Interfaith Ministries volunteering opportunities

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration, and service.The organization has a vision to ensure peace, understanding, tolerance, and respect in the Houston community. The organization’s major programs help serve the elderly and refugees.

Ongoing  Program Volunteer Opportunities:

1.Meals on Wheels:

  • Meal Delivery: Volunteers pick-up hot, nutritious meals during lunchtime (Monday – Friday) and hand-deliver them directly to the homes of seniors and persons with disabilities. Pick up times are between 10:30-11am from of one of five Interfaith Ministries distribution sites. Deliveries typically take about 1-1.5 hours to complete.
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Coordinate meal distribution for volunteer drivers at an assigned distribution site. Volunteer Coordinator shifts are Monday-Friday from 9am-Noon.
  • Warehouse Crew: Work with warehouse staff and volunteers to organize and pack meal components including hot meals, sides, and beverages to be delivered to Meals on Wheels clients. Shifts are Monday-Friday from 8am-11am. This opportunity is only available at Midtown locations.
  • Volunteers are needed and register at 5 locations:
    • Meals on Wheels Midtown (3202 San Jacinto Street Houston, Texas 77004)
    • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in the Heights
    • Humble Area Assistance Ministries in Humble
    • Covenant Lutheran Church in Katy
    • Katy Methodist Church in Katy
    • Galveston County location(s) (coming soon!)

2.aniMeals on Wheels

  • aniMeals on Wheels Delivery Driver: Once a month help to deliver aniMeals pet food to Meals on Wheels clients.
  • aniMeals on Wheels Donation Pickup Driver: Support the aniMeals on Wheels program by picking up pet food and supply donations from designated vendors, on a route designed by aniMeals on Wheels staff.
  • Volunteers are needed:
    • The aniMeals on Wheels Delivery and Pickup routes are perfect for someone in need of a flexible volunteer opportunity. IM offers a number of convenient weekday and Saturday time slots for volunteers to make their pet food deliveries or donation pickups.
    • aniMeals on Wheels routes typically have 4-6 stops that are located close together. Currently, there are routes throughout the entire service area including Harris County and Galveston County. Volunteers are assigned to routes as they become available. There is no guarantee that a route will always be available in your preferred neighborhood but IM will work with each volunteer to find a route with which they are comfortable.

3. Chore Corp

  • Chore Corps Volunteer: Volunteers sign up for the available chore(s) of their choice. Volunteers may choose to sign up for multiple chores, sign up for different chores each week, or sign up for the same chore(s) consistently. Volunteers are required to complete at least 1 chore/month to remain active in the program. Chores include:
    •  Dishes/kitchen help
    •  Laundry (washing, drying, folding and putting away)
    •  Yard work (mowing, weeding, light gardening)
    •  “grocery shopping” (collecting grocery items from designated food pantry)
  • Volunteers are needed:
    • Chores can be completed in the evenings or on weekends as long as it is convenient for both client and volunteer.
    • Currently, Chore Corps is limited to clients within the 610 loop. Volunteers may sign up for chores based on client’s zip code

4. Refugee Services Volunteer:

  • Family Mentor: Volunteers are assigned to a refugee family or client with the purpose of serving as cultural mentors. The number of volunteers assigned to a family may vary depending on size and circumstance. Activities may include exploring the city, practicing English, and teaching clients about public transportation – anything that involves sharing local culture and customs as clients acclimate to their new lives in Houston. Time commitment: 1-2 hours every week or every other week for approximately 6 months.
  • Employment Mentor: Volunteers will work with a specific client to assist with resume writing, practicing interview techniques, discussing US culture, helping fill out and submit job applications, and if available, transporting the client to and from the job interviews. Time commitment: 2-3 hours weekly or bi-weekly, until the client is hired.
  • Case Management: Volunteers assist with the ongoing needs of refugee clients & caseworkers – airport pick-ups, school registrations, transportation to and from DPS and Social Security offices and other assignments as needed. Volunteer opportunities often occur on short notice. Time commitment: requires schedule flexibility as many of the activities where help is needed the most occur during business hours.
  • Medical Case Management: Volunteers work closely with medical case managers to assist clients regularly attending health-related appointments. Activities may include transporting the client to and from appointments, accompany clients during clinic visits, translating, demonstrating how to fill a prescription at a nearby pharmacy, etc. A medical, health or social work background is an asset for this position. Proficiency in relevant languages (Arabic, Farsi/Pashto, and Swahili) is especially advantageous for this position. Time commitment: requires schedule flexibility as many of the activities where help is needed the most occur during business hours.
  • Special Events/ Projects: Volunteers assist Refugee Services staff with special events and projects throughout the year. Some of the events include the annual scholarship luncheon, Women’s Group, the annual fundraising luncheon, storage unit clean up, etc. Time commitment: some events and projects take place during the day and some after work hours or on weekend.
  • Translators: Volunteers assist clients, caseworkers or other volunteers and community members with translation either in person or by phone. Language needs are diverse but IM has recently utilized Arabic and Swahili translators. Time commitment: depends on the need, during the regular business hours as well as events and weekends.
  • Volunteers are needed:
    • You may think that you need to speak multiple languages or have previous experience to be a volunteer in Refugee Services. This is not the case at all! It is requested that volunteers are patient, flexible, and reliable. In fact, IM prefers to partner refugees with volunteers who do not speak their native language in order for refugees to practice English.
    • Most refugees are resettled in the Southwest area of Houston, a global community that is also convenient for the Refugee Case Managers to travel to. Since most of the refugees do not have vehicles, the volunteer opportunities are limited to the refugee’s residence or IM headquarters located at 3303 Main Street Houston, Texas 77002.
    • Since most of the Refugee Services volunteer opportunities involve working one-on-one with the client(s), volunteer shifts may vary. Many Refugees who have found work will need to meet in the evenings or weekends, while some may be available during the day.

