Volunteer Guide 2020: 14 ways to help, get involved in the Spring, Klein area

Bridging For Tomorrow offers volunteer opportunities in pantry distribution, clerical work and youth programs. (Courtesy Bridging For Tomorrow)
Bridging For Tomorrow offers volunteer opportunities in pantry distribution, clerical work and youth programs. (Courtesy Bridging For Tomorrow)

Bridging For Tomorrow offers volunteer opportunities in pantry distribution, clerical work and youth programs. (Courtesy Bridging For Tomorrow)

Help out the Spring and Klein community in a number of ways throughout the year by volunteering with local nonprofit groups. Volunteer opportunities included in this guide range from helping at a food pantry to event planning. This list is noncomprehensive.

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


EMPOWER CHILDREN

Cy-Fair Educational Foundation

Volunteers can assist at the foundation’s office or at events, including the B.F. Adam Golf Classic on Nov. 16, Salute to the Stars on Dec. 2 and Salute to Our Heroes on Feb. 6.

Sample activities: assisting at events, office duties

11803 Grant Road, Ste. 115, Cypress

281-370-0144

www.thecfef.org


Volunteer requirements: A, BC, O, U

D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA at Cypress Creek

Volunteers can coach youth league sports, including basketball, flag football, volleyball and soccer. Coaching is a commitment of two hours per week with one hour of practice and one hour of game time.

Sample activities: planning and implementing practice plans each week, coordinating the snack schedule, communicating with parents weekly regarding practice and game times

19915 Hwy. 249, Houston

281-469-1481

www.ymcahouston.org

Volunteer requirements: BC


Klein ISD Education Foundation

The volunteer-based organization hosts various annual events and projects to raise grants to distribute to KISD educators. The A.K. “Buddy” Brown Golf Tournament on Nov. 17 is an annual fun run and an academic banquet.

Sample activities: planning, registering, setting up and tearing down events

7200 Spring Cypress Road, Spring

832-249-4754

www.kleinisdeducationfoundation.net

Volunteer requirements: A, BC, O, U


CARE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Mercer Botanic Gardens

Volunteers can work in the greenhouses, plant trees and assist with programs.

Sample activities: propagating, assisting with online customer service, reading children’s books during story time, teaching music, leading the Women’s Restorative Hiking group, assisting with gardening tours, planting trees with the Legacy Trees Project

22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble

713-274-4160

www.hcp4.net/parks/mercer

Volunteer requirements: A, U


FEED THE HUNGRY

Bridging For Tomorrow

The nonprofit offers volunteer opportunities in pantry distribution, clerical work and youth programs.

Sample activities: unloading food pallets, packing food boxes, entering client data, reading with students, facilitating conversations with students

5359 W. Richey Road, Houston

281-208-0830

www.bridgingfortomorrow.org

Volunteer requirements: A, BC, U


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Peanut Butter Cannery

Short-term volunteer groups of 12 individuals can assist at the church’s Peanut Butter Cannery to feed those in need.

Sample activities: preparing ingredients, processing, packaging

16333 Hafer Road, Houston

713-594-3142

www.churchofjesuschrist.org

Volunteer requirements: U


Hope Center Houston

Hope Center Houston serves as a day and assistance center for homeless individuals along FM 1960. Professional volunteer positions are needed for social workers, therapists, lawyers, medical personnel and skilled tradesmen.

Sample activities: preparing food; doing laundry; cleaning showers; client intakes; distributing, sorting, sizing clothes

821 Peakwood Drive, Houston

832-965-5511

www.hopecenterhouston.org

Volunteer requirements: A, U


HOPE Haven

Volunteers can put together and donate snack packs or hygiene packs with masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, toothbrushes and travel toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo to HOPE Haven to be distributed to the homeless.

Sample activities: preparing packs

14511 Falling Creek Drive, Ste. 301, Houston

832-350-8790

www.hhaven.org

Volunteer requirements: A, U


Spring-Woodlands Ministries

Volunteers are needed to assist with sorting and organizing food, delivering groceries to seniors, assisting in seniors’ field trips and Christmas caroling.

Sample activities: assisting at a food pantry, Bags of Love outreach, participating in holiday activities with low-income seniors

2120 FM 2920, Ste. 190-166, Spring

info@swmin.org

www.springwoodlandsministries.org

Volunteer requirements: A, U


SUPPORT FAMILIES

Arrow Child and Family Ministries

The child placement agency recruits and trains families to foster children. Volunteers can work with the Marketing and Development Department and at Arrow’s Freedom Place facility, which helps minors who have been trafficked restore their lives.

Sample activities: assisting with mailings, packaging giveaways and events; mentoring children; teaching life skills and hobbies

2929 FM 2920, Spring

281-210-1500

www.arrow.org

Volunteer requirements: A, O


Northwest Assistance Ministries

Volunteers can assist with the Season of Blessings program Nov. 21 and Dec. 19 as well as ongoing events, including food giveaways, Meals on Wheels and the food pantry.

Sample activities: sorting and packaging groceries and toys to carry to cars with the Season of Blessings program; directing traffic, sorting donations, packing grocery bags and stocking shelves at the food pantry

15555 Kuykendahl Road, Houston

281-885-4555

www.namonline.org

Volunteer requirements: A, BC, O, U


Shield Bearer of Northwest Houston

The nonprofit offers professional counseling for individuals, couples, families and children as well as prevention services through parenting workshops, school services and faith-based programs.

Sample activities: transferring donation items and supplies between offices,coordinating events, helping with mail outs, data entry, data organization

12340 Jones Road, Ste. 290, Houston

281-894-7222

www.shieldbearer.org

Volunteer requirements: A, BC, O, U


HELP THE COMMUNITY

Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County

The nonprofit operates on faith-based principles and is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally.

Sample activities: administrative duties, constructing new homes, disaster recovery repairs, serving on committees, providing lunch at construction sites, working with children’s and youth programs

13350 Jones Road, Houston

281-477-0460

www.habitatnwhc.org

Volunteer requirements: U


WINGS Ministries: Freedom Through Transformation

The nonprofit works with marginalized women to equip them with work and life skills. Volunteers give courses in transitional living programs and lockdown facilities.

Sample activities: leading programs,translating classroom materials from English to Spanish, performing administrative work

14511 Falling Creek Drive, Ste. 301, Houston

wingsministriesbutterfly@gmail.com

www.wingstofreedom.net

Volunteer requirements: A, BC
By Danica Lloyd
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a Cy-Fair reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She became editor of the Cy-Fair edition in March 2020 and continues to cover education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development and nonprofits.
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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