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Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance

MISSION

Candlelighters provides emotional, educational, and practical support to families who have or had a child with cancer.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can help by volunteering or attending events, signing up to sponsor a family for the holidays, collecting gift cards for families, or making a donation.

BIG EVENT

The signature event held by Candlelighters is the the Margarita Taste Off in March at Kirby Ice House. More than 20 restaurants compete for the title of best margarita in Houston.

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Houston Food Bank

MISSION

The Houston Food Bank is a solution to both hunger and food waste. America's largest — and nationally recognized as Feeding America’s Food Bank of the Year in 2015 — the Houston Food Bank distributes 83 million nutritious meals through its network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other hunger relief charities in southeast Texas, feeding 800,000 individuals each year.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers can produce the equivalent of a meal a minute while helping the Houston Food Bank sort, process, and pack food. Beyond volunteering at the Houston Food Bank, there are also plenty of opportunities to get involved offsite by helping distribute food and school supplies at special events.

MEMBERSHIP

The Houston Food Bank's giving societies — the Feeding Hope Society and the Full Plate Society — are an easy way to provide ongoing, reliable support to the Houston Food Bank so that it can continue to give nutritious food to families, children, seniors, and others who need help.

BIG EVENT

Empty Bowls is an international effort to fight hunger, implemented in Houston to benefit the Houston Food Bank. This unique lunch fundraiser is a collaboration between Houston-area ceramists, wood turners, and artists working in all media and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Attendees receive a simple lunch of soup and bread provided by Sweet Tomatoes, and then select a bowl from 1,500-plus hand-crafted bowls donated by Houston-area artists. The empty bowls serve as a reminder of all the empty bowls in our community and the world. Live music and artist demonstrations happen throughout the day.

Westbury Community Garden

MISSION

The Westbury Community Garden educates adults and children about good nutrition and ecology, strengthens community spirit, provides organically-grown food, and serves as a gathering place for the community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Monthly community service days are usually held on the fourth Saturday morning each month, except when they fall on a holiday weekend (then they're moved to the third Saturday). All maintenance of the garden paths, flower beds, orchards, shade tree farm, and compost are maintained by volunteers.

MEMBERSHIP

The cost to rent a hundred square foot plot at Westbury Community Garden is $72 per year. The contract year begins in February, and the fee includes water and organic fertilizer.

BIG EVENT

During the month of March (National Nutrition Month), the garden hosts four Saturday events called "VegOut!" There are educational activities about nutrition for adults and kids and  a tasting buffet with samples of new and interesting ways to prepare vegetables.

The first Saturday in June is a tomato tasting, with blind taste tests and scoring of 25 or more tomato varieties.

Throughout the year, the group hosts gardening classes on various topics, including but not limited to how to grow seasonal vegetables for fall and spring gardening in Houston.

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The Montrose Center

MISSION

The Montrose Center empowers the Houston community — primarily lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families — to enjoy healthier and more fulfilling lives through a team of state-licensed clinicians, masters-level therapists, skilled educators, support staff, and dedicated volunteers. Because LGBT persons face numerous health disparities compared to the general population, the Montrose Center has embraced an integrated care model with one-stop access to behavioral health and support services, adult primary care and psychiatry, and free wellness programs that empower individuals to proactively participate in their own care.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Montrose Center offers both individual and group volunteer opportunities. Examples of ways Montrose Center volunteers help further their mission include as a clerical assistant, LGBT switchboard volunteers, and working on special events and fundraising. The first step is to complete a volunteer application

MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the Montrose Society begins with an annual fund investment of $1,200 or more per year. Leadership Circle members who give $2,400 or more annually enjoy additional benefits, including invitations to exclusive events.

BIG EVENT

One of LGBTQ Houston's favorite and longest running events, Bringin' in the Green features an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction. Hosted by the Montrose Center, ticket sales and sponsorships support Hatch Youth Services' collaborative to end local LGBTQ youth homelessness through rapid rehousing, case management, drop-in center, and street outreach.

SHAPE

MISSION

One of the most visible and involved community centers in Houston’s African-American community and the Houston community as a whole, S.H.A.P.E. has led the way toward justice, equal opportunity, and institution building. Because of its deep commitment to the community, S.H.A.P.E. has actively sought ways to oppose injustice and to better the community for all people.

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer orientation is every Saturday from 10 am-12 pm, and those interested can call 713-521-0641 for more information. Volunteers are needed for IT and computer services, grant writing, fundraising, office admin, after-school enrichment and summer programs, tutors, and maintenance and building services. Find out more here.

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Hospitality Apartments

MISSION

Hospitality Apartments provides free, temporary housing (from two weeks up to three months) and a safe, welcoming, comfortable, supportive environment for families in need (who live more than 50 miles away) who are receiving medical treatment at any of the medical care facilities in the Texas Medical Center area in Houston. It has been in operation for 52 years and provided housing for 8,900 guests and their caregivers.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The apartment complex just south of the Medical Center is run solely by volunteers, who work in three-hour shifts, six days a week.

Casa El Buen Samaritano

MISSION

Casa El Buen Samaritano's mission is to share the love of Jesus Christ while providing whole-person — body, soul, and spirit — healthcare to the low-income, the uninsured, and uninsurable population in our community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Casa El Buen Samaritano recruits medical, administrative, and ministry volunteers year-round to provide whole-person healthcare to its patients. Volunteers are needed that are licensed and non-licensed medical professionals, as well as those looking to help with adult education and ministry services, children's ministry, and outreach events.

BIG EVENT

Casa's Happy Feet back-to-school program is held each July, and the Adopt-a-Family event each December. The Happy Feet event provides new school shoes as well as a new backpack to the children of the group's patients. The Adopt-a-Family program joins those wishing to sponsor with a family in need within the clinic population.

Barrio Dogs

MISSION

Barrio Dogs has been working in Houston’s Greater East End since 2010, with the mission of raising awareness about proper animal care and the importance of spaying and neutering pets. They teach residents that animal birth control and humane treatment and care of pets will create safer, healthier, higher property value communities for themselves and their families. While Barrio Dogs is not a rescue group, they have rescued many street dogs that were in especially bad physical condition, nursed them back to health, and found them homes. By focusing on the reasons why homeless animals exist, Barrio Dogs sheds light on other community problems and possible long-term solutions.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Barrio Dogs is an all-volunteer organzation. To find out how you can help, email info@barriodogs.org.

Star of Hope Mission

MISSION

Star of Hope Mission is a Christ-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women, and their children. Positive life changes are encouraged through structured programs which focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, life management, and recovery from substance abuse. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

One of Star of Hope Mission's most valuable resources is its volunteers. Click here to sign up and become a volunteer.

There are many ways to donate to Star of Hope Mission, which is funded through public and private donations, the United Way, churches, civic and community groups, corporations, grants, and foundations. 

The Rose

MISSION

The mission of The Rose is to save lives through quality breast health services, advocacy, and access to care for all. The Rose takes care of women who are both insured and uninsured, helping them to receive quality breast health care regardless of their ability to pay.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are several ways to get involved. One is to donate — all the money that is donated to The Rose goes directly to help women who otherwise would not be able to afford a possible life-saving mammogram.

Another way to get involved is to volunteer at one of The Rose's many signature events or volunteer at one of its two clinics. For more information about volunteering, you can email volunteer@therose.org.

BIG EVENT

The Rose has four signature annual events:

  • Annual Shrimp Boil in the summer, the group's biggest and longest-running fundraiser
  • Hats & Henna High Tea in September
  • The Rose Takes Center Stage in October
  • Annual A Time To Care Luncheon in March

For more information about events, email events@therose.org.

SIRE

MISSION

The mission of SIRE is to improve the quality of life for people with special needs through therapeutic horsemanship activities and therapies, and educational outreach.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

SIRE depends upon voulnteers to assist clients both inside and outside the riding arena. For more information on volunteering, click here.

Donations to SIRE allow people with special needs to be partnered with SIRE's specially trained horses, bringing about life-changing results. 

BIG EVENT

SIRE hosts the annual Saddle Up for SIRE Benefit Trail Ride in October, which combines the power of online fundraising with the fun of a benefit trail ride at beautiful 7Il Ranch, an hour's drive west of Houston.

Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS)

MISSION

In 2001, in response to the dramatic change in southwest Houston's demographics, the parishioners of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany established Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS). Its mission is to connect people in need with health, social, and educational resources that can improve their lives.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can get involved as a volunteer, supporter, or ambassador. The organization is looking for food pantry, ESL, and vision screening volunteers. For more information on how to help, click here.

BIG EVENT

ECHOS hosts an annual Chef's Dinner in the fall.

Young Texans Against Cancer Houston

MISSION

Young Texans Against Cancer (YTAC) is an independent, nonprofit organization comprised of young men and women who have been affected by cancer and are seeking to become more actively involved in the cancer community. The organization is focused on raising funds for local research and support organizations, using its member base to increase awareness of volunteer organizations, and helping to educate its community on cancer research.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can sign up to be a member of Young Texans Against Cancer, donate here, or volunteer.

MEMBERSHIP

Young Texans Against Cancer has four differnt types of membership: $50 for an individual annual membership, $85 for a couple's annual membership, $350 for an individual lifetime membership, and $500 for a couple's lifetime membership. To learn more and become a member, click here

BIG EVENT

Team YTAC is an official "Run for a Reason" charity with the Chevron Houston Marathon. The team consists of runners and walkers of all ages who work toward raising awareness and support for YTAC. Young Texans Against Cancer also hosts an annual Fall Invitational. 

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The Heritage Society

MISSION

The Heritage Society (THS) works to tell the stories of the diverse history of Houston and Texas through collections, exhibits, educational programs, film, video, and other content. Founded in 1954 by a number of public-spirited Houstonians to rescue the 1847 Kellum-Noble House from demolition, The Heritage Society has since saved an additional nine historic buildings, moved them from various locations to join the Kellum-Noble House in Sam Houston Park, and restored them to reflect their respective eras. These 10 buildings, along with the museum gallery, serve as historic reference points and exhibition spaces for more than 23,000 artifacts that document life in Houston from the early 1800s to the mid-1900s.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are three main opportunities for volunteering with the Heritage Society: museum guides, tour guides, and library committee volunteers. For more information and to sign up for the next volunteer class, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the Heritage Society is open to everyone, and comes with a variety of benefits including free historic building tours, free admission to lectures, invitations to exhibit preview parties, discounts at the gift shop, Candlelight Tour tickets, and more. For more information and to join, head here.

BIG EVENT

At the Heritage Society's annual Candlelight Tour, enjoy decorated historic buildings, historic characters relating stories of the past, musical entertainment, Santa's Workshop, and holiday fare at the Candlelight Café.

