Volunteer Opportunities

Greater Houston Area Volunteer Needs
The following United Way agencies and partners are actively recruiting volunteers to meet urgent, basic needs of individuals and families in the upcoming week. Please contact the agency directly to talk about volunteering. If you are interested in virtual opportunities, click here.

BakerRipley has partnered with the Houston Food Bank to expand existing BakerRipley Community Food Fairs and needs volunteers to maximize efforts. Please sign-up for the date, time, and location that works for you. This opportunity is only available for pre-screened volunteers. Volunteers will receive additional details the day before the event. Please note Food Fair volunteers must be 16 or older to participate. Sign-up online: https://volunteer.bakerripley.org/recruiter/501/OppDetails/1848/COVID-19-Food-Distribution/ If you have questions, contact Lauren Duplessis, lduplessis@bakerripley.org.

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center - Meals on Wheels
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers to ensure homebound seniors receive meals safely during this time period. For more information and to sign-up, please visit their sign-up page.  

Target Hunger
Target Hunger needs volunteer help at their warehouse (1260 Shotwell St, Houston, TX 77020) Tuesday, March 17th through Thursday, March 19th to pack boxes for their food pantry.  Pre-packing boxes will prevent people congregating or touching food when they come to the pantry for assistance.  This will also allow Target Hunger to provide its clients with several weeks of food supply, limiting their staff and client exposure in the coming weeks. Volunteers need Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm.  For more information, visit https://www.targethunger.org/volunteer. If you are able to help, sign up at https://targethunger.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/volunteers.

Wesley Community Center
Volunteers needed to help with food distribution at Wesley Community Center's Food Pantry during this challenging time. Please review the available slots and sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040848acaa22a3fd0-volunteer. Wear clothing that is easy to move in and closed-toed shoes. Please do not volunteer if you are sick.

Volunteer Restrictions:

  •     We will not allow any volunteers considered "at risk" by the CDC.  These are older individuals and individuals with underlying health conditions, like heart disease, diabetes or lung disease
  •     We will not exceed 10 people in the pantry.  We will ask staff or volunteers over that amount to go home
  •     All volunteers must wear gloves and practice CDC recommended hygiene practices
  •     We will not allow any volunteers who are sick to enter the pantry

Houston Food Bank  
Houston Food Bank needs volunteers to help pack Quarantine Food Kits for our neighbors who do not have reserves of food in the event there is a need. Additionally, the Houston Food Bank is working with Houston ISD to provide daily food distributions at six area high schools. They need regular volunteers every day to pack the boxes. Register for a shift: http://houstonfoodbank.org/volunteernow.

Second Mile Mission Center (Missouri City)
Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday to sort food and prepare boxes for distribution. Visit www.secondmile.org/volunteer for more information or sign-up for a shift here.   

Fort Bend Seniors (Fort Bend)
Fort Bend Seniors has closed their senior congregate meal sites and needs more volunteers to assist with the Meals on Wheels program to ensure all their clients receive meals during this time period. Sign up to volunteer at https://fortbendseniors.org/volunteer/.

Montgomery County Food Bank (Conroe)
The Montgomery County Food Bank (MCFB) continues to serve our clients via partner agencies, independent school districts, and mobile market distributions. MCFB is supporting partners with changes in distribution models that carry safety protocols to mitigate the risk of the spread of illness, and is taking necessary precautions to help make sure that food and product remains safe and that distributions and volunteer activities can continue. Montgomery County Food Bank is accepting volunteers to help in the warehouse, at food distribution sites, and at MCFB events. You can sign up to volunteer by visiting https://mcfoodbank.org/volunteer-with-us-conroe-tx/. Please note, there are age restrictions.

Community Assistance Center (Conroe)
Community Assistance Center needs volunteers to assist with two food assistance related projects.:  

  •     Weekly volunteers to assist with food sorting and boxing.  These boxes will help feed families with children who are out of school, seniors, and other vulnerable individuals and families in the Montgomery County area.   
  •     Volunteers needed for two drive through markets where families and individuals can pick up food items.

Please contact Renee Blacklaws (renee@cac-mctx.org) to schedule a volunteer shift.   

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston (Houston Central Area)
Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston are providing food to the families they serve through drive-through food fairs. Join them to help distribute the food and reach more families. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084aa5af22aaf49-bgcgh14.

The work will be as SAFE as possible: data recording, packing – boxes/bags, placing bags in trunks or on the sidewalk- all while social distancing, masks (feel free to bring your own face covering as well), and gloves. The respective clubs will be open for employee and volunteers to wash hands, use the restroom, and take breaks. 

Virtual and Remote Opportunities

United Way volunteers love to help their neighbors.  Even while we are staying home to keep the community safe, there are ways that you can give back!   

Virtual Opportunities

COVID-19 Notes of Encouragement

Send a note of encouragement to a neighbor in need!  Through United Way of Greater Houston’s online portal, you can send a note to a healthcare workers, essential staff like grocery store worker or delivery person ensuring we have our basic needs supplies, or a homebound senior or family currently living in a shelter.  Visit our virtual project page for more information and to participate!

Remote Opportunities

Here are some projects that you and your family can do at home.

Participate in a “Card Shower”

Many individuals and families are currently “quarantined” or isolated in senior living facilities or shelters. They are not able to see their family or leave for their own health protection. Show your neighbors that you are thinking of them and sending them joy during this difficult time. You can use pre-made greeting cards or get crafty with homemade cards. Once you have finished your cards, pick an agency or location and drop your cards in the mail:

  •     SEARCH Homeless- mail to Chelsea Wade, 2015 Congress Ave. Houston, TX 77002
  •     The Women’s Home, 607 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006
  •     Salvation Army - mail to Carmen Zermeno, The Salvation Army, 1500 Austin St., Houston, TX 77002

We recommend keeping the cards gender neutral and avoiding religious references since the recipient could be of any faith background.