15 ways to give back this year in Cy-Fair

Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County

Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County

Help better the community in a variety of ways year-round at one of these local organizations. From helping families in need to caring for animals, this guide includes several volunteer opportunities. This list is noncomprehensive.



Help the community


1. Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department
The department is actively seeking volunteers. Individuals can stop by one of the 13 fire stations to get more information. Uniform and firefighting clothing are provided to new members.

Volunteer requirements: Before volunteers can join they must attend three Thursday night meetings, which begin at 7 p.m. at the appropriate stations to learn about volunteer responsibilities. Station officers can assist volunteers in completing their formal applications and explain the requirements for attending the Fire Training Academy.


9630 Telge Road, Houston
281-550-6663
www.cyfairvfd.org








2. Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County
Volunteers can help with administrative duties and new home construction, serve on young professional groups and other committees, provide lunch at the construction site, or work at the Restore, an outlet store for building materials.


Upcoming events: Toolbox Bash on Saturday, April 13 at Omni Houston Hotel at Westside, 13210 I-10 W., Houston. Tickets are available at www.habitatnwhc.org.


Volunteer requirements: Volunteers serving on the construction site or at the Restore must be 16 years or older. All volunteers younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


13350 Jones Road, Houston
281-477-0460
www.habitatnwhc.org








3. Hope Disaster Recovery
Formed after Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area in August 2017, Hope Disaster Recovery has a mission of repairing homes and helping Cy-Fair families recover from disaster in the long term. The nonprofit is in need of volunteer carpenters, cabinet installers, electricians and plumbers as well as volunteers to help deliver materials to job sites.

Volunteer requirements: Volunteers must register online either as a group or individual. Volunteers 18 years of age or older must provide a state-issued personal identification, and volunteers younger than 18 must provide a school-issued ID. Volunteers are also recommended to have all immunizations up to date.


12715 Telge Road, Cypress
832-356-4098
www.hopedrtx.org







Protect the environment


4. Bayou Land Conservancy
This land trust accepts volunteers throughout the year for projects including tree-planting, cleanups, youth education and trail-building.


Upcoming events: Ashton Gardens restoration events take place the first and third Friday of each month from 9-11 a.m. at Ashton Gardens Preserve, 21919 Inverness Forest Blvd., Houston. Trail Work Days take place each Wednesday from 9 a.m.-noon on the Spring Creek Nature Trail. Spring Creek Greenway Ambassador Training orientation is scheduled for March 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park, 709 Riley Fuzzel Road, Spring.


10330 Lake Road, Ste. J, Houston
281-576-1634
www.bayoulandconservancy.org







Help the sick


5. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital
The hospital is accepting applications for its junior and adult volunteer programs from those who are interested in making a difference in patients’ lives. Hospital volunteers assist with tasks in various departments throughout the hospital in both clinical and nonclinical areas, including the physical therapy and emergency room departments and the information desk. Both morning and afternoon shifts are available.


Volunteer requirements: Adult volunteers must be at least 25 years of age. Junior volunteers must be between ages 14-24. Volunteers are asked to serve a minimum of one four-hour shift per week.


10655 Steepletop Drive, Houston
281-897-3501
www.cyfairhospital.com/patients-and-visitors/volunteer-opportunities








6. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
The hospital has an active volunteer program for adults that can include interacting with patients, assisting staff and providing administrative support. A junior volunteer program for high school students ages 16-18 runs each year from June through August. Applications for the junior volunteer program are accepted in February.

18220 Hwy. 249, Houston
281-737-1063
www.houstonmethodist.org/locations/willowbrook








7. Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital
Volunteers are needed to help at the hospital’s information desk, provide family support in waiting areas, provide hospital transportation, help escort patients and visitors, assist nursing units and provide clerical assistance.


Volunteer requirements: Volunteers must apply online, complete an interview, pass a background check and commit to at least one year of service.


27800 Hwy. 290, Cypress
346-231-4000
www.memorialhermann.org








8. North Cypress Medical Center
Volunteers provide a variety of services throughout the facility and receive a free cafeteria lunch on the day they work as well as a free annual flu shot. Opportunities include assistance in admitting, cardiac cath lab, education, food and nutrition services, ICU, registration, radiology and the surgery waiting area. Volunteers also help to manage the hospital book cart.


Volunteer requirements: Volunteers must be 18 or older and be able to commit to an assignment at least once a week for a four-hour shift.


