Many people think of volunteering and providing assistance during the holiday season to local charities. But what they may not know is that it is during the summer season when non-profit organizations can best benefit from volunteers and donations. It is the time of year when supplies and donations are low, and the communities help is needed more than ever. Best of all summer time volunteering helps families build team working skills, takes advantage of down time, keeps the kids busy and provides everyone on the family with a learning opportunity. Don’t forget that those college applications may be sent out in the fall and adding your community service as a volunteer to your application can really make you stand out. Try one of these awesome volunteer opportunities in Houston.
Star Of Hope
419 Dowling St,
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 222-2220 

Star of Hope actually has many locations throughout the area. Contact the main office via phone or the website for the best ways to provide support by volunteering. This organization provides many different areas of support varying from emergency housing services for victims of domestic violence to care and treatment for addiction. Other services include life skills lessons including parenting and employment as well as education. How can your family help? There are several ways you can help and volunteer at Star of Hope including matching funds donations, donation drives, or sign up to help feed Houston’s homeless.

Salvation Army Christmas In July 5K Run
1500 Austin St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 752-0677

Your family may have contributed to the Salvation Army Angel Tree ministry during the busy holiday season. But there are many other opportunities to help the Salvation Army throughout the year. This summer have the whole family get involved in the Salvation Army Christmas in July 5K Run. Run through Houston with your friends and family, and all registration fees go towards the many assistance programs which the Salvation Army Houston Command offers throughout the year.

Houston Food Bank
535 Portwall St.
Houston, Texas 77029

The Houston Food Bank offers your family several different ways to volunteer this summer. Visit the Houston Food Bank online to find out exactly how you can make the most of your time. One of the most popular areas of volunteering when you have younger children is by sorting the canned and boxed food donations and creating packages for delivery. Other opportunities to volunteer include preparing meals, food distribution and even creating a group activity. Get the whole extended family involved and take a shift at the Houston Food Bank which helps provide meals and fight hunger for children, seniors and others who may not have enough to eat.

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Neighborhood Centers
4500 Bissonnet St., Suite 200
Bellaire, TX 77401
(713) 667-9400

Families which volunteer at Neighborhood Centers have a wide range of activities in which they can participate. These include helping with taxes, immigration and citizenship assistance, charter schools, workforce solutions and training as well as assisting seniors and at-risk youth. The best thing of all is that you and your family are working within the Houston community. That which makes one part of our great city stronger makes all of us stronger.

Houston Service
900 Bagby St., Suite 019
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 393-0971 is not just one organization but a non-partisian group service project which provides many different service opportunities throughout the greater area. Select an opportunity for your family to volunteer this summer from the calendar view, or use the easy to follow service finder tool for specific organization, interests or age groups to work with. Select from helping with great green efforts at Houston area conservancy projects to assisting veterans.

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Mother of four college to Kindergarten, Lisa Carey is a National and Local writer for Examiner. She brings with her 20 years experience in education, working with families and her enthusiasm for the Houston area. Her work can be found at