GUIDE: 14 ways to give back in Conroe, Montgomery

Volunteers are also needed to work with animal-based charities. (Courtesy Henry's Home Horse Sanctuary)
Volunteers are also needed to work with animal-based charities. (Courtesy Henry's Home Horse Sanctuary)

Volunteers are also needed to work with animal-based charities. (Courtesy Henry's Home Horse Sanctuary)

Help out the Conroe and Montgomery communities throughout the year by volunteering with local nonprofit groups. Volunteer opportunities included in this guide range from serving seniors to empowering children. This list is noncomprehensive.

Empower children


Angel Reach

Angel Reach is a program serving foster families and youth aging out of the foster care system as well as young people ages 16-24 at risk for homelessness. The organization provides housing, counseling, transportation, employment coaching and educational advising.

Sample activities: mentoring, making a meal, helping at the resale shop, maintenance on youth homes, event planning

900 W. Dallas St., Conroe

936-202-8498


www.angelreach.org

CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County

CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County supports children and families involved in the child welfare system. CASA volunteers are assigned to one or two cases at a time, focusing solely on that one child or sibling group and their family.

Sample activities: identifying and addressing risks to child’s safety and well-being; ensuring physical, mental and educational assessments are complete; providing information to judge and others involved in the case

412 W. Phillips St., Ste. 107, Conroe

936-441-5437

www.casaspeaks4kids.com

Yes to Youth Montgomery County Youth Services

The nonprofit provides crisis counseling, shelter programs and prevention services for families and youths. On June 20, Yes to Youth broke ground on its new building for short-term housing for homeless youth.

Sample activities: providing meals, raising money through gift cards and basic necessities for the shelter, cleaning or organizing facilities, helping at events, tutoring youth

105 W. Lewis St., Conroe

936-756-8682

www.sayyestoyouth.org

Care for the environment


Lake Creek Preserve

This organization protects and preserves the natural area surrounding Lake Creek and maintains a hiking trail.

Sample activities: giving tours, maintaining the hiking trail, fundraising

Sendera Ranch Drive, Montgomery

281-576-1634

Feed the hungry


Keep US Fed Montgomery County Project

KUSF picks up extra food from local restaurants, catering companies, grocery stores and event planners and delivers it to shelters, group homes and food pantries. Volunteers are needed every day of the week, usually in the morning, with commitments of 60-90 minutes at a time. Volunteers are also needed with photography skills, interest in equipment management and support, and providing a backup vehicle at donation sites. Prospective volunteers are invited to join a donation collection. Volunteers under 18 are accepted only with a parent or older adult, but volunteers 14 and older are preferred.

Sample activities: delivering food to recipients

3915 W. Davis St., Stes. 130-223, Conroe

936-206-3604

www.keepusfedmoco.org

Montgomery County Food Bank

The Montgomery County Food Bank collects and supplies food and resources to more than 35,000 people each month. In addition to preparing food for recipients, volunteers can participate in the Buddy Backpack program and item distribution with the Senior Care and Share programs. Children ages 7-15 can volunteer with an adult.

Sample activities: inspecting food and sorting into packages, nutrition education

1 Food for Life Way, Conroe

936-271-8800

www.mcfoodbank.org

Serve seniors


Meals on Wheels Montgomery County

Meals on Wheels Montgomery County provides meals to local homebound seniors. MOWMC provides pet food through the aniMeals program on a monthly basis. Volunteers deliver meals, help in the kitchen and assist with various tasks in the office. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

Sample activities: delivering meals; assembling pet food bags, breakfast bags, senior meal bags

111 S. Second St., Conroe

936-756-5828

www.mowmc.org

Help animals


Henry’s Home Horse Sanctuary

Volunteers care for horses in an outdoor facility, performing farm work and other maintenance activities. Individuals with computer, marketing and fundraising skills are also needed. The all-volunteer organization’s primary mission is to serve veterans, first responders and their families, but any volunteer help—especially from plumbers and electricians—is welcome.

Sample activities: property upkeep, caring for horses

14638 Perry Road, Conroe

281-292-1110

www.henryshomehorsesanctuary.org

Montgomery County Animal Shelter

The shelter offers opportunities to assist with dog bathing and walking, cat handling, on- and off-site adoptions, fostering and laundry. Volunteers can also help with administrative tasks or serve as a vet staffer, surgery assistant or photographer’s assistant.

Sample activities: dog bathing and walking, laundry, administrative tasks

8535 Hwy. 242, Conroe

936-442-7738

www.mcaspets.org

Help the community


Bridgewood Farms

This organization helps educate and meet the needs of teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers under age 18 are welcome with an adult.

Sample activities: office work, assisting clients during activities

11680 Rose Road, Conroe

936-856-6460

www.bridgewoodfarms.org

Community Assistance Center

The Community Assistance Center offers a variety of essential assistance programs ranging from basic need services to long-term case management for individuals and families. The nonprofit organization provides disaster relief, housing services and a food pantry, among other resources and services.

Sample activities: sorting donations, assisting with voucher program, assisting on resale shop sales floor, organizing resale shop merchandise, assembling homeless care kits with food pantry, assisting or coordinating with donation collection drives

1022 McCall Ave., Conroe

936-494-4414

Family Promise of Montgomery County

Family Promise of Montgomery County empowers families with children from homelessness to a solid foundation in 90 days. This includes life skills, budget counseling and workforce development.

Sample activities: preparing and delivering meals, guest center office work, receptionist work, maintenance work, grant writing

1207 N. Thompson St., Conroe

936-441-8778

www.familypromiseofmc.org

Montgomery County Women’s Center

The agency helps survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault by providing an emergency shelter, legal services, crisis intervention programs, a 24-hour hotline, case management and transitional housing.

Sample activities: maintaining facilities, making meals, helping with Christmas programs, organizing and sorting donations at resale store

1401 Airport Road, Conroe

936-441-4044

www.mcwctx.org

New Danville—Jazzy Junque

The resale store Jazzy Junque benefits New Danville, a day program for adults with special needs. The store, located at Conroe Outlet Mall, is run by volunteers, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in four-hour minimum shifts. Volunteers commit to a weekly schedule.

Sample activities: greeting and assisting customers, wrapping purchases, helping with store upkeep, receiving donations

1111 League Line Road, Ste. 172, Conroe

936-441-4500

www.jazzyjunque.org
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Eva Vigh joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 as a reporter for Spring and Klein. Prior to this position, she covered upstream oil and gas news for a drilling contractors' association.
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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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Editor, Tomball | Magnolia & Conroe | Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball|Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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