The resources below are intended for nonprofit leaders and volunteer managers. Can’t find what you’re looking for?

People are motivated to volunteer for a multitude of reasons and find ways to connect with nonprofits in a variety of ways under normal circumstances. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Volunteer Houston reached out to the general volunteer community in the greater Houston, Texas area in April and May of 2020 to understand how the global pandemic has affected their desires and motivations to volunteer.

PERMISSION TO DUPLICATE OR REFERENCE findings and content from this summary of survey results is granted on the condition that a reference to “Volunteer Houston, a program of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston” with a link to is included in the reproduction or reference.


Sample Virtual Volunteer Job Profile | Download this sample job profile for a virtual volunteer and edit to make it your own! We recommend you treat a volunteer job profile just like you would an employee job profile. Consider the profile your way of communicating expectations to your virtual volunteers.

Sterling Volunteers Background Check Discounts | Sterling Volunteers is extending a helping hand to assist in safely mobilizing trusted volunteers dedicated to essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sterling Volunteers is offering FREE Basic Background Checks along with reduced pricing for other quality and compliant screening options through August 31, 2020. Read more here.

5/21/20 | Re-opening Nonprofits Amid COVID-19, hosted by Greater Houston Partnership and United Way of Greater Houston

6/10/20 | COVID-19 Briefing for Nonprofits Part 2, hosted by Greater Houston Partnership and United Way of Greater Houston

COVID-19 Safety Orientation for Volunteers | Ask and you shall receive! Based on feedback from the last COVID-19 Briefing for Nonprofits, Volunteer Houston has prepared an 11-minute pre-recorded COVID Safety Orientation for Volunteers.

  • We strongly recommend you begin your own COVID safety orientation with this 11-min video, and follow it up with your specific guidelines and expectations of volunteers – i.e. screening, reporting, PPE, etc.
  • This orientation is not meant to completely train your volunteers on COVID safety practices because your organization should review your own COVID safety practices and policies specific to your facilities and the work you are doing.

Connect with other nonprofit leaders from the Southeast Texas area in new Facebook group for Volunteer Houston Agency Managers. (You don’t have a Volunteer Houston account to join!) Share resources, ask for advice and give kudos!

NOTE: If your volunteer need is in response to COVID-19 we will post your need on our homepage ( after your need is created in the portal (instructions below).

  1. Login or create an agency account (it’s free!)
  2. Click the “Needs” menu option.
  3. Click the “Add New Need” blue button.
  4. Fill in the blanks.
  5. TIPS | When prompted on the “new need” form:
    • Select “public”
    • If it’s virtual, select “virtual”
    • If it’s related to COVID-19 select the “COVID-19 Response” initiative from the drop down menu.
  6. Click “Create Need” at the bottom of the form.

Need assistance?


The “COVID-19 RESPONSE” initiative has been created within the Volunteer Houston portal to allow for quick and easy browsing of volunteer needs specific to the pandemic response efforts.


Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. To stay up-to-date on information, please refer to CDC who provides information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.

Harris County Public Health is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionTexas Department of State and Health Services and other health partners in monitoring the developing outbreak and will promptly report any confirmed cases in our jurisdiction.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 US Census has been extended (from July 2020) to October 31, 2020. Here’s how you can ensure Harris County is NOT under counted increasing our chances of receiving additional federal funds and support for health care, education and infrastructure.

  1. Complete your household census online at
  2. Browse census volunteer opportunities.

Many nonprofits still need volunteer help during Houston’s “Stay Home, Work Safe” initiative and are prepared to provide PPE and set up social distancing work places. If you would rather work remotely we encourage you to browse these virtual and remote volunteer opportunities.

The resources below are not intended to supersede or replace official information from county and city offices of emergency management (OEM).


General Preparedness

Be sure your emergency kit is stocked and that you have a plan. And don’t forget about your pets!

Specific to COVID-19


Volunteer Reception Center (VRC)

Volunteer Houston is contracted with Harris County to establish a Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) where people who want to help can go to be deployed for a wide variety of needs.

Volunteer Houston and Harris County will announce when a VRC is activated via social media, email and county/city alert systems (Ready Harris and Ready Houston).

Virtual Volunteerism

Volunteers are in high demand. Hundreds of nonprofits are adhering to CDC guidelines by developing virtual volunteer opportunities. Check out the many volunteer needs recently posted or click here to view COVID-19 Response volunteer opportunities.

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Stay Connected

Be sure to follow Volunteer Houston on social media for updates during times of disaster and how you can help: