Volunteer Guide 2020: 13 ways to help, get involved in the Lake Houston area

Mary Jo and Gary Chapman volunteer in the Redbud Hill Homestead at Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center. (Courtesy Harris County Precinct 4)
Mary Jo and Gary Chapman volunteer in the Redbud Hill Homestead at Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center. (Courtesy Harris County Precinct 4)

Mary Jo and Gary Chapman volunteer in the Redbud Hill Homestead at Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center. (Courtesy Harris County Precinct 4)

Help out the Humble, Atascocita and Kingwood communities in numerous ways throughout the year by volunteering with local nonprofit groups. Volunteer opportunities included in this guide range from planting trees to helping a museum. This list is noncomprehensive.

Volunteer requirements key: Application (A); Background check (BC); Orientation (O); Under age 18 allowed (U)


Humble ISD Education Foundation

The foundation wants volunteers to serve on committees leading up to the Humble Rodeo & Cookoff on Jan. 29-30 and Feb. 5-6. The fundraising event, which supports education projects in the district, will also need assistance on the event days.

Sample activities: serve on planning committees, assist the day of the event at the ticket booth, help at the kids cookoff event or assist barbecue judges

10203 Birchridge Drive, Humble



Volunteer requirements: A, O

Lake Houston Family YMCA

The Kingwood facility is currently seeking volunteers to coach sports. More volunteer opportunities will be available in 2021. While there is not an age requirement, volunteers must be five years or older than the children they serve, and an adult will be with them.

Sample activities: serve meals; greet visitors; mentor a child; and coach flag football, basketball or soccer

2402 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood



Volunteer requirements: A, BC, O, U


Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center

Harris County Precinct 4’s Jesse Jones Park wants volunteers with a special skill as well as those who can lead educational experiences for children about nature or Texas history. Volunteers under the age of 18 require a parental consent form, and volunteers under the age of 16 must be with an adult.

Sample activities: habitat management or conservation work, homestead maintenance, tour guides, living history demonstrators, camp counselors, administrative work and fundraiser

20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble



Volunteer requirements: A, BC, U

Legacy Trees Project

Harris County Precinct 4’s Legacy Trees Project promotes the benefits of trees, supports the cultural heritage of Texas and engages with the public with volunteer and planting opportunities. Volunteers younger than 16 must be with an adult.

Sample activities: care for nursery trees, remove invasive species and plant trees

22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble



Volunteer requirements: U

Mercer Botanic Gardens

Volunteers can work in the greenhouses, plant trees and assist with educational programs. Groups may also sign up to volunteer at Mercer Botanic Gardens.

Sample activities: promote plant growth, assist with online plant sale customer service, read children’s books during storytime, teach Music in the Gardens, lead the Women’s Restorative Hiking group and assist with gardening tours

22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble



Volunteer requirements: A, U


Precinct 4 Encore Program

The program offers activities to thousands of seniors annually. Volunteers, who must be 50 or older, can travel with Precinct 4 to volunteer throughout Harris County. Volunteers can also assist with day camps and events.

Sample activities: cashier, take tickets and decorate for events



Volunteer requirements: A, O


Humble Museum

The museum reopened Nov. 14 at its new location next to the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center. The museum’s daily operations are run by volunteers.

Sample activities: run daily tours as docents, update web pages, sell store merchandise, file and organize pictures and documents, and help with special events

601 Higgins St., Humble



Volunteer requirements: A, O, U

Friends of the Library Kingwood

The nonprofit operates a used bookstore in the Kingwood Branch Library. Proceeds from donated books, puzzles, CDs and DVDs sold go toward library programs. FOLK needs computer-savvy volunteers at its center on Northpark Drive to sell items online.

Sample activities: pull books from shelves and send them to online customers, list books on Amazon, and inventory and track shelved books

1701 Northpark Drive, Ste. 29, Kingwood



Volunteer requirements: A, O, U


Family Promise of Lake Houston

The nonprofit provides programs that help homeless families be self-sufficient through various classes, such as life skills, parenting, budgeting and GED certification.

Sample activities: provide home-cooked meals, dine with families, mentor parents and children, tutor children, offer job support, maintain the day center, decorate for holidays

111 Ave. G S., Humble



Volunteer requirements: A, O, U

Humble Area Assistance Ministries

The interfaith organization provides programs for senior citizens, helps low-income individuals be self-sufficient, assists with rent and finances and helps homeless individuals. Volunteers can help at its two resale stores or social services building, but on-site volunteering is limited due to COVID-19. Volunteers can also assist in off-site projects, which include gathering and donating care packages for infants, seniors, families, students and homeless individuals. Volunteers 15 or younger must be with an adult.

