22 ways to give back to The Woodlands community this holiday season

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There are a number of ways to volunteer across The Woodlands and Montgomery County this holiday season and all year-round. Opportunities range from helping families in need to providing support for youths or serving as a mentor.

Giving back the community

1. Interfaith of The Woodlands

The area nonprofit is in need of volunteers to help with senior services, including transportation, grocery delivery and activities. Other opportunities include helping to stock the food pantry and organize food donations, helping organize food drives and helping with the Hand Me Up Shop by sorting and picking up donations. The organization is also in need of donations for its annual Holiday Giving program to provide holiday gifts to families, children and seniors.

4242 Interfaith Way, The Woodlands
281-367-1230
www.woodlandsinterfaith.org

2. YMCA of Greater Houston

Volunteer opportunities range from fundraising and youth coaching to event planning and community service. Prospective volunteers should contact nearby locations for specific volunteer options.

The Woodlands Family YMCA
at Branch Crossing
8100 Ashlane Way, The Woodlands
281-367-9622
www.ymcahouston.org

The Woodlands Family YMCA at
Shadowbend
6145 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands
281-367-9622
www.ymcahouston.org

3. Montgomery County libraries

Teen volunteers are welcome to assist with day-to-day activities at the George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library on a semester-basis. At the South Regional Library, teen volunteers can assist with yearly programming, while adult volunteers can assist with day-to-day activities.

South Regional Library
2101 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
936-442-7727
www.countylibrary.org

George and Cynthia Woods
Mitchell Library
8125 Ashlane Way, The Woodlands
936-442-7728
www.countylibrary.org

Give back to seniors

4. Meal on Wheels Montgomery County

Volunteers are needed to help deliver meals to seniors in need throughout the week as well as to assemble breakfast bags, which are nonperishable meals delivered twice a month. Volunteers for weekly meal delivery should be able to commit to one day a week.

1202 Candy Cane Lane, Conroe
936-756-5828
www.mowmc.org

5. Special Angels of The Woodlands

The area nonprofit works to enhance the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities. Volunteers help with buses, distribute supplies for crafting activities, plan lunches and teach classes. Donations are also needed to help cover operations costs.

281-292-2073
www.specialangelsofthewoodlands.org

Help those in crisis

6. Montgomery County Food Bank

To help prevent food insecurity for more than 35,000 people during the holidays and throughout the year, the food bank is in need of volunteers to help inspect food quality and sort donations. They include fresh produce, meat and nonperishable goods to be sent to families, children and seniors in need. The food bank also has volunteer opportunities for corporate team building and special events like the monthly Food Fair throughout the year. In addition to volunteers, the food bank is also in need of nonperishable foods, such as canned tuna, chicken or salmon, low-sodium canned vegetables, healthy snacks, low-sugar cereals and olive or canola oil.

1 Food for Life Way, Conroe
936-271-8800
www.mcfoodbank.org 

7. Montgomery County Women’s Center

The women’s center offers a number of volunteer opportunities including helping with child care activities, organizing donation drives, answering the crisis hotline and staffing the center’s resale store. Volunteers must be 18 years of age, complete an application process and undergo a background check.

1600 Lake Front Circle, Ste. 100,
The Woodlands
936-441-4044
www.mcwctx.org

8. Habitat for Humanity Montgomery County

Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity help to construct houses for families in need, coordinate fundraisers for the nonprofit and work with families throughout the application and construction processes. Help is also needed with administrative work, such as filing, answering phones and inputting information. The nonprofit also operates The ReStore, which offers discounted home improvement supplies and is in need of volunteers to help with loading and unloading, displays and inventory.

The ReStore, 9407 Hwy. 242, Conroe
936-441-4663
www.habitatmctx.org

Give back to the youth

9. Love Fosters Hope

Volunteers are needed for the mentor program at Love Fosters Hope. Mentoring is available for youths ages 12 to 19 in foster care. Mentors offer support, counsel and friendship while setting a positive example.

832-823-1889
www.lovefostershope.com

10. Children’s Safe Harbor

Children’s Safe Harbor is looking for volunteers for child watch, facility care and help with office support.

1519 Oddfellow St., Conroe
936-756-4644
www.childrenssafeharbor.org

11. CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County 

CASA needs volunteer Advocates, which is a 12-month commitment where volunteers are assigned the case of a foster child. Volunteers must meet with a foster child monthly and advocate for him/her in court four times in the year.

