Summer 2019

It’s been an active summer keeping an eye on the tropics while working with our volunteers and nonprofit partners to serve the needs of the community. Read on to find out what we’ve been doing!

Please join us on November 13 for Volunteer Houston 45th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at the Hilton Americas- Houston.

Featuring remarks by Robert Gates, 22nd Secretary of Defense and emceed by ABC13’s Melanie Lawson, celebrating VH’s 45 years of service in Houston.

Please join us! Click here for tickets and info: VH 45th Anniversary

Volunteer Opportunities

Fall festival season has arrived and volunteers are needed! Click the links below for more information and sign-up today!

Bayou City Arts Festival October 12-13 More Info

Puerto Rican & Cuban Festival November 2

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Click here to see even more opportunities!

Local street flooding in Montrose at the peak of the storm.

Tropical Storm Imelda

On September 19th, Southeast Texas was surprised by a tropical depression that became a named storm and then made landfall in Freeport in less than 90 minutes. Harris County and other counties to the north, east and south were significantly impacted by TS Imelda with Houston receiving over 9”, to over 40” in Winnie and Beaumont areas.

As the Volunteer Management recovery partner for Harris County, VH was prepped and ready to support our nonprofit partners in need of volunteers to assist residents directly impacted by flooding. If you or someone you know was impacted and needs assistance, please visit Ready Harris for resources. If you want to help others impacted, please visit Volunteer Houston’s website to find volunteer opportunities: Disaster Recovery volunteers.

Dow EMERGEs in Houston!

Dow’s annual Employee Resource Group Conference, EMERGE, brought together 400 employees from 30 countries in September, culminating with a day of service on September 13th. Volunteer Houston worked with Dow to customize 10 different projects across Houston benefiting our nonprofit partners including: Santa Maria Hostel, IM’s Refugee Services, Project C.U.R.E., 3rd Ward Proud Citizens, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Montrose Grace Place, Hope Farms, Operation Gratitude, Easter Seals and The Alliance. While the logistics of 8 locations was a challenge, the results were fun, meaningful and impactful as Dow employees showed how they are #PullingOurWeight, an initiative Dow launched globally earlier this year. Is your company looking for a way to give back locally? Click here to request more information: Corporate Volunteer Program.

Dow EMERGE attendees sorting and organizing medical supplies at Project C.U.R.E.

Eighty Dow EMERGE attendees clearing illegally dumped debris and cleaning up a local park with 3rd Ward Proud Citizens. One of the Dow attendees actually group up in 3rd Ward and played basketball on this basketball court as a kid!

Want to be a volunteer project leader for an upcoming CVP and learn how to develop and manage a service project? VH will host 4000 conference attendees for 4 hours across 40+ projects and we could use your help. Interest? Email us at

Volunteer Corps Going Strong!

The Volunteer Corps has become one of our most popular programs! Graduating 32 Corps members in July, VH kicked off the next class in July spending the day at The Beacon serving food, prepping food for the next day and doing over 37 loads laundry for clients of the homeless day center. The group kept going strong in August, helping at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul distributing 15,444 pounds of fresh produce to 239 families and sorting and hanging 2,500+ pieces of clothing. Particularly impactful and relevant, the Corps spent a day with SBP (pictured on the right), helping to continue repair homes impacted by Harvey that, fortunately, were not impacted by Imelda. Want to be a part of the Corps? For more information: Volunteer Corps

Volunteer Corps members prepping food for the next day at The Beacon.

Starbucks Foundation Service Fellows

Please join us in welcoming our newest Starbucks Service Fellows! We are honored to be one of the 20 markets participating in this collaboration between Points of Light and Starbucks Foundation that places local baristas in POL affiliates to increase our capacity to support the Greater Houston community through volunteers! For the next 6 months Amanda and Amina will be working directly with Volunteer Houston; Justin will be working with IM’s Meals on Wheels Chore Corps and Emily will be supporting IM’s Refugee Services. Welcome!! Pictured above left to right: Justin Hampton, Amanda Good, Emily Westcott and Amina Windsor.

Get involved with Volunteer Houston!

You can help Volunteer Houston continue the types of programs discussed in this newsletter. Be a volunteer! Don’t have time right now to volunteer as the holidays approach? Volunteer Houston relies on the generosity of the community to develop programs to increase capacity for our non-profit partners serving the community. You can make a personally meaningful donation anytime! Just click below to donate today!

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Spring 2019

We’ve been busy at Volunteer Houston finding new, meaningful and fun ways for our volunteers to transform our community through volunteerism and supporting our non-profit partners.

Read on to learn more about how you can get in on the fun!

Volunteer Corps getting excited for their first project with SBP USA repairing Harvey-damaged homes.

Introducing the Volunteer Corps!

