10 ways to give back in Tomball, Magnolia

Inspiration Ranch is located in Magnolia (Courtesy Inspiration Ranch/Community Impact Newspaper)
Inspiration Ranch is located in Magnolia (Courtesy Inspiration Ranch/Community Impact Newspaper)

Inspiration Ranch is located in Magnolia (Courtesy Inspiration Ranch/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries has volunteer opportunities available. (Courtesy TEAM/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Help out the Tomball and Magnolia communities in a number of ways throughout the year by volunteering with local nonprofit groups. Volunteer opportunities included in this guide range from sorting food at food pantries to assisting children with disabilities. This list is noncomprehensive.

Volunteer Requirements Key:

A Application

U Under age 18 allowed

BC Background check

O Orientation


Care for animals


1. Abandoned Animal Rescue

AAR provides a limited-intake adoption center for both dogs and cats, as well as a spay-and-neuter clinic through Texas Litter Control. Volunteers can care for the animals, oversee adoptions, staff the front office, and coordinate fundraisers and civic events. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and accompanied by a parent until age 16.

Sample activities: dog walking, cleaning cages and litter boxes, administrative tasks

32632 Wright Road, Magnolia

281-789-4142

www.aartexas.org

A, U, O

2. 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

A, U, O

Empower women


3. 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

936-441-4044

www.mcwctx.org

A, BC, O

Empower youth


4. 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 youths.

Sample activities: collecting food, clothing and other basic necessities for the shelter; providing dinner for sheltered youth; cleaning or organizing facilities; helping at events

31355 Friendship Drive, Magnolia

281-259-0440

www.sayyestoyouth.org

A, BC, O

Feed the hungry


5. 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

936-271-8800

www.mcfoodbank.org

A, U

Provide community assistance



6. Inspiration Ranch

Inspiration Ranch provides equine-assisted therapy at its new 40-acre facility for children, youths and adults with physical, emotional and social disabilities. Volunteers are needed both on a weekly and as-needed basis for riding lessons, farm chores and events. Those interested in volunteering must be at least 15 years old or accompanied by a parent.

Sample activities: assisting with riding lessons, cleaning, gardening, mowing, painting, repair work, event help

33029 Wright Road, Magnolia

281-719-9322

www.inspirationranch.org

A, U, BC, O
7. Society of Samaritans

SOS assists the homeless and those in crisis by providing food, clothes, household items, financial assistance, prescription medication and other basic survival needs. The nondenominational center also offers a food pantry, resale shop, giving center and job services workshops. Volunteers ages 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sample activities: guest speaker or trainer at job services workshops; unloading, sorting and stocking the food pantry; helping with interviews; working in the resale shop; administrative tasks

31355 Friendship Drive, Ste. 500, Magnolia

281-259-8452

www.societyofsamaritanstx.org

A, U, O
8. Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries

The Christian-based nonprofit provides food, financial assistance and other support to Tomball-area residents in crisis. Volunteers are needed on an occasional or scheduled basis, and they can volunteer at TEAM’s resale shop or food pantry, as well as help with the marketing team. Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

Sample activities: sorting food donations, preparing clothing donations, writing grants, cleaning

300 W. Main St., Tomball

281-351-6700

www.teamtomball.com

A, U, BC, O

Serve Seniors


9. 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: preparing and delivering meals

1202 Candy Cane Lane, Conroe

936-756-5828

www.mowmc.org

A, U, BC, O

Support Health and Wellness



10. TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries

TOMAGWA is a comprehensive family practice clinic providing medical services to those who cannot afford health care and are without health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Volunteers can assist with translating, clerical support and front desk greeting. Some volunteer opportunities require medical experience or nurses licenses. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

Sample activities: translating, answering phones, patient check-ins and check-outs, administrative tasks, record filing, administering vaccines

455 School St., Ste. 30, Tomball

281-357-0747

www.tomagwa.org

A, U, BC, O
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By Kara McIntyre

Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the Tomball/Magnolia reporter in September 2018. Prior to CI, Kara served as the editor-in-chief of The Wichitan—Midwestern State University's student-run campus newspaper—and interned with both the Wichita Adult Literacy Council and VeepWorks.
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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