Sample activities: gather and donate food items, put together a hygiene pack, bring homemade baked goods, collect gently used books, read to children, collect and donate Christmas toys

1204 First St. E., Humble



Volunteer requirements: A, BC, O, U


FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center

The nonprofit serves victims of domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking. Volunteers are needed for the Holiday Shopping Spree on Dec. 15-17, where clients can pick gifts for their children. It also needs help at its Porter thrift shop and shelter. Volunteers under 18 must be with an adult.

Sample activities: plan activities, provide meals, and organize donations at the shelter; assist at the store; help parents choose gifts for their children and keep shelves in order at the annual event

23874 Loop 494, Porter (thrift store)



Volunteer requirements: A, BC, O, U

Heaven’s Army

The religious nonprofit, which assists those affected by human trafficking, is seeking volunteers for Home of Amazing Grace, its women’s discipleship program. Volunteers teach and counsel women but can also provide administrative and marketing work, such as legal assistance and fundraising. Volunteers must take a drug test.

Sample activities: teach, provide legal aid, help with marketing, lawn service and cosmetology

P.O. Box 197, Cleveland



Volunteer requirements: A, BC, O, U

Humble ISD Community Development

Humble ISD’s community development department works with parent groups at campuses across the district. HISD wants volunteers who want to uplift teachers by writing encouraging notes or making treat bags.

Sample activities: make bags or write notes for teachers

10203 Birchridge Drive, Humble



Volunteer requirements: A
By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.
By Kelly Schafler

Editor, Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.

By 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 reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


Each of the new locations will be available to the public to distribute and receive voter registration forms and applications to vote my mail as well as assisting with other election-related services. (Courtesy Unsplash)
Harris County elections administrator announces 8 new branch office locations

Registering to vote will soon be more convenient for Harris County residents with the opening of eight new branch office locations announced by the Harris County Elections Administrator's Office in a news release May 17.

Imperio Wine & Spirits sells a variety of liquor, beer, wine and spirits. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Imperio Wine & Spirits opens in Katy; Montgomery Chick-fil-A to open dining room and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Greater Houston area.

The current Humble Fire Station No. 2 is located on Wilson Road. (Courtesy Google Maps)
Humble City Council votes to negotiate contract with architect to design Humble Fire Station No. 2 replacement

Members of the Humble Fire Department were also recognized by City Council for their win at the North Harris Firefighter Challenge on April 24.

Crunch Fitness is replacing 24 Hour Fitness, which closed its Atascocita location along with at least 11 other facilities in the Greater Houston area last June. (Rendering courtesy Crunch Fitness)
National gym chain Crunch Fitness to replace former 24 Hour Fitness spot in Atascocita

The pool, sauna and steam room will be renovated, while the basketball court will transition into a turf area for small-group training and a spin class studio.

Mayor Norman Funderburk took the oath of office on May 13. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Humble swears in incoming Mayor Norman Funderburk, incumbent council members

Norman Funderburk was sworn in as mayor and incumbents Charles “Andy” Curry and Charles Cunningham were also sworn in after being re-elected to places 1 and 2, respectively.

See how some Greater Houston area school districts are planning to go back to school for the 2021-22 academic year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
See how some Greater Houston area school districts are planning to go back to school for the 2021-22 academic year

While some school districts in the Greater Houston area are doing away with face mask requirements and virtual schooling completely, others are pivoting to continue offering online learning options for students and plan to require face masks.

CDC ends all mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

The guidance states fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

Single-family home sales were up 47.4% compared to last April with 9,105 units sold versus 6,175 a year earlier. (Courtesy Houston Association of Realtors)
HAR: Houston-area home sales in April up 47% compared to last year

Single-family home sales were up 47.4% compared to April 2020.

House Bill 1024, signed into law May 12, allows restaurants and bars to permanently sell alcoholic beverages to-go. (Courtesy Pexels)
Cocktails to-go are here to stay in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs change into law May 12

Supporters say the change will help restaurants continue to recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

New details could emerge soon on the potential use of underground tunnels to carry flood water in Harris County, and officials voted May 11 to dedicate an additional $3.26 million to study efforts along Buffalo Bayou. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
County commissioners expand scope of flood tunnel study as next phase nears completion

New details could emerge soon on the potential use of underground tunnels to carry flood water in Harris County, and officials voted May 11 to dedicate an additional $3.26 million to study efforts along Buffalo Bayou.

Middle School No. 10 will open in August 2022. (Rendering courtesy Humble ISD's presentation for the community input meeting)
Humble ISD trustees approve attendance boundaries for incoming Middle School No. 10

Middle School No. 10 will open in August 2022 near Ridge Creek Elementary School.