VOLUNTEER GUIDE: 17 ways to give back in Tomball, Magnolia

Helping at the food bank is just one way to give back to the community. (Courtesy Montgomery County Food Bank)
Helping at the food bank is just one way to give back to the community. (Courtesy Montgomery County Food Bank)

Helping at the food bank is just one way to give back to the community. (Courtesy Montgomery County Food Bank)

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Boys and Girls Country (Courtesy Boys and Girls Country of Houston)
Help out the Tomball and Magnolia communities throughout the year by volunteering with local nonprofit groups. Volunteer opportunities included in this guide range from helping animals to empowering children. This list is noncomprehensive.


Boys and Girls Country

This nonprofit, which operates a licensed residential home, aims to break the cycle of poverty for children by providing a secure, stable, Christian home environment with an emphasis on education, building healthy relationships and setting goals for the future.

Sample activities: Remote activities include tutoring and teaching different skills; donation drives for food, hygiene products and school supplies. Donations can be dropped off or purchased through a wish list at www.bit.ly/wishlistbgc.

18806 Roberts Road, Hockley



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 and focus 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 judge and others involved in the case

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



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 organizaing facilities, helping at events, tutoring youth

31335 Friendship Drive, Magnolia




Helping Hands Garden

The community garden helps community members learn to grow organic food and use organic pest control while feeding the hungry. Additional harvest is donated to Society of Samaritans. Volunteers can help maintain the garden or donate items, such as bagged pine needles, rabbit or cow manure, dried egg shells, coffee grounds and dried citrus peels. Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Sample activities: watering, weeding, planting, pruning, mowing

31355 Friendship Drive, Magnolia



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 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; nutritional education

1 Food for Life Way, Conroe




Meals on Wheels Montgomery County

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




Abandoned Animal Rescue

AAR provides a limited-intake adoption center for dogs and cats. Volunteers are needed to help with dog and cat care. Shifts are two hours each in the morning and afternoon. Volunteers ages 14-15 must be accompanied by a parent. Orientation is offered on Saturdays.

Sample activities: walking or playing with dogs; cleaning cages and litter boxes; helping with fundraising events

32632 Wright Road, Magnolia



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




Community Assistance Center

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

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 donation collection

1022 McCall Ave., Conroe


Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County and Montgomery County

This global nonprofit housing organization operates on faith-based principles and is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes. Volunteer opportunities may vary by location.

Sample activities: perform administrative duties; help with new home construction; make disaster recovery repairs; serve on committees; provide lunch at construction sites; volunteer at the ReStore; serve on the deconstruction team; assist with children’s and youth programs, such as ReStore bake sales

North Houston

13350 Jones Road, Houston



Montgomery County

9407 Hwy. 242, Conroe



Inspiration Ranch

Inspiration Ranch provides equine-assisted therapy at its 40-acre facility for children, youth and adults with physical, emotional and social disabilities. Volunteers are needed 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 be accompanied by a parent. Horse experience is not required.

Sample activities: assist with riding lessons; help with cleaning, gardening, mowing or help paint; assist in repair work; provide event help

33029 Wright Road, Magnolia



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



Resale with a Purpose

Faith-based organization Resale with a Purpose is a nonprofit resale shop in which all proceeds are donated to local ministries in the Greater Tomball area that help the community. The shop accepts items for donation, such as clothing, furniture, home decor and other goods. Sample activities: straightening item displays, organizing store merchandise, carrying donated items in and out shop

28583 Business 249, Tomball



Society of Samaritans

SOS assists those experiencing homelessness 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, a resale shop, a giving center and job services workshops. Volunteers ages 14-16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sample activities: be a guest speaker or trainer at job services workshops; help with unloading, sorting and stocking the food pantry; help with interviews; work in the resale shop; perform administrative tasks

31355 Friendship Drive, Ste. 500, Magnolia



Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries

This 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 with the marketing team. Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

Sample activities: sort donations; write grants; help with cleaning

300 W. Main St., Tomball




TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries

TOMAGWA is a comprehensive family practice clinic that provides medical services to those who are without health insurance. Volunteer opportunities include medical and dental professionals, paraprofessional opportunities and technical writers. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

Sample activities: technical writing, helping manage referrals, taking phone calls

455 School St., Ste. 30, Tomball



Tomball Pregnancy Center

The nonprofit medical clinic offers confidential support services for pregnancy-related issues free of charge.

Sample activities: help with boutique; liaise with church; perform clerical work; serve on committees; help with medical services; help with facility management; provide hospitality; work as a sexual risk avoidance advocate

1123 Alma St., Tomball




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