Here's how to give back to the community during National Volunteer Week, April 23-29

A number of Tomball and Magnolia organizations offer opportunities to volunteer throughout the year. Nonprofit groups that work to help the homeless, animals, children and families as well as organizations that promote literacy, education and the arts are seeking donations and volunteer assistance.

Abandoned Animal Rescue

Abandoned Animal Rescue is a no-kill animal shelter, adoption center and low-cost spay and neuter clinic that is managed and maintained by an all-volunteer staff. Every animal is evaluated for health and behavior and is either put up for adoption or treated as necessary to become adoptable. Volunteers and donations are needed to support AAR.
419 E. Hufsmith Road, Tomball

Boots for Troops sends care packages to members of the military serving abroad,  including a pair of boots of the service member’s choosing. The organization is in need of donations, such as beef jerky, toiletries, socks, gift cards and other small items, to include in care packages. Volunteers are also needed to assist with events throughout the year
32931 Wright Road, Magnolia

Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that helps construct new affordable homes around the community. Volunteers assist with construction and deconstruction, office work, lunch services and at the ReStore, which serves as a resale outlet for quality building materials.
13350 Jones Road, Houston

Helping Hands Community Garden
is a community garden that offers garden beds for individuals or families. For those with physical limitations, the garden offers special needs beds. Volunteers help maintain the garden beds and facility, and food grown at the garden is used to feed those in need. The garden is specifically in need of volunteers able to work in an orchard, graft trees, weed and help with larger projects.
31355 Friendship Drive, Magnolia (between the Montgomery County horse arena and the community center)

Monica and Ernest Grandinetti began HIS Helpers in 2003 as an offshoot of Society of Samaritans. The organization operates a resale store and accepts clothing and other donations for resale to raise funds for families in need. In-demand donations include children’s clothing, men’s suits, shoes and casual clothing. Volunteers are needed to help organize items in the resale shop.
615 FM 1774, Magnolia

Hope Reigns rescues horses and provides a place for children, adults, members of the military and families to heal and grow personally and spiritually. The faith-based organization’s mission is to rescue equines in need and restore lives. Volunteers are needed to help with barn work, landscaping, special projects and mentoring. Fundraising support
is also needed.
30730 Old Hockley Road, Magnolia

JoyRide Center  offers a therapeutic horsemanship program designed to allow those with disabilities to find joy through equine-assisted activities. Several volunteer opportunities are available, including sidewalkers who walk beside clients as they ride, horse handlers and assistance in organizing special events and fundraisers.
29550 Tudor Way, Magnolia

Magnolia Education Foundation is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to funding innovative teaching projects for educators and students at Magnolia ISD through grants. The group is in need of volunteers to serve on various committees and assist with fundraising events.

The Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department provides medical response and fire protection to residents within an estimated 180 square miles. The department is accepting volunteers age 16 and older to assist in providing fire protection at its six current stations and three coming-soon locations in the area.
18215 Buddy Riley Blvd., Magnolia

The Magnolia Historical Depot is home to the  Magnolia Historical Society. The group participates in preservation projects and needs new members to organize several seasonal events, including Depot Day and Magnolia’s Hometown Christmas.
426 Melton St., Magnolia

Meals on Wheels Montgomery County works to deliver meals and provide transportation services to elderly residents in the area. Volunteers are needed to help deliver meals and assist with administrative duties and events.
1202 Candy Cane Lane, Conroe

The Montgomery County Food Bank The Montgomery County Food Bank distributes more than 5.2 million nutritious meals annually and serves approximately 37,000 low-income children, adults and seniors monthly living in Montgomery County. The food bank is in need of volunteers to inspect, sort and box food, help at special events, and donate talents and professional services, such as printing or photography.
1 Food For Life Way, Conroe

Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that helps construct new homes for families in need. Volunteers help with home construction, serve on various committees within the organization and organize the group’s ReStore resale shops.
9407 Hwy. 242, Conroe

Montgomery County United Way needs volunteers for a variety of programs and events. Individuals interested in volunteering can visit United Way’s website to contact United Way-affiliated programs and partners for specific volunteer opportunities.
1600 Lake Front Circle, Ste. 248,
The Woodlands

