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Volunteer Houston: Looking for something different? Be sure to check the large database kept by Volunteer Houston for information on opportunities throughout the Houston area. Some current needs are listed below, but for more information see their website here.

Latest Activities:

• Funny and funky automobiles will be featured at the 27th Annual Art Car Parade to be held in downtown Houston on May 10. You can play a central role in this celebration of color, chrome, and craziness by helping with setup, directing the public, and assisting with various other activities connected with the event. In return for your time, you’ll be treated to free refreshments and some great entertainment. Plans have to be finalized soon, so call now to sign up for an orientation offered later this month.

• Airport travelers have positive experiences when they arrive at Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports thanks to the efforts of information booth volunteers. These volunteers greet passengers, direct them to various areas of the airport, and answer questions about getting to their destinations in the Houston area. Weekly four-hour shifts are available on weekdays and weekends, during the daytime or evening. Extensive training is provided.

• Lunch and supper are served by caring volunteers each day of the week at a Fort Bend shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Depending on your preferences, you can take on a shift between 11:45 to 1 p.m. or 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. serving up nourishment and good cheer to these women and children as they look forward to embarking on happier futures. Volunteers should be at least 21 years of age, willing to undergo background checks and attend training.

More opportunities

  • Be a mentor to a youngster caught up in the juvenile justice system.
  • Help developmentally adults create ceramic pieces at a learning center in Friendswood.
  • Create Mother’s Day cards that other volunteers will share with nursing home residents in May.

For more information, contact Volunteer Houston from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 713-965-0031 or visit www.volunteerhouston.org.

American Red Cross: The Greater Houston Area chapter of the American Red Cross is always seeking volunteers, but given the number of disasters recently around the country and region more volunteers are needed then ever before to enter the ranks and start training for possible future demands.  Several general volunteer orientations are offered throughout the summer to get you better informed and started. See the website for more details and to sign-up.

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