Here are 13 nonprofits in Pearland, Friendswood and the Bay Area. While not every nonprofit may be taking volunteers in person at the moment, there are still ways to support those in need n the community.
CARE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Galveston Bay Foundation
The Galveston Bay Foundation’s mission is to preserve and enhance the Galveston Bay. The organization offers in-person and virtual opportunities to help. Those interested in volunteering can go to the website and sign up to help at the foundation’s next event.
Sample activities: trash cleanup, marsh grass plantings, removing abandoned crab traps, restoring oyster reefs
1725 Hwy. 146, Kemah
FEED THE HUNGRY
The Mercy Tree
The Mercy Tree feeds those experiencing homelessness throughout the Clear Lake area. While the faith-based organization is not accepting volunteers to serve food due to COVID-19, those interested can sign up to donate meals. Volunteers can choose a day to serve and either cook or order food for 20 to drop off. Drop-off locations vary, as The Mercy Tree travels through the Clear Lake area. A schedule is posted on The Mercy Tree’s website.
Sample activities: cooking or ordering food and dropping it off at a designated location
Pearland Neighborhood Center
The Pearland Neighborhood Center provides services and responsive programs for seniors, children and families. The center has programs for medical care, disaster relief and fighting hunger. While the center is not accepting in-person volunteers, it is accepting donations. People may donate Christmas presents for those 5 years old or younger, gifts for seniors or money for the annual ABC13 food drive, which Pearland Neighborhood Center participates in. Due to COVID-19, all gifts must be new to minimize the risk of spreading the virus.
Sample activities: making food baskets, checking the expiration date on food and baby items, answering phones, weighing and sorting food
2335 N. Texas Ave., Pearland
Bayou Animal Services
Bayou Animal Services is accepting volunteers as well as donations. The organization also needs a volunteer to help with the website. Bayou Animal Services is an animal control facility and shelter for Dickinson, Clear Lake Shores and Santa Fe.
Sample activities: walking dogs, socializing cats, sorting through applications, taking videos with the animals for social media, answering phones, helping with off-site events
3100 Deats Road, Dickinson
City of Pearland Adoption Center
While the Pearland Adoption Center is not accepting in-person volunteers due to COVID-19, the center is still accepting donations, including towels, blankets, cat and dog food, toys and old kennels. The city of Pearland Animal Center’s mission is to take care of Pearland’s citizens and pets and to make sure all pets are given a good home.
Sample activities: washing dishes, doing laundry, giving treats and crafts
2002 Old Alvin Road, Pearland
Anchor Point’s mission is to champion children and empower parents. The organization provides several services, including counseling; a school for children with developmental disorders; a parenting and pregnancy center; a well-woman clinic; STI testing; a recovery group for women with post-abortive trauma; and an All-Star Dads program, which is a mentoring program for dads. With COVID-19, the organization has an increased need for volunteers. Anchor Point has several volunteering opportunities, including becoming a one-on-one advocate for a client or a spiritual director.
Sample activities: wiping down desks, cleaning toys, making copies, creating social media or blog content
103 Davis Road, Ste. B, League City
Beyond Family was founded to help families with children with developmental disorders find relief and information by providing respite care services, aid and support at a family’s home using volunteers. Beyond Family is not accepting in-person volunteers but is accepting donations.
Sample activities: helping at events
11208 Freestone Ave., Pearland
Family Promise of Clear Creek
Family Promise of Clear Creek aims to offer a holistic solution to homelessness. The center offers shelter to families experiencing homelessness as well as a financial literacy program, employment skills, parenting classes, counseling and case management. The center works with people as they transition out of homelessness and offers sustainability for individuals and families. For those who are not comfortable volunteering in person, items can be dropped off for donation drives.
Sample activities: hosting a family, connecting with children while parents are in class, helping with transportation, deep cleaning the center, becoming a pen pal
1101 S. Egret Bay Blvd., Bldg. B, League City
Interfaith Caring Ministries
Interfaith Caring Ministries is a social service agency serving families in Friendswood and Clear Creek ISDs. The organization helps with rent, utilities and food. The organization is not accepting in-person volunteers at this time, but those interested can donate money.
Sample activities: helping out in the back room at the resale shop
151 N. Park Ave., League City
HELP THE COMMUNITY
Adult Education Center
Volunteers at the Adult Education Center can help with tutoring or teaching English as a second language or GED classes. Classes are held over Zoom. The Adult Education Center utilizes volunteers to provide free education and instruction to adults with limited literacy skills. The center provides ESL classes, adult education, high school equivalency exam practice and U.S. citizenship preparation classes.
Sample activities: tutoring for the GED or ESL classes
2246 N. Washington St., Pearland
This nonprofit organization serves people living with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities by providing them with facilities, activities and opportunities. Volunteers can serve Forgotten Angels by working at its resale shop, which earns money for the nonprofit.
Sample activities: helping arrange and hang clothes
3216 E. Broadway St., Pearland
Friends of Freeman Library
The Friends of Freeman Library raises money through its bookstore and other activities for the Clear Lake Library. The money helps fund programs, such as ESL classes; purchase books; pay for children’s programs and activities; and support the innovation lab. The library is not accepting in-person volunteers due to COVID-19 but is accepting monetary donations.
Sample activities: helping bookstore customers, sorting donations
16616 Diana Lane, Houston
Hope Village is a nonprofit organization that provides care to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization relies on volunteers to run its cafe, help in its resale shop, work in the gardens, and participate in recreation and entertainment for its residents. Hope Village is not accepting in-person volunteers due to COVID-19.
Sample activities: running the cafe, helping in the resale shop
15403 Hope Village Road, Friendswood