Rescued Pets Movement

MISSION

Rescued Pets Movement provides a second chance for homeless cats and dogs through rehabilitation, foster families, and, finally, a forever home. Since starting operations in late 2013, Rescued Pets Movement has saved the lives of over 27,000 homeless companion animals by rescuing them from area shelters and transporting them to permanent homes.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers, donations, and foster families are crucial to RPM and the many animals they save each year from being needlessly euthanized.

BIG EVENT

Rescued Pets Movement host its Rescued Pets Movement Fur Ball: The Journey Matters in September to raise money for the organization.

iLead

MISSION

ILEAD, a program of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, cultivates confident, respectful and engaged leaders who embrace their own faith traditions and embody effective multicultural leadership skills in their personal and professional lives.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To learn about upcoming events geared toward high school students, sign up here.

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DAWG Foundation

MISSION

The DAWG Foundation provides a companion canine for U.S. military veterans (and select first responders) battling PTSD. The companion canine is well trained by DAWG Foundation-approved trainers, and is meant to provide everything from simple companionship and emotional support to limited mobility/distress assistance. Part of the DAWG Foundation's mission is to adequately provide post-training counseling and inspections on the veteran/companion team.  

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Head here to make a gift to the DAWG Foundation.

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Writers in the Schools

MISSION

The mission of Writers in the Schools (WITS) is to engage children in the joy and power of reading and writing. It brings innovative, specialized creative writing education to school, hospital, and community classrooms by fostering collaboration between teachers and talented professional writers, transforming literacy for 52,000 students each year.

For families, WITS offers free creative writing workshops at Discovery Green every Saturday morning, youth writing workshops and open mics, and the Young Writers Reading Series every spring, where the community can hear poems and stories from Houston students.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Community members can support WITS by attending any of the free public readings, such as the Space City Slam Series or the Young Writers Reading Series, featuring the voices of Houston students.

Donors can contribute to the annual fund or attend The Illuminated Forest, the 10th anniversary gala celebration. Parents can contact WITS to learn how to get a WITS program in their child's school.

BIG EVENT

WITS provides two free leadership opportunities for youth:

  • The Houston Youth Poet Laureate program, a civic leadership position in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs and the Houston Public Library
  • The Space City Slam Series, Houston's only free city-wide youth performance poetry competition. The top six winners become the Meta-Four Houston youth slam team. WITS has become synonymous with National Poetry Month, showcasing the voices of young poets through its Poem-a-Day Initiative on the WITS blog, social media, and radio stations.
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The VanRoss Foundation

MISSION

The mission of the VanRoss Foundation is to help high school seniors with their college tuition. They promote and develop educational opportunities by hosting events such as the College Readiness Roundup. TVF receives private and public donations through fundraisers, which helps meet the needs of its scholarships and educational programs.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are always needs for the board of directors and events, and individual and corporate donations are appreciated.

BIG EVENT

The annual Pet Parade & Costume Contest is held in October at Ravaneaux Country Club, while the annual Scavenger Hunt is held in June.

The Westview School

MISSION

The Westview School is a private, nonprofit school for high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder from ages 2 to 15 years. The program is comprised of two main components: academics and social communication/social skills. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Finding the right school for your child can be a daunting task. Many families feel "lost" and wonder if The Westview School will be the right fit. Westview may or may not be the right school for all children, but it is their mission to guide you along the way and help you find the school where your child can receive the best education and support, even if it is not there. Westview believes that children with autism spectrum disorder can grow and learn through a nurturing, positive and happy environment that enhances their self-esteem.

MEMBERSHIP

The Westview School's board of directors is committed to assessing the minimum tuition rates possible each year. The school receives no federal or state funding and relies on the generosity of the Houston community to help fund the 22 percent of its operating budget not covered by tuition and fees. Educational supplies, books, workbooks, equipment, snacks, and field trips (including Camp SMILE for upper school students) are provided at no additional cost.

BIG EVENT

Westview holds an annual fundraiser every February at River Oaks Country Club.

Children's Museum of Houston

MISSION

The mission of the Children's Museum of Houston is to transform communities through innovative, child-centered learning.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer opportunities are a wonderful way to get involved with the museum and a chance to see firsthand the difference CMH makes in the community.

MEMBERSHIP

There are a variety of membership levels, beginning at $135.

BIG EVENT

Children's Museum of Houston has three major fundraising events each year. The Dia de los Muertos Gala is in October, while the Family and Friends Luncheon and Golf Classic are in the spring.

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Baker Ripley

MISSION

Baker-Ripley believes that neighborhoods are bridges to opportunity, that people can transform communities, and that everyone, everywhere has something to contribute. Its impact is therefore targeted toward strengthening community engagement, improving financial well-being, and increasing educational attainment in every community they serve. Working side by side with community leaders and residents, Baker-Ripley works to discover people's strengths, craft a collective vision, and design a plan to make their aspirations a reality.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Baker-Ripley encourages Houstonians to meet their neighbors and be a part of their lives — by sharing time, talent, creativity, and resources, you can help make communities stronger. To learn more about volunteer opportunities or sign up to be a volunteer, head here.

A monetary gift to Baker-Ripley helps families all over Houston earn, learn, and belong. Your support helps more than half a million neighbors get a chance at a better life.

BIG EVENT

Every year, Baker-Ripley's signature event, the Heart of Gold Celebration, brings together leaders from across the region to discuss what really matters, the most pressing issues we are all facing, and to recognize individuals whose visionary efforts in philanthropy throughout the community are shaping the Houston of tomorrow and enhancing the lives of its neighbors for generations to come.

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Bayou City Art Festival

MISSION

Celebrating 48 years since the founding of the Westheimer Art Festival, now known as Bayou City Art Festival, The Art Colony Association has provided a venue for over 20,000 artists to showcase their work to thousands of art lovers from all over the world. Every year, a new jury selects participating artists, some new and some returning. This helps create a fresh and different festival year after year.

The Art Colony Association has raised more than $3.6 million for local nonprofit programs through the festivals. A percentage of the proceeds support local art organizations and nonprofits. The festivals are funded in part by grants from the city of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, corporate sponsorships, private contributions, in-kind support, and volunteer assistance.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

For updates on social media, follow the official event hashtag #HouArtFest, like the Facebook page, or follow on Twitter and Instagram. You can also subscribe to the newsletter here.

BIG EVENT

Bayou City Art Festival is a biannual celebration of fine art and giving back to local nonprofits. The festivals take place in Memorial Park and Downtown Houston.

The Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA) will celebrate 48 years of fine art and giving back to local nonprofits as it spotlights 300 artists at Bayou City Art Festival in downtown Houston, March 29-31, 2019.

The sophisticated gallery transforms the streets of downtown into artistic avenues bursting with colors and culture. As one of the top outdoor fine art festivals in the U.S., the weekend festival provides guests with the opportunity to see and purchase unique, custom art under the iconic Houston skyline.

Bayou City Art Festival Downtown benefits local nonprofits and features live music in front of city hall and throughout the festival along with entertainment, beverage stations, food trucks, and much more. In the Children’s Creative Zone, the festival's nonprofit partners host art activities for all ages and include a cool interactive place to hang out.

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Pup Squad Animal Rescue

MISSION

Pup Squad rescues orphaned puppies and nursing litters from the streets, shelters, and other life-threatening situations and matches them with permanent adoptive homes. It also provides support and education to these adopters and the community at large, working with other community rescue efforts to promote spay/neuter, adoption, and humane animal care to ultimately reduce the number of animals euthanized in Houston and surrounding areas.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Pup Squad is constantly looking for loving and caring individuals to become long-term volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, or would like more information on volunteering and the volunteer responsibilities involved, please email PupSquadVolunteers@gmail.com.

It is also a foster-based organization, meaning it does not have a main location where the dogs are housed. The puppies and dogs temporarily live in someone's loving home until a forever home can be found for them. If you would like more information and are interested in becoming a foster, head here.

BIG EVENT

Barkitecture Houston, entering its ninth year this October, celebrates the ingenuity and creativity of the Houston community while raising much-needed funds for Pup Squad Animal Rescue. Local designers, architects, artists, companies, and other groups design and build amazing dog houses that are then donated to Barkitecture Houston, where they are auctioned off to benefit Pup Squad.

Barkitecture weekend starts Friday night with Yappy Hour and continues all day Saturday with a festival focused on dogs with food, music, and lots of fun activities for the entire family. Saturday's activities include the annual Best in Show and Kids Choice contest, dog grooming salon, a kids zone, doggy Halloween costume contest, live music, shopping, and great food.

American Heart Association

MISSION

The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. It funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies, and provides critical tools and information to save and improve lives.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer opportunities include community events such as health fairs; signature charity events such as Heart Walk, Cotes du Coeur and the Go Red For Women Luncheon; or becoming a You're the Cure grassroots advocate. Call 214-441-4293 for more information.

BIG EVENT

AHA hosts several signature events throughout the year:

  • Local Heart Walks, whose purpose is to encourage a heart-healthy lifestyle.
  • Go Red For Women is a year-long campaign designed to raise awareness and educate women about their risks of heart disease and stroke. The cornerstone of this movement is the Go Red For Women Luncheon, which focuses on heart disease and stroke prevention by promoting healthy lifestyles and raising money to support awareness, education, and research of heart health in women. Because every 80 seconds a woman dies of heart disease, even though 80 percent of those deaths are preventable through simple lifestyle changes, education, and awareness.
  • The Cotes du Coeur event series is a premier fundraising campaign that culminates with an annual fine wine auction and celebrity chef dinner. This black-tie gala event is the largest of its kind, making it the No. 1 fundraising gala in the nation for the American Heart Association. Cotes du Coeur hosts approximately 1,200 business and wine industry leaders, community philanthropists, wine collectors, and physicians. Proceeds from Cotes du Coeur go directly to cardiovascular research and heart health educational programs, both locally and nationwide.
National Psoriasis Foundation

MISSION

The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Join the thousands of people working for a cure for psoriatic disease. Get involved by participating in fundraising events, attending educational opportunities, championing state and federal advocacy initiatives, or volunteering in your community. Learn more about what is going on in the NPF Central Region here.

BIG EVENT

The National Psoriasis Foundation hosts three signature events in the Central Region each year.

The Team NPF Walk in Houston is held each fall. These walks are a family-friendly celebration of our community's commitment to a cure. Bring old friends and make new ones while you learn about new ways to manage psoriatic disease and enjoy free samples at the finish-line Health Fair. Dance to local bands and hear inspiring stories of people thriving with psoriatic disease. But most importantly, come out and do your part for a cure. To learn more, head here.

