Volunteer Guide 2021: 12 ways to help, get involved in the Lake Houston area

Harris County Precinct 4’s Legacy Trees Project is committed to promoting the benefits of trees, supporting the cultural heritage of Texas, and engaging the public through volunteering and planting opportunities. (Courtesy Legacy Trees Project)
Harris County Precinct 4’s Legacy Trees Project is committed to promoting the benefits of trees, supporting the cultural heritage of Texas, and engaging the public through volunteering and planting opportunities. (Courtesy Legacy Trees Project)

Harris County Precinct 4’s Legacy Trees Project is committed to promoting the benefits of trees, supporting the cultural heritage of Texas, and engaging the public through volunteering and planting opportunities. (Courtesy Legacy Trees Project)

For those looking to help out in the Lake Houston community, there are several local nonprofit groups that offer volunteer opportunities and accept donations. This list is noncomprehensive.

Empower children

Humble ISD Community Development


Many different volunteer opportunities are available, such as assisting during a school book fair, setting up for district events and being a student’s reading buddy. Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sample activities: serving lunch in school cafeterias, mentoring students, becoming a student’s reading buddy, assisting with the Junior Achievement program


10203 Birchridge Drive, Humble

281-641-8142 • www.humbleisd.net/volunteer

Volunteer requirements: application, orientation, background check, under age 18 allowed

Humble ISD Education Foundation

Volunteers assist at special events such as the golf tournament, gala and Humble Rodeo and BBQ Cook-off. Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sample activities: serving on event committees; providing day-of-event assistance; pro bono services including grant writing, legal assistance, newsletter articles/copy writing and office administrative assistance

10203 Birchridge Drive, Humble

281-641-8140 • www.humbleisdfoundation.org

Volunteer requirements: application, under age 18 allowed

Lake Houston Family YMCA

This local YMCA serves the Lake Houston community through programs and social services designed to help individuals and families learn, grow and thrive.

Sample activities: coaching youth sports teams, assisting with adaptive programs for youth and adults with disabilities, serving at community events, fundraising, mentoring youth, serving on the board of advisors

2402 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood

281-360-2500 • www.ymcahouston.org

Volunteer requirements: application, background check, under age 18 allowed

Care for the environment

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center


The mission of this 312-acre nature park is to promote wildlife conservation, outdoor recreation, and environmental and Texas pioneer education. Weekday and weekend volunteer opportunities are available for those who prefer to work indoors, outdoors, as a team or independently. Parental consent is required for volunteers age 18 and under; volunteers age 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Sample activities: habitat management, greenhouse work, environmental education, Texas pioneer history programs, event assistance

20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble

281-446-8588 • www.jjpv.org

Volunteer requirements: application, background check, under age 18 allowed

Legacy Trees Project

Harris County Precinct 4’s Legacy Trees Project is committed to promoting the benefits of trees, supporting the cultural heritage of Texas, and engaging the public through volunteering and planting opportunities. Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and volunteers are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle and gloves and wear closed-toe shoes.

Sample activities: caring for nursery trees, invasive species removal, planting trees

281-353-8100 • www.hcp4.net/legacytrees

Volunteer requirements: under age 18 allowed

Mercer Botanic Gardens

Mercer Botanic Gardens has a variety of both indoor and outdoor opportunities, most of which are available to volunteers age 16 and older. Attending orientation is recommended but not required for volunteers and will be held Jan. 19 and Feb. 16 from 6-7 p.m. The annual March Mart Plant Sale will be held March 25-26.

Sample activities: assisting in the gardens and greenhouses and during plant sales and other special events; serving as a committee member for March Mart and Holiday in the Gardens, as a Mercer Botanical Center assistant or as a garden tour docent

22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble

713-274-4160 • www.hcp4.net/parks/mercer

Volunteer requirements: application, under age 18 allowed

Serve seniors

Precinct 4 Encore Program


As part of the programming Fun4Seniors staff provides for residents age 50 and older, Precinct 4 Encore regularly hosts bus trips to local nonprofits—including the Houston Food Bank, Kids Meals,Project CURE and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ Peanut Butter Cannery—for volunteer opportunities. Volunteers must be age 50 or older and are required to wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and no jewelry.

