Many local nonprofit organizations are looking for volunteers as 2013 begins, and they offer an array of opportunities.
Abandoned Animal Rescue is a no-kill animal shelter and low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Tomball. Volunteers perform tasks, such as dog walking, cat care, basic animal grooming, office work, creating fliers, fundraising, yard work, washing animal dishes and washing towels.
- 419 E. Hufsmith Rd., Tomball
Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County uses volunteers to build decent, affordable homes for those in need. Construction volunteering is most popular, but volunteers are also needed to serve lunches, help select and prepare worksites, demolish houses and work in the ReStore.
- 13572 Hwy. 249, Houston
Reach Unlimited provides programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers are needed in a variety of fields, including classroom, special events, maintenance, office work and service learning.
- 12335 White River Drive, Tomball
TOMAGWA Health Care Ministries provides medical care for low-income individuals and families. Opportunities for volunteers vary from Spanish-speaking interpreters to office workers and nurses.
- 13414 Medical Complex Drive, Ste. 1, Tomball
The Tomball Pregnancy Center assists those in need with medical, legal, educational and adoption-related needs. Volunteers can act as a prayer partner, perform clerical duties, work in the resale shop, hospitality and counseling services.
- 934 W. Main St., Tomball
Tomball Regional Medical Center needs volunteers to assist with patient care and relations. Volunteers also operate the hospital gift shop.
- 605 Holderrieth Blvd., Tomball
T.E.A.M., Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries, helps low-income families of the Tomball area by providing short-term assistance. The organization needs donations for its resale and volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, including helping with seasonal programs.
- 300 W. Main St., Tomball
Bridgewood Farms serves teens and adults with intellectual disabilities and physical handicaps that prevent them from living comfortably on their own. It operates four homes for individuals with special needs to live in. Volunteers are needed to assist teachers, help at the organization's thrift shops and spend time with the residents.
- 11680 Rose Road, Conroe
Friends of Texas Wildlife supports the rehabilitation of Texas wildlife and educates the community on area species. The organization relies solely on volunteers, who can play two roles: rehabilitators and administrative volunteers.
- P.O. Box 130786, The Woodlands
The Friendship Center of Montgomery County operates six activity centers, including its Magnolia location. The organization aims to enrich the lives of senior citizens in the community. Services offered include meals-on-wheels, activity programs and transportation services, all of which volunteers can help with.
- 31355 Friendship Drive, Magnolia
Camp Blessing Texas hosts week-long summer camps for physically and intellectually disabled children. Volunteers can perform a variety of roles, but the camp's biggest need is "buddy" counselors who work one-on-one with campers. The roles require a Monday through Saturday commitment.
- 26922 Holly Lord, Magnolia
Helping Hands Community Garden is a Community Garden that offers garden beds for individuals or families. For those with physical limitations, the garden offers "special needs" beds. Volunteers help maintain the garden beds and facility.
- 31355 Friendship Drive, Magnolia
The Magnolia Historical Depot is home to the Magnolia Historical Society. The group participates in preservation projects and organizes several seasonal events. An online volunteer form is available on the organization's website.
- 426 Melton St., Magnolia
JoyRide Center is a therapeutic horsemanship program for individuals with disabilities and offers physical therapy as well as education programs. Volunteers are needed to walk alongside the horse and rider, handle the horses and help with fundraisers and events.
- 29550 Tudor Way, Magnolia
The Society of Samaritans provides for resources and aid for students in need in Magnolia. It is run entirely by volunteers, whose functions include organizing and working special programs.
- 31355 Friendship Lane, Magnolia
Montgomery County Search and Rescue Team operates its headquarters in Magnolia and performs missions, including locating lost persons, drowning victims, hiking accidents, swift-water and wilderness rescue. Volunteers assist in missions.
SIRE is Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Center and aims to improve the quality of life for people with special needs through therapeutic horsemanship as well as educational outreach. Volunteers can walk beside the clients as they ride or lead the horse.
- 24161 Spring Drive, Hockley
This guide is not a comprehensive list of all area organizations that need volunteers. If your organization is not included, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will add it to our online list.