Pstamp Out Psoriatic Disease is the signature fundraising event of the National Psoriasis Foundation and is hosted in Austin each spring, and in Houston each summer. Enjoy an evening of food, drinks, bingo games, bidding on silent auction items, and raising a paddle to fund psoriatic disease education, advocacy, and research. To learn more, head here for Houston and here for Austin.

S.A.V.E. Rescue Coalition

MISSION

S.A.V.E Rescue Coalition was formed to help local animal rescue groups in the Houston Metro area work more effectively together to reduce the homeless pet problem through spay/neuter, adoption, volunteering, and education. The mission has expanded to provide rescue for at-risk dogs and cats in the area with a network of hard-working volunteers and fosters. They also provide an active TNR program for feral cats and a community outreach spay/neuter program for owned animals of lower-income individuals.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The organization is entirely led by volunteers and receives no government funding, so they depend upon help from the community in the form of volunteers and donations to reduce the more than 80,000 homeless animals in Houston.

BIG EVENT

Every Saturday, S.A.V.E. hosts adoption events around Texas. Head here to see where S.A.V.E. will be next. The group also hosts the annual Ride a Hog Save a Dog charity motorcycle ride to raise funds for the organization. 

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MESA Outreach Inc.

MISSION

MESA Outreach welcomes neighbors in need, and is focused on helping the children in its community by providing basic needs and programs that will help to improve the quality of their future.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Everyone who can offer their talents, resources, and time with a desire to support their neighbors is welcome. The best way to get involved is volunteering in the food pantry, with ESL classes, by mentoring troubled youth through the reVision program, fundraising, at any of the special events or community outreach distributions, or serving on the board.

For more information on donating and volunteering, head here.

BIG EVENT

Stuff the Bus is the annual back-to-school event held in August. Basic school supplies and new shoes and socks will be distributed for approximately 350 students, grades K-12. MESA's Books to Kids has used books for the children to choose for their own home library.

Share the Harvest, held in November, is when MESA distributes approximately 350 holiday food boxes for the preparation of a family's Thanksgiving meal. Cleaned, used coats and jackets will be available for children to get a coat for the winter months.

The Get Together, Inc.

MISSION

The Get Together connects business people to 18 local nonprofits so that they can use their business expertise, skills, and network to make a collective impact, all over a 90-minute lunch.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Share what you know and use your business expertise, skills, and network to collaborate with other like-minded business people to make a collective impact in Houston by attending a Network with Purpose lunch. Tip: Don't bring your checkbook, because the group doesn't actually raise money for nonprofits. 

MEMBERSHIP

There are no membership fees, but lunches require an RSVP and cost $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

BIG EVENT

The monthly Network with Purpose Lunches are designed to connect like-minded business people to local, vetted nonprofits so that collaboration can occur over lunch. They don't raise money for nonprofits; instead, they encourage attendees to engage their networks and utilize their business expertise to help nonprofits with their most pressing needs. It's the most efficient 90 minutes of your work week.

Nora's Home

MISSION

Opened in 2013 as the first transplant hospitality home in the Gulf Coast region, Nora's Home welcomes patients and their families at any stage of the transplant journey. The hospitality home aims to ease burdens many patients face by helping reduce the immense expense and stress incurred while undergoing transplant care by providing affordable lodging in a loving, home-like environment.

Located at 8300 El Rio Street in Houston near the Texas Medical Center, the self-supporting facility includes 16 private bedrooms and baths, a fully-equipped kitchen, community room, meditation room, and education center, and provides free shuttle services to and from the medical center.

In the summer of 2018, Nora's Home will more than double in size with the addition of 16 rooms, communal kitchen, and multiple family areas and meeting rooms.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

For more information, head here, call 832-831-3720, or follow on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Children's Assessment Center

MISSION

The mission of the CAC is to provide a professional, compassionate, and coordinated approach to the treatment of sexually abused children and their families and to serve as an advocate for all children in the community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The CAC welcomes volunteers to serve in several different capacities, and also has several fundraisers each year to help support its programs and better serve children and families. Additionally, they encourage everyone in the community to participate in free training to raise awareness of child sexual abuse.

For additional information, please contact Tramesha Richard at tramesha.richard@cac.hctx.net

BIG EVENT

Every April, the CAC hosts the Spirit of Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show. 2019's special guest will be Olympic gold medalist and abuse survivor Aly Raisman.

Every November, the CAC has its annual Advocate Through the Arts party, which is a silent and live art auction. In September, the CAC held its first Knock Out Child Abuse Black Tie Boxing event, which raised over $1 million.

In April 2019, the CAC will host Bikers Against Child Abuse, an event that will begin with over 1,000 bikers meeting and riding to the CAC for a family street fair.

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Bo's Place

MISSION

Bo's Place enhances the lives of those who have experienced the death of a loved one. A non-profit, free-of-charge bereavement center, Bo's Place offers multiple grief support services for adults, children, and families, and provides education and resources for those who assist people in grief. It operates on the belief that it is helpful and healing for grieving children and adults to share their stories, memories, experiences, thoughts, and feelings with those who can understand their journey. Bo's Place services include support groups, professional workships and training, and an information and referral line.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer opportunities at Bo's Place range from support group facilitator to kitchen volunteer to teen playground monitor to quilt volunteer. For more information and a full list of ways to get involved, head here.

 

BIG EVENT

Bo's Place's signature fundraising event, the annual Hearts of Hope luncheon, always features an inspiring program with a star guest speaker. Proceeds go toward Bo's Place programs.

Character Camp

MISSION

Character is the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of a person; their moral or ethical quality. Character Camp strives to instill good character traits in the young minds of Houston and beyond. They're on a mission to "build better kids."

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Those interested can volunteer with Character Camp during an event as an introduction to what the camp is about. They're always looking for volunteers for the summer retreat, as it has grown every year.

BIG EVENT

Character Camp has several events, including:

  • Healthy Steps Walkathon & Bootcamp: Celebrates wellness and positive lifestyle change while encouraging our youth and community to take an active role in healthier habits. The event features a boot camp session hosted by the KO King of Houston, Ricky Jackson, former Texas Heavyweight Champion from 1994-2001 and 2018 Houston Awards Program Trainer of the Year.
  • Hats Off! for Character Camp Charity Show & Auction: Part runway show of custom and concept hats, part auction. Guests are welcomed on the red carpet for their own photo opportunity before the opening of the show. The fashion and vanity hats are auctioned to audience members at the end of a live runway. To the delight of attendees, designers are only limited by their sense of style, imagination, and sense of humor. Guests are encouraged to wear their own fashion-forward headgear, too.
  • Leadership Retreat: A week-long summer retreat for the campers that includes aviation, music, robotics, physical fitness, computer science, tutoring, and character training.
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British American Foundation of Texas

MISSION

BAFTX was established to help provide financial assistance and educational opportunities to academically gifted students in the United Kingdom and the United States who otherwise might not be able to pursue their education due to financial constraints.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Every donation is used for college tuition fees, improving the future of truly gifted and talented students.

BIG EVENT

Wine, Women, and Song is a champagne lunch for the ladies with raffles, speeches, and live music from the Fab 5. The annual event takes place February 2, 2019, at the Junior League of Houston.

Black Tie Gala is a classic, biannual party with British quirkiness. It includes dinner, live music, auctions, and few surprises along the way. The next one will be held November 16, 2019, at the Post Oak Hotel in Houston.

CanCare

MISSION

CanCare improves the quality of life for cancer patients and their caregivers — its primary goal is to ensure that no one battles cancer alone. CanCare offers sensitive, compassionate support, free of charge through trained support volunteers who themselves are cancer survivors or caregivers.

Founded in 1990, CanCare has trained over 1,700 support volunteers of more than 75 different types of cancer and has served over 22,000 individuals with one-on-one support and made over 138,000 hospital visits to patients and families in need. CanCare partners with over 100 corporations, hospitals, and congregations of varied faiths to effectively carry out its mission. All of CanCare’s services are confidential and free of charge.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

CanCare Inc. is always seeking cancer survivors and caregivers of survivors to become a trained CanCare support volunteer and offer one-on-one emotional support to newly diagnosed cancer patients and caregivers.

Donations are greatly appreciated and will help enable CanCare to continue providing hope to thousands of individuals battling a cancer diagnosis. CanCare also seeks volunteers for events that take place throughout the year.

BIG EVENT

CanCare hosts a variety of different events throughout the year. For a full list and more information, click here.

Charity Guild Shop

MISSION

The Charity Guild Shop, an extension of Charity Guild of Catholic Women, raises money for the children's charities in the Houston area. They give more than $500,000 per year to charities who apply for grants. The biggest recipient is San Jose Clinic, but they also support the arts, food programs, education, and other medical needs.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The consignment shop at 1203 Lovett Blvd. sells apparel, shoes, purses, furniture, art, household goods, jewelry, and children's clothes, as well as handmade items from talented local seamstresses and crafters.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership is by invitation, and you must be a member of the Catholic faith to join.  There are membership fees once a woman is invited.

The Women's Home

MISSION

The Women's Home builds communities that strengthen women and support families as they reclaim their stability through a unique model of care called Whole Life. By embracing the whole person, The Women's Home prepares women and their families to become empowered and productive forces in their communities. Since 1957, The Women's Home has worked to build whole lives in the Houston area.

They currently have four unique programs: a residential treatment and transitional housing program, two permanent supportive housing programs, and a collaborative service center that offers support to help prevent and end homelessness in the community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Contact volunteer coordinator Jenna Jackson at jjackson@thewomenshome.org, or for more specific volunteer info, head here and hover over "Get Involved" on the top right of the screen.

You can make a donation online here. For larger gifts, please contact Julie Comiskey at jcomiskey@thewomenshome.org.

BIG EVENT

Join The Women's Home in the fall for The Revaire for reNew & reDo: A Triumphant Affair. The lunch celebrates the incredible resilience of the women and families that the group serves, plus you can shop the treasure trove of their resale boutique's most elegant finds. Contact Shari Balouchi at sbalouchi@thewomenshome.org or 713-328-1965 for more information.

Equality Texas Foundation

MISSION

The Equality Texas Foundation works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Texans through education, community organizing, and collaboration.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donate here and volunteer here. You can also pledge to fight back against hate crimes, new laws that grant a license to discriminate, efforts to undermine marriage equality, and blocking access to healthcare here.

allgo

MISSION

For over 30 years, allgo has worked to create and sustain queer people of color activists, groups, organizations, and allies through artistic expression, promoting wellness, and grassroots organizing. Allgo celebrates and nurtures vibrant queer people of color communities in Texas and beyond by supporting artists and artistic expression; promoting health within a wellness model; and mobilizing and building coalitions among groups marginalized by race/ethnicity, gender/gender identity, and sexual orientation/sexual identity in order to enact change.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Allgo relies heavily on volunteers both in Austin and throughout Texas to build its statewide QPOC movement. Volunteer opportunities include serving on event-planning committees, working events, computer work, DJ services, newsletter writing, designing publicity materials, facilitating workshops and groups, and more. Email allgo@allgo.org for more information.