21214 Hwy. 290, Cypress
832-912-3842
www.ncmc-hospital.com







Empower children


9. Boys and Girls Country
The nonprofit is a certified children’s home that provides spiritual guidance, education, counseling and other life-enrichment programs to children from families in crisis in a safe and nurturing environment. Volunteers help by spending time with children, including tutoring and teaching skills such as cooking, musical instruments and sports. Groups can volunteer for cleaning, work projects, donation drives, sports or craft workshops.


Upcoming events: Learn about children’s needs at monthly Walk of Hope tours. The next tour is scheduled for Jan. 12. 


Volunteer requirements: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and successfully complete a background check prior to service. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


18806 Roberts Road, Hockley
281-351-4976
www.boysandgirlscountry.org








10. Cy-Fair ISD
Through Cy-Fair ISD’s Volunteers in Public Schools program, volunteers can support the district by being a Bus Buddy in August; serving as a mentor to students each school year; helping at the Charlotte Davis Burns Science Resource Center. Opportunities are also available to read in classrooms, assist in science labs, support cultural arts programs, help in school libraries, participate in PTO/Booster Clubs or assist with vision/hearing screening.

Volunteer requirements: Volunteer requirements vary depending on the type of service provided. Visit www.cfisd.net/volunteer for details.


10300 Jones Road, Houston
281-894-3950
www.cfisd.net/volunteer








11. Cy-Hope
The nonprofit needs volunteer coaches and umpires to help with its Dierker’s Champs baseball program beginning in the spring. Reach out to dierkserchamps@cy-hope.org for more information. A new volunteer orientation will take place at 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 16 at The Hope Chest Resale Market, 12015 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress.


Upcoming events: April 10: Cy-Hope Clay Shoot, April 30: Cy-Hope Annual Shoe Drive (more details TBA)


Volunteer requirements: Local businesses, churches or schools can become Cy-Hope partners. Hope Center volunteers need to submit to a background check and must commit to serving at least twice per month, at least one hour per visit and for a minimum of six months. Volunteers must also be at least 16 years old unless serving with a parent.


12715 Telge Road, Cypress
713-466-4673
www.cy-hope.org







Support families


12. Cy-Fair Helping Hands
The nonprofit—which works with homeless individuals in the Cy-Fair area—is seeking bilingual volunteers to greet clients and assist in the completion of paperwork, as well as drivers to pick up and deliver donations from grocery stores and restaurants to the food pantry.


Volunteer requirements: Requirements for delivery assistance include the ability to list 30-40 pounds, a current driver’s license and insurance and an SUV or pickup truck


7510 Cherry Park Drive, Ste. G, Houston
281-858-1222
www.cyfairhelpinghands.org








13. Cypress Assistance Ministries
The organization helps individuals and families in financial distress. The nonprofit is in need of volunteers to help out at the food pantry, assistance office, resale shop, donation center, with general educational development and English as second language instruction, and to serve as drivers or job counselors.


Volunteer requirements: Volunteers must complete a volunteer orientation, which are held several times each month, and commit to four shift hours. High school and college students must work at least
2 hours at a time with a minimum of 10 hours overall. No children younger than 16 are eligible to volunteer on an individual basis.


11202 Huffmeister Road, Houston
281-955-7684
www.cypressassistance.org








14. Shield Bearer
Shield Bearer offers professional counseling services and prevention programs for local families. Volunteers are needed to help with outreach, mailouts, events and welcome bags, among other tasks.


Upcoming events: March 30: Shield Bearer Running for Hearts 5K and Walk at Windwood Church, 10555 Spring Cypress Road, Houston


Volunteer requirements: Interested volunteers are asked to attend a free community breakfast and completed an application. Breakfasts take place the first Tuesday of each month from 9-10 a.m.


12340 Jones Road, Ste. 290, Houston
281-894-7222
www.shieldbearer.org







Help those with special needs


15. Reach Unlimited
The nonprofit provides support services for people with learning or developmental disabilities. Volunteers can assist in classrooms at the Learning Activity Center, assist with clerical duties at the business office or assist with special events.


Upcoming events: April: Reach Springfest (date TBA)


Volunteer requirements: Volunteers must fill out an application, attend an orientation and pass a background check prior to volunteering.


11832 Mueller Cemetery Road, Cypress
281-213-8323, ext. 307
www.reachunlimited.org




By Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


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