14 ways to give back in Cy-Fair

Volunteers help construct a house with Habitat For Humanity's Northwest Houston chapter. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity)
Volunteers help construct a house with Habitat For Humanity's Northwest Houston chapter. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity)

Volunteers help construct a house with Habitat For Humanity's Northwest Houston chapter. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity)

Help out the Cy-Fair community in a number of ways throughout the year by volunteering with local nonprofit groups. Volunteer opportunities included in this guide range from working with local students to helping out at area hospitals. This list is noncomprehensive.



Give back to the community

Cy-Fair Fire Department

Individuals can stop by one of the 13 fire stations to get more information. Uniform and firefighting clothing are provided to new members. Before volunteers can join, they must attend three Thursday night meetings at the appropriate station to learn about volunteer responsibilities. Junior membership options are available to Cy-Fair ISD students ages 16-18.

Sample activities: fire fighting, firefighter support services

Other requirements: fill out application, go through background check

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

Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County

The global nonprofit housing organization operates on faith-based principles and is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes.

Sample activities: administrative duties, new home construction, disaster recovery repairs, serve on committees, provide lunch at the construction site, volunteer at the ReStore, serve on the deconstruction team, participate in children’s and youth programs such as ReStore bake sales

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

Help the environment

Bayou Land Conservancy

The organization preserves land along streams for flood control, clean water and wildlife.

Sample activities: tree planting, cleanups, youth education, trail building

Other requirements: fill out application

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

Help the sick

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

The hospital has an active volunteer program for adults and a junior volunteer program for high school students ages 16-18 that runs each year from June through August. An orientation includes a drug screen, a tuberculosis test, safety training and a mandatory flu shot.

Sample activities: interacting with patients, assisting staff, providing administrative support

Other requirements: fill out application, go through background check, orientation process

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

Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital

Volunteers receive a complimentary meal in the hospital cafeteria and must commit to at least one year of service. A junior volunteer program for high school students ages 15-18 takes place each summer.

Sample activities: help at information desk, provide family support in waiting areas and hospital transportation, escorting patients and visitors, assist nursing units, provide clerical assistance

Other requirements: fill out application, go through background check, orientation process

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


Give back to the youth

Boys and Girls Country

Boys and Girls Country is a licensed residential home that addresses a child’s well-being, helping to break the cycle of poverty for the children by providing a secure, stable, Christian home environment with an emphasis on education, building healthy relationships, and setting goals for the future.

Sample activities: food drives; organizing parties, tutoring; teaching skills such as cooking, musical instruments and sports; cleaning or work projects; donation drives; sports or craft workshops

Other requirements: fill out application

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

Cy-Fair ISD

Through Cy-Fair ISD’s Volunteers in Public Schools program, volunteers can support the education of local children in several capacities, including special annual events such as Bus Buddies and day-to-day campus needs.

Sample activities: library aide, workroom help, campus events, fundraisers, staff appreciation luncheons, mentoring, public relationships, tutoring and assisting in instructional area

Other requirements: fill out application, go through background check

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

Cy-Fair Sports Association

The association hosts baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball and wrestling events for youth athletes age 18 and younger in Cy-Fair.

Sample activities: coaching (background check required), sport committees, leadership positions

Other requirements: fill out application

22515 Schiel Road, Cypress. 281-256-3400. www.cy-fairsports.org



Cy-Hope

The nonprofit serves local children in need by providing food, safety, education, recreation and positive influences. Many volunteer and donation opportunities are available.

Sample activities: assisting with activities at Hope Centers, delivering food to schools for Backpack Feeding Program, supporting Dierker’s Champs Baseball League as a coach or umpire, working a weekly shift at the Hope Chest Resale Market, working with students in Ambassadors of Compassion, serving at special events throughout the year

Other requirements: go through background check

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



YMCA

Two YMCAs serves the Cy-Fair community through programs and social services designed to help individuals and families.

Sample activities: coaching youth sports teams, assisting with adaptive programs for youth with developmental and physical challenges, serving at community events, fundraising, mentoring youth and serving on the board of advisers

Other requirements: go through background check

D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA

19915 Hwy. 249, Houston. 281-469-1481. www.ymcahouston.org/locations/d-bradley-mcwilliams-ymca-cypress-creek

Langham Creek Family YMCA

16725 Longenbaugh Drive, Houston. 281-859-6143. www.ymcahouston.org/langham-creek

Help those in crisis

Cy-Fair Helping Hands

The nonprofit serves homeless individuals and families throughout the region.

Sample activities: participate in the homeless outreach team, deliver care packages to men and women living on the streets, work in the food pantry

Other requirements: fill out application, orientation process

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

Cypress Assistance Ministries

The organization is dedicated to assisting individuals and families in financial distress.

Sample activities: help in the food pantry, assistance office, resale shop, donation center and community outreach programs; serve as a food pickup driver, job counselor or GED or ESL instructor

Other requirements: fill out application, orientation process

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



Shield Bearer

The nonprofit offers professional counseling for individuals, couples, families and children as well as prevention services through parenting workshops, school services and faith-based programs.

Sample activities: help transfer donation items and supplies between offices, coordinate events and help in the offices with mail-outs, data entry and data organization, among other tasks


Other requirements: fill out application

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


Help those with special needs

Reach Unlimited

The nonprofit provides support services for people with learning or developmental disabilities.
Sample activities: assist in classrooms at the Learning Activity Center, assist with clerical duties at the business office or assist with special events


Other requirements: fill out application

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

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