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.
• Cover the court as a volunteer coach or referee for a girls volleyball league’s games at a Sugar Land recreation center. The games are being held through May on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., with each lasting about an hour. If you can handle one to three games on one or more Saturdays, you’ll be helping girls in grades 5-8 enjoy healthy competition and learn the basics of good sportsmanship. Training will be provided.
• Care for cats at a special pet sanctuary near FM 1960 and the North Freeway. This assignment will involve your coming by once a week to feed these friendly felines and change out the kitty litter. A regular weekly shift can be scheduled for morning or evening on weekdays or weekends. The sanctuary is maintained by a grass-roots organization that arranges adoptions and foster placements for homeless cats.• Help heal the hurt of children victimized by abuse or neglect. A nonprofit agency that works directly with the courts has many key volunteer assignments available. Some volunteers research placements for children who have been removed from their homes; others review foster care cases and make recommendations for permanent placement; still others work with families in which abuse has occurred. Call to sign up for an orientation session.
• Take on janitorial tasks at a southeast Houston day center for the homeless.
• Serve as a literacy tutor for an adult education program in the Fifth Ward.
• Handle emergency phone calls for a Woodlands-area women’s center.
• Provide entertainment at an assisted living center in Sugar Land.
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.