2014 Volunteer Guide

AccessHealth—formerly the Fort Bend Family Health Center—has locations throughout the county offering discounted medical care to the uninsured and underinsured. Health care providers work with the organization to provide medical services to approximately 27,000 patients each year. Weekday volunteer opportunities include assisting staff with clerical duties, making confirmation calls to patients and helping with community events in Missouri City, Stafford and Richmond.

307 Texas Parkway, Missouri City • 281-969-1800
www.fbfhc.org

The Arc of Fort Bend County is a grassroots advocacy organization with a mission to ensure opportunities designed to maximize the quality of life for those with intellectual and related developmental disabilities. The organization—in addition to its advocacy—provides recreational and social programs, employment assistance, housing support and the largest Special Olympics program in the area to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of Fort Bend County is always accepting volunteers to help with a variety of its programs, assist with fundraising efforts or to help in the office.

123 Brooks St., Sugar Land • 281-494-5959
www.arcoffortbend.org

Volunteers with ARTreach—a nonprofit arts outreach organization that serves Fort Bend, Harris and Waller counties—can assist the organization by bringing the arts to senior citizens, at-risk children and families as well as special-needs groups. After attending orientation, volunteers can become art mentors or join special committees to help plan projects and events in the community. Mentors can share their talents, techniques and experiences with the people they serve. Those interested in volunteering can register on the ARTreach website.

5703 First St., Katy • 832-544-0239
www.artreachtexas.org

Child Advocates of Fort Bend County assists neglected and abused children through specialized programs and community events. There are several volunteer opportunities that include helping with the Court Appointed Special Advocates program or volunteering time at the Child Advocacy Center. Other services, such as assisting with office administration and community events, are also available to prospective volunteers.

5403 Ave. N, Rosenberg • 281-344-5130
www.cafb.org

The city of Missouri City’s Citizens Volunteer Program allows residents to get involved with a variety of volunteer-based projects. Available opportunities include assisting with the city’s crime watch program, the Citizens Response Team—which provides assistance in cases of emergencies—and environmental initiatives, such as helping plant trees and maintaining parks throughout the year. Additional opportunities include providing information to residents during hurricane season and other emergency situations.

1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City • 281-403-8530
www.missouricitytx.gov

The Exchange Club of Fort Bend is looking for volunteers to assist with its annual events and community programs as well as at the Fort Bend County Women’s Center. Volunteers are able to provide a range of services, including helping at the PennyWise clothing resale centers, shelter maintenance projects and working one-on-one with clients. Training is required for certain volunteer programs.

[email protected]
www.fortbendexchange.org

The Fort Bend Boys and Girls Club assists children in need with youth development services ranging from academic assistance to healthy living tips to parental resources. Volunteers 16 years and older can sign up with the nonprofit organization to help with tutoring, mentoring and coaching students as well as helping with special events and administrative maintenance projects. The organization is part of The Boys and Girls Club of America Foundation.

3110 Fifth St., Stafford • 713-261-5737
www.bgclubs-houston.org

Fort Bend Cares is a nonprofit organization that serves the disadvantaged children and youth of Fort Bend County. The organization is in need of volunteers to assist with its events scheduled throughout the year, to help provide administrative and office support and to serve on its grant committee. The nonprofit is also seeking volunteers to help with its social media program. For more information on volunteer opportunities, email [email protected]

832-819-2005
www.fortbendcares.org

Fort Bend Corps is actively looking for individuals and organizations to join volunteer teams for Hearts and Hammers, which assists with exterior repairs to homes in Fort Bend County for elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners who are physically or financially unable to make repairs themselves. The local nonprofit organization has helped repair nearly 3,000 homes throughout the county since it was founded in 1999. Repair services include roof replacements, installing wheelchair ramps and painting.

13330 S. Gessner Road, Missouri City • 281-617-7416
www.fbcorps.org

Fort Bend County Public Libraries accept applications for a wide range of volunteers who are age 16 and older. Work is on a call-as-needed basis to help shelve books and lend a hand with programs. Each library branch in Fort Bend County also has a Friends of the Library group, which is an organization dedicated to providing programs for children and adults, and books and equipment to the library and community. Volunteers assist with fundraisers, book sales and donations.
www.fortbend.lib.tx.us.

First Colony Branch Library
2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land • 281-238-2800

Missouri City Branch Library
1530 Texas Parkway, Missouri City • 281-238-2100

Sienna Branch Library
8411 Sienna Springs Blvd., Missouri City • 281-238-2900

Sugar Land Branch Library
550 Eldridge, Sugar Land • 281-238-2140

University Branch Library
14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land • 281-633-5100

Fort Bend ISD Strategic Partnerships welcomes and encourages parents and community members to get involved and share their time, talents and skills with the students in the district. FBISD is in need of volunteers year-round to serve in its Volunteers In Public Schools program (VIPS), its mentoring program or its Shared Dreams Program.

16431 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land • 281-634-1112
www.fortbendisd.com

The Fort Bend Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization within FBISD that supports the school district through its grant programs and community events. Volunteers can apply to join the efforts of the angels of education—an auxiliary group that helps create awareness of the community’s educational needs. Volunteers are needed year-round to help with events.

16431 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land • 281-634-1113
www.fortbendisd.com/foundation

Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity looks for volunteers who want to give back to their community in a hands-on fashion. Volunteers can donate their time and skills to build homes throughout the county for the less fortunate. Apart from homebuilding, volunteers can help at the office or in the organization’s ReStore—a store that sells used and surplus building materials at a discounted price—or with other special activities.

