Connect individuals, groups, and companies with nonprofit agencies to transform the greater Houston community for good through volunteerism.


Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) recognizes and celebrates the rich cultural, religious, and social pluralism of the Greater Houston Community. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our programming.


We offer a free web-based tool – the VH Portal – for nonprofits, schools, government offices, and volunteers to autonomously connect with each other in the greater Houston area and Gulf Coast region of Texas. We also offer local programming for volunteers, training, and networking for nonprofit leaders, and Corporate Social Responsibility project management services for companies.

Volunteer Houston is the Points of Light affiliate in Houston. Points of Light is a global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. We envision a world in which every individual discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies. Through 145 affiliates across 39 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 3.7 million volunteers in 16.7 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. To learn more about Points of Light visit pointsoflight.org. 

In 1974, a group of Houstonians, led by Joan Waite Hanlon, who were very involved in the philanthropic community realized that the growing number of nonprofit organizations needed a better way to engage citizens as volunteers in providing service to the community. After a national search for a solution, they organized a local Volunteer Action Center to serve as a clearinghouse for volunteers. Houston’s Volunteer Action Center became a part of a large national network of organizations with the same mission. There are nearly 400 Volunteer Centers in the United States, Canada, and other countries. Throughout the years, additional programs and initiatives have been developed and the name and logo of the organization has changed. Today, we pride ourselves on being on the cutting edge supporting the trends of the volunteering public.

Volunteer Houston joined the Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston family in October 2017. Our mission did not change during that merger. We are now a proud program of the Vic Samuels Center for Volunteerism & Civic Service at Interfaith Ministries, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that envisions a community working and acting together in response to the needs of a Greater Houston to create a more respectful, connected, and caring society.


Founded as the Volunteer Action Center in Houston.



Organization’s name is changed to Volunteer Houston.


Volunteer Houston becomes a Points of Light affiliate.


Volunteer Houston is adopted by Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.


Partners with the United Way of Greater Houston to manage HAVA.

OUR Service area

1. Austin County
2. Brazoria County
3. Brazos County
4. Chambers County
5. Colorado County
6. Fort Bend County
7. Galveston County
8. Harris County
9. Liberty County
10. Matagorda County
11. Montgomery County
12. Waller County
13. Wharton County

Meet Our Team

Andrea Shiloh
Andrea ShilohVP of Volunteerism & Civic Service
Andréa has combined background in banking with her passion for volunteerism serving on nonprofit boards for adult literacy, women’s empowerment, marginalized communities, and youth education. She is a devoted Dog Mom, enjoys arboretum walks, family gatherings, and contemplation.
Rebecca McIlwain
Rebecca McIlwainManager, Corporate Volunteer Engagement Program
Rebecca has many years’ experience as a Zen awareness coach and leading retreats, workshops, and other events that engage people in service and compassion. She loves being outdoors, preferably playing with her two grandkids or volunteering with the Gulf Coast Master Naturalists, of which she is a member.
Hannah Kay
Hannah Kay SERVE HOUSTON AmeriCorps Program Manager
Hannah is incredibly passionate about developing the next generation of servant leaders in the Greater Houston region. She also loves to go hiking with her rescue pup, try new foods, or watch her favorite comedy.
Karla Grado
Karla GradoSERVE HOUSTON Program Coordinator
Karla has navigated through her professional career with two passions in sight, policy advocacy, and community organizing. Outside of work, Karla enjoys loves to play with her dogs and embroider.
Edith Espino
Edith EspinoVH Member Services Coordinator
After receiving her Nonprofit Management degree from Indiana University in 2017, she worked for an immigration law firm. In her free time, Edith loves to visit the city, try new restaurants and enjoy time with family.

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