Volunteer Guide 2021: 16 ways to help, get involved in the Spring, Klein area

WINGS teaches faith-based job-readiness and life skills to at-risk women in the Greater Houston area in weekly 90-minute classes to break cycles of abuse, neglect and poverty. (Courtesy WINGS Ministries)
WINGS teaches faith-based job-readiness and life skills to at-risk women in the Greater Houston area in weekly 90-minute classes to break cycles of abuse, neglect and poverty. (Courtesy WINGS Ministries)

WINGS teaches faith-based job-readiness and life skills to at-risk women in the Greater Houston area in weekly 90-minute classes to break cycles of abuse, neglect and poverty. (Courtesy WINGS Ministries)

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

Help the sick

Houston Methodist Willowbrook


The hospital has an active volunteer program for adults and a junior volunteer program for high school students ages 16-18 that runs each year from June through August. Applications for the junior program are accepted in February of each year, while applications for adults are accepted year-round.

Sample activities: interacting with patients, assisting staff, providing administrative support


18220 Hwy. 249, Houston

281-737-1063 • www.houstonmethodist.org/volunteer

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

Empower children

Cy-Fair ISD

The school district’s Volunteers in Public Schools program typically has opportunities for community members to mentor students in addition to serving at community events.

Sample activities: tutoring, campus event staffing, campus grounds upkeep

10300 Jones Road, Houston

281-894-3950 • www.cfisd.net/volunteer

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

D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA

This local YMCA serves the Spring and Klein 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 individuals with disabilities, serving at community events, fundraising, mentoring youth, serving on the board of advisors

19915 Hwy. 249, Houston

281-469-1481 • www.ymcahouston.org

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

Klein ISD Education Foundation

The foundation hosts a variety of annual fundraising events for grants, which are distributed to Klein ISD educators. Limited volunteer opportunities are available for volunteers to assist with events such as golf tournaments, academic banquets, fun runs and alumni events.

Sample activities: assisting during fundraising events

7200 Spring Cypress Road, Spring

832-249-4753 • www.kleinisdeducationfoundation.net

Volunteer requirements: application, orientation

Spring ISD Education Foundation

The Spring ISD Education Foundation raises funds to support SISD teachers and students through grants and scholarships as well as funding special initiatives and classroom projects.

Sample activities: participating in special events, assisting with annual golf tournament, assisting with light office/clerical work

16717 Ella Blvd., Houston

281-891-6012 • www.springisdfoundation.org

Volunteer requirements: application, background check

Care for the environment

Bayou Land Conservancy


The Bayou Land Conservancy is seeking volunteers for Houston Arbor Day Cypress Creek, which will take place Jan. 22 at the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve. Children are welcome to volunteer with an adult.

Sample activities: tree planting

10330 Lake Road, Bldg. J, Houston

281-576-1634 • www.bayoulandconservancy.org

Volunteer requirements: under age 18 allowed

Legacy Trees Project

Harris County Precinct 4’s Legacy Trees Project promotes the benefits of trees, supports the cultural heritage of Texas, and engages the public through volunteer and planting opportunities. Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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

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

Volunteer requirements: under age 18 allowed

Feed the hungry

Bridging for Tomorrow


Bridging for Tomorrow volunteers who work in the food pantry must be at least 14 years old to volunteer with an adult, while those age 16 and older may volunteer without an adult. Volunteers who work in the nonprofit’s student programs must be age 18 or older.

Sample activities: sorting and boxing food for clients, delivering boxes curbside to clients’ cars, tutoring and mentoring KISD students on campus

Donations accepted: nonperishable foods, paper product, gift cards

5359 W. Richey Road, Houston

281-208-0830 • www.bridgingfortomorrow.org

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

The Houston Cannery

Part of the Welfare/Self-Reliance Services Division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, groups of 12 volunteers are needed for four-hour team-building experiences making peanut butter for those in need. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

Sample activities: preparing ingredients and packaging, processing peanut butter, loading jars into boxes, stacking boxes on pallets

16333 Hafer Road, Houston

281-537-1786 • www.churchofjesuschrist.org

Volunteer requirements: under age 18 allowed

Hope Center Houston

This local day and assistance center for homeless individuals offers both morning and afternoon volunteer opportunities Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sample activities: assisting with intake, cooking and distributing food, washing laundry, maintaining showers, sorting and distributing clothes

Donations accepted: disinfectant, bug spray, travel-size deodorant, bottled water, paper towels, new men’s boxer briefs, men’s jeans, men’s hoodies, men’s belts, men’s and women’s shoes, bras and sports bras, latex gloves, personal-size tents, backpacks, sleeping bags

821 Peakwood Drive, Houston

832-965-5511 • www.hopecenterhouston.org

Volunteer requirements: application, orientation

Spring-Woodlands Ministries

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

Sample activities: assisting at the food pantry, Bags of Love outreach

2120 FM 2920, Ste. 190-166, Spring

[email protected]www.springwoodlandsministries.org

Volunteer requirements: background check, under age 18 allowed

Serve seniors

Precinct 4 Encore program

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 for those age 50 and older.

Sample activities: activities vary by bus trip destination

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

Support families

Arrow Child and Family Ministries

Arrow Child and Family Ministries serves children who have experienced abuse, trauma or instability, by recruiting and training foster families and providing other community-based services to improve family stability. Volunteers under age 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sample activities: becoming a part-time or full-time foster parent, assisting with collections for back-to-school and Christmas parties for foster children, mentoring foster children, donating professional services

2929 FM 2920, Spring

281-210-1500 • www.arrow.org

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

Northwest Assistance Ministries

Northwest Assistance Ministries provides a plethora of volunteer opportunities with tasks ranging from working in the food pantry and delivering meals to seniors to working in the resale store and providing office support. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old unless accompanied by a parent.

Sample activities: assisting with Meals on Wheels, the Joanne Watford Nutrition Center, the Resale Store, the Young at Heart Senior Center, the Children’s Clinic, the Learning & Vocational Training Center, the Family Violence Center

Donations accepted: groceries, toiletry baskets, birthday bags for children and teens, move-in supplies for housing assistance

15555 Kuykendahl Road, Houston

281-885-4555 • www.namonline.org

Volunteer requirements: application, under age 18 allowed

Shield Bearer

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: helping transfer donation items and supplies between offices, coordinating events, helping in the offices with mail-outs, entering and organizing data

12340 Jones Road, Ste. 290, Houston

281-894-7222 • www.shieldbearer.org

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

WINGS Ministries

WINGS teaches faith-based job-readiness and life skills to at-risk women in the Greater Houston area in weekly 90-minute classes to break cycles of abuse, neglect and poverty. Classroom facilitators must be at least age 21 and complete a background check and drug screen.

Sample activities: teaching classes, resumé editing, video editing, website administration, graphic designing, copying classroom materials, being a prayer partner

14340 Torrey Chase Blvd., Ste. 170, Houston

www.wingstofreedom.net

Volunteer requirements: application, background check
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.