Your 2019 Volunteer Guide: Community organizations in south Montgomery County that need a helping hand

Courtesy Interfaith of The Woodlands
Courtesy Interfaith of The Woodlands

Courtesy Interfaith of The Woodlands

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Courtesy Henry's Home Horse Sanctuary
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Courtesy Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands
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Courtesy Keep Us Fed Montgomery County
Help out The Woodlands area in a number of ways throughout the year by volunteering with local nonprofit groups. Volunteer opportunities included in this guide range from fostering pets to delivering meals. This list is noncomprehensive.

Care for animals

Henry’s Home Horse Sanctuary

Volunteers care for horses in an outdoor facility performing farm work and other activities. Individuals with computer, marketing and fundraising skills are also needed. The all-volunteer organization’s primary mission is to serve veterans, first responders and their families, but any volunteer help is welcome, founder and executive director Donna Stedman said.

Sample activities: grooming, riding and caring for horses

Camp Strake Road, Grand Central Park,

Conroe. 281-292-1110.

Lone Star Animal Welfare League

The LSAWL specializes in dog adoption and provides veterinary care and subsidized spay and neuter options. Foster families for dogs are always needed.

Sample activities: participate in fundraisers, events, foster dogs

P.O. Box 130175, The Woodlands

Montgomery County Animal Shelter

The shelter offers opportunities to assist with dog bathing and walking, cat handling, on- and off-site adoptions, fostering and laundry. Volunteers can also help with administrative tasks or serve as a vet staffer, surgery assistant or photographer’s assistant.

Sample activities: dog bathing and walking, laundry, administrative tasks

8535 Hwy. 242, Conroe.


Operation Pets Alive

OPA finds homes for strays and abandoned pets. Volunteers are needed to help trap, neuter and return animals, serve on the foster team, and help coordinate adoption and fundraising events. Volunteer orientation is held every third Tuesday at South County Community Center, 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, Room 110, The Woodlands. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent.

Sample activities: foster pets, coordinate events

P.O. Box 132104, The Woodlands.

Empower women

Montgomery County Women’s Center

The MCWC protects and supports women and children escaping domestic violence. In addition to shelter, counseling and legal guidance, the organization also runs a 24-hour crisis hotline. The MCWC does not allow former clients to volunteer or intern if they have received services from MCWC within the last six months.

Sample activities: office and administrative tasks, answering the hotline, child care activities, cooking and donation drives

1600 Lake Front Circle, Ste. 100, The Woodlands.


Empower youth

Angel Reach

This shelter provides mentoring, temporary housing and day-to-day necessities to at-risk youth in the foster care system.

Sample activities: mentor children, help with events

112 W. Pauline St., Conroe


CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County

Advocates are assigned a child or a set of siblings in the foster care system and provides legal and emotional support. Volunteers can also work in the office.

Sample activities: research court files, interact with children and family members, office work

412 W. Phillips St., Ste. 107, Conroe


Yes to Youth

County Youth Services

The nonprofit provides crisis counseling, shelter programs and prevention services for families and youths. On June 20, Yes to Youth broke ground on its new building for short-term housing for homeless youth.

Sample activities: collecting food, clothing and other basic necessities for the shelter, provide dinner for youth in the shelter, clean or organize the main building, storage center, outdoor grounds or administrative offices.

105 W. Lewis Street, Conroe


Feed the hungry

Interfaith of The Woodlands

Volunteer opportunities at this faith-based, nonprofit community organization include taking care of the food pantry, the resale shop and the vegetable garden and going on regular drives to collect food, books and clothes. Spanish speakers are also needed.

Sample activities: working in the food pantry and resale shop, driving to collect items

4242 Interfaith Way, The Woodlands.


Keep Us Fed Montgomery County Project

Nonprofit KUSF picks up extra food from local restaurants, catering companies, grocery stores and event planners, and delivers it to shelters, group homes and food pantries. Volunteers are needed every day of the week, usually in the morning, with commitments of 60-90 minutes at a time. Volunteers are also needed with social media, information technology, administrative and photography skills. Prospective volunteers should accompany someone on a run. Volunteers under 18 are accepted only with a parent, but volunteers 14 and older are preferred.

Sample activities: delivering food to recipients

3915 W. Davis St., Stes. 130-223, Conroe.


Montgomery County Food Bank

The Montgomery County Food Bank collects and supplies food and resources to more than 35,000 people each month. In addition to preparing food for recipients, volunteers can participate in administrative tasks and with the Buddy Backpack and Senior Care and Share programs. Children ages 7-15 can volunteer with an adult.

Sample activities: inspect food and sort into packages, administrative tasks

1 Food for Life Way, Conroe


Help at a hospital

Houston Methodist The Woodlands

Houston Methodist The Woodlands volunteers are needed to provide support to various hospital departments and in the gift shop, registration centers, medical records department and food services. Houston Methodist also works with area organizations to provide pet therapy, crafts and entertainment items. Volunteers must get annual flu shots and be able to commit to at least one day per week for at least four hours.

Sample activities: providing departmental support

17021 I-45 N., The Woodlands.


Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center

Volunteers are needed in various departments, including the gift shop and information desks in clerical and nonclerical roles. Volunteers must commit to at least one four-hour shift per week for at least one year.

Sample activities: departmental support, clerical and nonclerical assistance

9250 Pinecroft Drive, Shenandoah.


Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands

The children’s hospital uses volunteers to help assist patients, families and staff in various support roles. Volunteers must be able to commit to at least one day a week for three consecutive hours.

Sample activities: assist patients at least one day a week

17600 I-45 S., The Woodlands


Serve seniors

Meals on Wheels Montgomery County

Meals on Wheels Montgomery County serves meals to local disabled and homebound seniors. Volunteers prepare and deliver meals, and provide social interaction. MOWMC also offers an aniMeals program, which works to provide food to the pets of seniors. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

Sample activities: prepare and deliver meals

1202 Candy Cane Lane, Conroe.


Support the community

Tamina Community Center

The Tamina Community Center provides children, parents and families of the Tamina community with access to educational resources, tutoring and support for children, adult computer classes, and activities and assistance for seniors. Volunteers are needed for after-school tutoring programs, service work around the Community Center and work at the center’s clothing store. The center’s food pantry is temporarily closed.

Sample activities: working with children, assisting seniors

18965 Main St., Conroe

By Vanessa Holt

A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of the paper in March 2017.


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