We launched the VH Volunteer Corps in January with 50 members! The Volunteer Corps is a unique 6-month leadership development program providing 50 volunteers an opportunity to learn about community needs directly from the agencies providing services and then complete a project with that organization. It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people from all over the Houston area! The Corps worked with SBP USA to begin rebuilding homes, canvassed homes for Baker Ripley to encourage voter registration, served up homemade meals with Food Not Bombs and even made breakfast for residents of Ronald McDonald House’s Holcombe House. A big shout out to Comerica for their recent grant to support the Volunteer Corps! Want to become part of this exciting program? Click here: VH Volunteer Corps

Volunteer Fair 2019

To celebrate National Volunteer Week in April, VH hosted Volunteer Fair 2019 in partnership with Houston Community ToolBank (HTB)! With over 30 partner organizations represented, over 160 of you came to learn how you can volunteer and a few of you even had a chance to get your face painted! It was a great day with a BBQ food truck, drawings and many great conversations between volunteers and organizations hoping to recruit them! We cannot wait to do it again in 2020!!

Martin B. Cominsky, President and CEO of IM; Eleanor Gates, Director of VH; Nancy Clippard, HTB Volunteer & Warehouse Coordinator; Mia White, HTB Communications & Development Director; Jacques D’Rovencourt, VH Advisory Council Chair & General Manager of the Hilton-Americas Houston hotel; Jodi Bernstein, VP IRCP.

Volunteers supporting Volunteer Fair 2019.

Be a Community Champion – Report Your Hours!

We want YOU to report your volunteer hours, so much so that we’ve launched 2 initiatives to encourage you to be sure you do so! With our Volunteer Appreciation Program the more hours you report, the more badges you can earn and join the running for volunteer of the quarter as our Community Champion. To celebrate our Community Champion, we’ll take you to lunch, you’ll get some cool VH swag and even a gift card. Other than treating you like the Community Champion you are, reporting volunteer hours is critical for our non-profit partners and local governments as grants and FEMA matching funds are based on YOUR volunteer hours! Click here to learn how to report your hours on the VH website: Logging Volunteer Hours

Agency in the Spotlight:

Czech Center Museum Houston

The Czech Center Museum Houston provides unique education experiences based on authentic objects, art, music, stories and lives of Czechs, Slovaks and people of all cultures who left their country to seek liberty and democracy in America. Located in the Museum District, the CCMH relies on volunteers to support their various programs and ensure visitors to the museum have a meaningful experience. VH celebrates CCMH as our Agency of the Quarter this past winter for their strong volunteer engagement, consistent volunteer hour reporting and development programs, offering volunteers the opportunity to expand their experiences beyond day-to-day volunteering. Intrigued? Check out volunteer opportunities at CCMH!

Volunteer Houston team members John, Gayla and Eleanor celebrate CCMH’s Agency of the Quarter award.

Corporate Volunteers Engage!

Sports medicine conference attendees repair playground equipment at a community park.

Houston-area employers are focusing on giving back to the community and encouraging their employees to do the same through corporate service projects. Studies even show that creating a culture of volunteerism in the workplace can boost employee morale and overall workplace atmosphere. VH can make it happen! We offer customized service projects for 10-100s of employees aligned to the causes any company supports. We’ve worked with Dow Chemical to build hygiene kits, assembled STEM kits with Medidata for local schools, refurbished a community park at Looscan Elementary with a visiting sports medicine conference, expanded community gardens in Sunnyside with EnCap Investments L.P. and more! Want your company to have a greater impact on your community – tell them to check out our Corporate Volunteer Program!

Dow Chemical team members assembling hygiene kits.

EnCap Investments L.P. employees getting into the weeds in Sunnyside.

Did you know…

The hourly value of a volunteer increased again! It’s now $25.43 according to the Independent Sector, which helps establish this rate each year.

You should be prepared for a disaster all year, not just during hurricane season. Click here for more info on how you can be prepared: Disaster Prep and Response

Volunteering can lead to job opportunities that you never would have heard about otherwise.

VH volunteers have responded to 8,964 non-profit needs since the beginning of the year!!

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendar!

Volunteer Training/Orientations:

    • July 27thGirls Empowerment Network is hosting volunteer training for those who are interested in volunteering in either weekly Girl Connect groups, or monthly workshops/assemblies in Houston. Visit their website for more info!
    • Project C.U.R.E. offers orientation every Wednesday at 12:30 pm and every third Saturday of the month at 12:30 pm. This includes a tour and a demonstration of how the sorting room and warehouse operate. Click here for more info: Project C.U.R.E. orientation

November 13thVolunteer Houston 45th Anniversary Event. For more information click here: VH 45th Anniversary

Would you like to support our work? Volunteer Houston relies on community support to carry out our work in transforming the Greater Houston community through volunteerism!

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