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Top 10 Volunteer Opportunities in Houston 2019

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Want to volunteer or intern at a great Houston nonprofit? Whether you’re new to Houston and want to learn about the city’s charities, trying to change up your routine with some local charity work, or just want to volunteer or intern at a neighborhood nonprofit, everyone knows that the best way to find the right place for you is from the people who’ve been there!

Here’s a list of volunteers’ and interns’ favorite Houston charities. Every nonprofit on this list has earned an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on If your favorite Houston nonprofit or volunteer gig is missing, find it on, write a positive review, and show your co-volunteers how to start adding reviews and get it on the list!

Turning Point Center  

“Turning Point does exactly what the name implies. It turns people’s lives around. This organization is more than an overnight shelter; it is a place where people from all walks of life can get back on their feet. TPC is a testimony to the founder that one person CAN make a difference!” –Dr. Gregory Lattier



Hope Stone 

“Hope Stone is a nonprofit organization that really cares about teaching art to people in all their walks of life. What I love the most about it is the community involvement. With Hope Stone, you really feel part of a greater family. I love the fact that it provides opportunities to children of all backgrounds and teaches them to appreciate art from early on. Hope Stone is on a mission to better our society through the use of art and creativity.” –Dani1601


Family to Family Network  Little boy in a cowboy costume, Family to Family Network

“Family to family is absolutely an inspirational organization. The rewards of working with the kids and sharing time and knowledge with them is immeasurable. There’s quite a satisfaction that surfaces each time I leave after a visit. I truly thank God for the opportunity to serve.” –Boggie


Parnell Intermediary Services 

“… for many of us, there are perceived obstacles to our volunteer involvement. For me, I wasn’t sure I could make the time to commit to a regular schedule. Now I know that even a few hours of volunteer work makes an incredible difference. I also had apprehensions about volunteering in an unfamiliar neighborhood. My concern disappeared the first time I met the patrons and staff of Parnell Intermediary Services. I cannot say enough about the warmth and gratitude of the folks I am serving. The longer I volunteer, the more I feel like I am among good friends… ” –Steve PISI


3 Volunteers preparing relief goods for outreach

Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries (ACAM)  

“ACAM has personally touched me by building me up to be the leader I can be. Through their networking opportunities, resource development programs, and just an ear that will listen to me, I’m better because of them.” –Dalen 52



Houston Ballet Foundation  

“I have been dancing recreationally since I was 3 years old and I recently moved to Houston so I joined the Houston Ballet Guild and Ballet Barre for young professionals as a way to meet friends and go to some great performances. Everyone has been so welcoming, my involvement makes it even more fun to go to shows. I’ve signed up for many volunteer opportunities and have already been trained to give tours of their beautiful Center for Dance! There are so many opportunities waiting at the Houston Ballet!” –Stacey F. Hewitt


Recipe for Success Foundation  Two little girls in vegetable costumes - Recipe For Success Foundation

“Recipe for Success helps children learn, in a hands-on way, about plants, gardening, nutrition, and geography. Volunteering has allowed me to see firsthand the positive impact this has with elementary kids. I get to volunteer with Emily Paul. Her enthusiasm and caring way motivates children to want to learn, try new experiences, and ask questions. It is a terrific program that is worthwhile for a lifetime!” –Volunteer


A Shelter for Cancer Families (ASCF) 

“I am a volunteer for this fabulous foundation. I have experienced firsthand the benefits and tangible support that patients have received. The apartments offered at no cost provide patients comfort, security, and close proximity to MDACC, while lessening financial burdens. This foundation raises much money for research, which is phenomenal. Missy and the various board members and volunteers are very supportive to the patients and many form close bonds with them. It is so nice for the patients to feel like they have family here as well as in their hometowns. I am absolutely so proud to be associated with this firs-class foundation. I am honored to be part of it.” –Writer


Man and minister in front of the church - John Arcovio Ministries

John Arcovio Ministries           

“Spirit Led Ministries is about taking life change around the world, about bringing hope and a future to the helpless, the forgotten, the downtrodden, without politics and without prejudice.” –Sunday Charles

Together In Hope  

“When thinking of a charity I think of an organization that goes out of its way to help others in dire need. Together in Hope is a prime example of a charity. I personally have been on two mission trips to the Philippines and El Salvador with the Together in Hope organization. During my time in these places we helped countless individuals by rebuilding schools and houses in the community, along with setting up food stations so that even after we left there would still be a place for the hungry to go and get food. That’s called leaving a positive effect on a society, and that’s exactly what Together in Hope is all about. When the people at Together in Hope enter a place of need, they don’t leave until the job is done. They genuinely care about the people they help, and they places they go.” –Danny 4