MEMBERSHIP

Being a member of allgo means that you share in the vision of a just and equitable society that celebrates and nurtures vibrant queer people of color communities and that you commit your time and resources to support allgo. Contact allgo to sign up to become a member, plus make a pledge for either a monthly or annual donation and/or offering a regular in-kind donation and/or regular volunteer work with allgo.

BIG EVENT

Allgo’s annual Statewide Queer People Of Color Activist Summit brings together 25 QPOC activists from across the state to explore and develop strategies for the coming year, to celebrate accomplishments, and to learn self-care. The weekend-long summit is a space for dialogue about building a movement coming from a place of engaging possibilities rather than a place of fighting. Summit activities and workshops allow attendees to safely engage in dialogue, reflection, learning, and sharing experiences. 

Houston Audubon

MISSION

Houston Audubon is a regional nonprofit conservation, education, and advocacy organization that focuses on protecting the natural environment for birds and people. A significant part of its work is owning and managing nature sanctuaries to protect habitat for birds and provide people recreational opportunities in nature. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are several ways in which you can help Houston Audubon ensure a world of birds. Individual donations are the backbone of all of Houston Audubon's programs, and may be made by cash, check, or credit card.

Join the dedicated volunteers who do everything from accounting to nature tours and presentations to sanctuary maintenance to general office work. Head here to learn about volunteer and donation opportunities.

MEMBERSHIP

Individual memberships start at $30 annually ($15 for students), but it is not required to visit the sanctuaries or volunteer. Head here to learn more about becoming a member.

BIG EVENT

The annual fundraising gala benefits general operations and programs. This year, it is celebrating the Bird-Friendly Communities program, which aims to transform the greater Houston area into a thriving community that supports birds, butterflies, and other pollinators while providing more accessible opportunities for people to experience the wonder and joy of birds. The gala is typically held in the fall.

The annual Birdathon fundraising event in the spring encourages people spot as many birds as they can within a 24-hour period to compete for prizes while raising money for Houston Audubon.

BEAR...BE A Resource for CPS Kids

MISSION

BEAR provides hope and help to abused and neglected children, and the caseworkers who protect them.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

BEAR invites you to donate items for BEAR Necessities, donate funds to any of the core programs or events, or donate your time as a volunteer.

MEMBERSHIP

BEAR Society is BEAR's exclusive volunteer membership program; dues are $100 annually.

BIG EVENT

BEAR hosts an annual clay shoot and fundraising luncheon and/or evening event, where all community members are invited to attend. BEAR also serves over 10,000 children during the holidays through the BEARing Gifts program, and over 4,000 during the summer through BEAR Back to School.

Access Care of Coastal Texas

MISSION

Access Care of Coastal Texas provides compassionate, community based access to care for persons with HIV and their health issues through direct and collaborative means, offering awareness/education, prevention, and support to the people of Coastal Texas.

They serve Galveston, Brazoria, and Matagorda counties, offering confidential and free HIV testing, prevention counseling, health education/risk reduction, HIV prevention education, clothing assistance, financial education/emergency assistance, housing assistance, medication assistance program, transportation, and volunteer services.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

ACCT is always looking for volunteers. If you would like to help with the food pantry, sponsor a client lunch, or any other volunteer efforts, contact 409-763.2437 or email acct@accttexas.org.

Donations of food and household goods are always put to good use. For your convenience, a downloadable "wish list" is available here, along with the opportunity to make a monetary donation.

BIG EVENT

Each winter, Galveston Restaurant Week features discounted prix fixe menus from dozens of Galveston's best restaurants. Participating restaurants typically benefit ACCT, with this year providing weekly lunches to its clients. These lunches provide the necessary nutrition for persons with HIV and AIDS. As a direct result of this commitment, a full year of lunches was provided to this very worthy organization.

Houston Bar Foundation

MISSION

The Houston Bar Foundation supports, promotes, and encourages activities for the furtherance of justice and legal education. It does this through the sponsorship and encouragement of legal research, publications, institutes, forums, and the establishment of scholarships; the institution and maintenance of legal aid facilities for the indigent or working poor and the acceptance of aid and grants from governmental and private sources; the extension of financial assistance to attorneys or members of an attorney's family who are "in need."

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

All attorneys are encouraged to get involved either financially or through pro bono work.

MEMBERSHIP

The Houston Bar Foundation Fellow pledges $2,500, payable in a single payment or $250 per year for 10 years

BIG EVENT

The 70th Harvest Celebration is held in the fall. 

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Iconoclast Artists

MISSION

Iconoclast Artists is both a bilingual art and a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program that is disrupting the "school to prison pipeline" in Houston's most vulnerable schools. They are dedicated to the intellectual, relational, spiritual, and emotional flourishing of students that are living in high poverty areas with depleted resources.

The program consists of 1) both an in-school and after-school dimension, 2) a Social and Emotional Development for students, 3) Social and Emotional Learning training for teachers and administrators, 4) community performances and community writing workshops, and 5) a scholarship fund to fuel the students' dreams.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers have assisted in a multitude of responsibilities in the following categories:

  • Sessions: assisting in set-up/clean-up, registration, greeting, sales, and refreshments
  • Writing program and Social Emotional Learning: volunteers are present in the class during events including special performances, presentations, and celebrations
  • Anthology publication: aiding in proofreading, compilation of acknowledgement section, formatting, and delivering of books
  • Book release Event: an end of year event hosted at the Museum of Fine Arts. It entails a pre-event poet reception, performance/main event, and post-event reception. Members of the board play a strong role in project management and securing vendors and donations for invitations, decorations, parking, food, venue, audio/visual, and music. Volunteers are organized throughout this season and are essential to its success.
  • Marketing and publicity: focusing on all Iconoclast Artists program and events including recruitment and management of volunteer staff, content creation and design of all online advertising through news, arts and event sites, the distribution of flyers, PR communications with all local media and organizations, social media, videography, and graphic design.

BIG EVENT

Performance Sessions pair an academic poet with an urban poet throughout the school year. In these sessions, Iconoclast merchandise is sold along with Volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4 of They Say, the student poetry books that have been created since 2016. and we seek contributions from those in attendance.

An anthology of poetry produced by the student writers, They Say Volume 1 was published in 2016. Volumes 2 and 3 were celebrated and released in 2017 and 2018. They Say Volume 4 and Ellos Dicen Volume 1, the first Spanish anthology, were celebrated and released in May 2019, with proceeds going toward a scholarship fund for Iconoclast students.

Be An Angel

MISSION

Established in 1986, the mission of Be An Angel is to improve the quality of life for children with multiple disabilities or profound deafness by providing needed adaptive equipment and select services

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Annual Christmas volunteers are needed to shop for gifts that will be given to nearly 5,000 Houston-area children with multiple disabilities or profound deafness who come from underprivileged homes. 200 volunteers per day per the 5 locations, plus 200 volunteers to help deliver, are needed. Head here to find out more.

BIG EVENT

The annual Be An Angel Awards Gala celebrates its honorees and raises funds, along with the newly introduced and wildly popular Designer Purse Bingo that happens in November. Head here to learn more about events.

March of Dimes Texas

MISSION

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Every baby deserves the best possible start, but unfortunately not all get one. For 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive. Now they're building on that legacy to level the playing field for all moms and babies, no matter their age, socio-economic background, or demographics. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

More than 3 million volunteers enable the March of Dimes to achieve its goals. Every year, these leaders march more than 5 million miles, speak to tens of thousands of people about the mission, and help raise millions of dollars. From the very earliest days, volunteers have been full partners in the March of Dimes, working to raise funds, heighten awareness, and implement critical programs to help support our mission.

Another way to get involved is to donate here

BIG EVENT

The biggest event that the Dallas chapter of March of Dimes holds is the March for Babies in May. For more information on events in Dallas, click here

People have been walking in the March for Babies since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2.3 billion to benefit all babies. March for Babies San Antonio will have 1-mile and 5K route options, all fully accessible. There's fun for the entire family, including the Super Hero Sprint for children 12 and under. There is no registration fee and no minimum fundraising — every dollar makes a difference.

The Signature Chefs Auction is a high-profile gala that pays tribute to the culinary excellence of San Antonio's prominent chefs, while raising money to improve the health of all moms and babies. Taste the chefs' creations while bidding on the silent auction packages, before taking your seats for the live auction and Fund the Mission.

Houston Humane Society

MISSION

The Houston Humane Society is dedicated to providing the highest quality of life possible to animals while also working toward ending cruelty, abuse, and overpopulation of animals. HHS is committed to creating awareness of animal welfare throughout the Houston community by providing numerous programs for Houston-area residents and their pets, including pet adoptions, humane education, animal crimes investigations, and Houston's best high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter and wellness clinic.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Houston Humane Society receives no federal, state, or local government funding and relies solely on donations, program services, and special events. 

BIG EVENT

The organization hosts events such as pet adoptions, humane education, and a spay/neuter clinic. The calendar of upcoming events can be found here

Texans Can Academies

MISSION

Texans Can Academies provides the highest quality education for all students, especially those who have struggled in a traditional high school setting, in order to ensure their economic independence.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are a multitude of ways to be involved with Texans Can Academies, from donating to help students secure their economic independence to volunteering your time and talents to make a difference in the students' lives.

BIG EVENT

Leading up to each school year, Texans Can Academies hosts its annual Countdown to Class Uniform Drive to raise funds that will benefit students at their 14 campuses across the state of Texas. The open-enrollment public charter high school has campuses located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. The funds from the drive benefit students and their families by providing brand-new clothes that fit properly to wear as the school's uniform of khaki pants and white collared shirts. A $75 donation provides one pair of pants, two shirts, socks, and a belt for one student. 

Each city — Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Fort Worth — has a Cares for Kids Luncheon each year. The luncheon benefits students who seek a second chance and renewed hope of economic independence through a high school education.

Jazz Education Inc.

MISSION

Jazz Education Inc. was founded in 1970 by the now-deceased Bubbha Thomas. The mission of Jazz Education Inc. is to provide a unique cultural experience that exposes Houstonians and visitors to jazz music and help preserve the art. It fills a void within music education among under-served youth and has raised nearly $5 million since its inception for this purpose.