The Montgomery County Women’s Center needs volunteers year-round to help in the administrative offices in Conroe and The Woodlands, work in the retail shop at the Portofino Shopping Center, provide child care to allow women to attend counseling, provide shelter assistance, answer calls through the hotline, or provide personal or legal accompaniment. Volunteers must fill out an application online, and training is required for anyone working with clients or their children.
1600 Lake Front Circle, Ste. 100,
The Woodlands

Montgomery County Youth Services provides crisis counseling, shelter programs and prevention services to Montgomery County youth with the goal of strengthening families and keeping children in school. The organization provides individual and family crisis counseling, summer programs, and pregnant and parenting teen support. Volunteers are needed for special events, including the annual golf tournament in November, Ladies Night Out in May and Ironman in April as well as clerical, data entry and administrative roles. Volunteers are also needed to entertain and cook for children at the youth shelter.
31355 Friendship Drive, Magnolia

Resale with a Purpose donates 100 percent of its proceeds by donating to 31 different organizations in the community. A volunteer board of directors and about eight part-time workers run the self-funded organization. Several other volunteers are needed to sort through new and gently used donations ranging from clothes to furniture, which are displayed and sold in the showroom.
28583 Hwy. 249, Tomball

Greater Houston Salvation Army command has several opportunities for volunteers. Volunteers can ring bells at one of the red kettles, which raises money to benefit programs and services offered year-round. The unwrapped and new items collected will benefit children and seniors in need who are registered in the Angel Tree Assistance program. In addition, Adopt an Angel is a program in which participating malls list children or seniors in need and volunteers can shop from their wish lists.
1500 Austin St., Houston

SIRE is a therapeutic equestrian center in the Northwest Houston area that aims to improve the quality of life for people with special needs through therapeutic horsemanship as well as educational outreach. There are several opportunities for volunteer activities, such as walking beside the clients as they ride to provide physical and verbal support or leading the horse during classes.
24161 Spring Drive, Hockley

Society of Samaritans provides resources and aid for those in need in Magnolia. The nonprofit organization is run entirely by volunteers who help sort donated items and organize special program events. SOS operates a resale shop at 17661 FM 1488, a clothing and distribution center at
603 Little Twig Lane, and a food pantry at 31355 Friendship Drive. The organization will host a coat giveaway Dec. 3 at the Little Twig Lane office. Donations are needed annually for Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets.
31355 Friendship Drive, Ste. 500, Magnolia
603 Little Twig Lane, Magnolia

TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries provides medical care and clinic services for low-income individuals and families with little or no insurance. Opportunities for volunteers vary from Spanish-speaking interpreters to office workers and nurses. Monetary donations are needed to fund operations at the organization’s Magnolia location, set to open in the Landmark Building on FM 1488
in March.
455 School St., Ste. 30, Tomball

Established in 1985,  Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries, or TEAM, helps low-income families in the Tomball area by providing short-term assistance. The organization accepts donations for its resale shop and food pantry. Volunteers are needed to help with donation intake, price items in the shop and to serve as cashiers. A specific need exists for volunteers who can make a regular weekly or monthly time commitment.
300 W. Main St., Tomball

The Tomball Fire Department  maintains a force of volunteer firefighters who work and train alongside full-time and part-time staff. Volunteer opportunities include working with the emergency communications operators, fire preplan group, and providing water, coffee and snacks as well as refilling air bottles for firefighters. The department also hosts a citizen’s fire academy and sponsors the Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, to train at the station and assist during large-scale events.
1200 Rudel Drive, Tomball

Tomball Pregnancy Center assists women and their families who could be facing an unintended pregnancy with medical, legal, educational and adoption-related needs. Volunteers can act as prayer partners, perform clerical duties, work in the resale shop, offer hospitality services and meet with clients.
990 Village Square Drive, Ste. Q, Tomball

This is not a comprehensive list. To find more information on volunteer opportunities and local nonprofit organizations, visit

By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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