13570 Murphy Road, Stafford • 281-403-0708
www.fortbendhabitat.org

Year-round volunteers are needed for special events offered through the Fort Bend Museum Association. After submitting an application and being selected, volunteers can attend several training classes to become docents at the museum. Other volunteer opportunities include helping maintain the museum’s ongoing exhibits and facilities.

500 Houston St., Richmond • 281-342-6478

www.fortbendmuseum.org

The Fort Bend Rainbow Room accepts volunteers to assist with its many events, grant writing, inventory management, soliciting donations and organizing drives to collect needed items. The Rainbow Room provides emergency and transitional supplies to children and families involved with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

1110 Avenue G, Rosenberg • 832-451-2883
www.fbrr.org

Fort Bend Volunteers, a program through the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, connects prospective volunteers with local nonprofit organizations. The program works with dozens of tax-exempt organizations, governing entities, hospitals and hospices throughout the county. Those interested in volunteering can search Fort Bend Volunteers to find opportunities located within the community.

445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land • 281-491-2497
www.fortbendchamber.com

The Fort Bend Women’s Center is an organization designed to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children to gain safety and independence. Volunteers work throughout the organization, and service activities include working in the shelter, working alongside clients and helping with office administration.

281-344-5750
www.fortbendwomenscenter.org

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
has a variety of volunteer roles to fit individual time commitments, schedules, abilities and interests. The volunteer program at the hospital offers its volunteers opportunities to interact with patients, assist staff or provide clerical and administrative support to various departments. The hospital welcomes young adult, adult and senior citizen volunteers.

16655 Hwy. 59, Sugar Land • 281-274-7127
www.houstonmethodist.org

The Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land looks for community volunteers throughout the year to help organize field trips and assist with guest tours along with helping to maintain ongoing exhibits behind the scenes. Volunteers are able to participate in a series of educational workshops and lectures and also receive discounts on ticket prices and gift shop items. Docent training is required for all volunteers.

13016 University Blvd., Sugar Land • 281-313-2277, ext. 104
www.hmns.org

The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County provides basic literacy and English instruction to area adult residents. The Literacy Council relies heavily on its volunteers to work one-on-one with adults needing help in basic literacy. While volunteer tutoring is at the heart of its programs, it is also in need of volunteers to help in a number of ways, including assisting with mailings, providing administrative support and helping with annual fundraising events.

12530 Emily Court, Sugar Land • 281-240-8181
www.ftbendliteracy.org

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land promotes redefining health care in all aspects, including volunteer opportunities. Volunteers at the hospital provide support to numerous departments throughout the hospital, which includes both clerical and nonclerical activities. The areas for volunteer service include the information desk, gift shop, coffee kiosk, outpatient center, nursing units, surgery waiting areas, material management and patient and family services.

17500 W. Grand Parkway, Sugar Land • 281-725-5254
www.memorialhermann.org/locations/sugar-land

Missouri City Green, an affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful, is a nonprofit organization that brings residents together to build and sustain a vibrant community through its educational programs, beautification projects and recycling activities. The nonprofit welcomes individuals, school groups and other service organizations as volunteers to assist with its community events.

[email protected]en.org
www.missouricitygreen.org

RSVP of Southeast Texas is America’s largest volunteer network for people age 55 and older. The group offers a full range of volunteer opportunities with local organizations in Fort Bend, Harris and Waller counties, including assisting in early childhood development programs, helping the elderly and disabled through home-delivered meals, Medicare and senior fraud education and telephone reassurance programs.

713-595-8157
www.rsvpvolunteers.com

The city of Sugar Land offers several programs for volunteers through its Serve Sugar Land organizations. Volunteer opportunities include serving on the citizens fire and police academies, community assistance support teams and the Sugar Land Airport Academy. The city also offers educational programs free of charge, such as Sugar Land 101—a 10-week course where participants are able to learn the inner workings of city government.

2700 Town Center Blvd., Sugar Land • 281-275-2329
www.sugarlandtx.gov

Silverado Hospice needs volunteers at its Sugar Land hospice location. The facility assists elderly in their daily lives, and volunteers can assist with patients by spending time with the patients and their families reading, going for walks, playing music and other basic assistance needs. The organization offers in-home, hospice and memory care services.

1221 Seventh St., Sugar Land • 281-277-1221
www.silveradocare.com

Texana Center, a nonprofit organization that provides behavioral care and services to those living with developmental disabilities, welcomes potential volunteers to help with its many different programs and services. Volunteers can either work with adult clients who have intellectual and developmental disabilities or with children in the center’s autism programs. There are also administrative volunteer opportunities available.

130 Industrial Blvd., Ste. 200, Sugar Land • 281-239-1497
www.texanacenter.com

YMCA Foundation is a staple for assisting children and families by hosting camps, sporting competitions and special events throughout the year. Whether helping out with motivational speaking, advocacy work, coaching or simply lending a helping hand, there is no shortage of volunteer opportunities at local YMCA locations in Fort Bend County. Hundreds of volunteers assist with coaching sports teams, motivating youth in building skills and relationships, participating in the community and serving on the board of directors or on various committees.

Fort Bend Branch YMCA
4433 Cartwright Road, Missouri City • 281-499-9622
www.ymcahouston.org/fort-bend-family

T.W. Davis Memorial Branch YMCA
911 Thompson Road, Richmond • 281-341-0791
www.ymcahouston.org/tw-davis


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