Your 2020 Volunteer Guide: 18 ways to help out in The Woodlands area

Area nonprofits are accepting volunteers for some activities. (Courtesy Interfaith of The Woodlands)
Area nonprofits are accepting volunteers for some activities. (Courtesy Interfaith of The Woodlands)

Area nonprofits are accepting volunteers for some activities. (Courtesy Interfaith of The Woodlands)

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Volunteers sort supplies at Montgomery County Food Bank. (Courtesy Montgomery County Food Bank)
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Angel Reach provides several volunteer opportunities for working with foster children. (Courtesy Angel Reach)
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Volunteers are also needed to work with animal-based charities. (Courtesy Henry's Home Horse Sanctuary)
Help out The Woodlands-area communities in a number of ways throughout the year by volunteering with local nonprofit groups. Volunteer opportunities included in this guide range from working with animals to delivering meals to seniors. This list is noncomprehensive.

Empower children

Angel Reach


Angel Reach is a program serving foster families and youth aging out of the foster care system as well as young people ages 16-24 at risk for homelessness. The organization provides housing, counseling, transportation, employment coaching and educational advising.

Sample activities: mentoring, making meals, helping at the resale shop, maintenance on youth homes, event planning


900 W. Dallas St., Conroe

936-202-8498

www.angelreach.org

CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County

CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County supports children and families involved in the child welfare system. CASA volunteers are assigned to one or two cases at a time, focusing solely on that one child or sibling group and their family.

Sample activities: identifying and addressing risks to child’s safety and well-being; ensuring physical, mental and educational assessments are complete; providing information to the judge and others involved in the case

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

936-441-5437

www.casaspeaks4kids.com

Children’s Books on Wheels

The nonprofit Children’s Books on Wheels provides educational and community resources to the Tamina community and surrounding residents. Volunteers are needed for diverse community service hours and for the organization’s tax assistance program, VITA. Services are provided in multiple languages.

Sample activities: working in the garden, picking up book donations, helping with tax assistance program

9845 Sleepy Hollow Road, Conroe

281-844-7596

www.childrensbooksonwheels.org

Yes to Youth Montgomery 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: providing meals, raising money through gift cards and other basic necessities for the shelter, cleaning or organizing facilities, helping at events, tutoring youth

8701 New Trails Drive, Ste. 118, Spring

281-292-6471

www.sayyestoyouth.org

Feed the hungry

Interfaith of The Woodlands

Volunteer opportunities at this faith-based, nonprofit social service community organization include working in the food pantry, the Hand Me Up Shop resale shop and the Veggie Village Community Garden. The organization holds ongoing, year-round drives to collect food, books, clothing, housewares, furniture, toys and gift cards for seniors during the holidays. Additionally, when the COVID-19 crisis is not ongoing opportunities will exist to volunteer with seniors for wellness and care activities. Spanish speakers are a lso needed. Sample activities: volunteering in the food pantry, resale shop, and community gardens; drives to collect donations of food as well as toys for families and gift cards for seniors during the holiday season 4242 Interfaith Way, The Woodlands

281-367-1230

www.woodlandsinterfaith.org

Keep US Fed Montgomery County Project

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 photography skills, interest in equipment management and support, and providing a backup vehicle at donation sites. Prospective volunteers are invited to join a donation collection. Volunteers under 18 are accepted only with a parent or older adult, but volunteers age 14 and older are preferred.

Sample activities: delivering food to recipients

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

936-206-3604

www.keepusfedmoco.org

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 with the Buddy Backpack program and item distribution with the Senior Care and Share programs. Children ages 7-15 can volunteer with an adult.

Sample activities: inspecting food and sorting into packages, nutrition education

1 Food for Life Way, Conroe

936-271-8800

www.mcfoodbank.org

Serve seniors

Meals on Wheels Montgomery County

Meals on Wheels Montgomery County provides meals to local homebound seniors. MOWMC provides pet food through the aniMeals program on a monthly basis. Volunteers deliver meals, help in the kitchen and assist with various tasks in the office. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

Sample activities: delivering meals; assembling pet food bags, breakfast bags and senior meal bags

111 S. Second St., Conroe

936-756-5828

www.mowmc.org

Family Promise of Montgomery County

Family Promise of Montgomery County empowers families with children from homelessness to a solid foundation in 90 days. This includes teaching life skills, budget counseling and workforce development.

Sample activities: preparing and delivering meals, guest center office work, receptionist work, maintenance work, grant writing

1207 N. Thompson St., Conroe

936-441-8778

www.familypromiseofmc.org

Help animals

Henry’s Home Horse Sanctuary


Volunteers care for horses in an outdoor facility, performing farm work and other maintenance 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—especially from plumbers and electricians—is welcome.

Sample activities: property upkeep, caring for horses

14638 Perry Road, Conroe

281-292-1110

www.henryshomehorsesanctuary.org

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: participating in fundraisers, events, foster dogs

P.O. Box 130175, The Woodlands

lsawllabrescue@gmail.com

www.lsawl.org

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

936-442-7738

www.mcaspets.org

Operation Pets Alive

OPA is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization striving to elevate Montgomery County to a no-kill community through programs that raise community awareness, reduce the number of dogs and cats that enter shelters, and increase the number of pets that leave shelters alive. Volunteers are needed to help trap, neuter and return animals; serve on the foster team; and help coordinate adoption and fundraising events.

Sample activities: fostering pets

P.O. Box 132104, The Woodlands

volunteer@operationpetsalive.org

www.operationpetsalive.org

Support health and wellness

Canopy-Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center

Canopy volunteers work to enhance the quality of life for individuals with cancer and those who support them. Services are available to men and women with any type of cancer, regardless of where they receive treatment.

Volunteers must be older than 18 years of age.

Sample activities: greet guests, help with tours, wig fitting, administrative needs, teaching in classes for topics such as yoga, knitting or Spanish

1120 Medical Plaza Drive, Ste. 250,

Shenandoah

713-897-5939

www.woodlandscanopy.org

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 comfort 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

936-270-2189

www.houstonmethodist.org/giving/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/the-woodlands/

New Danville—Jazzy Junque

The resale store Jazzy Junque benefits New Danville, a day program for adults with special needs. The store, located at Conroe Outlet Mall, is run by volunteers, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in four-hour minimum shifts. Volunteers commit to a weekly schedule.

Sample activities: greet and assist customers, wrap purchases, help with store upkeep, intake donations Jazzy Junque,

1111 League Line Road, Ste. 172, Conroe

936-441-4500

www.jazzyjunque.org

Support Women and Families

Community Assistance Center


The Community Assistance Center offers a variety of essential assistance programs ranging from basic need services to longterm case management for individuals and families. The nonprofit organization provides disaster relief, housing services, a food pantry, among other resources and services.

Sample activities: sort donations, assist with voucher program, assist on resale shop sales floor, organize resale shop merchandise, assemble homeless care kits with food pantry, assist or coordinate with collection drives donation collection

1022 McCall Ave., Conroe

936-494-4414

www.cac-mctx.org

Montgomery County Women’s Center

The agency helps survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault by providing an emergency shelter, legal services, crisis intervention programs, a 24-hour hotline, case management and transitional housing. Sample activities: maintaining facilities, making meals, helping with Christmas programs, organizing and sorting donations at resale store

1401 Airport Road, Conroe

936-441-4044


www.mcwctx.org
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 that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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