Northwest Assistance Ministries in need of volunteers to assist with daily programs, upcoming events

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March, NAM has assisted more than 3,500 households through its various assistance programs. (Courtesy Northwest Assistance Ministries)
Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March, NAM has assisted more than 3,500 households through its various assistance programs. (Courtesy Northwest Assistance Ministries)

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March, NAM has assisted more than 3,500 households through its various assistance programs. (Courtesy Northwest Assistance Ministries)

Northwest Assistance Ministries is in need of a large volume of volunteers to assist with food distribution and other tasks for several upcoming events throughout July and August.

As one of the area’s largest nonprofits, NAM connects individuals with basic needs such as food; clothing; hygiene products; and rent, mortgage, and utility bill assistance, among others. The organization is one of the largest Meals on Wheels providers in Harris County, serving 24 ZIP codes, and offers additional resources including a family violence center, senior center and pediatric health center.

"Northwest Assistance Ministries could not fulfill its mission without volunteers. it's as simple as that. They impact every program in every way," NAM Communications Specialist Shannel Vance said in an email June 16. "With every hour of service and every conversation, they make an impact. But most often, they find that volunteering impacts their own lives as well."

In addition to NAM's daily volunteer opportunities, which include serving in the NAM Resale Store, The Joanne Watford Nutrition Center and with Meals on Wheels, volunteers are also needed for the following upcoming events:

Food Fair at the Joanne Watford Nutrition Center

  • July 17 from 8:30 a.m.-noon: Volunteers are needed to unload a Houston Food Bank truck, pack grocery bags and prepare food pantry areas.

  • July 18 from 8 a.m.-noon: Volunteers are needed to take food to cars.


Phone bank with centralized intake


  • July 18 and July 25 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Volunteers are needed to handle interviews and phone calls to clients.


Houston Food Bank distribution


  • Aug. 11 and 25: Volunteers are needed for food distribution at Spring Stadium; volunteer shift times are TBD.


Food distribution with housing


  • Aug. 21: Volunteers needed to prepare food baskets; volunteer shift times are TBD.

  • Aug. 22: Volunteers needed to distribute baskets to clients; volunteer shift times are TBD.


Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all NAM volunteers, clients and staff are required to wear face masks and practice social distancing. Additionally, NAM is providing disposable gloves to volunteers who serve in the NAM Resale Store and the Joanne Watford Nutrition Center.


To download a NAM volunteer form, click here. For more information about volunteer opportunities with NAM, email volunteer@namonline.org.
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.


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