5.Administrative & Leadership crew

  • Special Events Volunteer: IM holds large and small events throughout the year to help raise funds to support IM programs, spread awareness or recruit new volunteers. Special event volunteers may help by setting up an IM fundraiser, going to a fair, or representing IM at a recruitment event.  Special events may be weekday, weekend or evenings.
  • Administrative Team: Volunteers help with miscellaneous administrative tasks, such as filing, data entry, and answering phone calls. Larger projects may also be available. Administrative opportunities are available throughout IM. Opportunities are available weekdays from 8am-5pm and Saturday Mornings.
  • Group Supervisor: Are you a natural leader?  Are you a coach/teacher? Take on a leadership role by providing training and supervision to onsite groups.  Opportunities to lead groups, from large corporations to small local chapters, faith based or youth, occur on weekdays from 8am-5pm and Saturday Mornings.
  • Volunteers are needed:
    • Administrative Team & Group Supervisors volunteer exclusively at W. T. and Louise J. Moran Meals on Wheels Building, 3202 San Jacinto Street, 77004.  While Special Events Volunteers are usually assigned to events that take place at various locations.
    • Training is required and provided by IM staff but you don’t need any previous experience or special expertise to help with these projects. For each of these opportunities you’ll have a one-on-one meeting with a staff member to determine the best fit.

For more details on the above opportunities, please visit the Interfaith Ministries’s volunteer page. Interfaith Ministries also has group volunteering opportunities. You can check them out on their group volunteering page or contact Hannah Weier or 713-533-4948. 

Want to volunteer?: Interested volunteers would need to complete a volunteer application and attend a volunteer orientation. Training is required for most volunteer opportunities. For more information, you can email volunteerinfo@imgh.org

Facebook: Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (Official Page)

Website: Imgh.org

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*update – I corrected the link to the Facebook Page.

As of today, this blog has featured 26 organizations’ flexible, weekend, and or online opportunities!

In order to reach out to more volunteers, I started a Facebook Page and will re-post the blog postings on there. Please like the Facebook Page and share the posts on Facebook if you can. There is also a Facebook plugin towards top right hand side of this blog, on top of blog stats.

I look forward to any suggestions and or feedback on how to reach out to more potential volunteers! Here’s to more volunteer opportunities!

Thank you for everyone’s support!

OneGoal *new* volunteering opportunity

OneGoal is a growing college persistence organization that identifies, trains and supports our nation’s most effective teachers to lead historically under-served high school students to reach their full potential and graduate from college. “We won’t stop until every young person in America has a real opportunity to earn a college degree and the life that goes with it.” – OneGoal

For more information on ONEGOAL, please see OneGoal Model Overview , OneGoal General Overview, and OneGoal FY17 School Partnership Map.

Volunteer Opportunity for an upcoming virtual essay coaches conference:

    • Title: OneGoal-Houston: Essay Coaches Conference (Virtual)
      • Volunteers will virtually review essays written by OneGoal Fellows and provide productive feedback.
    • Who: Volunteers who are interested in providing written feedback and virtual support will be assigned to 3 or 4 students, with the option of taking on more if they would like.
    • What: volunteers will review student essays and provide them with individualized feedback using Google docs, we estimate about 15-20 minutes per essay, which means about 1 hour of their time (+ the training which is also an hour)
    • When: April 24th- May 5th
    • Where: Google Hangout for training, Google Drive for essay- (virtual)
    • How: Visit  OneGoal Engagement Survey to sign up to volunteer.
      • Step 1: Volunteers will attend a short virtual training.
      • Step 2: Our Program Directors (Teachers) will email the essays to volunteers based on their assigned students.
      • Step 3: Students will revise essays based on feedback received from volunteers.

Medical Bridges volunteering opportunity

Medical Bridges is a non profit organization that helps procure and distribute medical supplies and equipment to underserved communities. Below is a volunteer opportunity:

Become a Sort Room Volunteer

The duties primarily consist of sorting donated medical supplies in preparation for shipment to those in need in developing countries.

Supplies are sorted by type (form, fit, function) and quantity to ensure they meet requisite expiration dates. Medical professionals on staff assist in identifying products and answering questions.

Volunteer days for the sort room are below. PLEASE NOTE the greatest volunteer need is during the week, Tuesdays through Thursdays.

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
    • Morning Session 1:  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Afternoon Session 2:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays:
    • Morning Session 1:  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Saturdays tend to fill up fast – often weeks or months in advance – and appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Want to volunteer?: To volunteer, please sign up at www.MedicalBridges.org. If any questions, please contact Outreach Coordinator, Veronica Bucio at vbucio@medicalbridges.org  or call 713.766.6554

Facebook: Medical Bridges Facebook Pages

Website: Medicalbridges.org

The River Performing and Visual Arts Center *new* volunteer opportunity

The River Performing and Visual Arts Center, an educational program of Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) provides accessible, affordable fine arts education for individuals who have disabilities.

Summer Camp Program

The River will have a summer camp program. Please support The River students one on one during our 2017 Summer Camp! Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of one week, and volunteers will have the opportunity to serve up to six weeks, Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM during these dates:

June 19-23

June 26-30

July 10-14

July 17-21

July24-28

July 31-August 4

Want to volunteer?: Please use the online calendar to select any and all volunteer dates that you are available to serve using this link- River Summer Volunteer Opportunities

If any questions, please contact Program Coordinator, The River, Tiffany Yeddo at tiffany@tuts.com or call 713-520-1220. Please email Tiffany if any questions about this volunteer opportunity.


For interest in other volunteer opportunities with The River, please also visit Weekend Volunteer’s Original Post.

George Ranch Historical Park volunteering opportunities

George Ranch Historical Park is a 23,000+ acre working ranch. Volunteers are needed to enrich the experience of guests visiting at the historical park. Below are some opportunities:

George Ranch Interpretive Teen 

Teens ages 13- 17 can volunteer to become a George Ranch Interpretive Teen (G.R.I.T.s)  if they meet requirements. The volunteer will tell the story of a Texas family through four generations. For more information, please visit: Become a George Ranch Interpretive Teen

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Education Specialist-Delivers clear and engaging historical content to elementary and middle school children. Assist in teaching students through hands-on activities as they learn about the past.

Historic Homes Docent-Lead guests through the historic homes while sharing the family’s story accurately and enthusiastically. Assist in preservation of the artifacts by ensuring guests follow the material culture guidelines.

Group Greeter-Welcome tour leaders and school groups when they arrive at the George Ranch, provide directional assistance, answer basic questions and escort them to begin their tours or programs.

Historic Artisan-Use skills you already possess or wish to learn – gardening, blacksmithing, woodworking, quilting, cooking, weaving, spinning, landscaping, etc – and use them to improve the Ranch.  Artisans can either work behind the scenes crafting materials to be used for presentations, or demonstrate their craft for the public.

Historic Costumer-Read historic patterns and sew historically appropriate costumes for staff and volunteers. Routinely patch and repair historic clothes. Costumers help ensure that the Ranch presents an authentic portrayal of the past.

Cowboy-Take part in cattle roping demonstrations. Give presentations on ranch life and history. Must have prior horse and large livestock experience.

Special Events Assistant– Help with storytelling, craft activities, food sales, logistics, etc. during special events such as Texian Market Days, Halloween, Campfire Christmas, Spring Break, Runaway Scrape, etc.

Project Volunteers/Group Volunteers– Assist in various projects that occasionally arise at the museum. This could be helping in clerical work, maintenance projects, repair work, etc. The Ranch welcomes groups to come out as well. Just contact the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss opportunities.

For more information, you can also visit http://www.georgeranch.org/support-join/volunteer/

Want to volunteer?: If you are a teen and interested in becoming a George Ranch Interpretive Teens (G.R.I.T.s), please fill out the GRITS Application form: G.R.I.T.s volunteer application form

If you are interested in Adult volunteer opportunities, please fill out the Volunteer Form. For more information, contact Hannah Moses at (281) 343-0218, ext. 222.

Facebook: The George Ranch Historical Park Facebook Page

Website: Georgeranch.org

Society of St. Vincent de Paul volunteering opportunities

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Galveston-Houston is a grassroots, volunteer-based, direct-aid organization that helps people in need get back on their feet.

Volunteering opportunities include volunteering opportunities at the thrift stores, the Food Depot, the administrative office, warehouse donation and distribution center, organizing a volunteer program at your school or office, and or becoming a Vincentian and participating at home visits. For more details on these volunteer opportunities, please visit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul volunteer page.

There will also be a new volunteer position that will be starting soon. A sales volunteer will be needed to work at an e-store.

Want to volunteer?: Please fill out volunteer form for adults or volunteer form for youth, email to volunteer@svdphouston.org or contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 832-538-0323.

Facebook:  Society of St. Vincent de Paul Facebook Page

Website: Svdphouston.org