Jazz Education Inc. promotes broad-based positive community impact through a number of programs, ranging from a five-week intensive summer camp for young musicians to an annual International Jazz Festival, which is celebrating 30 years and features artists from around the world.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donations, sponsors, and volunteers are always appreciated, especially to help out with the Houston International Jazz Festival weekend.

BIG EVENT

The Houston International Jazz Festival is July 30-August 1, followed by the Jazz Scholarship Brunch on August 2. There is also a holiday jazz concert in December.

Muscular Dystrophy Association

MISSION

MDA is committed to transforming the lives of people affected by muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases through innovations in science and care. As the largest source of funding for neuromuscular disease research outside of the federal government, MDA has committed more than $1 billion since its inception to accelerate the discovery of therapies and cures. Research they have supported is directly linked to life-changing therapies across multiple neuromuscular diseases.

MDA's MOVR is the first and only data hub that aggregates clinical, genetic, and patient-reported data for multiple neuromuscular diseases to improve health outcomes and accelerate drug development. MDA supports the largest network of multidisciplinary clinics, providing best-in-class care at more than 150 of the nation's top medical institutions.

The resource center serves the community with one-on-one specialized support, and we offer educational conferences, events, and materials for families and healthcare providers. Each year thousands of children and young adults learn vital life skills and gain independence at summer camp and through recreational programs, at no cost to families.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Together with its generous supporters, MDA is fighting to free kids and adults from the harm of muscle-debilitating diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger. They need caring individuals like you to help bring more treatments, the best care, and life-changing support to families today.

Join your community at an MDA event to raise vital funds and awareness to help MDA families live longer and grow stronger. Your involvement enables MDA to fund research breakthroughs across diseases, care for kids and adults from day one, and empower families with services and support.

BIG EVENT

MDA Muscle Walk is a life-changing event that strengthens families and communities. In more than 150 hometowns across America, the Muscle Walk offers at 5K run, walk, or roll as well as a one-mile leisure option designed for participants of all ages and abilities, including a wheelchair and equipment-friendly course. Leading up to the event, participants and teams fundraise to help MDA find research breakthroughs across diseases, care for kids and adults from day one, and empower families with services and support to live longer and grow stronger.

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NestQuest Houston, Inc.

MISSION

Families in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) should have real choice in their home and neighborhood. NestQuest's mission is to help break the cycle of inter-generational poverty by supporting families participating in the HCVP program to move to high-opportunity neighborhoods. Their approach is to increase voucher acceptance by landlords in all areas. They also work to support families once they have moved into their new home.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Sign up for the quarterly newsletter to learn of opportunities to help.

The Immunization Partnership

MISSION

Its mission is to eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases by educating the community, advocating for evidence-based public policy, and supporting immunization best practices.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Sign up to get involved with community education; advocacy; research; events; or vaccine news.

BIG EVENT

There is the annual Community Immunity spring luncheon and the immunization stakeholder meetings.

Young Audiences, Inc. of Houston

MISSION

Young Audiences of Houston educates and inspires children through the arts. It makes the arts an integral part of the school curriculum, and advances the field of arts in education through teacher professional development training and community partnerships.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer opportunities include becoming a high school mentor for their Come and Explore Summer Bridge Camp or supporting special events such as the annual Houston Arts Partners conference, Arts All-Around Festival, or annual gala— head here to learn more.

Your support is integral to the success of Young Audiences of Houston. Every gift, big or small, contributes to the success of its mission.

BIG EVENT

They host an annual gala in early April, along with a National Arts-In-Education Week Performance Series at Miller Outdoor Theatre in the fall. A free, all-day family arts festival happens twice a year, along with hosting the annual Houston Arts Partners conference in September.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

MISSION

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Galveston-Houston is a grassroots, volunteer-based, direct-aid organization helping people in need get back on their feet. They provide short-term financial, material, and emotional support through advocacy, education, and referral efforts to break the cycles of poverty, empower people, and promote self-sufficiency.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Individuals, families, corporations, and other people of goodwill choose to donate to Society of St. Vincent de Paul because of the impact on those in need. Its small but effective structure allows direct connections with those in need, as well as vast resources in terms of support and additional social agencies that can help empower the needy toward self-sufficiency.

In additon, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Galveston-Houston is always seeking volunteers to donate time and/or talent. There are many ways that you can become involved with the Society.

BIG EVENT

Every July, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul hosts the annual Black Bag Collection, which is made in every parish throughout the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston dedicated to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The funds collected during this single weekend play a crucial role in the Society's ability to fund the programs that feed, clothe, provide dignified living, and help people find their way to self-sufficiency. 

Youth for Human Rights USA

MISSION

The purpose of Youth for Human Rights USA is to educate in interactive and meaningful ways in order to unite all people in these rights and to make them a reality. Through education we can end war, discrimination, and intolerance. Youth for Human Rights USA is dedicated to making human rights a reality. They work with other human rights organizations to co-sponsor educational festivals, events, and activities that enlighten the broad public on their human rights as set out by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Attend the Human Right Day Walk and Festival and/or donate to the funding of community outreach on Human Rights Education. Help network with schools and other organizations to provide the Human Rights Education curriculum, which is provided at no charge to schools or organizations. Come and attend, volunteer, and/or sponsor any of the community events.

BIG EVENT

The Human Rights Walk and Festival is held in early December each year to celebrate International Human Rights Day.

The H.E.A.R.T. Program

MISSION

The H.E.A.R.T. Program (Housing, Entrepreneurship, And Readiness Training) was founded to create new opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, believing that everyone deserves the opportunity to excel and experience the sense of pride and accomplishment that is achieved through education and employment.

Since 2006, The H.E.A.R.T. Program has provided job training and placement in vending and concessions; the group now operates more than 70 vending machines in the Houston area, as well as as more than 150 concession events annually.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The best way to get involved with HEART is through volunteering (working with the trainees at sporting and festival events) or participating in any of its five annual fundraising special events: the luncheon, golf tournament, happy hour and silent auction, Bike to the Beach, and Chevron Houston Marathon. For more information, please contact Yunchiu at ychang@heartprogram.org or 713-692-4278.

BIG EVENT

Run With H.E.A.R.T. at the Chevron Houston Marathon. There are several ways to secure entry into the race — learn more here.

To learn more about special events, please contact ychang@heartprogram.org.

Undies for Everyone

MISSION

Undies for Everyone is committed to the self-esteem, dignity, and success of disadvantaged students in North America by providing them with new underwear. Undies for Everyone also provides underwear to people affected by natural disasters in the United States.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The best way to get involved with UFE is to become a volunteer. There are many opportunities to help out, including participating in Undies Packings at the UFE office to help sort, bag, label, and box underwear to be distributed to those in need. Open packings are scheduled every Thursday from 10 am-12 pm and certain weekend days each month. Additionally, private group packings can be scheduled for groups of 15 or more.

Host an Undies Drive or Mobile Undies Packing with UFE staff at your school, office, community event, or other gathering.

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Friends of Down Syndrome

MISSION

Friends of Down Syndrome's mission is to create lifelong education and learning opportunities for teens and adults with Down syndrome through education, socialization, and community outreach.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The best way to get involved is to volunteer at the Down Syndrome Academy, a school for adults with Down syndrome in Northwest Houston. Volunteers are also welcome at the T21 Social Club events, which are held monthly and mainly at Immanuel Lutheran Church in the Houston Heights.

There is also a Friends of Down Syndrome team in the Chevron Houston Marathon and Half Marathon, with regular events leading up to the races.

MEMBERSHIP

A new young professionals group is in the process of being formed. Call 281-989-0345 or email Rosa Rocha at president@friendsofdownsyndrome.org for more information.

BIG EVENT

The biggest annual event is the Cinderella Ball, held every March at Houston's CityCentre. There is also an annual fashion show and a Fiesta luncheon, plus several other events throughout the year. Head here to learn more.

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Alley Theatre

MISSION

The Tony Award-winning Alley Theatre produces great theatre that embodies the resident company.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can buy tickets to see the shows, make a charitable contribution, or volunteer as an usher.

MEMBERSHIP

There is a $75 membership fee to join the Alley's young professionals group, SCENE.

BIG EVENT

The Alley hosts events for patrons and donors all year long, including the annual Opening Act event for the young professionals each fall and an annual ball each spring.

Impact A Hero

MISSION

Impact the Hero provides ongoing emotional support and helps build lasting relationships by connecting injured veterans, families, and caregivers to one another through events and mentorship. They work closely with other nonprofits that can provide resources in a specific area of need or geographical location sponsoring "scholarships" that allow veterans to attend free of charge and get the help they need at that point in their life.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Follow on social media @ImpactAHero for the most recent information on upcoming events and program opportunities. Veterans can contact veteransupport@impactahero.org to be included on communications and receive more information Volunteers, sponsors, and supporters can contact donor relations manager Trena Hogge at trena.hogge@impactahero.org for more information on how to support and get involved.

BIG EVENT

A full roster of yearly events is planned: Vettes for Vets; the inaugural crawfish boil in Spring; 16th annual Impact A Hero 10K, 5K, and Kids K at Constellation Field; 16th annual Hall of Fame Gala in November; the 2nd annual Freedom Ride; 5th annual Hero's Highway Ride, and 16th annual Impact a Hero golf tournament.

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Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Meals on Wheels

MISSION

For many homebound seniors, receiving a daily hot meal and a friendly visit are not common. But with Meals on Wheels, this simple act can become a cherished daily ritual in the life of a senior.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Contact Kari Stein at kstein@erjcchouston.org or head here for more info.

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Citizens for Animal Protection

MISSION

Founded in 1972, Citizens for Animal Protection is committed to sheltering, rescuing, and placing homeless animals; relieving animal suffering by preventing animal cruelty; providing humane education to develop an aware and responsive community; and advocating respect and compassion for animal life.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers can be as young as 14, and assist with everything from adoption meet-and-greets to administrative tasks to dog walking, laundry, and assisting with wellness and vaccination clinics. To learn more about available opportunities and register for a volunteer information session, head here

Fosters are always needed, especially in the spring and summer when most litters are born. Complete a foster application here, and register for foster orientation and training here.

Of course, you can always give cats and kittens, puppies and dogs, and small animals a loving forever home through adoption. Click here to learn about our adoption fees, requirements and applications.

MEMBERSHIP

You can set up a recurring donation to CAP here.

BIG EVENT

Every last Friday of the month, CAP hosts a Kid's Night where the first 50 kids to arrive at CAP from 6:30-9:30 pm get entertained with animal-themed fun and games. A kid-approved dinner is included, and each child is welcome for a donation of $15 (or more, if you're so inclined).

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YMCA of Greater Houston

MISSION

First organized in 1886, the YMCA of Greater Houston's mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The YMCA has always stayed true to its mission, values, and purpose and works to ensure all individuals have the support they need to achieve their full potential, regardless of ability to pay.

