Volunteer for Weekend Volunteering Blog

This blog is looking for volunteer writers/bloggers! A few writer/blogger volunteers are needed to work on future blog posts. It is preferred if blogger resides in Houston, Texas or surrounding areas and or resides in a city in Texas as of now. The writer/blogger will research and look for new volunteering opportunities in Houston, Texas and surrounding communities or in other Texas cities, update existing volunteering opportunities as required, and eventually updating social media with the blog postings.

This volunteer opportunity is remote and flexible, but volunteers should be able to commit at least two blog posts or at least an hour every week. The volunteer should also have a passion for writing/blogging, volunteering opportunities, and non-profit organizations/charities. Internet research experience, social media experience, good writing skills, and excellent communication skills are preferable.

Volunteers can work on writing/blogging skills and also invite others to see their post when it is published on this blog. Volunteer recommendation letters for student volunteers can be given if needed. It is also a great volunteering opportunity to help other volunteers looking for flexible, weekend, and online volunteering opportunities.

Blogger’s posts will be published in their name.  However, all blog posts will be reviewed before publishing.

If interested, please send a few samples of your writing/blog posts to weekendvolunteering@gmail.com

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Send a Valentine Cards for Patients at Various Hospitals

A quick volunteering opportunity! Valentine’s Day is coming up and a few hospitals are making it special for kid patients. The public can send Valentine’s Day cards to patients (in general, not specific patient) via the hospital’s website for free. Below are some opportunities:

St. Jude Children’s – An electronic card with patient art can be created and sent to St. Jude kid patients here. You can type a message or select pre-written message.

Children’s Health (Dallas, Texas) – Choose a card, type a message, sign the ecard, and send here.

Texas Children’s Hospital– Choose a card, sign your name, and send the card here. What is special about this one is for every card send, Direct Energy will donate $1 to the hospital.

For a list of other Valentine Card’s sending opportunities, check out Here’s how you can send free Valentines to sick children in the hospital

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.

Houston Pets Alive volunteer opportunities

Houston Pets Alive is an animal rescue group with programs to help save animals most at risk for euthanasia. Please see below for the organization’s volunteer opportunities.

1) Volunteers to help handle dogs and talk to the public in order to promote adoptions during our weekend adoption events.
2) Volunteers to help care for cats that live in the condos at Petsmart (Petsmart by Westheimer and Dunvale).
3) Volunteers to assist with emails/ voicemails and processing volunteer applications.
4) Volunteers to go to the Harris County Shelter and act as a liaison to meet the animals and take their pictures. The descriptive information and pictures of the animals will be sent with foster pleas.
5) Volunteers to make flyers for adoptable dogs based on a template and also volunteers to hang those flyers.
6) Someone to run a PASS program – it is a Facebook based page that will help network animals that people need to give up so that we can help them to avoid dropping them at a shelter.
7) Foster parents!!!

Want to volunteer?: If you have more questions or want more specific details, please contact Houston Pets Alive Volunteer Coordinator, Haley, at info@houstonpetsalive.org or call at 832-786-9310.

Facebook: Houston Pets Alive Facebook Page

Website: Houstonpetsalive.org

Missouri City, Texas municipal volunteer opportunities

Missouri City, Texas municipal programs and office are looking for volunteers for the Third Annual Black History Month Celebration event, the READ Program, office work, and online. Please see below for more details.

Third Annual Black History Month Celebration

Missouri City will celebrate its Third Annual Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 11 through a day-long ceremony of music and culture that will pay tribute to the many Fort Bend County African-American leaders and advocates—past, present and future.

Volunteer opportunities are available for this event. Interested residents may contact Media Relations Specialist III Cory Stottlemyer at cstottlemyer@missouricitytx.gov or at 281.403.8532.

READ Program Volunteering

In 2014, At-Large Position 2 Councilmember Chris Preston initiated the City’s READ Program at Glover Elementary by reading to several classrooms and answering questions about City leadership. To expand on the success of the READ program, beginning in 2017, the READ program is expanding to multiple Fort Bend ISD campuses:

    • Lantern Lane Elementary
    • E.A. Jones Elementary
    • Quail Valley Elementary
    • Lynn Armstrong Elementary

For all FBISD programs, volunteers need to complete an additional Fort Bend Independent School District criminal background check.

Other upcoming and ongoing volunteer opportunities

  • Communications: The City Hall front desk is looking for a friendly face to assist with overall front desk operations. This includes greeting guests, answering phones, logging packages and providing general information. The ideal volunteer would also assist the front desk staff with organization and main lobby upkeep. Lastly, they’d need to be comfortable with occasionally working the front desk solo.
  • City Secretary: The Department, who is in charge of recording and organizing all official City records, is in need of a volunteer who can assist with an ongoing organizing project. The volunteer would be needed during regular City Hall hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., any day Monday– Friday, and would work alongside City Secretary staff.
  • Website Redesign: City Staff members are preparing to update www.missouricitytx.gov and would like volunteer input and feedback on the project. The City website will receive a revitalized appearance to improve usability and overall functionality. Staff members are in the process of compiling thoughts and ideas from citizens, commercial, municipal and information technology partners that will allow the website to better serve all constituents. The redesign will be more mobile friendly and will feature enhancements that will improve ease of access.

Want to volunteer?: For any questions about any of the above volunteering opportunities, please contact Media Relations Specialist III Cory Stottlemyer at cstottlemyer@missouricitytx.gov or at 281.403.8532.

Facebook: Missouri City, Texas Municipal Facebook Page

Website: For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website: Missouricitytx.gov