78ºF

Where to volunteer in Houston this holiday season

In this Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, photo, bell ringer Carolyn Harper points to two ways to donate via mobile device to the Salvation Army's annual holiday red kettle campaign on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Cashless shoppers have a new option to give to the Army's red kettle campaign this year using their smartphone. Leaders hope adding Apple and Google payment options will boost fundraising to the campaign, which makes up 10% of The Salvation Army's annual budget. Those donations fund programs providing housing, food and other support to people in poverty. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
In this Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, photo, bell ringer Carolyn Harper points to two ways to donate via mobile device to the Salvation Army's annual holiday red kettle campaign on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Cashless shoppers have a new option to give to the Army's red kettle campaign this year using their smartphone. Leaders hope adding Apple and Google payment options will boost fundraising to the campaign, which makes up 10% of The Salvation Army's annual budget. Those donations fund programs providing housing, food and other support to people in poverty. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

As satisfying as unwrapping gifts might be, nothing feeds the soul more during the holidays than giving back to the city you love so much. This year, give back with one of these holiday volunteer opportunities.

The Salvation Army

Pick up a bell, grab a kettle and help The Salvation Army of Greater Houston with their annual Red Kettle Campaign. All funds raised at the red kettle remain right here in Houston and helps the organization provide shelter to the homeless, food to the hungry, emergency disaster response, and recreational and educational programs. The Salvation Army’s goal this year is to raise $1 million in Houston. Individuals and groups can visit RegisterToRing.com and select the date, time and location where they would like to ring. The Salvation Army will supply the red kettle, bell and apron!

City Wide Club

On Christmas Eve, help nonprofit City Wide Club feed thousands of people at its annual Super Feast at the George R. Brown Convention Center. At this extra special event, those in need not only get a warm meal but also receive clothing, shoes, blankets, medical exams, haircuts, vehicles, new toys and more. Volunteers will prepare and serve food, distribute new and donated items and help run the event.

Harris County Pets

Help the county clear the shelters for Christmas. Volunteer to work on the The Harris County Animal Shelter’special events team, help comfort animals while they take their official shelter photos, care for the shelter’s cats on the kitty committee, help teach old dogs some new tricks and more.

Toys for Tots

This year Toys for Tots, the program operated by the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve, hopes to give presents to thousands of Houston children in need. Volunteer to work in the warehouse, assist the organization with toy storage and transportation or make your business a local toy drop site.

Houston Food Bank

Volunteer opportunities with the Houston Food Bank run the gamut. Help the food bank this holiday season by working in the warehouse or assisting with meal prep and packaging. Go alone or bring the whole family. The more the merrier.


About the Author: