Here is your 2017 guide to places to volunteer in Spring and Klein

There are a number of ways to volunteer across the Spring and Klein area this holiday season and all year-round. Opportunities range from helping families in need to cleaning up local parks.


Barbara Bush Branch Library


Although it is temporarily closed because of flood damage due to Hurricane Harvey, individuals interested in volunteering can become members of the nonprofit organization Barbara Bush Library Friends and help with fundraising and events. Once the library opens, members can volunteer to shelve books and work in the library book store.


6817 Cypresswood Drive, Spring
281-376-4610
www.hcpl.net/location/barbara-bush-branch-library-cypress-creek







Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County


Volunteers can help with administrative duties and work at Restore, an outlet store for building materials. The nonprofit organiztion is always accepting volunteers for its construction projects. It also needs volunteers for its Harvey Home Repair initiative, which launches in January. Volunteers for this project must be 18 years old or older. Volunteers for other projects must be at least 16 years old, and those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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







Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens


Although the grounds are temporarily closed due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey, volunteers can assist in the greenhouses and potting shed. A volunteer application must be submitted before volunteering, and participants must be at least 16 years old.


22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble
713-274-4160
www.hcp4.net







Spring-Woodlands Ministries


This nonprofit organization is accepting donations and seeking additional volunteers to help during the holidays. Volunteers will help wrap gift donations and help children with arts and crafts.

810 E. Louetta Road, Spring
281-353-4480
www.springwoodlandsministries.org







Harris County Public Health


Participants can observe and help as experts perform disease surveillance and work with legislators. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old with parental consent and be willing to commit to five hours per week for six months.


2223 W. Loop S., Houston
713-439-6285
www.publichealth.harriscountytx.gov







Houston Northwest Medical Center


The hospital is always looking for individuals to join its auxiliary volunteer group. Volunteers are tasked with greeting patients, assisting callers, navigating visitors though the hospital, checking in patients and helping in waiting areas. The hospital also offers volunteer opportunites for college students working toward
a degree as well as high school students who are at least 14 years old.


710 FM 1960, Houston
281-440-2435
www.hnmc.com/about/volunteer-opportunities







Arrow Child and Family Ministries


Volunteers provide support for foster parents in training as well as victims of sex trafficking. Arrow volunteers are required to complete a background check and a tuberculosis screening.


2929 FM 2920, Spring
281-210-1500
www.arrow.org







YMCA at Cypress Creek


This location sustained flood damage and will fully reopen next June. Individuals interested in volunteering can help at  other YMCA locations, including the Aldine-Greenspoint Family YMCA.


19915 Hwy. 249, Houston
281-469-1481
www.ymcahouston.org







Klein ISD Education Foundation


The foundation is seeking volunteers to join its fun run committee. The foundation will host the run—which benefits KISD students—in fall 2018 or spring 2019.


7200 Spring Cypress Road, Spring
832-249-4754
www.kleinisdeducationfoundation.net







1960 Hope Center


This nonprofit, which helps homless men and women, is seeking volunteers to help with the center’s day-to-day services. Volunteers can sign up online and choose between two different time slots for three-hour shifts.


744 FM 1960, Ste. B, Houston
832-965-5511
www.1960hopecenter.com







Hope Haven


Volunteers are needed to mentor individuals who were homeless but who have now found stable housing. It is also seeking volunteers who are able to help move donated furniture into the apartments of formerly homeless individuals. Interested individuals can sign up online.


14511 Falling Creek Drive, Houston
832-350-8790
www.hhaven.org







Northwest Assistance Ministries


Volunteer opportunities include coordinating donation pickups and delivering food for Meals on Wheels. The nonprofit is also looking for bilingual volunteers to help translate and set up appointments for Hurricane Harvey victims seeking housing and flood relief assistance.


15555 Kuykendahl Road, Houston
281-885-4555
www.namonline.org







Bayou Land Conservancy


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


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




By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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