In the Greater Houston area, 25 YMCA facilities, one overnight camp, and hundreds of program sites work to empower youth, build healthier families, and foster inclusive communities. The YMCA serves more than 750,000 individuals each year, ensuring that they have the resources needed to learn, grow, and thrive.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donations to the YMCA of Greater Houston ensure that everyone — regardless of age, income, or background — has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. Thanks to generous donors, we are able to fulfill this mission through low-cost programs and direct financial assistance for families in need. One hundred percent of all dollars donated are invested into programs and services for children and families in the community.

Wesley Community Center

MISSION

Wesley Community Center invests in the potential of individuals and creates opportunities to strengthen families and build neighborhoods. For 115 years, Wesley has helped thousands of our Houston neighbors with early childhood education, after-school care, emergency food, job skills training, financial coaching, and senior activities. Gifts from the community help hard-working individuals and families become more self-sufficient and achieve their dreams.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Wesley Community Center utilizes thousands of volunteers each year to help with the food pantry and garden, senior citizen's program, job skills training, beautification projects, and special events. They also have a volunteer board of directors and several committees.

Donations are always gratefully received to ensure the programs can reach all who need them.

BIG EVENT

Every fall, the organization hosts the Spirit of Helping luncheon to raise money for its programs. In the early spring, they host the Hope In the Heart, an evening party with a silent auction.

United Way of Greater Houston

MISSION

United Way’s Centers in the Bay Area, Fort Bend, Montgomery, and Waller counties illustrate the United Way's responsive approach to meeting community needs. As the region continues to expand, United Way of Greater Houston Centers provide convenient, central locations to access health and human services. There are currently 23 agencies providing 39 programs in the community, including trauma-informed counseling services, mentoring services, and youth services.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To make a gift specific to the United Way of Greater Houston, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

Head here for information about specific United Way membership groups, including United Way Young Leaders.

Nehemiah Center

MISSION

For over 22 years, Nehemiah Center's mission has been to provide assistance to low-income families who are invested in seeking a better future for their children through education, emotional wellness, and spiritual enrichment. Their motto is "Neighbors helping neighbors create a safe haven in which children are motivated, inspired, and equipped to realize their God-given potential."

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Mentors and tutors are the foundation on which the Nehemiah Center rebuilds the lives of at-risk children and their families. Whether you enjoy reading, math, arts and crafts, sports, science, foreign language, or you just have a compassionate heart for children, the students need you. Head here to fill out a volunteering application.

Monetary and in-kind donations are also appreciated.

BIG EVENT

Nehemiah Center hosts an annual gala, luncheon, and golf tournament.

Jimisu and Her Beauties

MISSION

Jimisu and Her Beauties is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that raises funds to help private families spay and neuter their pets. Jimisu and Her Beauties was formed in October 2009 by Jimisu Balko, who decided to use her acting and modeling experience and her love for animals to make a difference in Houston and everywhere.

Since its formation, Jimisu and Her Beauties have donated thousands of dollars to help shelters. Now they concentrate solely on the spay and neuter program, and have prevented tens of thousands of unwanted births.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donations are needed to support the spay and neuter program. Your generous donation is tax deductible, and no amount is too small.

SEARCH Homeless Services

MISSION

SEARCH's mission is to provide hope, create opportunity, and transform lives. We bring our mission to life every day by connecting men, women, and children not only with housing but also with the targeted resources and support they need to increase their income, improve their health, remain stably housed, and regain community and self-sufficiency.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

When you volunteer at SEARCH, the gift of your time changes our clients’ lives as well as your own. Please visit our website for a list of our ongoing volunteer opportunities. Seasonal and special event opportunities also arise throughout the year.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership in SEARCH's Young Professionals Group (SEARCH YPG) begins at $50 a year. This organization brings together young and passionate SEARCH supporters who gather through various YPG events like happy hours and group volunteer opportunities. Members focus on spending time volunteering and socializing with other young professionals in Houston who want to make a difference and get involved in ending homelessness in the city.

BIG EVENT

Picnic in the Park is a FUN outdoor party with great food, great music, and great people – all for a great cause.  Through this fall event, we plan to raise more than $700,000, host 1,000 guests, and feature the tasty delights of over 15 local restaurants.

Each spring, SEARCH hosts the Annual Luncheon for a Houston without Homelessness. Enjoy lunch and dessert while celebrating the year’s accomplishments and learning more about upcoming plans with over 700 fellow guests who contribute more than $560,000.

The funds raised from these events help more individuals and families move from the streets into jobs and safe, stable homes, and your investment in SEARCH's House of Tiny Treasures preschool will prepare the children for success in school and in life.

If you are interested in joining or attending the next YPG event, Picnic in the Park, or the Annual Luncheon, please contact events@searchhomeless.org.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston

MISSION

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston (BGCGH) is to inspire and enable all youth — especially those who need it most — to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Over 11,000 youth ages 6 through 17 walk through their doors each year for after-school and summer programs. BGCGH is a safe haven for kids who commonly live in the midst of chaotic, dangerous neighborhoods and have limited positive relationships. At their clubs, youth are provided meals, strong role models, homework assistance, organized athletics, character development, and access to the arts. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston is actively recruiting positive, skilled, and committed volunteers. Their needs are ongoing, ranging from homework helpers to IT volunteers, and they are always looking to expand their volunteer roster. Head here for more information.

MEMBERSHIP

Become a Distinguished Donor (with an annual gift of $1,000 or more) or a Jeremiah Milbank Society member (annual gift of $10,000 or more) and be a leader to the children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston. Head here to lean more about donor and membership levels.

 

 

BIG EVENT

The Great Futures Dinner is Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston’s annual cornerstone event, raising crucial operating funds to support 13 clubs in four Texas counties. The clubs provide essential after-school and summer programming that encourages over 12,000 members to learn, motivates them to be healthy, and inspires them to lead. 

Urban Harvest

MISSION

Urban Harvest is a nonprofit organization with three hardworking programs at its core: community gardens, farmers markets, and gardening and youth education. It inspires and empowers people of diverse backgrounds to grow and share healthy foods, in the process enriching the city we all call home. The organization also cultivates thriving communities through gardening and access to healthy, local food.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Urban Harvest welcomes donations that will help make the farmers market a permanent institution for Houston that is accessible to all; educate the next generation of gardeners; and create thriving communities through a robust garden program that celebrates the diversity of the city.

You can also join in at one of the community gardens or volunteer. Whether as a farmers market assistant or volunteering at a school garden build, they need your help.

BIG EVENT

Urban Harvest hosts classes that teach how to garden all year. 

Sky High for Kids

MISSION

The mission of Sky High is to bring communities together to provide comfort, fund research, and save lives of those fighting pediatric cancer and other life-threatening conditions.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donate your time. Checks are great, but Sky High hosts 15 events a year and always needs volunteers to help organize, setup, and deliver for each event. Anyone who has time and energy to give is welcome.

BIG EVENT

A sporting clay shoot, a gala with live entertainment, and Ladies Who Brunch events are all on the calendar.

Emerge

MISSION

Emerge empowers and prepares high-performing students from Houston's underserved communities to attend and graduate from selective colleges and universities across the nation.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are several ways to get involved with Emerge:

  • Host a fundraiser to support students and their transition to college
  • Attend the annual Build the Village luncheon on February 13, 2019
  • Participate in the annual Mock Interview Day, which prepares rising senior high school fellows for college and internship interviews
  • Host a Houston Huddle, which offers an optimal  opportunity for Emerge college scholars to connect with alums from selective colleges and institutions across the nation
  • Apply to become a mentor for an Emerge rising high school senior fellow

BIG EVENT

The annual Build the Village luncheon will be held at the River Oaks Country Club on February 13, 2019.

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Comp-U-Dopt

MISSION

Comp-U-Dopt provides technology access and education to underserved youth through programs that serve to eliminate limited access to computers, facilitate growth in technical and digital literacy skills, and support the future of youth in Houston communities. During the school year, Comp-U-Dopt travels to schools within 2,800 square miles around Houston to deliver computers and technology education programs. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer opportunities with Comp-U-Dopt range from working at its warehouse (helping during the week to load the trailer and organize the warehouse) to assisting with on-site programs (run training sessions and hand out comptuers to children and their families) to corporate volunteer projects. For more information and to apply, head here.

Comp-U-Dopt also accepts donations of computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, and myriad other electronic equipment. Machines do not need to be in working order, however they do ask that you keep the hard drive intact. For more information on donating equipment, head here.

 

BIG EVENT

Comp-U-Dopt's annual Oktoberfest Celebration at the Comp-U-Dopt Warehouse is a night to remember. Celebrate with great craft beer, German food, and live music all while helping support the Comp-U-Dopt mission.

Friday Harbour

MISSION

Friday Harbour is dedicated to healing cancer one night at a time by providing housing to patients and families at cancer centers located in the Texas Medical Center. To date, they have provided over 1,200 nights of free housing, impacting over 350 families from around the world. Every $100 donated provides nearly two nights of free, temporary housing to families.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To get involved in the organization, join the Friday Beacons Program, where you can provide a monthly recurring donation of $50 or $100. 

BIG EVENT

Friday Harbour Field day is a fun-filled day of fundraising and healthy "Olympic-style" competition for Houston-based charities.

Galveston Bay Foundation

MISSION

The mission of Galveston Bay Foundation is to preserve and enhance Galveston Bay as a healthy and productive place for generations to come.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

At GBF, there are lots of way to get involved. Whether it's through volunteering at a reef restoration or trash cleanup, reporting pollution through the Galveston Bay Action Network app, or enjoying the land at a GBF nature preserve, there's great a way to connect with your Bay. To sign up for our volunteer mailing list, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

Become a member today with a donation of $35 or more. When you become a GBF member, you join a team that is working to create a better Bay. Your support makes the land preservation, habitat restoration, water quality and quantity, youth education, and advocacy efforts possible.

BIG EVENT

GBF's signature community-based restoration event is Marsh Mania. Bay Day Festival, GBF's educational festival at Kemah Boardwalk, celebrates Galveston Bay. Bike Around the Bay is GBF's annual 170-mile fundraising ride around Galveston Bay.

I Am Waters Foundation

MISSION

I Am Waters Foundation's mission is to enrich the lives of America's homeless by providing a continuous source of fresh, clean, bottled water, delivered with a daily inspirational message of hope, love, and a sense of belonging to the greater community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The best way to get involved with IAW and support the I Am Waters/I Am Jobs program is through a donation. Your donation will help hydrate men, women, and children experiencing homelessness and help place homeless adults in gainful employment.

