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?
- 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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
NETWORKING FOR VOLUNTEER ADMINISTRATORS
HAVA has a new home with Volunteer 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) in January 2023 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. We offer two budget-friendly membership levels to meet your volunteer recruitment and management needs.
BASIC MEMBERSHIP | Free
Unlimited access to the Volunteer Houston portal, its basic features, and over 150K volunteers. Scroll down for a complete list of membership benefits.
STAR MEMBERS | $75 annually
Basic member benefits PLUS access to exclusive features in the Volunteer Houston portal to increase your exposure to local volunteers, and many more benefits. Scroll down for a complete list of membership benefits.