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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:

A children’s book sale slated for the second week of September will benefit the City of Houston’s public library system. Lots of volunteers are needed on Saturdays between now and the weekend of this big annual event to sort and box the massive quantities of books involved. Three-hour volunteer shifts are available at a warehouse near Bingle and Little York. Volunteers should be at least 15 years of age.

Help at health fairs

Health information fairs focusing on family wellness issues will be held at three different central Houston locations and one in Pasadena on the mornings of July 26 and Aug. 1, 5, and 30. Hosted by a United Way agency, these events will feature immunizations, health screenings, nutritional information, opportunities for insurance enrollment, and much more. Volunteers will be needed to assist with registration, act as guides, distribute back-to-school items and assist with kids’ activities.

Feed the elderly

Dish out smiles and plenty of good food when you serve lunch to senior citizens for a faith-based agency close to FM 1960 and Jones Road. Choosing a weekly shift on the weekday of your choice, you’ll help serve nutritious meals to the approximately 30 to 40 seniors on hand and assist those with mobility problems in getting food to the tables. Time spent at this upbeat assignment would probably not be more than 90 minutes per shift.

More opportunities:

›› Lead weekday bingo games at a nursing home in Baytown.

›› Volunteer at a Conroe thrift shop that supports services to special needs adults.

›› Serve on a fundraising committee for a Rosenberg agency serving shut-in seniors.

›› Handle calls on a women’s information line based in the Montrose area.

›› Assist with therapeutic horseback riding for the disabled in Humble.

›› Provide a foster home to a dog for an all-volunteer animal welfare agency in Alvin.

›› Periodically help out at Special Olympics events in your general area.

For more information on these volunteer opportunities, call Volunteer Houston at 713-965-0031 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday. More opportunities can be found at 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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