You can also support IAW through social media. Use Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter to help share IAW's successes.

BIG EVENT

IAW hosts its annual Supermodel Luncheon each spring. 

St. Dominic Village

MISSION

Founded in 1975, St. Dominic Village is a faith-based, nonprofit, continuing care retirement community dedicated to caring for our elders with the compassion of Christ. St. Dominic Village is a member of the Texas Medical Center and a ministry of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. They provide a seamless continuum of care comprised of short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing care, assisted living, independent living, the Joseph A. Fiorenza Priest Residence, and respite care services including Angel House.

Angel House provides housing for individuals and their families who are in need of an affordable, safe environment while receiving treatment in the Texas Medical Center. They strive to provide a welcoming home with the very highest standard of care to each resident according to his or her needs, regardless of race or creed, while celebrating and promoting each one's inherent, personal dignity. They serve approximately 300 long-term and 300 short-term residents, and 3,000 Angel House guests each year.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

As a nonprofit organization, St. Dominic Village raises funds to fill the gap between the actual costs of providing elder care and the small Medicaid reimbursements they receive. Each year that gap leaves them with an average deficit of $1.3 million.

For general donations, please give to the SDV Fund through the secure online payment form.

St. Dominic Village volunteers are essential in helping fulfill their mission. Volunteers of all faiths and ages are welcome, though anyone under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult volunteer. Learn more about assignment possibilities here.

BIG EVENT

The Bishop Rizzotto Golf Classic is held in the spring, while Evenings with the Bishops are held in the fall. The annual Feast Day occurs on August 8.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

MISSION

For more than a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has provided children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Affiliates adhere to nationally adopted standards for child safety, training, match support, governance, and branding as well as best practices. In-depth child safety workshops provide affiliate staff with the knowledge and tools to put child safety first.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling things you'll ever do — and it's actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do. While girls and boys across the country are waiting to be matched, there are thousands of boys in particular who are ready and waiting to be matched with Big Brothers right now. There are more than twice as many boys on our waiting lists than girls.

You can also make a donation to help fund the careful one-to-one matching and ongoing professional mentoring support unique to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Your gift will help match a child with an adult mentor. Head here to get involved.

MEMBERSHIP

For a few hours, a couple times a month, you can give a Little the invaluable gift of your friendship. Play a board game, make fun crafts, hit the playground together — just as your options are unlimited, so is your Little's potential.

To start the process of becoming a Big, click here.

BIG EVENT

Bowl For Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature fundraiser. Each year, half a million people across America come together to have fun and raise money to support Big Brothers Big Sisters. No bowling expertise is required, only the willingness to share in the heartfelt and sincere thanks for helping the group transform your community.

For general information about Bowl for Kid's Sake, click here. For FAQs about the event, click here.

UNICEF USA

MISSION

UNICEF USA works to put children first all over the world through fundraising, advocacy, and education for UNICEF’s global mandate here in the United States. They are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes, and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories around the world and has helped save more lives than any other humanitarian organization. With every dollar donated, 88.4 percent goes directly toward helping children all around the globe.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Although its offices are located in Dallas and Houston, UNICEF's engagement and activations cover the entire state of Texas. Students can get involved with UNICEF’s work by joining their local UNICEF club, currently operating in 67 schools in Texas. Participants support campaigns and put on fun events to raise money for UNICEF.

UNICEF USA implemented the original Kids-Helping-Kids program with the iconic Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Kids can support their peers throughout the year with UNICEF Kid Power, which allows kids to get active and save lives by tracking physical activity through the Kid Power band and app. Kids run, jump, and dance to unlock funding from partners which UNICEF uses to deliver lifesaving nutrition to severely malnourished children. The more kids move, the more lives they save. To date, over 10 million packets of lifesaving nourishment have been unlocked saving over 70,000 lives.

UNICEF Next Generation is a group of young leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators who commit their resources, resolve, and enthusiasm toward supporting UNICEF’s lifesaving work. Members study issues that affect children around the world and choose UNICEF projects to support through education, advocacy, skill sharing/remote volunteering, and fundraising. Through their activities, members mobilize their networks and inspire their generations to take action on behalf of the world's most vulnerable children.

BIG EVENT

In Texas, the major events include the UNICEF Gala Dallas and the UNICEF Gala Houston. These events are held annually in the spring. Both are black-tie affairs honoring outstanding humanitarian leaders and celebrating UNICEF’s mission. Head over to their websites to learn how to attend.

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Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation

MISSION

The mission of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation is to improve the quality of life for Houstonians of all ages through the power of literacy: the ability to read, write, speak clearly, and think critically. The foundation serves as a champion for the literacy cause in Houston; mobilizes volunteers to expand the capacity of school districts, libraries, and nonprofit organizations; contributes research and innovation to increase literacy development; and invests in community impact.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Connect4Literacy.org is Houston's go-to platform for those wanting to volunteer and become a point of light by working to improve literacy rates. The interactive platform allows volunteers to search for volunteer opportunities, form volunteer teams, track and print transcripts of service hours, and much more. 

MEMBERSHIP

The Young Professionals Group (YPG) is an organization of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation that was formed in 2014 to engage the next generation of Houston's leaders in the literacy cause. The YPG is comprised of a community of individuals who are service-minded and eager to make an impact. Members are able to participate in networking and social events, serve in leadership roles, and volunteer in meaningful service activities that help make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children and their families.

BIG EVENT

The annual Celebration of Reading is the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation's signature event. Hosted by the Bush family, the special evening raises funds to carry forth Barbara Bush's legacy and advance the foundation's mission. Bestselling authors and notable entertainers help to make this one of Houston's top charitable events. Since the inception of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, A Celebration of Reading has raised more than $2 million every year.

Visionary Heights, Inc.

MISSION

Visionary Heights, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that started in September 2014 as Creative Heights Houston. They serve the creative arts, launching creative expression through inspiration, education, and participation. They are committed to creating a new artistic culture where success is readily attainable, by providing events, programs, and services designed to have both aspiring and professional artists take their love of the arts to the next level.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Become a member of the community and participate in the art exhibits, concerts, master classes, and community gatherings. By donating $250 or more, you support the creativity of the visual artists and musicians they serve, and will generate powerful change in one or more musician's lives by giving them the ability to continue their career.

By making a corporate donation of $2,500 or more, or with gifts-in-kind, you get to support your community and the arts in Houston and increase your visibility to the Heights community.

Become a patron volunteer and assist in making Visionary Heights Houston's next up-and-coming arts incubator. By providing back-office support; setting up before and after events; or identifying potential partners, patrons, musicians, and artists, you will empower their mission to create a unique community that embraces the creative spirit, and you will leave with the sense of making a difference.

MEMBERSHIP

Become a monthly subscription patron. This subscription can be assigned to a special project or to funding a master class, concert, or special event, or to operating costs. In return, you can design a package of benefits that best suits your creative lifestyle.

BIG EVENT

Monthly art shows feature a local emerging Houston artist, while concerts feature local or international performers. The Gatherin' is a monthly community gathering held every third Sunday with musicians, poets, and storytellers.

Harrison's Heroes

MISSION

Harrison's Heroes helps the welfare of children experiencing extended hospital stays by providing them with the aspects that remind them of home. Being in the hospital disrupts a child's life, but play reconnects them. The more a child plays, the happier they are.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Every donation helps in the goal to comfort kids and create smiles. 100 percent of all proceeds donated to Harrison's Heroes go directly to Child Life programs.

BIG EVENT

A fundraiser is held every February at the Houston Racquet Club, along with seasonal events like the Reverse Haunted House Halloween, toy bags for every child on Thanksgiving Day, and the Polar Express at Christmas time.

A Place for Peanut

MISSION

The nonprofit horse sanctuary A Place for Peanut was founded in January 2016. Most of the rescues are miniature horses, although they rescue other breeds as well. Many of the horses at A Place for Peanut were rescued from kill pens and are rehabilitated and re-homed with good families. The organization also strives to educate the public about the horrors of kill pens.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

A Place for Peanut is funded solely from donor support and adoption fees, so sponsors go a long way in keeping the barn doors open and the hay loft full. Head here to donate to A Place for Peanut. 

American Lung Association

MISSION

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education, and advocacy. Its work is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer, champion clean air for all, improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families, and create a tobacco-free future.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer, become an advocate, and donate are just a few of the ways to become involved. See the website for more details.

BIG EVENT

The LungForce Walk is held in the spring, while the Fight For Air Climb, which spans 51 stairs and 1,020 steps for those that cannot breathe, is in the fall. Early registration $10.00 thru September 7; $25.00 after - $100.00 Participant Fee 

KIPP Texas Public Schools

MISSION

KIPP Texas Public Schools is a statewide, nonprofit network of 52 public charter schools across Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, educating over 27,700 students. KIPP Texas believes every child, regardless of economic background, has the right to an exemplary education and a choice-filled life. They do this by fostering a love of learning, character development, college-readiness expectations on the ACT, and the KIPP Through College Program, so students have the support needed to go to and through college and to a career.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Getting involved is simple — reach out to info@kipptexas.org to become an advocate for educationally under-served students, a resource for the KIPP Through College program helping students go to and through college and career, or help understand the value of your donation.

Want to be a part of KIPP Texas? They can share details on how to enroll and career opportunities with KIPP Texas in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

BIG EVENT

KIPP Texas - Houston has an annual dinner in April, while KIPP Texas - Austin has KIPP Night Out in February.

The Center

MISSION

Since 1950, The Center has served the greater Houston community through innovative programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The nonprofit currently serves over 450 adults, promoting the pursuit of choice, growth, and personal independence.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Center needs volunteers every day of the week in multiple areas, and takes special care to match your unique skill set to where it is needed most. The group also welcomes schools, churches, and businesses looking to make a difference. When you apply to volunteer at The Center, you are applying for a truly personalized volunteer experience that you will not find anywhere else.

Check out current opportunities and submit your information through the online Volunteer Application Portal. Be sure to download and read the orientation form before volunteering at The Center.

MEMBERSHIP

The Center's Young Professionals Group is comprised of Houston YPs looking to use their skills for a worthy cause. The group helps reduce the challenges faced by The Center's clients through enriching mentorship and broadening awareness. Members enjoy networking opportunities, along with volunteer and mentoring experiences with an emphasis on philanthropy and fun. Opportunities to participate are available in the areas of awareness, volunteering, mentorship, and community outreach.

For more information on getting involved with the Young Professionals Group, please contact centerypg@thecenterhouston.org.

BIG EVENT

The Annual Luncheon is The Center's biggest fundraising event of the year, and is also an opportunity to show gratitude toward the wonderful supporters who help throughout the year. This year's luncheon is May 2nd, 2019, at The Briar Club.

