We offer a web-based portal for nonprofits, schools, government offices and volunteers to autonomously post and respond to volunteer opportunities in the greater Houston area and 13 counties in the Gulf Coast region of Texas.

Volunteer Houston also offers programming for volunteers, training and networking for nonprofit leaders and Corporate Social Responsibility project management services for companies.

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

Why Use the Volunteer Houston Portal?

Save staff time and streamline your volunteer engagement processes with the Volunteer Houston portal. An unlimited number of your staff members can:

✩ Recruit from more than 137,000+ local volunteers

✩ Post one-time, multi-shift, recurring and ongoing volunteer needs

✩ Communicate with volunteers who have responded

✩ Track volunteer hours

✩ Promote free community events and collect event RSVP’s

✩ Access inactive needs for historical purposes

Who is eligible?

  • Nonprofits
  • Schools
  • Government offices
  • Businesses with legitimate volunteer programs

What is the criteria?

  • EIN number
  • Current website or social media account
  • Free volunteer opportunities

We actually built up a marvelous base of volunteers through Volunteer Houston. Even when we made one of our needs inactive, we had such a list of willing volunteers that have been a tremendous base of consistent volunteers at the center!  Thank you!  It is a testimony of the quality and seriousness of the volunteers that come through Volunteer Houston.

Andi Cook, JustServe

“The VETP was a really neat experience – learning about what we already do but in a quantified, specified capacity is helpful as we plan and move forward. It was  joyous to connect with other volunteer administrators and learn that we all have the same struggles.”

VETP Graduate, 2022

As for the MLK Mural assembly, we all loved the fact that it came in panels because different volunteer “artists” contributed to painting of it. We loved that communal aspect of it all! It’s eye-catching and a conversation starter. And in talking about it with visitors and clients, we’ve gotten nothing but positive and nice comments.

Veronica Bucio, United Against Human Trafficking

I am just slowing down for the day and didn’t want to end it without saying THANK YOU for considering HCCAC for this wonderful opportunity. Volunteer Houston has been a far greater resource than I ever imagined.

Michelle Bonton, Harris County Cultural Arts Center

Thank you so much for the information at the VETP these past two weeks! You do such a great job as a presenter! I found many things that I could learn from and improve the way I am currently running my Volunteering Program. I will keep all the materials as a reference going forward. I will look forward to further training and opportunities through Volunteer Houston.

Diana Miller, Katy Christian Ministries

Volunteer Engagement Training Program

This interactive 6-module course (provided by Points of Light) empowers volunteer managers and coordinators – both formal and informal – to return to their organization and their team with ready-to-use tools, best practices, and innovative ideas that, when fully adopted, will boost volunteer engagement in a way that naturally fosters long-term volunteers. We will also introduce the Supportive Environments for Effectiveness (SEE) framework. Transformation is possible when nonprofits adopt a SEE mindset and experiment with small changes in their work environments.

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HAVA has a new home with Volunteer Houston and the United Way of Greater Houston!

Established in 1973, the Houston Association of Volunteer Administrators (HAVA) is a program for volunteer engagement professionals led by volunteer engagement professionals to educate, empower, and elevate each other. We are collaborating with past HAVA leadership and the United Way of Greater Houston to define new membership parameters and processes that align with our new post-pandemic reality.

Join us at the United Way of Greater Houston (50 Waugh Drive) for our first in-person gathering since early 2020! We are planning a feedback-focused agenda and will close with 30-min of casual networking.

Agency Membership Levels

As a connector and convener of the nonprofit sector, we invite nonprofits, schools, and government offices in the Gulf Coast region to take advantage of a Volunteer Houston membership. Choose from two budget-friendly membership levels to meet your volunteer recruitment and engagement needs.


  • Unlimited access to the Volunteer Houston portal basic features to recruit from over 155K volunteers.
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STAR MEMBERS | $75 annually

  • Personal onboarding orientation with a member of the Volunteer Houston team – simply email us to schedule a date and time!
  • Boosts – when volunteer responses are low for a specific need you’ve posted, email us and we’ll “boost” your need to increase volunteer responses
  • Custom volunteer qualifications in the VH portal (vet volunteers BEFORE they RESPOND to your need in the VH Portal)
  • Custom user group in the VH portal (makes it easy for you to track volunteer hours for different needs in one place)
  • Discounted registration for Volunteer Engagement Training Program
  • Receive special notice of funding, partnership, and other opportunities that might benefit your volunteer engagement efforts
  • Presented as preferred nonprofit agencies in our Corporate Volunteer Projects and potentially receive the benefit of corporate volunteers building your capacity!
  • Complimentary mentions at Volunteer Houston volunteer recruitment events and on social channels
  • Access to exclusive resources (templates, tools, idea sharing) specifically for volunteer engagement professionals
  • Discounted background checks through Sterling Volunteers

***You must register as a Star Agency to receive your password to access these exclusive benefits!