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10 Great Places in Houston to Volunteer

volunteer_fbIf you are looking for opportunities to volunteer with your family in order to promote compassion and a sense of civic responsibility in your children, there are several organizations in the Greater Houston area that make a huge difference in the lives members of the Houston community. These ten organizations are among the most impactful, and rely largely on help from volunteers in order to maintain operations.

1. Houston Food Bank

Food is distributed to needy families through food pantries and soup kitchens throughout Houston by the Houston Food Bank organization, which relies upon the energy and time investment of volunteers to stamp out hunger in the area. There are a variety of programs for kids and families to volunteer with the Houston Food Bank, as well as resources for families in need of assistance to receive nutritious food items.

2. Autumn Grove Cottage

Families with a patriarch or matriarch suffering from the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease can obtain aid through Autumn Grove Cottage, which sends volunteers to work with Alzheimer’s patients around the city. For kids and adults alike, there are also volunteer programs in which a difference can be made in the lives of families dealing with the effects of such a devastating disease.

3. Multicultural Education and Counseling Through the Arts

An appreciation for the arts isn’t limited by socioeconomic status, and neither should the resources to explore an affinity for artistic expression. The Multicultural Education and Counseling Through the Arts program offers peer tutoring programs, allowing kids to work with one another as they learn more about art. Families can also volunteer to assist with sponsored events.

4. Japhet Creek Nature Conservancy

Learning about the environment is an important lesson for kids, which is why Japhet Creek Nature Conservancy is such an important volunteer organization for families looking to donate their time and energy. Cleaning up debris, planting bushes and trees and spreading mulch are all activities that any member of your family can help with at Japhet Creek.

5. The Ronald McDonald House

When a child is stuck with a critical illness, it can have a devastating impact on the entire family. The Ronald McDonald House network provides a home away from home for the families of children being treated at member institutions of the Texas Medical Center. Families are also encouraged to volunteer their efforts, making RMH charities a great organization for families in need and families that want to help make a difference in their lives.

6. RSVP of the Texas Gulf Coast

As a volunteer network for senior citizens, RSVP of the Texas Gulf Coast impacts families by providing much-needed aid to at-risk youth and community outreach programs. RSVP also provides retirees with a worthwhile hobby, giving their adult children and young grandchildren a model of giving, compassionate living to follow.

7. Star of Hope Mission

Dedicated to helping Houston’s homeless population, Star of Hope Mission is a great organization that brings families in need and those willing to help together. Helping kids their own age who are far less fortunate can put your children’s own relative good fortune into perspective, while simultaneously making a very real difference in the lives of needy families.

8. First Book

A love of reading crosses all socioeconomic boundaries, and can help at-risk kids to discover a thirst for knowledge that propels them out of a cycle of poverty. With First Book’s services, children in need have access to new books and educational resources.

9. The Forge for Families

Located in a low-income area of Houston to serve the Second and Third Wards, the Forge for Families is a Christian volunteer organization that strives to make a difference in the lives of economically disadvantaged families. The Forge impacts both families in need and those looking to volunteer by connecting them in meaningful and life-changing ways.

10. Target Hunger

Providing community assistance through youth development, senior support services, food pantries and food delivery services as well as community gardens that promote self-sufficiency and agricultural awareness, Target Hunger is an organization that connects families in need with those willing to provide assistance, making a difference in the lives of everyone involved.

volunteerBecoming a volunteer can help kids learn to empathize with others while appreciating the things that they have. Giving back to the community and to those in need can also promote a sense of selflessness in tweens and teens. Contact one of these Houston based organizations today to learn how your family can help out.

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