If you are interested in getting involved with next year's event via planning or sponsorship, please call 713-525-8484.

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Project 88

MISSION

Project 88's mission is to connect underserved students to leadership development and educational opportunities by creating outlets and strategic collaborations. The group is committed to helping high school students become competitive college applicants and leaders in their communities.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

While Project 88 is not currently offering any volunteer opportunities, there are plenty of other ways to get involved, including as a corporate partner or sponsor. Head here for more information. 

BIG EVENT

Score big with your favorite NFL players, incredible auction items, games, and plenty of surprises at Project 88's Game Day Gala, featuring a dinner, reception, and silent auction.

Boys and Girls Country of Houston

MISSION

To change the lives of children from families in crisis by loving and nurturing them in a Christian home environment, raising them to become self-sustaining and contributing adults.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Provide in-kind gifts, start a collection drive for household items and food, or volunteer individually as a mentor or come as a group. Join The Boys and Girls Country Family Tree, a compassionate group of monthly donors.

BIG EVENT

Spring Festival is a fun family event featuring games and activities for all ages (face painting, football toss, petting zoo, hay rides, and more). The festival takes place at the Roberts Road campus of Boys and Girls Country the first Saturday in May. Live entertainment, games and rides for the kids, delicious food, and a large silent auction draw nearly 3,000 guests each year.

The annual Pedal for a Purpose bike ride takes cyclists on a scenic course in Waller, Texas. It's typically held in March or April.

The Heritage Award Dinner is the largest annual fundraising event supporting Boys and Girls Country. The first dinner was held in 1992, when faithful friends and supporters Tom and Mary Steele were honored and the event raised a net of $85,000. The event has grown significantly since that time, and features top-notch comedic entertainment and gathers more than 1000 guests at Hilton Americas. It's typically held at the end of October.

Visitation House Ministries

MISSION

The Sisters of Charity Word founded Visitation House Ministries in 1985, based on the mission to respond to the needs and concerns of economically poor and vulnerable women and children. Visitation House began as a short-term emergency shelter, but after a time it became clear that it must expand in order to offer an alternative to the revolving-door aspect of shelter life.

In 1993, the Sisters transformed Visitation House into a transitional housing and education program. Through its focus on education, it successfully transitions women out of homelessness, prevents recurrent homelessness, and ensures community re-integration of the family. In 2006, the Mission was extended into the community with the opening of the Visitation House Women’s Learning Center, La Casita del Saber, to empower other women from the community at large through individualized education services.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are always welcome, as are financial donations.

BIG EVENT

Summer Sojourn Gala Anniversary, the annual major fundraiser, is held in June, while the Posada celebration is in December. There is also a summer benefit concert.

Apollo Chamber Players

MISSION

Apollo Chamber Players exists to create transformative art that expands the moral imagination and cultural consciousness of Houston's ever-expanding international community.​

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Apollo Chamber Players programs on average five concerts each season geared toward exploring the diversity of Houston and highlighting the city's many wonderful cultures. In addition to these regularly scheduled season concerts at MATCH in Midtown and other mainstage venues, Apollo reaches further into the community by partnering with schools, universities, at-risk youth centers, refugee and veterans service organizations, hospitals, airports, and public libraries, providing performances and outreach programs that impact a wider, underserved audience.

BIG EVENT

For this remaining portion of the 2018/19 season, Apollo is presenting Folk Rock and Roots and a first-ever ApolloLab. Head here to see a full schedule.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

MISSION

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is a nonprofit, volunteer-fueled organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. It was founded in 1967 by Irwin M. and Suzanne Rosenthal, William D. and Shelby Modell, and Henry D. Janowitz, M.D.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Click the "Get Involved" tab on its website for many opportunities to participate, advocate, donate, and volunteer. Follow and like on Facebook for updates.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership is optional. For more information visit the website and click the "Get Involved" tab.

BIG EVENT

There are events year-round: Take Steps Community Connection in March, Take Steps National Virtual Walk in June, the annual Golf Fore Guts TopGolf Challenge, Camp Oasis in August, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Women of Distinction Announcement Party in September, the Patient and Professional Education Symposium in November, and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Winter Ball in January.

ALS Association Texas Chapter

MISSION

The ALS Association and the Texas chapter operate under a shared mission: To discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

As they pursue treatments and a cure for this disease, your donations enable them to improve the lives of Texans living with ALS. From donating funds to support the mission to hosting local fundraisers to raise awareness in your community, your time and effort can make a huge impact on people with ALS, their families, and their caregivers. Head here to learn more about how you can help.

BIG EVENT

The Walk to Defeat ALS is an annual event held in communities all over Texas and throughout the country. Each local walk is between one and three miles in length. Participants raise money through donations from friends, family, coworkers, or neighbors. You can enter as an individual or as a team; many people create teams to honor or show support for loved ones with ALS.

Head here to see when there will be a walk in your city.

Heroes for Children

MISSION

Heroes for Children provides assistance to families with a child battling cancer through two primary ways: financial assistance, which helps with day-to-day needs through grants, and social assistance programs, which help meet the needs of families who fall outside the scope of Heroes for Children's financial assistance programs with special events. These events allow parents to not only have much-needed relaxation time away from the hospital environment, but to interact with other parents going through the same struggles.  

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Whether your donation is time, talent, or resources, Heroes for Children is happy for the help. You can donate through corporate or monthly giving, auxiliary membership, or special events. Host your own bake sale, lemonade stand, or yard sale with the proceeds benefiting Heroes for Children, or purchase birthday, thank you, sympathy, or holiday cards through CardsDirect.

Teens can also become a member of the Teen Board, which provides teens with an opportunity to give back to their community and help families with a child battling cancer.

For more information, email beahero@heroesforchildren.org.

BIG EVENT

Heroes & Handbags is the signature event for Heroes for Children. The event features a seated brunch and silent auction of vintage, one-of-a-kind and new designer handbags.

Children at Risk

MISSION

Children at Risk is a research and advocacy nonprofit leading the way in improving the quality of life for Texas' children. Children at Risk considers the whole child by tracking issues in children's health, safety, education, and economic security. Committed to action beyond the data, Children at Risk drives evidence-based change by speaking out on behalf of children.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Please call 713-869-7740 or email info@childrenatrisk.org for volunteer and donation opportunities.

BIG EVENT

Annual events include the Accolades Luncheon in October, the Children at Risk Golf Classic in May, and the Spring Party in March.

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Buffalo Bayou Partnership

MISSION

Established in 1986, Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) is the nonprofit organization transforming and revitalizing Buffalo Bayou, Houston's most significant natural resource. BBP's geographic focus is the 10-square-mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou from Shepherd Drive to the Port of Houston Turning Basin. BBP spearheads award-winning capital projects such as Buffalo Bayou Park, protects land for future parks, constructs hike and bike trails, and operates comprehensive clean-up and maintenance programs.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership also seeks ways to activate Buffalo Bayou through pedestrian, boating, and biking amenities; volunteer activities; permanent and temporary art installations; and wide-ranging tours and events that attract thousands.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Buffalo Bayou Partnership believes in actively engaging volunteers in the maintenance of Buffalo Bayou, Houston's historic waterway. Houstonians ages 9 and up are invited to donate their valuable time and energy to restore and protect Buffalo Bayou's parks and trails. Each year, volunteers contribute thousands of hours weeding, removing litter and debris, spreading mulch, and helping with other tasks.

BIG EVENT

The Buffalo Bayou Partnership Gala, held in November each year, is BBP's most important fundraiser. Guests enjoy cocktails and a seated dinner in a beautiful tent overlooking Buffalo Bayou and Houston's dazzling downtown skyline.

The Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta is a 15-mile race along scenic Buffalo Bayou, held in March each year. Not only is this Texas' largest canoe and kayak race, it is one of the top five largest in the nation, with 500 boat entries (900 participants). Free finish line festivities at Sesquicentennial Park include live zydeco music, awards, and more.

Wins for Warriors Foundation

MISSION

Founded by Justin Verlander, the mission of Wins for Warriors Foundation is to empower United States military, veterans, and their families by strengthening collaboration and raising positive awareness in our communities. They do this through providing family bonding events and activities, and they are also working to create a resource center to help navigate the many resources and benefits available to the military and veteran community.

Headquartered in Detroit, Wins for Warriors Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity. In 2018, the foundation expanded to Houston and launched the Harvey Patriot Grant to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Head here to donate to the Patriot Grant, which has helped 107 families in its first year.

BIG EVENT

Creating family-centric events and activities for military members and veterans is one of the pillars of Wins for Warriors Foundation. Events include the Grand Slam Adoption Event, Patriot Ruck, Armed Services Salute, and 1,000 Christmas Salutes.

Books Between Kids

MISSION

Books Between Kids serves Houston's at-risk children by providing them with books to build their own at-home libraries. In six years, over 1,308,000 books have been given new homes with children living in 33 ZIP codes across Houston. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The group accepts gently used or new children's books appropriate for pre-k to 5th grade readers. Donate books of your own or host a book drive at your school or place of work.

Volunteer at the warehouse to help sort books in preparation for delivery to children across Houston.

Help cover expenses at the warehouse where the books are collected, sorted, and processed.

BIG EVENT

The annual fundraiser Book Bash is a fun, casual event held at Armadillo Palace in November. The group also hosts the Book Send-Off Celebration, an event held at the warehouse every April before the majority of the books get shipped out to the book celebrations where the children select their books to keep. 

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K-9 Angels Rescue

MISSION

K-9 Angels Rescue is committed to rescuing and rehoming shelter dogs in and around the city of Houston, regardless of their breed or their circumstance. They are motivated by the dire need to educate the public about the effects of irresponsible breeding practices, while helping the community by alleviating overcrowding in area shelters.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The group is entirely volunteer-run, and you can get involved by helping at the weekend adoptions, when the center is open to the public, or by fostering dogs until they are adopted. To learn more about volunteering and to fill out the registration form, head here.

Second Servings of Houston

MISSION

Second Servings is on a mission to alleviate hunger and reduce waste by rescuing surplus food from businesses and conducting free, same-day delivery to approved charitable meal sites.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The best way to get involved is to volunteer to assist with weekday food rescues or by donating to help support the mission to feed Houstonians in need and reduce food waste.

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Freedom Place

MISSION

Freedom Place is a care and recovery center for underage female victims of domestic child sex trafficking. Its mission is to offer a successful path to freedom for American children who have suffered as victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Freedom Place regularly holds volunteer training sessions, but there are several other ways to show your support. Donations of time, money, and goods are always appreciated, but perhaps the single most important thing a person can do to help stop minor sex trafficking is to acknowledge it.