412 W. Phillips St., Ste. 107,
Conroe
936-441-5437
www.casaspeaks4kids.com

12. My Person Foundation 

My Person Foundation is looking for mentor volunteers for students in the organization. Mentors must go through training with Conroe ISD and My Person Foundation. Subjects discussed during meetings can range from mental health to bullying.

www.mypersonfoundation.com

Help those with disabilities

13. Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch

The nonprofit uses equine therapy to work with children with disabilities and needs 150 volunteers on each week. Volunteers can help as horse leaders, in the PCIR office, serve on the gala committee or help with grant writing.

25902 Glen Loch Drive, Spring
281-719-9322
www.pciranch.org

14. New Danville

The community for adults with special needs relies on volunteers every day for activities, such as sewing, art, gardening and cooking. Volunteers are also needed for special events and to work in the Jazzy Junque Resale Store.

10951 Shepard Hill Road, Willis
936-3446200
www.newdanville.org

Give back to animals

15. Lone Star Animal Welfare League

Volunteers are needed to help LSAWL with its annual holiday gift-wrapping fundraiser each weekend leading up to Christmas. The fundraisers are held from noon to 6 p.m. at Orvis, located in Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands. Volunteers will also be needed Dec.16 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to help with a holiday photo event at Gillman Subaru North, located at 18010 I-45 N., The Woodlands.

www.lsawl.org

16. Montgomery County Animal Shelter 

The animal shelter needs volunteers on a daily basis and offers opportunities to assist with dog bathing and walking, cat handling, on- and off-site adoptions, fostering and laundry. Volunteers can also serve as a marketing/communications team member, a phone receptionist, vet staffer or surgery assistant or as a photographer or photographer assistant. Volunteer orientation is held each Saturday from 10-11 a.m.

8535 Hwy. 242, Conroe
936-442-7738
www.mcaspets.org

17. Operation Pets Alive

With the goal of finding homes for stray animals and perpetuating the no-kill movement communitywide, OPA needs volunteers to help trap, neuter and return animals; foster animals in need; assist with administrative tasks; assist with the website; donate items on the organization’s wish list; or sponsor a dog for the next flight for life, a program that allows a dog to be transported by plane to another state with better adoption opportunities.

www.operationpetsalive.org

Help the sick

18. CHI St. Luke’s Health-The Woodlands Hospital 

Volunteers are needed to assist with administrative work, spiritual care, helping in the intensive care unit  waiting room and other branches of the hospital. Retired nurses can also help as emergency room patient liaisons.

17200 St. Luke’s Way, The Woodlands
936-266-2000
www.chstlukeshealth.org

19. Memorial Hermann The  Woodlands Hospital

The hospital system has a number of volunteer opportunities at several area health care facilities, including the TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital and the Prevention and Recovery Center. Volunteer needs include clerical assistance, working in the gift shop, assisting with letter writing, greeting visitors and helping with the hospitals Caring Critters animal therapy program.

9250 Pinecroft Drive, The Woodlands
713-897-2300
www.memorialhermann.org/give-volunteer

20. Texas Children’s Hospital

Volunteers 18 years of age and older can volunteer to support families and patients through various tasks throughout the month. Volunteers must submit an application and are encouraged to volunteer at least one day a week for three hours. The hospital also needs donations, such as gift cards, clothing, arts supplies and toys in various age ranges for patients.

17600 I-45 S., Conroe
936-267-5000
www.texaschildrens.org

21. Breast Cancer Charities of America

The organization, which puts on the annual Wine, Women and Shoes event, offers education outreach and programs including Feeling Beautiful Again, which focuses on empowering female cancer survivors. The organization seeks volunteers to assist with event planning, administration duties and stuffing Feeling Beautiful Again bags, which include scarves, lotions and nail polish. Those interested can also volunteer to host a beauty drive.

8505 Technology Forest Place,
Ste. 604, The Woodlands
936-231-8460
www.thebreastcancercharities.org

22. Houston Methodist The Woodlands

The hospital needs volunteers to help with various programs, including pet therapy, which connects patients with specially trained animals for recreation time and emotional support.

Most volunteer programs are accessible Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  while some are available after hours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends.

For more information on volunteer programs at Houston Methodist The Woodlands or to find out how to become a volunteer, visit houstonmethodist.org/volunteer or call 936-270-2190.

This list is not comprehensive of all volunteer opportunities in The Woodlands area. For more on local nonprofits in the area, visit communityimpact.com

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Hannah Zedaker

Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a full-time reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. She covers business, transportation, health care and other local news, specializing in Shenandoah City Council and Montgomery County nonprofit organizations.

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