Sample activities: inspecting/sorting food at The Houston Food Bank; preparing snacks and sandwiches at the Kids Meals warehouse; helping sort and package medical supplies for shipment, stocking inventory, preparing for shipments and loading containers at Project CURE; sorting nuts, checking lids on jars, operating the label machine and packing jars in boxes at the Peanut Butter Cannery

Donations accepted: The Houston Food bank accepts food donations; Kids Meals accepts decorated brown lunch bags; Project CURE accepts donations of gently used medical equipment and supplies.

713-274-4050 • www.hcp4.net/encore/volunteer

Support families

Family Promise of Lake Houston

Family Promise of Lake Houston serves low-income families that have become homeless due to an unfortunate circumstance, such as a fire, a flood, the death of a spouse, the loss of a job, an eviction or a foreclosure of a home. The nonprofit provides daily support and education programs for 90-120 days that lead each family to permanent self-sufficiency. Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sample activities: tutoring/mentoring, dinner or evening hosting, resumé or job search support, supplying the day center with necessities, facility maintenance/repair

Donations accepted: monetary donations and household supplies for the day center

111 Ave. G S., Humble

281-441-3754 • www.fplh.org

Volunteer requirements: under age 18 allowed

FamilyTime Crisis & Counseling Center

FamilyTime Crisis & Counseling Center offers volunteer opportunities at its Thrift Shop in Porter and its office in Humble, as well as at special events. Volunteer orientations are held quarterly.

Sample activities: Organizing and sorting donations, answering the crisis hotline, assisting on the Thrift Shop sales floor, providing administrative assistance, providing professional services

Donations accepted: The shelter’s most current needs can be found online and include household items, clothing, medical supplies and hygiene products. Thrift Shop donations can be dropped off Mon.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

23874 Loop 494, Porter (Thrift Shop); 1203 S. Houston Ave., Humble (Crisis & Counseling Center)

281-446-2615 • www.familytimeccc.org

Volunteer requirements: application, orientation

Humble Area Assistance Ministries

Humble Area Assistance Ministries is an interfaith organization that helps community residents in crisis by providing essential resources to move toward self-sufficiency. Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sample activities: providing assistance in the food pantry, resale stores, client services, Meals on Wheels, fundraising, education and employment departments

Donations accepted: food pantry donations are accepted Mon.-Thu. from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m.- noon; resale store donations are accepted Thu.-Sat. from 1-4 p.m.

1204 First St., Humble (HAAM Resale Store); 1302 First St., Humble (HAAM Social Services); 22310 Loop 494, Kingwood (Black Cat Junction Resale Store)

281-446-3663 • www.haamministries.org

Volunteer requirements: application, under age 18 allowed

Heaven’s Army - Home of Amazing Grace

The religious nonprofit, which assists those affected by human trafficking, is seeking volunteers for Home of Amazing Grace, its women’s discipleship program. Additionally, Heaven’s Army is seeking volunteers to fill four vacant spots on its board of directors; three additional spots will open in 2022.

Sample activities: teaching; organizing; outdoor maintenance; administrative tasks; cosmetology services; home repairs; professional services such as legal aid, web design and accounting

Donations accepted: gently used items with the greatest current need being event decor for birthdays, weddings, business and church events

P.O. Box 197, Cleveland

832-401-7965 • www.heavensarmy-tx.org

Volunteer requirements: application, orientation, background check, under age 18 allowed

Better the city

Friends of the Library Kingwood

The nonprofit organization supports the Kingwood Branch Library by operating a bookstore in the library as well as an offsite online center, from which books are listed, sold and shipped. Proceeds from donated books and other media support the Kingwood Branch Library and volunteers are needed to run both the book store and the online center.

Sample activities: assisting customers, shelving books, managing inventory, listing books online, shipping books

Donations accepted: Books, DVDs, CDs and puzzles can be donated to the Kingwood Branch Library.

4400 Bens View Lane, Kingwood

281-793-5430 • www.kingwoodfolk.org

Volunteer requirements: application, orientation, under age 18 allowed
By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.