Halloween is over, and Thanksgiving is coming up in just a couple of weeks. The holiday season is meant to be one of joy and togetherness, and many families from Houston homes have special traditions they look forward to every year. Not only do people put up decorations and bake special dishes, they also look for ways to give back to the community and help those less fortunate to have a joyful season, too. In order to help you find a group to work with, we’ve rounded up some great local charities that are looking for volunteers.
1. The Houston Food Bank works hard all year to eradicate hunger in the city and 18 surrounding counties. There are lots of ways to help out. Get a bunch of friends together or challenge a group you work with to sponsor a food drive. You can donate food items or raise funds. If you have a smaller donation, you can drop it off any time the food bank is open. The food bank runs because of volunteers who give their time to work shifts at the food bank, as well as distributing food at schools sites and special events. Visit the Houston Food Bank to learn about all the ways you can help.
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2. Star of Hope is a Houston organization that works to end homelessness in the city. Houston real estate owners can help in a variety of ways, both on- and off-site. Groups of teens and older can come help prepare sack lunches, organize the pantry, serve meals, and clean up. Three meals are served every day at Star of Hope’s three facilities. Groups can also host a donation drive or write cards of encouragement for clients. A family or group of friends can get together to make hygiene kits that are distributed to individuals experiencing homelessness. Find out more about volunteer opportunities at Star of Hope and learn about their work.
3. Target Hunger is another Houston-based organization working to end hunger in the city. The organization distributes food through six food pantries, a community garden, and many routes that deliver food to senior citizens in their Houston homes. There are opportunities for kids 13 and older working with their parents, as well as adults. Work in the garden, deliver food to seniors, sort donations, or work in a food pantry. Go to Target Hunger’s website to read up on ways to get involved.
4. The parks in the city are one of the best resources for all Houston residents. Japhet Creek has a huge variety of birds, turtles, rabbits, and otters, as well as other creatures. With the help of volunteers, it’s being restored to a pristine natural habitat of many species of both plants and animals. There are both regularly scheduled clean ups open to the public and special events for groups. Either way, volunteers pick up trash, plant native species, remove non-native ones, and clear paths. Clean ups last for a couple of hours and end with a snack. Visit Japhet Creek to find contact info and the calendar of events.
5. Find even more volunteer opportunities at the city’s Houston Service website, which has a variety of temporary and year-round service needs.